This is a review I first posted on my old blog and thought it was a good idea to repeat it again!
I’ve noticed I am getting a few Google Searches for my Sewing Machine – a Janome SMD 2000. So I thought I’d give a review.
It has been a very good buy, to start with. It’s easy to thread, and the needle threader is great, no more squinting to get the needle threaded. The bobbin winder is smooth and fast, and again, easy to figure out. I’ve used the Applique mode on a very fine, slippery polyester satin and the machine handled it well, no pulling or catching on the fabric even on a star shape applique.
It’s gone through 6 layers of fleece fabric without flinching and also has sewn tulle as well with the same ease. I have had the thread break once, but that was my fault, as I had sewn over a spot and the top thread had gotten tangled in the bobbin.
The free arm has also been handy as I make toddler-sized clothes (for my son now) so sometimes need the small diameter to get a straight seam around a curve. I haven’t tried the button-holer yet, but will comment on it when I have. When using it the machine stays where you put it and doesn’t slide around even though it isn’t a very heavy machine. It is still easy to lift and move around as I do need to move it to cut out fabric on the table it lives on. It is also quite quiet- I can use it with the door to my sewing room open while my son is napping next door with his door ajar. The foot control is good too, I can sew quite slowly with it without having to resort to using the wheel with my right hand to sew slowly as I have had to do with my previous machine.
The bonus for me was the free gifts – a 5 pack of new scissors, 50 spools of thread, 4 bobbins, tape measure, seam ripper, and 2 packs of needles. The thread is good quality and has a good choice of colours to choose from – the neon yellow one is very bright! I change thread colours all the time – so the 8 bobbins I got have come in handy – all are currently full. This made it easy to get started sewing as I had everything here ready to go once the machine was out of it’s box and plugged in.
The machine itself has been fuss-free and I would recommend it to any sewer who doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles. The 5 year guarantee that Sewing Machines Direct offer was also one reason I bought this machine instead of trying for a slightly cheaper machine off Ebay. If anyone has any questions they’d like me to answer, just comment below and I’ll answer as best I can!
ETA: Now that I have used the button-holer I can say that it works well; you put the button in the back and the machine automatically makes the right size button-hole – if your button is larger than 1″ you need to mark your fabric and make it manually, but even that is easy to do.
I’ve sewn through up to 6 layers of waterproof canvas with a denim needle and the machine was great – it had no problem going through such a thick amount of fabric. I do keep the instructions within easy reach so I can set the machine up quickly for specialist stitches and so I don’t have to rely on my memory and the book is easy to use and understand with lots of diagrams alongside the text.