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Message Board > Sewing Machines > janome DC3050 decor 3050 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/22/11 0:44 AM

hi, I was HOPING that maybe someone in here could help me figure out why the Janome DC 3050 is $100-$150 MORE than the 2 newer models, the DC 2011 and the DC 2010? unlike the others, it comes with no cover, no extra feet (only a buttonhole & zipper foot) The more I look at it, the more I like it (the DC 3050) BUT I must be missing something? no cover, which I don't need, really), no extra feet (AT ALL!)... if anyone knows something I don't, please do tell. also, most compatible feet to...Brother? really I just need the basics, unless someone with any of the Dc/ Janome decor compatible can tell me which off brands might work, as they are sold in bundles on amazon and ebay...
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Date: 11/22/11 3:21 AM

Hi avacody, I just saw the prices of the DC 3050 and the DC 2011 on the SewVacDirect website and Ken's on line and the 3050 is actually more. Both dealers had the same prices but listed the regular retail price on both models at $699 but have the 3050 at $419 and the 2011 for $399 and both come with a bonus pk of "extra feet", bobbins, needles and extended warranty.

Ken's offers many more feet in the bonus pkg and a life time warranty extension where SVD offered fewer feet and a 5 yr warranty extension. I didn't check Allbrands on line for their offers on these machines but I have done business at all three on line dealers in the past and had good service.

I would think that the 3050 would sell for less being I think it is an older model. I saw they listed that the 3050 had a few more features than listed on the 2011. I think the 2010 and 2011 are the same??
I don't know if any of these models have foot pressure adjustment. They did state that the 3050 had extra high pressure foot lift where I did not see that listed on the 2011.

Janome feet are the same as the Sears Kenmore feet but you need to be sure to get the feet for the horizontal top load bobbin Kenmore models and not the vertical front load bobbin Kenmore machines because the stitch width on the top loading bobbin machines is wider so you need the wider horizontal bobbin machine feet.
Some Brother feet would also fit but I own a Brother that has 6 point feed dogs and I own a Janome Kenmore DC with 7 point feed and both have top load bobbins but not all feet are interchangeable between my machines because of the difference in the feed dog positions.


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Date: 11/22/11 7:49 AM

Hi! I just fixed that, yes I meant more, not less ;o)
When I called about the models, I was told that the 3050 is a better machine, but after comparing all specs & included accessories, dimensions, etc, I just couldn't see why it would be better? (okay, so it is prettier...) Idk, the price dropped on the others $100, and the dc3050, which has been around for at least 6 years is still the same... thank you for your help & reply. ;o)

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Date: 11/22/11 11:41 AM

None of those three models have adjustable presser foot pressure. I have always wondered why the DC3050 was/is so expensive. When I was shopping around a couple years ago it was selling for $579. The DC2010 and DC2011 are basically the same machine as the HT2008 (the Heart Truth introduced in 2008). Janome just changes the color scheme and renames the model to the current year. These models tend to sell for $399 and I wouldn't pay more for just the updated color (unless you really like it). The HT2008/DC2010/DC2011 are also the same as the Kenmore 19110 (Sear's version) that sold around $279. The only reason I can see why the DC3050 is more expensive is because it is built on a different chassis. The DC3050's chassis looks like the TB30 and DC4030/DC4030PR. I sewed on the TB30, DC3050, and DC2010 and found that the TB30 and DC3050 were quieter than the DC2010. HTH!

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Date: 11/22/11 11:50 AM

The 3050, and I am going out on a limb here - but here goes, the 3050 is a heavier more solidly built machine in some ways. Also, you have the additional four buttons over the stitch selector to hop to various places in the stitch menu. Having the Janome/Kenmore 115110/19110, which is like the 2011 or the 2008 or the 2010, you have to button your way up to all the stitches one at a time, but these machines are also solidly built and really fun machines to use - hardy and reliable.

If I were you I would call Sew Vac Direct when ready to purchase, and talk to them about price - they are good folks, willing to deal, and it is surprising how often a phone call is better than using the web! ;)

I would also recommend you look at the 1050 and the newer Janome mid line machines because these off 2 place stitch selection. I find that wonderful on the Janome 8050 (the same machine as the 1050 under the skin) I have. These newer machines are much lighter - more portable, and offer a nice selection of stitches.

That said, I would buy any of the above named machines.They are all fine machines. Pretty much you could blindfold yourself and reach out and pick one of the mentioned machines and be one happy sewer!

As to feet - Janome feet are reasonably priced and offer a large variety. Again, I bought almost all mine at Sew Vac Direct online with a few purchased from the Sears website. NAYY.....

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Date: 11/22/11 12:08 PM

I don't have a local Janome dealer and I sure wish that I could see Janome models in person and compare them rather than just seeing them on line. I thought I read at one time on line that the 3050 had stitch elongation as my Janome Kenmore does but I don't see it listed on the recent sites that I checked on the 3050.
Stitch elongation is a very nice feature where you can elongate stitches and programmed combined stitches without losing stitch density. You can elongate just one of the stitches when programming and combining or the entire programmed design of stitches.

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Date: 11/22/11 1:52 PM

I bought the 3050 just for the blanket stitches, since my vintage and antique machines can't do that.

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Date: 11/22/11 2:09 PM

I bought the Janome DC 3050 at my dealer after first purchasing a cheaper version on-line. The cheaper version kept getting jamming up I took it to be repaired twice in the first year on the third trip I traded. As soon as I got it home I saw the difference. The interior parts of the 3050 were bigger and more durable. I have not had to take this machine to be repaired in how many years, let's see 3 or 4.

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Date: 11/22/11 2:28 PM

For what it's worth, I sew on a Pfaff 2056 and a Janome DC3050, which I bought as a backup and for its buttonhole feature. Comparing the two machines, I have to say that the Janome does things the Pfaff doesn't; it's less temperamental; it makes a very reliable, very fine stitch. I know I don't use it to its potential, but it's a wonderful machine. You won't go wrong with it.

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Date: 12/3/11 2:46 AM

I'm kind of late to post a reply to this question, but I have the Janome 3050. I really searched for a machine that would cover the wide variety of sewing I do and the Janome has not disappointed. I've read that many brands are dropping the adjustable foot pressure feature on their midline machines, and honestly in 42 years of sewing I can count on 1 finger the times I've had to adjust that. As long as I have the correct needle, thread and foot I'm good to go. I think this is the advantage of an electronic/computerized machine and the wide variety of feet available now, IMO.
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