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ibmomof2
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Date: 3/2/10 5:19 PM

Hi guys-

I've decided it's time for a new sewing machine and I've narrowed it down to two.
The two I'm looking at are the Janome 7318Janome 7318 and Brother CS6000Ibrother

I'm torn between slightly cheaper with bells and whistles or slightly more basic and sturdier. I'll be using it for quilting and one thing I keep reading about the Brother is it tends to walk when quilting. I don't really need 6o different sts. The Janome has 12 and that is just fine. If I went with the Janome I would have to spend $50 extra to get the quilting feet where as the Brother comes with them. the Brother has needle stop which I would love to have but can live without since I've never had it. (I can't miss what I never had, right? lol) I don't care if it's computerized either. I've looked locally and there is nowhere even remotely close where I can try either of these.

So I was wondering if you guys could give me some opinions on why or why not I should get either.

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Date: 3/2/10 5:31 PM

I just received my Brother CS-6000i from the UPS guy a couple of hours ago. I have been playing with the stitches and love it so far. There are mixed reviews for this machine so I was a little worried about it. However, I only paid $169 for it from Amazon and I can return it if I don't like it. I've always owned Brother machines so I knew what I was getting but this one is so much more than my 9 y/o Brother. Hopefully I have better luck with mine than some of the reviewers. I didn't try out the quilting foot yet. I'm not much of a quilter. I really like this one for all of the buttonhole options. My old Brother quit making buttonholes years ago. I don't know anything about the Janome. Best of luck to you!

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Date: 3/2/10 5:40 PM

I've heard rave reviews about the Threadbanger-12. It is mechanical and hear it is built to last and a work horse. This is a Janome classic. It's construction is an all metal aluminum frame. I hear it is also nice if you want to take to classes. It is the same as the Janome travelmate 4612 and L-344 and L-108. IT is $199 at most online stores. One thing about Janomes is they hold their value. I haven't had much experience with brothers, but do love Janome's. JMO. HTH

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Date: 3/2/10 5:54 PM

I saw the TB12 but it didnt say that it had a lower feed dog feature which is a must.

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Date: 3/2/10 6:11 PM

It does. I'm a quilter, so I know how important that is. The topic is called Threadbanger 12. It has alot of information about this machine and the machines it replaced in the past years. Check it out.

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Date: 3/2/10 10:24 PM

Quote: ibmomof2
I saw the TB12 but it didnt say that it had a lower feed dog feature which is a must.

The TB12 can drop the feed dogs. (I confirmed it in the manual earlier today, and know from experience with its earlier incarnation, the L-108, which I own.)
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Date: 3/2/10 10:28 PM

Quote: ibmomof2
Hi guys-
The two I'm looking at are the Janome 7318Janome 7318 and Brother CS6000Ibrother

I'm torn between slightly cheaper with bells and whistles or slightly more basic and sturdier. I'll be using it for quilting and one thing I keep reading about the Brother is it tends to walk when quilting. I don't really need 6o different sts. The Janome has 12 and that is just fine. If I went with the Janome I would have to spend $50 extra to get the quilting feet


I think more highly of the entry level Janome and Kenmore (made by Janome) machines than the similar Brothers. The Janome models don't have all the extra stitches, but they still have real frames, etc. Brother can build a fine machine, but their entry level seems to be junk. (I had one a couple of years ago. Never could get it to stop jamming.)

For the price of the 7318, I'd go for the TB12/L-344/L-108/Travel Mate models. I have the L-108. Aluminum body, mostly metal innards (plastic cam stack), essential stitches, and no muss/fuss, if it has enough stitches to do what you want.

Note that if you buy the Brother from Amazon, you can return it. You'll pay the return shipping if it's not defective, but that's still an inexpensive test drive.
-- Edited on 3/2/10 10:29 PM --
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Date: 3/2/10 11:20 PM

Thanks for the help guys- As it is, I've decided to go with the Kenmore 16231. Funny how I ended up there! I found all the posts here about the Janome 11590 which led me to the Kenmore. I found one place with the Janome still in stock, no free shipping (so add $25 to the price) and they have a restock fee on returns. I figure I'd rather pay the extra $75 for the Kenmore and buy it locally. Then if I need it to be serviced or returned, it's a ten minute trip vs. shipping it somewhere. Now I'm just trying to figure out if it comes with the darning foot and 1/4" foot. (I have both for my vertical Kenmore, but I'm not sure they are compatible). It does say it comes with the walking foot and under Standard included it says "Quilter" but I'm not sure what that all is.

We're having a new heating unit installed tomorrow and now I'll be pacing all day waiting for them to leave so I can buy my new machine right away. My store has 2 in stock.

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Date: 3/2/10 11:34 PM

Hmm, a friend just pointed out that this Kenmorekenmore is on sale for just $5 more than the one I was going to get. Should I check this one out at the store too?

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Date: 3/3/10 2:00 AM

The Kenmore 19110 in the link is considered a computerized model (and owners do seem to like very much) and it offers a lot more stitches, needle positions etc..
The 16231 (also liked by owners) is a mechanical machine with some electronics like the speed control lever, up/down needle, stop/start button and has a lot less stitches than the computerized model..but it has a foot pressure adjustment that I did not see as a feature of the computerized 19110...if that makes a difference to you. If so, and you decide you want the 16231, maybe wait for it to go on sale. I have seen it priced for much less several times. Sometimes there is a longer wait between sales though.
-- Edited on 3/3/10 2:57 PM --

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