Hello. Perhaps we’ve never properly met. My name is Gnomey. I’m Elizabeth’s sewing machine. She’s always writing about the stuff that she sews, but I feel like since I’m really the one doing the heavy lifting, I should get my 15 minutes here. Let me tell you a little bit about myself in honor of the Sewing Machine Meme at Sew Mama Sew.
What brand and model do you have? I’m a Janome DC2007
How long have you had it? I’ve lived with Elizabeth for 2 years now.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? I was about $400.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Mostly I spend my days making bags and garments with the occasional curtain and pillow.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I get used almost every day. It’s a good thing Elizabeth takes the time to change my needle frequently and dust me out because I go through a lot on a daily basis and a girl can get tired out without some TLC.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Elizabeth assures me pretty constantly that I am dearly loved and could never be replaced.
What features does your machine have that work well for you? I know Elizabeth loves my easy to read seam guides, the speed control, my user friendly nature, my solid construction, and how I can speed through any and all fabric she throws at me.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? We had an incident with stitch #11 last year when she was making a swimsuit. There was a seam ripper involved. There were some ugly words said on both of our parts. We both apologized.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! Elizabeth bought me after sewing 4 yards of fabric into an enormous curtain by hand. I make her life considerably easier. She named me Gnomey because it rhymes with Janome and because I have this darling little night jacket to wear:
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? I would heartily recommend myself to anyone thinking about buying a sewing machine. I could not be easier to operate and because I’m a Janome from a dealer, I came complete with free classes and support from my store (very helpful for you beginning sewers).
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? . I think all machines should have needle up/down, lots and lots of feet (doesn’t every girl like a ton of shoes?), speed control on the foot pedal, sturdy construction (plastic parts just feels fishy), a good manual, and a good workhorse mentality.
Do you have a dream machine? I am a dream machine, really…quite the rock star.