Janome Stirling Review - What Kind of Sewing Machines Are They?

 

“I’ve seen this ‘Stirling by Janome’ brand of sewing machine and overlocker around – but cannot find them on Janome Australia’s website. Are they Genuine? The prices seem too good to be true.”

 

We get this question a lot, especially around Mother’s Day. For good reasons. Let me explain.

“Stirling” is Aldi’s own brand for electronics, made by well-known manufacturers especially for Aldi. Some call them “re-badged” models. Janome makes their sewing machines and overlockers – that means these machines are genuine Janome, technically. You may have also seem the brand “Lumina” – that was also an Aldi brand, and they used to have sewing machines by Janome too.

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Let’s first talk about the machines themselves. What exactly are they?

 

If you take a closer look, you’d see that they are, in fact, almost identical to some of our most popular Janome models.

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Stirling Sewing Machine is equivalent to Janome JR1012 – our most popular basic machine.

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Stirling Overlocker is equivalent to Janome 8002DX – our most popular basic overlocker.

 

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The differences are mainly cosmetic. The inclusions are fairly on par (except there is NO Bonus feet or DVD with Stirling Overlocker from Aldi). If you’re a beginner, you will definitely need the DVD – because overlockers can seem intimidating!

 

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Still – their prices are pretty darn good. Too good to be true?

Well, I’m gonna be honest here. You know we sell machines – so here’s where I give out stern warnings about buying sewing machines from Aldi. Right?

But the truth is – I also shop at Aldi myself, and I love them for what they do. And I can’t match those prices because they are a multi-national giant – I’m just one happy little shop.

 

So here’s what I think….

 

If you’ve done your homework on sewing machines, know what you’re looking for / know your way around sewing machines, and happens to be handy to an Aldi store – sure, by all means save yourself some money. I would.

 

But….. if you’re undecided about which model to choose, what features / functions you actually need, whether this model is right for you, and what if you’re going to need a hand on sewing related questions down the track, then perhaps the lovely staff at Aldi may not have all the answers for you.

 

Beside, there’s the Warranty - they give you 1 year like most places. We cover you for twice as long on ALL Sewing Machines, and you can always pick my brain about sewing stuff – that’s what I’m here for :-)

And, we also do a 60 Days Money Back – in case you change your mind. Just make sure you pack everything back so that it can go straight back on the shelf, and send me a quick email :-)

 

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If you’re new to sewing, and not sure what to look for in a machine, you can start by reading this:

 

How to Choose a Sewing Machine – a Beginner’s guide.

 

Now, if you’ve already bought a Stirling from Aldi, and looking for more presser feet – but not sure where to start, take a peek at this:

 

“Will This Foot Fit My Sewing Machine?”

 

Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!

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P.S. Do you own a Stirling? Do you like it? Love to hear your thoughts :-)