For today’s sewing machine review, we have Caila from Caila Made! She’s an incredible seamstress and is responsible for some amazing creations! I was excited to find out that she sews on a Janome Decor Computer a dependable, reasonably priced machine (that I sew on myself!)
Hey there Sewistry readers! My name is Caila and I sew and create over at CailaMade. I’m excited to be here today, sharing the details of my sewing machine with you. I love to gush about my gal, and this is the perfect opportunity to do in front of someone other than my husband!
Palak gave me some questions to answer, and I’m going to jump right in. Here goes…
1. What brand and model is your sewing machine? How long have you had it? My sewing machine is the Janome 2010. I’ve had this girl four years and three months, since waaay back when I was pregnant with my daughter, Abby.
2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window? I love everything about my machine! The Janome 2010 has a digital display with over 50 stitch options, but truth be told, I only use four or five of them regularly. I originally bought my machine with an extra package of sewing machine feet, and I’m so glad I did because I find a weekly use for most of them. My favorite thing about this machine is the way my stitches always turn out beautifully even. I can stitch through cotton or leather, and my stitches look the same. The tension is easy to adjust, which helps to keep both the top and bottom threads looking nice.
I’ve heard that lots of people have trouble shirring on their machines (using elastic thread in the bobbin to create a smocked look), but my Janome has always shirred perfectly without fail. This machine has stitched for hours every week over the past 4+ years, and has never dropped a stitch or failed me in any way. You can see why I love her, can’t you?
3. If your machine suddenly disappeared, what would you look for in a new machine? I would go straight to my local sewing machine store and buy the latest version of my machine. Haha, no joke! At some point I might be interested in something more intense, but Janome has proved itself to me over the past four years. I trust them. If my machine broke, I would just buy a new one of the same thing!
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Well let me see… YES! I would definitely recommend this machine, and Janome in general, to anyone who wants a reliable, high-quality sewing machine. I’m pretty liberal with telling others how to spend their money when it comes to sewing equipment. As with most electronic equipment, quality DOES matter. Most of my friends who have tried sewing and don’t enjoy it have been using cheap machines, or ones that don’t work well anymore. There is nothing more frustrating than stopping in the middle of a project because your sewing machine is malfunctioning. Once you know the joy of a perfect line of stitching, you never go back.
Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give your friend? Personally, I don’t suggest buying cheap machines. With that said, I did learn how to sew on my mom’s old Singer sewing machine from the early 1980s. It was about 28 years old by the time I was learning to sew in my late 20s, and obviously free to me. But inevitably, it began malfunctioning a month into my sewing obsession. I had it fixed a few times before we realized that it just didn’t fit my needs anymore. I had been sewing so much that my husband suggested I get a really nice machine that would last for years and sew anything. I resisted spending a lot of money at first, but we saved up (and I was working on the side) so I splurged on the Janome 2010 ($550 on sale at the time) and never looked back. Truly, I could have spent much more in our local shop! I’m so happy I spent money on a nice machine. She’s been through a lot with me and can handle anything I throw at her. If I didn’t have such a great piece of equipment, I don’t think my sewing projects would be anywhere near as successful as they are.
This leads me to one more thing: I always suggest buying your machine from a local shop, and here’s why. When I bought my Janome from our local brick-and-mortar they offered me two free classes to learn how to use it. The ladies who work in the shop taught me SO MUCH about sewing, and I can go in with questions any time. They also offered me one free tune-up and a warranty. Because the shop is invested in the local community of sewing enthusiasts, they stand by their products and make sure we are happy. If you’re looking to buy a new machine, I suggest checking with your local shop before you go bargain hunting online. I can’t put a price on everything I’ve learned from those ladies!
OK, that’s enough about that. Let’s move on to something fun!
What is your favorite thing you’ve made with your current machine? Well, this is a hard one to answer! I love everything I’ve made on this machine. Below you can see a collage of the different substrates I’ve been able to sew on the Janome 2010. The Study Hall Jacket I made my oldest is a favorite, as well as the Sally Dress my daughter is wearing. I’ve made all my baby’s moccasins on this machine, and the leather tool roll for my husband. You’ll have to check out my blog and tell me what your favorite item is, because I can’t decide!
If your sewing machine was a cupcake, what flavor would it be and why? Um, definitely Mint and White Chocolate Chip because of the colors. I love white and teal!
If you and your sewing machine were given a free round trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you travel and why? PARIS! I’ve traveled all over Europe and somehow never made it to Paris. I would love to go fabric shopping and then sew on my Janome whilst looking at the Eiffel Tower, eating a croissant and drinking wine. Please, nobody tell me wine doesn’t go with croissants because I am dreaming here and everything goes together in dreams!
Well, that’s about it folks. Thank you so much for having me as a guest today, Palak! I loved gushing to you all about my partner in sewing crime. Please stop by my blog and say hello. I’ve been putting this Janome through a lot of work lately, and I’d love to show you what I’ve been sewing. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from way back when I was pregnant with my daughter and had just bought my machine:
Aww, I was SO preggers and excited about my new machine. Come to think of it, I never finished that baby quilt! Maybe I should get on that…four years later. So much has changed since then. I now have three kids and life is busy, but my love of sewing is just as strong today (stronger, even!) as when these pictures were taken.
Thanks again for reading everyone. Happy Sewing!
Ack! isn’t she just too adorable!!!! Thank you, thank you for sharing your review! You can check out the current Janome Decor Computer (DC2014) on Amazon or at your local shop.
Calia is super modest so we just have to point out few things.
1) She (well, one of her projects) is on the cover of Sew It Today magazine!