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Date: 3/16/13 11:06 PM

I'm trying to choose between two machines...a Janome 8900 and a Babylock Crescendo. I don't know a lot about Babylocks and am worried about durability and longevity. The difference in price is only 300.00. Any advice or input would be helpful. I have test drove both; the Babylock seems to have more features but the Janome seems more sturdy.

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Date: 3/17/13 7:59 AM

Well, i've only SEEN not tested these machines. But the BabyLock and this Janome are probably equals in terms of reliability/longevity. Both excellent brands especially at this price point. The "seems sturdier" could be a cosmetic illusion ...if i recall, the Janome is plastic housing but a softer white...less glossy. The durability factor is probably no different between the two based on that alone. Now if the BabyLock FELT flimsy or less capable during test-drives? That would obviously sway one toward the Janome!

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Date: 3/17/13 9:57 AM

I would agree. I haven't used or had experience with either. But if I was torn and undecided and trusted a local dealer I would lean towards that route. I rarely hear about either brand not lasting. So it boils down to the perks and value.
Would you use dealer classes and discounts on accessories? Do you prefer local dealer maintence and interaction? Or would you prefer knowing you got the best deal on price?

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Date: 3/17/13 10:37 AM

The Janome's do have a solid feel-- but be wary unless you are dealing directly with a Janome shop. Their online support is not very good.

Babylock sells a good product with a solid reputation. They offer online support, they support many events nation wide, and most of the educational programming on PBS right now is done on Babylock's and their cousin the Brother's. I just think you would get better support and learning opportunity through Babylock--

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Date: 3/17/13 8:42 PM

I am a new owner of the Babylock Crescendo. My opinion is that it is an excellent machine; however I have never owned a Janome.
The Crescendo has great lighting, it is the quietest machine I own, it accelerates smoothly, and learning to operate it is very intuitive.

I love the laser light! I have always used the markings on the throat plate to guide my fabric; but for the area the laser light covers, it is easier to see and "steer" with it on. Quarter inch seams, top stitching, and diagonals on quilt squares -- it is a useful tool.

Having the Multi-function foot control is wonderful too, and it allows you to customize it to your own desires. I have had other brands that will give you needle up/down with a tap on the back of the foot control; I love that feature, and can set the Crescendo to do that, too. Or, I could set the foot control to cut the threads. Or reverse stitch. It's so great to have the choice!

As to durability, well it's a new machine so that remains to be seen. But I have owned 2 other TOL Babylocks that were workhorses. Never a major problem.

Janome has its fan base, too. So test them both and pick the one that makes your heart sing.you can't go wrong either way.

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Date: 3/17/13 9:55 PM

Tericloth - Do you mind telling us what your price was on the Crescendo? I've been contemplating this machine lately and was curious about the price points.

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Date: 3/18/13 10:26 AM

I have not tested either machine but did own a Janome 7700 and have tested the Symphony. I think at this point I would lean towards the Babylock.
I looked up the specs on the Babylock Cresendo and it is amazing.
I personally like the bobbin system and the way BL feed more. They are also both quiet and smooth operating machines. The 8900 is max 9mm width, the BL is 7mm width.
You really need to sit down and try them both out and see what feels best to you. Dealer support and company support are also important.

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Date: 3/18/13 7:59 PM

Jim, it was about $3,900 including tax. That price also included the programmable foot control. From what I can see, that puts the Crescendo at a price at least $1,000 more than the Symphony, which comes with alot of presser feet and an extension table. If I were on a tighter budget, I would have definitely considered it.

But since I am a sucker for bells and whistles, I went for the new goodies that the Crescendo offers

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Date: 3/18/13 8:53 PM

terricloth Those goodies would be really hard to pass up

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Date: 3/19/13 2:21 AM

Yes they were!
Plus the dealer had a very smart marketing ploy -- he gave people a $25 gift certificate to come to a two hour demo of all the machine could do. Called it a marketing survey.

So for a couple hundred dollars worth of gift certificates, he wound up selling some machines to those who took the bait.

Guilty as charged.

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