Member since 2/25/11
Date: 1/10/13 1:09 AM
I am looking at purchasing a Janome MB 4 from a local shop owner. The owners have used it for personal use for over a year (rarely they say).
I've searched for reviews on the MB 4, but cannot come up with much. Is this machine not user friendly? Not worth the $$'s? Not as good as others??
Any insight would be GREATLY appreciated.
Member since 2/28/05
Date: 1/10/13 7:34 PM
I have an MB4. If you are use to a self threading machine, you may be in for a shock because you have to thread each needle (4) your self and even tying on and pulling through sometimes does not work. It is a loud machine. Other than that, once you have the needles threaded it is great. I use it mostly for large designs or repetitive designs that I have grouped into one large frame. The only thing is I have not had my serviced and I am sure it needs it. It is quite heavy and takes two people lifting it. I put mine on a kitchen island cart.
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Member since 5/28/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 1/11/13 4:28 PM
The baby lock/brother multineedles seem to offer more tech/value. I don't have one but looked at them years ago as I was friendly with someone who worked with the dealer. Even when she was demonstrating it every third reference was like 'it will the job But ...." And then go on to show how its not as good as the equivalent brother. Which was crazy from a sales perspective as they didn't sell brother.
I didn't of course look at it after that.
Member since 4/23/07
Date: 1/11/13 7:24 PM
Hi I have a MB4 and just love it. I don't have a problem with threading the needles and love that I can set it up with four colours and let it do its thing. I find that the large 240 x 200 hoop great for multi designs and the machine will select the right needle for the colours set in the design. I have also purchased the Durkee hoops for the machine.
Member since 11/5/02
Date: 1/12/13 0:54 AM
The MB4 does not have a cylinder type jig so doing hats will be a pain. If you plan on doing hats get the the Brother or Babylock with the hat jig.
ETA: You should be getting a REALLY GOOD DEAL on if it is a used floor model. I am assuming it comes with full Janome warranty? You may want to call around nearby areas and see what a NEW one is going for!
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Member since 2/25/11
Date: 1/13/13 11:11 PM
Thank you ladies. Some very good points and information.
It is not a store floor model. The owner has it at his home and he and his wife have used it for personal emboridery.
When he was telling me about the machine, what all it did, extra hoops, this that and the other.....my head was spinning. I had never looked at this type of machine, so it was all new. If I decide to look at it again, I will have him write down everything that is included, I know he said hoops worth several $100??
He also said a 90 day warranty on labor. Not sure if that includes the original warranty from Janome or not. Like I said, this all came at me at once, there were other customers and somewhat crazy in there.
I plan to try and find some other dealers. I live in a small city and will have to travel anywhere from an hour to close to 2 hours to find another dealer.
Thank you again for your input.
Member since 9/1/10
|In reply to NayNayToBKC <<
Date: 2/21/13 5:24 PM
I have one a love it! didn't think i would because it was a four needle vs six, but i love it. It;s so easy to use and the stitch quality is so amazing!