The Bottom Line
- A light weight simple to operate machine.
- Many barriors to protect fingers during operation
- Self contained for felting so lint is not damaging a sewing machine.
- Option of using one or five needles at a time.
- Would like to see a 2 or 3 needle option
- The finger guards protect fingers from being injured even if you are absorbed with the creative process.
- Being a self contained needle felting machine, keeps lint from being lost into a sewing machine bobbin area.
- This machine allows you to incorporate the beautiful yarns that are available into your sewing.
- The optional extension table allows you to work with a large area and keep the fabric flat at the same time.
- The possibilities by being able to blend colors and fibers, as well as add texture through the felting operating are endless.
- Compared to embroidery machines, this is a very affordable option to create your own embellishment on fabric.
- The machine easily converts to a free arm for needle felting tight areas.
- the tools for the machine easily fit inside the removable part of the machine bed.
- The strength and speed of the machine allows felting of almost any fabric.
Guide Review - Janome Xpression Needle Felting Machine.
This machine does not use tread or a bobbin. It does not use regular sewing machine needles. It is a sewing machine that does not sew in the traditional sense at all.
Needle felting is done with needles that have barbs in the sides of the needle. These barb, pull the fibers through the fabric and melds the fibers.
The DVDs that came with the machine provide inspiration and explain the basic process.
The creative outlet of this machine allows you to choose the effect you want to create. There is no right side or wrong side.
The fabric and fiber choices for felting are endless. Wool is the traditional fabric for needle felting and lends itself to many possiblities. Moda wool is avaiable in many colors.