The Janome Overlocker machines are perfect for the beginner and for the more experienced sewer. Janome always has the beginner in mind with certain models offering a more 'guided hand' approach and maybe a better introduction to these machines. Overlockers can be daunting at first but Janoem recognises that and offers features explained later on that assist beginners.
What are overlocker Machines?
Overlocker machines are used in general terms, to sew a stitch around the edge of fabric panels to ensure a straight edge, to help stop the fraying of the fabric. This is ideal for blankets or for garments. It achieves the seam by using multiple threads. This can be up to as many as 8 threads, though the most common machines achieve 3-4.
Which Janome Overlocker is best for a beginner?
If you're into garment making etc. you will be looking to purchase an overlocker machine. Janome offers a few models that make the introduction to them a lot easier. They do this by offering colour coded threading, a differential feed for difficult fabrics, standard needles and all at an affordable price.
When it comes to an introduction to Janome overlocker machines, we would always recommend the Janome Overlocker 9300DX.
An affordable machine, the 9300DX Overlocker may be easy to use but comes with a wide range of options that a professional Overlocker would also have. The perfect introduction to using an overlocker to get that /seam/hem that you are looking for. It also comes with a DVD packed with useful information on setting up your overlocker to getting the most from it.
From the Janome website :
The Janome 9300DX gives you a wide range of overlocking features in a compact machine. It’s sturdy design and precise Janome stitch performance ensures a professional finish every time. It comes pre-threaded and has a built-in rolled hem feature (no plate change) for easy changeover. The differential feed prevents puckering and stretching, and can be used for fun special effects and the upper knife can be deactivated for decorative sewing. Colour coded paths make threading so easy. Other features include whisper-quiet operation and an electronic foot control. Create larger and more thread-intensive embroidery in a single design layout, import and combine designs for a total stitch count of up to 200,000 stitches, and stitch out at up to 1,000 stitches per minute!
With those range of options it's hard not to recommend it as our recommend beginner Janome Overlocker machine.
The best Janome Overlocker for an intermediate?
If you have used an overlocker machine before and are familiar with its capabilities then we would recommend looking at the Janome Overlocker 6234XL as the next step up.
Marrying the ease of use of the 9300DX with the professional features of the higher-end machines, it's the perfect machine for an intermediate.
With a trusted brand like Janome, these machines are built to last and will put you in good stead until you decide to take that step to a professional machine. But, as we say to all our customers, these beginner machines are more than capable than you might expect!