by Lisa Lam, whose blog
is all about making super-cute handbags -- look, too, for the links to
her handbag-making online shop, where she sells handles and hardware
(Lisa can't explain why she wanted her favorite heels in that photo, but aren't they adorable?)
Love it, hate it, or something in between? I love my Janome. I've always used them (I've owned three so far) and my 3500 is still going strong.
When did you buy this sewing machine? My husband bought her for me in 2002.
When was it manufactured? Don't know, but it was bought new.
Where did you buy it? From a department store (John Lewis in Southampton, U.K.).
How much did you pay for it? Approximately £350 ($700).
How many projects have you done on this machine? It runs into the hundreds.
Describe the kind of work you've done with it. Eighty-five percent bags because I'm a bag designer/maker.
What do you like and what do you hate about it? I love that she's so dependable, and I do really push her sometimes. I'll try to stuff umpteen layers under the foot, and with a bit of coaxing and a new needle she can still work wonders. If she hates me and my layers, she will auto-stop, and after freeing up the nightmare layers, she just starts up again! I do wish she sewed a bit faster sometimes (don't tell her I said that), but it's a small price to pay for her dependability.