Usha Janome Allure Automatic Zig-Zag Electric Sewing Machine Review

Usha Janome allure electric sewing machine is one such budget-friendly machine that gives us quality performance in regular sewing applications.

Usha Janome allure electric sewing machine is one such budget-friendly machine that gives us quality performance in regular sewing applications. The basic inbuilt features of the tool make it a prior choice among the competitors in the market. Whether it is about stitching new garments or altering the old fabric or designing modern clothing accessories Allure will make your sewing easy and comfortable with its efficiency. The designs of Usha Janome Allure is quite captivating in terms of versatility. Let us have a look at the key features of the sewing machine.

The basic features or highlights of Usha Janome Allure Automatic Zig-Zag electric sewing machines are jotted here :

The design of dials

The machine is equipped with a set of 2 dials for pattern selection and stitch length fixation respectively on its body adjacent to each other. You just have to turn it to whichever side required to make an apt selection for your favorite fabric. The choice of patterns can be made by taking a glance at the designs imprinted on the dialer. The pattern dial will help you select the required model among the 21 inbuilt patterns available in the machine. The machine has a wide variety of stitching patterns such as Zig Zag, tricot stitch, shell tuck stitch, satin stitch, blind hem stitch, and many more.

The inbuilt stitch functions

Usha allure has 13 inbuilt stitch functions, which makes it unique. It will for sure enhance your sewing skills while working on it. The 9 essential applications of the machine include rolled hemming, buttonhole stitch, stretch stitching, darning, zip fixing, quilting, and smocking.

Free arm stitching

Usha allure also makes sure to avoid the difficulties with circular stitches. The free arm function of the machine will help you to have perfect hand stitches, stitches for skirts, etc. All we need to do is place the fabric on the free arm once the extension is pulled off from the machine. The free arm will aid in making easy and regular circular stitches without the material getting tugged in between the needle. The interior of the removed case, on the other hand, provides better options for storing accessories like buttons, needles, and many more that are essential for easy sewing.

The machine body design

The white body of the machine is designed in such a way to have minimum space requirements. The sewing machine has dimensions of 45x35x23 cm. The peculiarity of the motor is also something notable. The machine comes with a silent motor that lets you have a peaceful work atmosphere while sewing. The sewing light will offer you better visibility while stitching in dark rooms or dim light surroundings. The handle provided on the top of
the machine will let you carry it easily whenever and wherever required. While not using, you may pull the handle back to the slit on the surface of the machine.

Specifications of the machine

45x35x23 cm
7 Kg
Power requirement
230 v
Power consumption
80 w
Sewing speed
860 SPM

Accessories provided: Zipper foot, Blind hemming stitch foot, Sliding buttonhole foot, Needles, bobbins, seam ripper, spool holder, lint brush, Additional spool pin and Felt cushion.

Things to know while working on Usha Allure electric sewing machine

  • Connecting the machine to the power supply: Plugin, the machine wire into the socket provided and turn the switch on t0 start the machine. Sewing can be controlled with the help of a foot pedal that manages your speed of sewing. The deeper you press in, the more the device works fast. It is advised to use a polarized outlet to plug in the polarized plug.
  • Dropping the feed dog and reverse stitching: The drop feed dog is located in the free arm of the machine towards the down. The arrow provided can be utilized to control the feed dog. When the arrow is pushed in, the feed dog is dropped down and once you pull the arrow in the opposite direction, The feed dog raises. Turn the handle towards you to raise the feed dog. For reverse stitching which is done to secure the ends of the fabric. You may simply press the lever, and the machine will do a couple of reverse stitches.The machine will switch forward once you take back the lever.
  • Presser foot: To raise and lower the presser foot, you may use the presser foot lifter. With the presser foot kept above the average level, it is possible to stitch the denser fabrics or to remove the stitched material from the machine. To change the presser foot, rotate the handwheel counter-clockwise to raise the needle and press the lever on the back of the foot holder, the presser foot then disengages. To attach the foot, let the pin on foot lies precisely in the groove provided on the foot holder, the machine engages. 

Presser foot holder The essential part of the machine that holds the presser in place is the presser foot holder. To remove the foot holder, remove the set screw on the surface of the holder and to fix it tighten the screw once it is placed in the hole of the holder and turned in the clockwise direction.

Dealing with bobbins For winding the bobbin, you may make use of the spools on the machine. Place the spool of thread in the pin provided with the thread hanging from the pin. For smaller spool, use the smaller spool pin and for a larger spool of thread use the larger spool pin. There is an additional spool pin on the machine exclusively for winding of the thread onto bobbins. To wind the bobbin, all you need to do is place the spool in the spool pin and pass the thread through the thread guide nearby. Once done, pass the thread through the bobbin tension guide. Later, take the bobbin and draw the thread through any one hole on the sides about 2 inches and keep the bobbin on the winding spindle and press it in. With the free end of the thread held in hand, press on the foot pedal to start winding the thread on the bobbin. When the bobbin is fully wound, cut the thread out and release the bobbin. Place the fully wound bobbin in the bobbin holder with the thread running out. Take the thread and guide it through the front notch on the holder until it glides it through the slit and slips to the side notch. Pull a few centimeters of the thread and then attach the hook cover.

Threading   To set thread in the needle, the thread take-up lever must be raised to a higher position along with the presser foot. The thread must be drawn from the spool and passed through the thread guides through the right channel. Draw the thread around the bottom of the thread guide plate and later pull the thread through the left channel. Once completed, draw the thread around the take-up lever and through the eye of the lever. Draw it more until it slips through the needle hole from back to front. Cut to the required extension using a thread cutter. To draw the bobbin thread from underneath the plate, raise the presser foot and turn the handle until the needle descends and get its hold on the bobbin thread. Make sure to hold the thread on the needle towards the left with your finger while the needle lifts the bobbin thread from down. After getting hold on the bobbin thread, leave both the threads to the back of the foot to start stitching fabrics.

How to select the patterns The pattern selector will aid you in choosing the required model for your favorite fabric. Turn the pattern selector dial to select the required stitch. Adjust the stitching length by turning the stitching length dial to the corresponding directions of your choice. The higher the number, the longer is the stitches. Lengthy stitches are advised for denser fabrics such as sweaters, woolen clothes, etc. There is an option to select your stitch width in the machine. You may turn the stitch width dial to fix the width of your stitches. The higher the number chosen, the wider are the stitches. Variable needle positions can also be achieved with the stitch width dial to do parallel stitches,edge stitches etc. on fabrics. The center of the slit can be brought to coincide with zero or 5 to reach both the extremes of stitching.

Adjusting the thread tensions The thread tensions can be adjusted with the help of tension dial. To tighten the needle thread the tension dial has to be turned to a higher number and a lower number for the opposite. The tension dilas help in monitoring the required tension on the kind of fabrics chosen.

Versatility in stitches     

    • For straight stitches, place the fabricafter selecting the stitch style and length and depress the foot. Then start sewing while controlling the speed with the foot pedal. For changing the direction, pivot the fabric to the required direction after lifting the presser foot and then depressing the lever when you are about to start. To secure the ends making use of the reverse lever.
    • For zig-zag stitches,select the type in the pattern selector and confirm the length. Usually, such types of stitches are done in buttonholes, overcasting, etc. These stitches are called utility stitches. Overcasting is done to give a better appearance to edges of fabrics; it can also be mentioned as a type of hemming.
    • Straight stretch stitch, is another type of stitch in which we sew two stitches forward and one backward. This is done for extra strength. Such stitches are often seen in armholes, stitches in pants, etc
    • Tricot stitch, this is done to stop puckering in fabrics. Once stitching is done, the extra parts are trimmed off for a neat finish.
    • Zig Zag stretch stitch is another Zig zag stitch used on the decorative stitching of fabrics. This is more superior to the basic Zig-zag stitch.
    • Knit stitch is done to impart proper finishing looks to fabrics.

Zipper foot and decorative stitches  The zip stitching can be done with the help of zipper foot; to stitch the left side of the zipper, attach the foot on the right side of the pin, and to sew the right side, attach it on the left. Blind hemming is also possible with the blind hemming foot of Allure that is required for sewing skirts, curtains, etc. Apart from the utility stitches, the machine comes with a wide variety of decorative stitches too as an added advantage. For decorative stitches, proper fixation of the stitching density should be done as a first-hand rule. For delicate clothing, to make sure the fabric isn’t getting 

  • pulled off, you may also try stitching with paper underneath, which can be later torn apart from the fabric. The various decorative stitches available are: decorative stitch stitches, satin stitches, smocking, pin tucking, shell tucking, fagoting and patchwork.

Sewing buttons and buttonhole The essential thing that must be done before switching on to stitching a buttonhole is adjusting the stitch width so that the needle enters precisely through the hole gap in the buttons. After lowering the foot to make the needle depress into the hole, start sewing to attach the button in your fabric. You can even use a shank and make sure that the pin is entering the two holes on both sides of the machine needle. After stitching, remove the shank and take back the foot to get the button with the fabric. Secure the button by tying it onto the back of the fabric. To sew a buttonhole, you may make use of the buttonhole foot. Adjust the pattern length setter after selecting the pattern. Ensure to put marks on the fabric where you need to create a buttonhole and start sewing through the foot space. Once the stitching is done, remove the fabric and cut the area between the two stitches.