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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Janome 7700 vs Juki ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/18/12 2:14 PM

Hi

I bought a Janome 6125 last year.

I intend to upgrade to Janome 7700 which I was more or less set on buying.

However, I just saw an awesome review for Juki F600 which makes me think twice on my decision with Janome 7700.

What attracted me to Janome 7700 was the lock stitch and thread cutter.

I do not have a serger so the fake overlock/overcast/edge stitch was a plus for me.

I noticed that both Juki F600 & Janome 7700 have all the features I need.

My main concern is the machine's ability to sew through thick and pretty hard stuff like leather, attaching handles to bags, thick canvas totes etc.

I do not quilt or do any FMQ but may attempt in future.

I do intend to sew some knit shorts and pyjamas in near future though.

I test drive the Janome 7700 last Thursday and was able to sew through 2 layers of 3.5oz/1.4mm thick and pretty hard leather using standard polyester thread and size 13 needles with stitch length set to 2.2mm.

Does anyone has any idea which model between the two above mentioned models are better at sewing through thick & hard fabric?

I will deeply appreciate any comments.
-- Edited on 8/18/12 2:22 PM --

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Date: 8/18/12 2:34 PM

I've heard that the Juki is great at going over tough seams. Do you have a dealer nearby that you can test the Juki at? That would be ideal - to compare the two sewing what you want to sew. It seems to me that one of the major features of the 7700 is the harp size. If that isn't something you need, then maybe it doesn't make sense to pay a premium for it. Do you quilt at all or do anything else that would be easier with a large harp?

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Date: 8/18/12 2:57 PM

I'm not a quilter but I may pick up quilting in future.

I was thinking of going to test drive the f600 but I have to find a store that actually carries the display model of F600 to try.

I'm a total newbie and I was thinking if the F600 can also sew through the leather, how do I tell which is better at going through thick layers?

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Date: 8/18/12 3:27 PM

You've probably seen that I just got my 7700 a couple of days ago.

If there is a certain task (in your case - heavy stuff) that is a real dealbreaker/feature that you demand...

Then take some of that material into the store with you when you try out your machine.

Be sure and get them to use appropriate needles, feet, & settings for what you're trying to do.


-- Edited on 8/18/12 3:58 PM --

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Date: 8/18/12 4:03 PM

Ok... so I went to go look at this Juki....

I found this:

"The HZL-F series has powerful feeding thanks to a special steel feed dog and improved presser foot construction"

This quote came from alongside a picture of a pretty-usual-looking presser foot that has the "black button" on it.

The Janome foot has that, too. Do you know about this?

When coming up to a thick bump, if you push in the button, the foot will stay horizontal - maintaining fabric pressure on the feed dogs so the machine can feed past the bump.

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Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
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Date: 8/18/12 5:20 PM

Hi ripstitcher

I didn't know about pressing the button as I just test drive by sewing with normal "A" foot. I don't think I even engage the walking foot when using A foot.
Thanks for the tip!!
-- Edited on 8/18/12 5:24 PM --

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Date: 8/18/12 7:04 PM

Your "A" foot should have the black button on it.


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Date: 8/18/12 8:44 PM

Do you want to consistently sew leather? I am not sure that either of these machines would be the best choice. I have a Janome 6600 and I am sure it would do it but I wouldn't ask it to all the time. I also have a Vintage Kenmore that would do it but again I wouldn't ask it to do it all the time. Home machines are not made for consistently heavy duty work IMO. A vintage Singer or an industrial might be a better choice. I haven't sewn on a Juki but they sound amazing. My Janome is a powerhouse and I am sure the 7700 is too.

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Date: 8/19/12 2:57 AM

Karen: thanks!!

Marie: I don't see leather all the time. Maybe will churn out 10 iPhone pouches using thin leather like 0.6mm kind for thanksgiving? Is that alot? My old Janome 6125 can do that easily so I guess it should be fine on 7700.
I test drive the 7700 with the thickest and hardest leather in my stash which I wouldn't use as its hard to turn thick hard leather inside out.

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Date: 8/19/12 8:11 AM

I would still go with the Janome, only because you can easily find it, and subsequently parts, at the dealer. I've heard that Juki parts are expensive and not easy to come by, mainly due to a lack of dealers.

I still believe they're both excellent machines, but whether accessorizing or fixing, I want to be able to get what I want/need.

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