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Extremely portable and lightweight, the Janome Jem Gold 660 is a mid-range sewing machine that has been specifically designed for both beginners and more experienced sewers.
This particular model is reputed for its exceptional ease of use. This is actually one of the rare machines on the market that can easily be operated by beginners- regardless of their level of expertise. Indeed, thanks to the machine being mechanical, you won’t be subjected to the complicated features that are usually associated with computerized models.
When it comes to downsides, only a few users have had complaints. For example, one inexperienced user found it problematic to use the apparatus at first because the speed was much too fast for her. Another person also had an issue with the fabrics that she was using and noticed that the machine worked best with less-heavy fabrics as opposed to heavy denim, leather and the likes, which can be said of most sewing machines.
Regardless of the drawbacks, the Jem Gold 660 still remains a highly-recommended purchase.
Size and Weight: 5/5
Measuring 10” by 7” by 14”, the Janome Jem Gold 660 is compact enough to fit on practically every table size. This makes it quite easy for users to find a space for their machine- a refreshing change for sewers who live in cramped areas. Since it only weighs approximately 12 pounds, you can also carry the machine just about anywhere you want, including sewing class. In fact, you’ll even receive a hard shell cover to guarantee easy portability.
While it is compact and lightweight, the work area is still spacious enough to accommodate several fabric sizes. This prevents you from having to fold your fabric over or repeatedly move it around just to make it fit in the sewing area.
Ease of Use: 5/5
Because it is entirely mechanical, this particular model is fairly easy to navigate through. By this token, you won’t be subjected to the usual complications that beginners often face while using computerized models. To facilitate ease of use, this particular piece of sewing equipment even comes with an automatic needle threader: therefore, instead of repeatedly fiddling with the thread and needle, you merely have to activate a mechanism that will instantly guide your thread through the eye of the needle, hence saving you the hassle. This function will undoubtedly come in handy to elderly people, beginners or any sewer who suffers from poor eyesight.
Because of the dial knob, you’ll also be able to very swiftly navigate between the different thread designs. So, instead of fiddling around with a computer pad or touch LCD screen, users can turn the dial knob in various directions to shuffle through and choose the stitch design of their choosing.
Extra Features: 4/5
The Jem Gold 660 certainly is not lacking in extra features. Quite on the contrary, it comes with just about anything you need to successfully complete your sewing project. The extended range of features also ensures a highly professional finish with practically no flaw, which makes this particular model a great alternative to the heavier model Janome HD1000. Because of its spacious work area, the sewing machine can also be used for quilting. In fact, it also comes with 8 built-in stitches to add some additional flair and variety to your sewing project as a whole. These include 4 straight stitches designs for stretch straight, basting, gathering and mending stiches. Users will also be able to make the most out of the apparatus’ 3 zigzag stitches that come with an adjustable width of 5mm and length of 4mm. Two blind hem functions are also provided to help you with stretch and regular blind hems.
The sewing machine comes with 4-step buttonhole stitch, as well as shell tuck and overcast features. To make things even easier for you, it even includes a drop-in bobbin system with a clear bobbin cover, hence enabling you to see what’s happening. The bobbin system is also enhanced by a magnetic housing function that makes it exceptionally easy for you to set it up. Since it comes with a presser feet, sewers will have their hands free for holding the fabric in place while you’re using the overcast stitch. This also comes in extremely handy for regular sewing as well as quilting. If you’re worried about adjusting the tension, you will be glad to learn that the apparatus even includes several lay-in tension slots which largely facilitate this task for you.
All in all, the Janome Jem Gold 660 provides excellent value for money, especially when you consider its quality built and versatility.
- Sew & Quilt: Yes
- Computerized: No
- Built-in Stitches: 8
- Stitches per Minute: 840
- Lettering Fonts: No
- Wide Table: No
- Auto Needle Threader: Yes
- Weight: 12 lbs
- Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 16”
- Warranty: 25-year Limited