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New machine help..Janome DC2012 or Brother PC420
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Date: 10/28/12 6:35 PM

Hi I am new to this forum. I was wondering if anyone would give me advice on choosing a machine. This is turning into a big headache! I am not going to the dealer in my area because he price a machine 200$ more than amazon.. I'll take my chances I guess elsewhere. That said I was on mrvacandmrssew website and called them about a Janome 1050 verse the dc2012 which I have been eyeballing for sometime. They told me the 1050 would be plastic verses a metal machine. Sigh.. I thought all Janomes were metal. Oh well so I decided to open up to other machines. I was eyeballing the brother pc 420 prw. It has so many more features than the Janome! So many more! There are more stitches, adjustable pressure foot, stop start button....I just don't know. I had a brother from walmart that had 100 stitches and it couldn't go through a few layers without balking. So I returned it. It was really fun to test out the machine though.. never worked on a computerized sewing machine before. THe turn off to the Janome dc2012 is that it doesn't have a start stop button which I loved. The computerized Magnolia has that but has 20 less stitches! I am sewing cloth diapers and plan on doing other projects soon. I like to make clothes on occassion and I would like to make curtains, pillows, quilts out of their baby clothes and maybe some boys clothes. Oh I have 4 little boys so I will definately be hemming jeans!! (when do I ever think I will get to these projects is beyond my thought process now lol)Any insight would be great. I was looking at under 500 if possible! Thanks in advance. Love reading all the info on this board!

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Date: 10/29/12 6:27 AM

I have had do many Amazon problems over the past year or so. I think they are getting seconds or bulk defects or something. I am not talking sewing machines- just stuff. I can return it but it's a pain- defects, items arrived not as pictured, same item number but when reordered it is from different manufacturer, etc.
That said, sometimes it seems to be the only choice when you have to pinch a penny.
Many dealer's seem to be holding firm right now, good financing but prices are solid.
Janome does make some good solid machines. Yahoo has a few Janome groups that I found quite helpful when I got my 350e. They know all the various models and pros and cons. Keep your eye out for second hand ones too. Unless you go to a dealer you won't be able to test out your layers of diaper and denim samples. If you buy from a big box or online, make sure you can return it even if it "works" but doesn't work for you. Nothing is worse than saving $200 on a machine that can't sew what you want to make!
I just tested out a $399 Molly at my Babylock dealer for jeans and tough sewing and fell in love with it. Nothing fancy, it's not computerized but it has a beautiful stitch and doesnt balk at canvas or delicates.

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Date: 10/29/12 10:32 AM

If you want to order online, you do not have to order a sewing machine from AMAZON. You can order from an online reputable SEWING MACHINE DEALER. Please read the reviews here and there are reviews on the DC2010, as well as the machine like it, such as the Janome 115110, the Kenmore 19110, and the DC2008, and 2012. There are several reputable online sewing machine dealers discussed here in the forums, such as and there are more, so this is a sample: Ken's Sewing, Sew Vac Direct, Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew and InternetSlaes USA (formerly SewingInUSA). BUT, the prices will probably be the same for online dealers. The 1050 is a good and very light machine - it is less than 12 pounds, and because of this weight, you will find lots of plastic. You will find lots of plastic in ANY modern machine for that matter, and that isn't a real problem. If you want a solid machine that is not going to have to go to classes etc., the DC2010 is heavier than the 1050. I have the equivalent machine to the 1050, which is the HF8050, sold only at Hancock's Fabrics, and it is a good machine, very light, and very tough when it comes to sewing bags, or whatever you want to sew. We also have the Janome 115110, which is the equivalent of the DC2010 or 2012, and it is a great machine. ALso very versatile and can handle whatever the usual home sewer will want to sew.

As far as dealers, the reason you will pay more is that you are getting the dealers support in person at your local dealer. Now, if that is important to you, go for that option. If you need to order online, order from a sewing machine business because they usually provide online and phone support for your sewing machine.

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