Speaking of taking a long time... here is the story of how it took my mother and I about 4 hours to even get my new Janome New Home My Lock 634D machine to even start.!. :-O
We started by taking it out of the box, which went flawlessly. Next we we plugged in the power cord/foot pedal. Which, by the way, is extremely short. It barely reaches the floor with very little table overlap! I might start researching if there are such things as "sewing machine cord extenders" because it is pretty annoying that the only way my foot pedal can reach the ground is to have it draped in font of my table. I would much prefer to have it neatly around the back!!
We then oooo and ahhh at all of the intricate thread weaving that already came set up when it was shipped. "How nice" we commented, that we wouldn't have to deal with threading the machine for the first time, because threading a serger is like playing Operation....you literally use tweezers! So, thank goodness came all threaded up.
We finally gave in and un-threaded the machine. Nooooooo!!! All that nice thread weaving that was already done for us. We thought, perhaps the thread was tangled somewhere which was preventing the wheel from moving. Nope, not it.
At one point we were convinced that there was this tiny black piece too close to the needles underneath, and it looked maybe plastic, like it was more of a safety measure. We almost took out the screw driver and to remove this mysterious piece. Just to be sure though, my Mom took out a magnet to test it and sure enough it was metal, and therefore, most likely a permanent, important piece that should stay put.
OK, so by this point, we had looked on sewing forums online, watched weird monotone YouTube videos that were no help, and I had even called and left a voice mail at the Janome company. We were about ready to give up and I was very frustrated. Using this rare frustrated state I put some muscle behind my rotation and yanked on the wheel.. and what do you know, it rotated!! My mom looked up from her intense concentration on the thick owners manual in disbelief. "What did you do? What did you push?" she jolted! "I just turned it really really hard!" I answered. All that time, no special trick lever, all we needed was a little bit more elbow grease.
My mother, defeated and embarrassed, I think was only trying to be a little bit more cautious as to not break my very expensive birthday present before I even got to use it once. It's okay mom, without you there I would have been too scared to even take it out of the box. So, even though I didn't need your strength (or lack there of) I needed your guidance, intelligence, support and confidence to accomplish this momentous task of simply turning on my sewing machine.
Lesson learned: my mother and I are both weak...err.... strong in our own ways! We compliment each other perfectly for any project at hand! I love you Mom!!
I am not ready to give a review of this particular machine just yet, 12 inches isn't quite enough to judge yet. However, I can say it felt amazing to finish an edge with no pinning, no folding and no ironing! :) Can't wait to do more!