Your Sewing Machine – Part 2!

This week I will look at Janome and Brother sewing machines. Both well known names in the world of sewing and both producing good machines from top of the range models with embroidery attachments to budget machines which will cope with most basic sewing needs.

Janome XL601

The Janome Sewing Machine XL601 is a 30 stitch version of the popular DXL603 and has similar features and qualities offering reliable computerised sewing at an affordable price. It is selling for £329 and offers a lot for the money.

The Janome XL601 has 30 built in stitches including 3 styles of fully automatic buttonhole (square, round end and keyhole) and a reinforcing tack stitch. The LCD display makes it easy to see which stitch you’ve chosen as well as the stitch width and length, which are fully adjustable. A jam-proof, magnetic, top-loading, full rotary hook system eliminates the need for a removable bobbin case. The hook cover plate opens at the touch of a button, and the extra needle penetration power of the XL601 lets you sew across heavier fabrics & multiple layers. The extension table also detaches for free-arm sewing. This machine also features a seven piece feed mechanism, a drop feed facility, automatic needle threader, a slide speed control and comes complete with a dust cover.

Definitely a machine to look at closely. A very good machine for the quilter!

Janome MC5900

This machine is more expensive at £699 but offers a whole lot more! Check it out and save £100! Includes sewing table and quilting feet!

The Janome Memory Craft 5900QC ( Quilters Companion) is a machine made especially for quilters. It has over 500 stitches and a host of features that makes it the perfect machine for dressmaking and home furnishing as well as quilting!

It has an extra large, backlit LCD display with easy-to-follow icons. Previous Setting Recall, allows the MC5900QC to remember the last stitch that was sewn–even after the machine has been turned off.

The full rotary, horizontal, magnetic hook system provides whisper-quiet operation. And, automatic thread tension assures legendary Janome stitch quality.

Janome HorizonJanome 8200QC

I love this machine! It offers so much to make sewing easier and more fun! At £1199 there is a saving of £300 + Free Thread Kit Worth £199. Got to be good!  This machine is very easy to use and comes with an instruction book and an instruction DVD plus a very impressive array of accessories.

The sheer length of the arm space is impressive at 11″ ( 280mm ) .. ideal for large quilts, bridal dresses and those bigger home furnishing projects. As with all Janome sewing machines stitch quality is a priority. With a built-in AcuFeed system for precise fabric handling and an easy change needle plate to enhance straight stitch performance .. rest assured this machine offers spectacular stitch quality. And we’ve increased the stitch width to 9mm !

Shadow free lighting is provided by 5 bright white lights whilst quick and easy stitch selection can be made on the large touch screen or keypad. Choose from over 200 stitches including alphabets and numbers, and 7 styles of automatic buttonholes. Memorise a combination of these and save them for future use ! Patterns can be elongated up to 5 times standard length.

Other special features include an automatic needle threader, a speed controller to set your maximum sewing speed and a stop / start button if you choose not to use the foot control. It also has a needle up / down button which programmes the needle to either finish in the up position or in the fabric … great for pivoting on corners !

It has a lock stitch button to ensure every stitch pattern is locked off at the end and even an automatic thread cutter to trim your threads.

Brother VQ2

Brother VQ2 Quilter’s Sewing Machine.  This machine is now retailing at £1999 but offers a lot for the discerning quilter.

Express your creativity with the Innov-is VQ2 long arm sewing and quilting machine. The 11 1/4″ long arm is perfect for larger projects like coats and quilts.


• 11 1/4″ (285mm) Long arm sewing and quilting machine

• Large colour LCD touch screen

• Up to 1,050 stitches per minute

• Extra wide stitches up to 40mm

• ICAPS – Continuous Automatic Pressure System

• Pivot function

• Multi-directional feed

• Automatic electronic needle threading

• Independent bobbin winder

• Knee lift


Brother Innovis V7

This is a top of the range sewing and embroidery machine which sells for £4999 but there is one ex-display model on sale for £3799 which is a real bargain!

The New Brother Innov-is V7 Long Arm Sewing and Embroidery Machine. Create beautiful embroidery, quilting and home décor with this new machine. The Brother Innov-is V7 sewing and embroidery machine has a wide choice of 531 stitches for all your sewing needs, Select the right design or stitch for you from the selection of applications including utility, quilting decorative, appliqué, heirloom designs, crazy quilting designs, vintage designs, ‘I Love You’ designs, multi-directional sewing stitches and lots of new designs from large intricate patterns to simple monogram fonts.

If you can’t quite find the exact stitch you’re looking for, simply use the stitch editing feature to adjust the height, width and density of many of the built-in stitches, which can then be saved for future use. The Innov-is V7 also allows you to be creative and combine stitches for decorative projects, letters for sentences or even name labels and memories for those special projects for the loved ones.


The Brother Innov-is V7 boasts an extra-long arm that measures an impressive 11¼” (285mm) this gives you more space than ever. The extra-long arm gives a wider expanse of space for those extra-large quilting fashion and home décor projects.

Try it out for yourself! It is a truly fun machine to use and you will get great results!

Brother £3799

Whatever sewing machine you choose do get in the habit of cleaning it regularly and having it serviced! Doing this will lengthen the life of your sewing machine! Christmas is coming and what better gift than one of a new sewing machine! Speak to Santa Claus! 🙂

Written by Val


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