While everyone in our world is having babies...I have a new arrival of my own type!
Meet my new Janome! Isn't she a beaut?
Sadly, my trusty Kenmore workhorse that I've had for over seven years just started running out of steam. I brought her in for service, which helped a little bit. But, eventually she just started lagging and making some weird noises.
This was in November/December. I explored lots of different options and was pretty upset about it. I had invested a lot of money into my Kenmore in terms of bobbins, feet, extension table, etc. and I had a hard time giving up on it. Thought about just replacing it - but they don't make them much anymore.
With the love and support of my family - we researched the Kenmore and found that it was probably made by Janome. Filed that one away.
Anyways, after Christmas, I spent a day researching new sewing machines. If I couldn't replace my Kenmore, I thought about upgrading. There are some features that could be really nice...like an adjustable needle position, a needle down option, some more throat space, etc. So there was a day in December that I visited all the dealers - Pfaff, Bernina Husquavarna, etc. They were all really nice machines, but just didn't feel so comfortable. Cue Mr. Gnomemade who looked up the closest Janome dealership that closed in an hour. I hightailed it to the shop and fell in love with the MC 6300P.
It was perhaps the biggest decision I made in the shortest amount of time. But with the blessing over the phone of Mr. Gnomemade, I pulled the trigger and I...
...absolutely love her.
It was a bit scary to make a decision as big as this one, but I just felt so comfortable with the machine. It's like my little Kenmore - only on steroids. And what makes it even better is that all my Kenmore accessories (other than the extension table) fit! So no rewinding bobbins and I have extra feet! The machine came with an extension table and almost every accessory I'll need, and the shop I bought it from has been extremely helpful in negotiating learning how to use her!
I'm thrilled now when I'm sewing...and am really enjoying all the features it offers. Besides being such a great machine, it really does hold a special place in my heart. You see...my grandma passed away right around the time my Kenmore started acting up. Grandma was an active sewer and crafter, and I hope she'd be happy that I used some of the money she left me to invest in this machine. And I know I'm happy to have made that investment - as (corny as it sounds) every time I sit down at the machine now I think of her.