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Paula Anne 09-30-2010 02:32 PM

Sewing Machine
Hi everyone. Well, I am in the market for a craft sewing machine.
I have looked at the Janome sew mini, used by Gina K and read the reviews.
I am also looking at the Singer Pixie Plus.
One of the negative comments about the Janome is there is no guide on the plate to keep your lines straight. I am trying to see on line if the Singer is the same way. (Hard to tell in the photos).

Does anyone have a suggestion about a machine that they would recommend?
I do have a machine I had used for years. Unfortunately, it is going to cost $75 to have tuned up and the guy can't guarentee that he can fix it.

So, feedback?????
Thanks all!

Stampnf1n 09-30-2010 04:55 PM

I have the Jamome Sew Mini and I love it. To be honest I never noticed it didnt have the guides.


Tashak 10-01-2010 11:00 AM

I have the Pixie Plus and it's a piece of junk. Singer has really gone downhill, wouldn't recommend getting any of their machines anymore.

Paula Anne 10-01-2010 11:54 AM

Tashak, thanks so much. I was going to order the Pixie plus and then checked back here. I appreciate the feedback.

buggainok 10-01-2010 01:30 PM

Hancocks has the Janome Sew Mini on sale for $49.00 instead of regular $59.00. Page 6 in the flyer.

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isewquilts2 10-01-2010 05:38 PM

I would not buy a Singer. The quality is not up to par.

wanda50 10-01-2010 06:47 PM

I have the Janome and I love it!!! Follow Gina K's instruction from start to finish and it will sew like a charm. Give it a try...I bet you will like it.

michellesscrap 10-01-2010 07:59 PM

I don't know about Janome's mini sewing machine, but I have a full size and love it, good product.
I have heard those tiny little sewing machines (not sure what the Janome looks like..if it is one of those tiny ones) don't hold up over time with continued wear and tear.

Jill with a G 10-04-2010 07:37 PM

I bought a Pixie first, and it did NOT work from the very start, so I took it back. Then I went to Hancocks and bought the Janome Sew Mini and I love it! It sews just exactly what I need for cards! Love how it works! It is great for card making! Can't wait to try it on my scrapbook pages!

palval77 10-05-2010 05:32 AM

another thumbs up for Janome Sew Mini. I love love love mine!

KathiR 10-05-2010 07:50 AM

I must have had a lemon. My Janome was a horror from the first day I had it.

3kidmama 10-09-2010 03:40 PM

I am disabled with a bad heart and so do most of my cardmaking and scrapping from bed. I have researching a lightweight machine that would be easily adapted to use in bed.

The light weight of the Janome mini sounds like it just might fit the bill. Can someone who has one tell me about the size of it's foot pedal? Any chance it would be comfortable enough to place under my arm or elbow for use while sitting up in bed on a lap desk?

Does it require much strength to push it?

I'd really appreciate any feedback/tips/suggestions you might have!

MilwaukeeMommy 10-10-2010 05:59 PM

I'm on my second Sew Mini --I thought I had a lemon the first time around so I thought I'd give it another chance & got another. After a year (& I didn't even use it that much) the zig zag part broke ----it skips a lot of stitches ----so now I can only use the straight stitch. I haven't had a lot of time to craft lately so it's not really worth it for me to get a different one at this point.

I read a lot of threads about it & it just really seems hit or miss ----many people never have had a problem ---but there a few that hate it & have had nothing but problems with it.

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