As the ‘icing on the cake’, to go with our new space, we applied for and were granted funding from Bendigo Valley Trust towards purchasing a set of new sewing machines! This funding was topped-up through our fabric sale we held in the new studio just after moving in. Thank you to everyone who came along and donated generously!
We have been very grateful for the fabulous sewing machines we have been donated over the years, and they have been great to use. We are keeping some of these machines for use when we do pop-up workshops and when we need extra machines at the studio; or for those times when you simply need a feature not available on the new new ones; or simply for people who prefer something closer to what they are familiar with. Some of the donated machines had reached the age where they really needed a single committed user who understood and appreciated their quirks and who wouldn’t move them about so much. These have now been re-homed with delighted new owners, and the funds have allowed us to buy a few ‘extras’ for the new machines, like invisible zipper feet and twin needles.
We selected Janome’s DC6050 model as having all the features we love from our experience on a range of machines, along with being very ‘beginner friendly’ with simple controls and an option to reduce the speed. This is a popular model for schools, and is known to be reliable and easy to maintain.
We’re still working out which is our favourite feature, but the automatic cut-off is definitely in the top 3, along with automatic button holes and the decorative cross-stitch.
Do come by and we’ll be happy to give you an introduction, and you can find what your favourite feature is :D
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