Janome DC 2010 Review With Vanessa of LBG Studio

Today we have a real treat! Vanessa from LBG studios is sharing about her Janome DC2010 (link is to the current version of this machine). You will also see a sweet little Brother Serger (the 1034d) peeking in some of the photos. Vanessa is one of the few bloggers who’s work I’ve seen in real life. I won a bag from her site (I think it’s actually pictured in the post below!) and it is amazing! Here’s what she has to say about her machine…



Hello! I’m Vanessa and I blog at lbg studio. Thanks so much to Palak for having me today and letting me chat about my sewing machines!

1 | What brand and model machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?
I have a Janome DC2010 and I’ve had it for about 4 years now. It was actually a gift from a great friend of mine that also sews. I also have a Brother 1034D serger that I got not long after my sewing machine. The two make a really great pair! Not only are they solid work horse machines, they’re also cute and colorful.
2 | Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw it out the window?
My Janome is a relatively simple machine as far as computerized machines go. Not too many bells and whistles really. There are about 50 stitches but I pretty much only use the straight stitch and one of the buttonhole options. Most importantly – it has been able to sew through just about anything I’ve thrown at it – canvas, leather, suede, etc. I love the placement of the various buttons – it’s so easy to change settings, back stitch, etc. I’m not too good about cleaning my machine and it’s not been serviced (because I can’t be without it!) and it’s still running like the day I bought it.
The Brother serger is super basic but it does the job and does it well. I paid less than $200 for it and it was great investment.

I’ve rarely had ‘throw it out the window’ moments with either machine. The buttonhole attachment on the Janome does not handle thick fabrics well which is a bummer and I really wish it had a knee lift so I could have both hands free for adjusting layers when making bags. Other than that though I can’t say anything bad about it.It would be awesome to have auto threading on my serger but that is really the only downside to the Brother 1034D.

3 | If your machine suddenly disappeared, what would you look for in a new machine?

I’d definitely get another Janome! I can pretty much run my machine in my sleep so I’d want something  very similar to the model I have now. Although I’m not really a quilter, a machine with a bigger throat space would be nice. IF money were no issue and I had to replace my serger, I’d love to have a jet-air threading Babylock – I might actually change out the white thread on it from time to time.

4 | Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?

I would absolutely recommend both of my machines to anyone in the market. My advice – skip the big box store models and shop at a dealership. Test drive any machines you are interested in by bringing along some fabric samples typical of what you sew with. If you want to sew leather – bring that! The very first sewing machine I bought was right at $100 and I ordered it online. While it did a decent job of sewing, it only lasted a few months before kicking the bucket. After a lot of time and trouble, I was able to get it repaired under the warranty but luckily had already gotten my Janome by the time that one made it home. Lesson learned. . .if you plan to do a lot of sewing, spend a little extra money and get something that is sturdy. That said, I threw caution to the wind and ordered my serger online. There are so many glowing reviews out there that I felt it was worth the risk.

5 | What is your favorite project that you made with your current sewing machine?

Oh,  I can’t pick just one! I think every new project ends up being my favorite for a while. Below are a few that I really love. . . 1 | duffle bag   2 |  organizer wallet   3 | five and ten top  4 | fold over leather accent clutch


If you and your sewing machine were given a free roundtrip ticket to any city in the world, where would you travel and why?

A true vacation would be sans sewing machine so I’ll assume this is a working trip. I’d say NYC because of all the great fabric stores, the mix of cultures, and the inspiration overload I imagine that city to be. I’d hopefully be going to meet up with some sewing friends for a weekend of creativity, fabric shopping, sewing, and eating lots of great food.



What? I’m shocked that Vanessa wouldn’t take her machine on a regular vacation! You can check out the Janome Decor Computer and the Brother 1034d on Amazon!

Here are some of my favorite frugal projects from LBG Studio

1. The Patchwork Pencil Pouch

2. The Mini Coloring Tote (This is on my list for this weekend!)

3. Pillowcase Dress Tutorial





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