Choosing The Right Sewing Machine For You

Choosing the right machine can be tough when there are so many brands and models out there. That's why we've created this article to help you know what to look for and give you the best foot forward.

Lets start with the brands, there are so many out there and usually people go for the brand they've heard or seen the most. Here at Sydney Creative, we're proud to be official Janome dealers because in our professional opinion, we believe Janome produce some of the best machines on the market today, which is why we chose to exclusively sell Janome sewing machines over the other brands.

Here are a few reasons why we love Janome: 

♥ High quality materials, inside and out

♥ Made in Japan

♥ A leader in sewing machine innovation

♥ World renowned reputation

♥ User friendly machines

♥ An ethical company that does not use conflict minerals that have been mined and sold to fund military conflicts.

♥ They do not work with any supplier or parts factory that employs children.

When purchasing a machine from us, it will come with a $50 voucher to spend on any sewing class when you bring your machine along. The purchase will also come with another bonus item, we'll specify the details below.

When choosing your machine, the first question you need to ask yourself is what type of machine you'd like: 


Mechanical Sewing Machine
Great for regular sewing, making garments, light alterations and soft furnishings such as cushions and curtains

Computerised Sewing Machine
Great for those who are forgetful in bringing up the Thread take-up lever (or hook no.4 if you've been to our beginner sewing class), good for regular sewing, making garments, sewing stretch, good for people who enjoy having more features, especially features that make your life easier

Quilting Sewing Machine
Best for those who want to make quilts, blankets, throws, and large soft furnishing items

Overlocker
Best for any sewist who likes a professional and clean finish. Great for those who love sewing stretch and knitted fabric.

Now that we have those out of the way, we'll share our recommendations with you below.

Janome Sewist 709 (mechanical machine)

Price: $399
Bonus Items: $50 Sewing Voucher & Free Dressmaker Scissors valued at $40

The lowest model we recommend is the Janome Sewist 709, this machine is solid in build, does not move around with the vibration of the machine when sewing and it feels like a high quality machine. We'd recommend this machine to kids who are just starting out, or adults who will mainly focus on sewing woven fabrics such as cotton and linen.

This machine does not have stretch stitches, meaning it's not the best for sewing stretchy materials, so if you're hoping to have the flexibility, take a look at our next recommendation.

Janome Sewist 725s (mechanical machine)

Price: $399
Bonus Items: $50 Sewing Voucher & Free Dressmaker Scissors valued at $40

Our best selling mechanical machine! The 725s has everything the 709 has, plus a built-in needle threader, stretch stitches to sew stretch fabric, 1 step button hole, foot pressure adjuster, extra-high foot lifter for thicker fabrics, and it comes with a hard case cover.

We highly recommend this machine to beginner and intermediate sewists who want to alter clothes, make their own garments, sew stretch fabrics and make things for around the home. It's a great all-rounder! 

Janome DC6050 (computerised machine)

Price: $399
Bonus Items: $50 Sewing Voucher & Free Dressmaker Scissors valued at $40

Yes, there are cheaper computerised machines out there, but what's the point in having a computerised machine just to change the stitches? You can do that with a mechanical. We recommend going for a computerised machine to have some of the nice features that come with computerised machines, such as: 

- Default width and length to suit whichever stitch you choose, this can be adjusted of course

- 6 Levels of foot pressure to sew the sheerest of fabrics to heavy weight denim

- Easy set bobbin system - no need to bring the bobbin thread up by holding the top thread

- Built-in needle threader

- Automatic thread cutter, just click the cut button!

- Needle up/down button, no need to turn the side wheel

- Easy button for backstitching

- Comes with an extra wide table and hard cover

Janome ML644d (overlocker)

Price: $749
Bonus Items: $100 Sewing Voucher to spend on our "Master Your Overlocker" class + a free Overlocker Sewing Guide Book valued at $25

We absolutely adore this overlocker! Overlockers can be daunting and intimidating, but this overlocker is super simple to thread, once you know how. On an overlocker, the lower looper is the most difficult to thread, however, Janome have a very simple way to thread it. The free Overlocker Sewing Guide Book that comes with this machine is an absolute game changer, we call it our overlocker bible and everyone who sees it, loves it! 

With overlockers, the cheaper the overlocker, the harder it is to thread and they can be temperamental machines, but we have always used the 644D model and cannot fault it.

The MyLock 644D includes essential features for simple overlocking. The differential feed system of two feed dogs virtually eliminates puckered edges on woven fabrics and stretched edges on knits. Its unique rolled hem conversion feature eliminates the need to change the needle plate, foot, or tension setting for rolled hemming. Janome has restructured the lower looper guides for easy access. Colour-coded guides are easy to follow for 2, 3, or 4 thread overlocking. All of the features on this machine are specially designed to make this overlocker the easiest to use on the market today.

Please note: A sewing machine is needed to use alongside an overlocker

Janome 1200D Professional (Overlocker with coverhem)

Price: $2699
Bonus Items: Free "Get To Know Your Overlocker" class + Free Dressmaker Scissors valued at $40

A fantastic machine for those wanting to get into making swimwear, activewear, garments, costume and soft furnishings!

The 1200D has 5 threads and provides all the tools you need to create great ready-to-wear garments. It is three machines in one: an Overlocker, Cover Hem, and Top Cover Hem. It is versatile, incorporating many flatlock, blanket and overlock stitches, as well as the chain and coverstitch. You won’t need to change the needle plate or foot for a rolled hem, and the upper looper system is easily converted for a cover hem or top cover hem. The 1200D automatically selects the tension settings for each stitch so you can sew with comfort and confidence. You’ll also find 28 optional feet and attachments. With all this, you are only limited by your imagination.

Please note: A sewing machine is needed to use alongside an overlocker

Have a question or want to place your order? Call or email us: 

0240 052 999
sophie@sydneycreative.com.au

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