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A young woman called in the shop this morning. And straight-away she walked over to look at our new sewing machines, we’ve got around 60 on show. I asked her if I could help. She said she was thinking of buying a new sewing machine. She then went on to say her old Singer sewing machine had served her well for many years but it was only a basic straight stitch and zig-zag machine.

Janome MyStyle 22

So, ten years or so ago she had walked into John Lewis and bought herself a new sewing machine It wasma Janome MyStyle 22. However, she had only managed to sew three outfits in all of those ten years. This lady was not a happy sausage.
She complained that every time she had tried to sew anything, the machine would jam. In the end she would be left feeling frustrated and quite a bit fed up.
Now, I know, as will many of you out there, that the Janome MyStyle 22 is a fabulous sewing machine. In fact, it’s a model we have supplied to lots of schools and colleges throughout the UK. As luck would have it, our customer had put her MyStyle 22 in the boot of her motor. So, we got it out and threaded it up and very soon we were sewing away quite merrily. I started off on some medium weight calico and tested the straight stitch, the zig-zag, one of the stretch stitches and finally one of the embroidery stitches. We then moved on to testing her Janome on some organza, a good test for any sewing machine. It sewed perfectly.

We had a chat about the choice of stitches, based on the type of fabric to be sewn. The choice of thread, we always recommend Gutermann, and the choice of needles, we always recommend Schmetz. The lady is now upstairs on our haberdashery floor, she’s looking at our sewing patterns – McCalls, Butterick, Vogue & Simplicity – and, more importantly, she is now a happy sausage and her faith in her Janome sewing machine has been somewhat restored

So, it’s not always the case that you need to buy a new sewing machine to solve your sewing problems. Sometimes you just need to call into Bambers and have a chat with people who know all about sewing machines.

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