This is not a sponsored post this is me talking about the sewing machines that I actually use everyday and the Skyline S7 I got to test drive
I have been a Janome girl for several years now. I mentioned before that my first sewing machine was a Janome, then I briefly had a Brother from Costco, before making the switch back to Janome and have stayed with Janome ever since. Both my sewing machine and serger are from this fabulous company. Janome‘s theme is “What’s next?” and I love that! They are constantly looking for ways to make sewing easier, more fun and sewing machines more user friendly. When Janome contacted me and asked if I wanted to test run their newest Skyline, the S7 I of course was up for it but kind of skeptical that any machine could be that much better then my current Janome (skyline S5 here) which I love so much. I was totally wrong. When the S7 arrived I was slightly hesitant to switch over to it. I have been so pleased with my machine that I waited a day or two before pulling it out and reading the instructions. The more I read the more I could not believe that it could do all the things it said it could. I plugged it in and kept gasping over and over (annoying my husband with my constant “no way!!!” exclamations).
This time I followed the instructions and sewed the dress up correctly and oh my goodness do I love it!
It was amazing how beautifully the Skyline handled. It comes with all the bells and whistles I have become “used” to with my skyline S5 but a few new features I wouldn’t have even thought of. Along with the automatic threader, the presser foot is controlled by a button on the main machine, press it and the foot slowly descends. After using the thread cutter the presser foot automatically lifts. I know it seems simple but oh my goodness it makes sewing small details so much easier!
The pedal is at least three times the size of any other sewing machine I have used which is fabulous! Do you know how many times I get calf cramps because I am pushing the pedal with my toes because I have slooooowwwly pushed it away from me and didn’t even realize it? But I think my favorite features are the “clothing” features. Press a little shirt icon and on the screen up come presets for gathering, zippers, pockets, overlocking, rolled hems etc. No more messing with tensions or stitch lengths. They are all there set for you! It is so awesome!
Once this dress was done I whipped through FIVE sets of PJ’s. FIVE! I didn’t even have to use any of my sewing with knit tricks! (I will be sharing these later this month). This particular Janome is an investment. But don’t let that scare you off. I started out with a more basic Janome (here) then slowly moved my way up to where I am now, the Skyline 5.
I feel the same way about sewing machines as I do about good camera’s, you find a brand that you trust, that works well for you and you stick with it. I’m a Canon girl when it comes to cameras, starting out with a rebel then moving up in models as my skill increased. It is the same with sewing machines I am a Janome girl and couldn’t be happier with the two machines that have taken up permanent residence on my sewing table.