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Choosing a "new" used machine
Janome vs Baby Lock
Melanie123
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Date: 5/17/13 2:40 PM

My old Singer Athena broke and it is costly enough to repair, such that I have decided to replace it. I am torn between a 10 yr old Janome Memory Craft 9000 vs a Baby Lock Allure that is about 5 yrs old. I have no experience with either of these brands. I think I prefer a Janome based on my reading about used machines, but would rather it be a little newer than 10 yrs old. I am wanting a machine for good basic sewing and to do letter embroidery.

I appreciate any opinions to help me decide. Both are at a reputable sewing center and have been fully serviced, sold with a warranty.
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Subject: Choosing a new used machine Date: 5/17/13 4:06 PM

The only issue I would have with either one is that they both take embroidery cards, which are endangered technology. Unless you plan to stick to the designs already on the machine, you may have to track down (now) rare hardware and maybe even software to use them. I would hold out for a machine that takes a USB stick for embroidery designs.

As far as the brands, both are reputable and it's just personal preference which one you 'get' better. I would be sure to sit down and actually sew on any machine before purchasing it, especially if it's from a business.
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Date: 5/17/13 4:59 PM

I agree. That is why I would prefer a newer machine. I am not sure i would really want anymore embroidery images than what would come with the machines. You can get a transfer box for the Babylock which converts the current images available, so it is not yet totally obsolete. But I currently have no machine, so I don't have a lot of time to work with. I am in the middle of making some things I need to finish unfortunately, when my machine broke. They also had a Brother 6500 available, but again, no USB slot.
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Date: 5/17/13 6:41 PM

Did you check classifieds here? There are some Janome & Bernina listed.

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Subject: Choosing a new used machine Date: 5/17/13 7:43 PM

Perhaps a cheapie used one to allow you to finish your projects and buy you some time to look? There are some lovely vintage machines out there too that make great backup machines.
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Subject: Choosing a new used machine Date: 5/17/13 9:43 PM

Get the BL. Make sure you get the details of the "warranty" in writing as this will be between you and the dealer. Manufacturers do not warranty used machines.

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Date: 5/17/13 11:30 PM

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