Beginners and Heavy Users
Will Love the Janome Threadbanger TB12
The Janome Threadbanger TB12 is a no-nonsense heavy duty mechanical sewing machine that lives up to its name.
The Janome TB12 has a cast aluminum construction that will have you stitching alongside hardcore DIY-ers in no time.
The Janome Threadbanger TB12 is based on a former model of Janome sewing machine whose sturdy, simple design was so popular with customers, that Janome updated it and brought it back.
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Janome sewing machines are known for their high quality, and users familiar with them might recognize that Janome is a partner company to Bernina, who manufactures mid-range models for high-end fashion industry.
With only 12 stitches available, the Janome Thread banger works as a beginner or first sewing machine, in addition to being a hard working second machine for experienced sewers.
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Janome Threadbanger TB12 Advantages
- Stitches – In addition to having a choice of 12 stitches (including stretch and zig-zag), this Janome sewing machine includes a 4-step buttonholer.
- Portable – The built-in carrying handle suggests the Janome Thread banger falls into a portable class of beginner sewing machines, but at nearly 17 lbs, it’s no featherweight. However, while it probably won’t be carried easily by a child, most adults can lift it without too much trouble. If you find it too heavy to carry around, you might want to give this free-arm workhorse a permanent workstation of its own.
- Stability – The weight of the TB12 also serves to keep it from “walking” while you are sewing. That’s important, as this machine can stitch up to 840 stitches per minute.
- The extra-high presser foot lifts and powerful feed dog system on the free-arm sewing base let this machine chew through heavier fabrics and multiple layers without chewing the fabric itself.
- Built-in thread cutter
This is a pretty sewing machine. The front panel has stylish modern graphics and dials for selecting stitch styles and lengths.
Limitations of the
Janome Threadbanger TB12
Like nearly every other modern mechanical sewing machine, there are some plastic parts in this one. Even though it is designed to be like a former Janome machine, the days of all metal parts are long gone.
This is not a fancy, expensive sewing machine. That having been said, it does not have little luxuries like an automatic needle threader or decorative stitches.
One drawback to owning any mechanical sewing machine is that you have to oil it. If you need to hire someone else to do that, your hidden costs in maintenance make your economy machine more expensive in the long-run.
However, this is not a problem with the Janome Threadbanger TB12. The sewing machine manual includes instructions for cleaning and oiling the machine yourself.
Like many machines, the Thread Banger can have some lint buildup. If you routinely brush it to remove the lint, this should not be a big problem for you, and your machine should continue to run smoothly.
While simple and sturdy in its features, the Janome Threadbanger TB12 has charmed many a sewing reviewer. The Janome TB12 is built to last, and will appeal to the no-nonsense DIYer that favors a mechanical sewing machine that can take serious use.
You can purchase the Janome Threadbanger TB12 sewing machine at Overstock.
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