I am thrilled to have my Bernina back from the repair shop.
When TSA wrecked it in Seattle last year, I promised that I would NEVER travel with this beauty again. I decided I needed to purchase an inexpensive travel machine. The Janome Sew Mini sewing machine is a sweet deal.
Here she is,
my Sew Mini is sooooo cute. This little beauty weighs 5 pounds and costs anywhere between 40 to 60 dollars. I got mine from Hancock Fabrics. It is a pretty basic machine. It only does straight and zig zag stitching.
It isn’t designed to do any freemotion sewing but you can certainly alter the machine to achieve that. In this tutorial, I would like to show you how to alter your machine so that you can do freemotion sewing like this....
This is what you do:
First, some boring but important safety info:
While you are setting up the machine.....it is best to keep it unplugged. Plugging this machine means that the setting is ON and while working so close to the needle, you could cause an unintended accident. ouch!
To start, purchase this foot or something like it for a Janome.
This one was about 12.00 dollars. It is a freemotion foot designed for Janome machines.
Make sure that you place it correctly on the machine....if you don’t, this could happen.
Trust me....I speak/write from experience. I was so eager to get the machine working that I wasn't paying much attention to what I was doing. It helps to read the instructions on the back of the package.
You also need to cover the feed dogs....The feed dogs are those little teeth-like thingies that grab the fabric as you sew. So get a piece of chipboard or cardstock.
Pierce a small hole through the center of it. Use masking tape to adhere it to the machine. Making sure to cover the feed dogs and throat plate area.
Put the freemotion foot on, plug the machine and you are now ready to do all sorts of freemotion sewing.
For me, the best part is that I can travel with it and I can demonstrate my techniques when I teach. In no way does it replace the power, durability and comfort of a better quality machine....whatever that means to you. But I think it is a better option than traveling with an expensive and often heavy machine.