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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Janome 644d overlocker ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Janome 644d overlocker
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Margaret Lowe
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Date: 7/27/12 5:57 PM

7/27/12 5:03 PM
I live in Uk and are looking at a new overlocker. I have not sewed for several years and hubby is converting bedroom to sewing/craft room. i have a Toyota overlocker which i have not used and have always been afraid of, which i will set up and use for certain things. I want an easier one to use. i have been looking at the Janome 644d. i know its retired but a dealer in uk is doing it for 299. plus free bag and threads and scissior sets. also loads of feet to buy for 75. Also 5 year gtee. It seems a great buy I cannot afford a Babylock which i know is the bees knees. Has anyone got this machine. I purchased the coverlock but not had chance to use that as room not finished, so i dont need one with coverlock.
thanks for any help i can get.

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Date: 7/27/12 6:25 PM

Yes, I have owned my Janome 644D for about 8 years. It has been used very little as many of those years I didn't do much sewing.
When I did start sewing again I became frustrated with the threading process which is just like most every other serger on the market.
I bought a Babylock earlier this year just so I wouldn't have to deal with manual threading again.
I still use the Janome, I leave it threaded with for sserging and am using the BL more for coverstitching and chain stitch.
I would have sold the Janome but decided it was worth more to me than what I could get for selling.
It is actually a really nice machine and if I were more patient with the threading process I could have gotten along with it just fine.
I think you would really like this model.


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Date: 7/27/12 6:58 PM

I have it as my back up overlocker. Its quite a robust little beast and does well on thick fleece and fabrics. I think the thing with threading this is that with ANY overlocker you need to learn to thread, and from scratch, because threads can break during overlocking and when they do there is no tie on and pull through trick available to you!! And there is no jet air threading system to have to have replaced at great expense later on when it eventually fails. These are simple machines to fix and to use.
Mine came with an instructional DVD which has been helpful when it was new.
I will say the rolled hem is OK but its not as pretty as my main overlocker's rolled hem- which is a Bernina 800DL.
It is noisier too, and the stitching isn't quite as precise. But it gets the job done and for the price I paid was well worth it, because it was well reduced. and I didn't want to spend a lot on a back up overlocker. It does have easy lower looper threading mechanism like most modern overlockers today.
I have been glad to have it on more than one occasion and tend to keep it for tougher jobs or when my other machine is in for service.
I can't say about the sale price you have been offered because I don't know what the usual price is like the UK, but if the price is good and you like how it feels to sew, and want not to spend more $$ then why not?
I have found its relatively straightforward to learn to thread but overall the stitch quality isn't as nicely precise as my other OL- but it is not bad.
Have you looked at thte 700 and 800 DL Berninas?

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