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Date: 5/14/11 7:08 PM

Hi,

I need help deciding on a janome HD 3000 vs kenmore 16231? Saw video of the janome and it looks like a excellent machine. Any thoughts????

Any input is appreciated.

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Date: 5/14/11 9:38 PM

Not many own this machine yet. I think its an incarnation of a former Janome that was popular several (many) years ago. Hopefully someone can say which one it is so you can refer to reviews for that model. I like that it is metal exterior like the HD1000 and it appears to have foot storage under top lid which is a feature i like. The 16231 adds quite a few more stitches, needle up/down, blanket stitch, start/stop, variable speed control, variable needle position (specs didn't show this for HD3000, but it may have that). The 16231 is plastic housing but its not a cheap/flimsy/shiny plastic and i think the machines weigh about the same. The Kenmore has .7 amp motor and i don't know about the HD3000 or if it should matter to you. I find that the 16231 is a powerful machine compared to many others that cost lots more...even other Janomes at higher price points. Seems like you get more value w/ the Kenmore at $199 and really, the only thing the HD3000 has over it is nicer aesthetics (metal and top-deck storage). Both are good machines.

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Date: 5/14/11 10:18 PM

Here is the thread on that HD3000 from just recently -

HD3000 Thread

The machines it is like are great Janomes. Very nice looking as well.

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Date: 5/16/11 10:34 AM

Which features do you want in the sm? That would help you decide. The Kenmore sm do go on sale too if price is considered. ........ Our dealer has problems keeping the HD 3000 in stock.

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Date: 5/16/11 12:36 PM

On Sears.com you can check to see if the machine is in stock at your local store. Maybe take some denim down and demo the machine at your local Sears and see if it sews like HD3000 does.

I am seriously considering the HD3000 myself. Except I just put $600 in repairs in my van, so it will have to wait till later in the summer.

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Date: 5/16/11 1:45 PM

My Sears stores no longer have sewing depts...it's all gone...no sewing machines, bobbins, needles...nothing. Even when there were some machines displayed they were not set up to be test stitched...no needles nor thread...most importantly there were not any foot pedals/electric cords and no electric outlets to plug anything in...even though the sewing machines were close to the TV displays.

So before making a useless trip to a Sears to test stitch a machine best to make sure that's possible...call first to make sure. If it is...best to make sure the model you're interested in is on display and set up to test stitch.

With the Sears stores that have deleted their sewing machine depts a machine can be ordered online for store pick up but it's not immediately available. There are not any sewing machines at the store. It has to be delivered to the Sears and an email is sent to you that it is there for pick-up.

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Date: 5/16/11 3:49 PM

Have you considered the Sewist 500 Janome? I was thinking I have seen it at the dealer & on video it is pretty sturdy however it does not have some of the fancier features of the Kenmore 16321. Would it be one you might consider also?
If you bought from Janome dealer then you would have dealership support which would be nice............ from my own experience sometimes trying to learn a sm on your own without any support can make it more difficult to really bond with a sm & enjoy sewing with it. ............. Just something to consider maybe. ....

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Santa Kitty is on the move... Meowy Christmas everyone!

Oh good, DH has now getting a nice part time job. Avg 20 hours a week.
The sewing workers:
Hello Kitty Kate (green), Hello Kitty Valerie, Dottie Kenmore, Bubba Kenmore the traveler.

Be still & know that I Am God +
Dear God...please help us out..Thank you..+

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Date: 5/17/11 9:42 PM

Well after all I ordered the Janome H3000. I retuned the JUki HZL-27 I had ordered from amazon when they had for 159 box special. I did not like at all. So far I have unboxed the h3000 and it is very light maybe 14#'s. I will post once I try it.

Thank you all for the info.

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Date: 5/18/11 2:08 AM

Wonderful...I can hardly wait until your next update!!!!

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Date: 5/18/11 2:19 AM

Oh good luck! Let us know how you like it! :)

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