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Hedu
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Date: 5/1/13 12:59 PM

My 30 year old Elna has stopped running (I think the gear(s) have stopped) so I'm looking for a machine which I can learn to quilt on. I have narrowed it down to the Baby Lock Melody ($1250) and the Juki F600 ($1100).

Any advice or help would be much appreciated.

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Date: 5/1/13 2:46 PM

They're both very comparable. Do you have dealers nearby where you can test-drive both machines? Both get very high marks from users so it may just come down to personal preference and how you like the dealer for classes/service. The price you were quoted for the Juki sounds a little high--but if this is local w/ dealer support...internet deals on F600 are a couple hundred less. It'd be a tough choice for me bc I love the needle threader on the Melody! The Juki has possibly more stitches and buttonhole styles? You can't go wrong with either one! Those are the 2 best machines on the market at the $1000-ish price point right now.

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Date: 5/1/13 2:57 PM

The Juki has 2 features that would lead me to choose it over the Melody: box feed and the heel cutter. Only Juki has the latter, and once you get used to it, you'll wish all machines had it.

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Date: 5/1/13 3:59 PM

I don't know that Baby Lock model but I LOVE my 600. It ou preforms my more expensive Janome 6600.

Since you'er in Canada the price is not bad. I just moved back to the US last year and I know most things sell for about 30% more there.

Good luck in your decision.

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1968 Kenmore 158. (AKA The Hulk)
Bernina 230
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 7700
Juki 600
Elna serger
Kenmore serger
Janome 1000 CoverStitch
Juki 8500 Industerial

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Date: 5/1/13 6:05 PM

I have a Brother Innovis NX650 ( now Laura Ashley 800) ....Babylock Melody's separated at birth twin. It's a nice machine with loads of options and easy use. The alphabets are great for quilt labels. Needle threader is marvelous, with needle down, auto lock stitch, and you can program it to auto cut thread at end of seams. Lovely buttonholes. Myriad of feet included and extras are very reasonable. Decorative stitches pretty and not too juvenile.

It's a very quiet machine! The only thing I've found annoying is the lighting. Pretty good when the machine is on top of a table, but too dim if flush in a well for a flat sewing table scenario. I use an Ott lamp to brighten it up.

I should note that I am VERY abusive to my machines and routinely sew things which should not be sewn using questionable thread choices and inappropriate needles.

Good luck with your decision!

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Brother Innovis NX650Q; Brother Nouvelle 1500; Brother CS6000i; Brother 1034D; Janome 1000CPX

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Date: 5/1/13 6:13 PM

Thanks for all your comments. Yes, each machine is quite similar but still differ somewhat: The Melody comes with 14 feet compared to 10 with the Juki. The Juki has 255 stitches while Melody has 189. The Melody also has lateral feed (not sure about that feature - whether I'd use it or not).

Both machines are available within 3 or 4 miles from me but one dealer has been around 20 years (Baby Lock) while the other store has been here less than a year.

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Date: 5/1/13 7:33 PM

mgmsrk1-- What do you like better about your Juki than your Janome- how does it out perform? I've had the Janome 6600 for a little over a year and have not gotten very excited about it. Thanks!

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Date: 5/1/13 8:10 PM

Lateral feed is awesome for patches, pockets, and hard to maneuver items/spaces.

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Date: 5/3/13 10:51 AM

My 6600 is a Diva when it comes to needles, it's a huge PIA. Of course you need to match your needle to your project but it will refuse to make good stitches with a size 12 or 14 and I NEED to use a 13. That is just too fussy, before I owned the Janome I never even owned odd size needles. It is also picky with tread. It eats fabric with narrow seam allowances, since I bought it to use for quilting that is a big problem. Yes you can use scraps to sew on and off of but really, every time? It doesn't handle heavy seams well, in a machine that costly I think it should be engineered better.

The Juki 600 has none of the above problems. It sews beautifulely with minimal fuss. The box feed almost never eats fabric no matter how light weight the fabric or how narrow the seam. It steams through 10 layers of denim like it was a single layer of silk. It has about 1" less harp space and no built in walking foot(comes with one) but apart form then has pretty much everything else and behaves better.

I'm planning on selling the 6600, I have the great heavy table with it as well. I think it is a good machine but since the Juki is so close I just don't what to deal with the Diva aspect. I want to trade up to the 7700 or 8900, or the Bernina 820 if one falls into my lap at a super price.

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1968 Kenmore 158. (AKA The Hulk)
Bernina 230
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 7700
Juki 600
Elna serger
Kenmore serger
Janome 1000 CoverStitch
Juki 8500 Industerial

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Date: 11/8/13 10:20 PM

I found the messages here very informative as I'm considering the Melody or the Juki 600 as my take along to sew, classes, retreat machine.
Hedu, did you ever decide on which machine?

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AngieRose, who love sewing, machine embroidery and quilting. 2008 Babylock Ellisimo, 2013 Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000, Bernina 1090, Singer Featherweight & 2009 Prodigy Quilter
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