With so many sewing machine options, how do you figure out which one is right for you? It’s  no easy task. There are basic electric machines, computerized models, specific types for quilting or embroidery, from simple to fancy, and everything in between. It can be enough to overwhelm a would-be sewing enthusiast!

I’ve always loved Sears Kenmore appliances. I’ve owned dishwashers, freezers, stoves, and refrigerators with that brand. So of course it only makes sense that my favorite appliance would also be a Sears Kenmore!

Thirteen years ago I purchased my first computerized sewing machine, naturally a Kenmore. I loved it. It wasn’t the fanciest, but was definitely fancier than anything I’d ever had before. My first computerized machine has 75 stitches, auto needle threader, and programmable needle up or down. It has many features that I didn’t even know were possible!

Fast-forward to a few years ago when I purchased basic Sears Kenmore machines for my sewing school. They have been fantastic machines and I’ve never had any trouble with them. I roughly planned to replace them every four years. Doing some research, I learned that Kenmore had stopped having their machines manufactured by Janome, who had been the last private label manufacturer to produce Sears Kenmore sewing machines. You can find out more of the history of the company here.

During my research, I learned that Janome took back the remaining Kenmore machines and put their own Janome label on them. Although I wasn’t able to find the models I’m using in my sewing school, I did find the exact computerized model of sewing machine that I’ve always wanted.

My new computerized machine (pictured above) is one step up from my old model, which could use a little break after thirteen years of consistent and faithful use. I didn’t purchase the fanciest computerized model currently available, but sometimes, especially with sewing machines, we only use a fraction of the available functions anyway.

I’m absolutely thrilled with my new machine. It used to cost $800 but I found mine with the Janome brand for only $399. I’ve been sewing up a storm and using many of the new features. It does everything from utility to fancy stitches, and my students can use it to make monograms for their projects. One feature that is particularly useful is the “turtle and hare” setting, where I can set whether the needle will move slow or fast, without my having to control the speed with the machine’s foot pedal.

Like most of us, I love things that make my life easier!

Happy sewing,


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