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rubbecca

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Date: 9/29/12 11:17 AM

After months of research and saving, I bought my first computerized sewing machine. It's was my dealer's customized version of the Janome DC 5100. I compared it to the Janome 3160 QDC. I liked the heavier feel of the DC 5100. It also had many more stitches 167 vs. 60 of the 3160. The DC 5100 had a metal needle threader vs. the plastic one of the 3160. The difference was $50 and so I figured I should pay a little more now to get a sturdier machine that will last longer. I did like that the 3160 came with auto thread cutter, start/stop button, and extension table, but the 5100 seemed like a better machine overall. The monogramming font is not the most beautiful font, but suitable enough for my needs.

Since this is my first computerized machine, I wonder if people experience any problems with the computer motherboard down the road?

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Janome Sewist 509
Rebranded Kenmore 19233/Janome DC 5100
Janome MyLock 644D
Janome CoverPro 1000CP
Brother PE 700II (traded)
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Date: 9/29/12 11:24 AM

I just got a computerized one too (Juki F600) and wonder the same...

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Date: 9/29/12 11:40 AM

I've had a Janome 4800 for probably ten years and have had no problem with it. The age of the machine is a guess. I purchased it before the QC designation came out.

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January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 9/29/12 11:44 AM

Congratulations on your new machines!

I've had one for only a couple years with no problems. I would say not to worry about the long term, just enjoy your machine. I would say to keep your machines clean and covered when not in use as dust is the enemy. The other thing you probably should do is to use a good quality serge protector and unplug when the machine is not in use.

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Thank you Lord for my mother who taught me the joy of sewing, for my father and husband who encouraged my sewing, for the talent You gave me to sew, and for all the special people in my life to sew for.

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Date: 9/29/12 11:44 AM

I use a UPS battery back up with my computerized sewing machine. And, I still unplug it when I am done for the day.

Congratulations ladies, hope you both enjoy your new sewing machines.

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Date: 9/29/12 1:00 PM

The DC5100 was a long-standing Kenmore version 19233 that people still scoop up when they can find them. A few sites are still selling it under the Kenmore name...maybe leftovers since Sears got out of the sewing machine business. It's a great machine and I'm sure you are really going to enjoy it. Congratulations!

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Date: 9/29/12 3:12 PM

Very nice machine.Good for you - as to longevity of the computerized machines, no one can say, but overall they have been troopers. They first came out in the late 1970, and there are machines out there that are still working after 20+ years. I am expecting 10-15 out of mine on a conservative estimate. Why not? Of course, like anything, the main board could fail in less time. My iMac failed after three days in my home, and needed a replacement main board, so it happens to all computerized or electronic devices - something can fail. Still, I didn't reject the Mac to start back using my pencil and giving up Angry Birds! HAHhaa....

I had your machine in its Kenmore clothing, and I loved it - sold it to buy another machine which I also love, and the Kenmore is going strong in its new home. Yours is pretty as well, so that helps! Happy sewing!

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Date: 9/29/12 9:34 PM

I have a computer Viking that came out in 1998... I am the second owner, it still runs great with no problems.

But I also just bought a new computer machine, a Singer Quantum 9960. Now I just have to wait for it to get here!

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My machines (down to 2 now, from 5):
Sewing Machine - Quantum 9960
Serger - Baby Lock Ovation

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Date: 9/29/12 10:45 PM

Have you tried all the angry birds? Between trying to reach 3 stars on each step and reading PR it's a wonder I have time to go to work.

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Janome10001, Babylock ESG3, Brother ULT 2001, White 634D serger, Pfaff 1472, Singer featherweight, Singer 14T957Dc, Bernina FunLock 009DCC coverlock, Brother PQ1500S, Janome CP900.

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