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Date: 6/17/13 0:01 AM

Hi everyone, I am just after a bit of advice.

Recently my Singer sewing machine broke down and can't be fixed. I have a small business of sewing quilts and baby blankets, which I am hoping to expand. I need some advice as to what machine to get. I would dearly love to get a Janome 8200, or 6600, but they are kind of pricey in Australia, I can;t by them under $2400. And I really don't want to spend that much.
There is the Elna 720 as well. Elna is now made and owned by Janome so I would think that it is a quality machine. I also like the look of the Pfaff 1.0 (in my price range quite well) or 1.5.
I have spoken to two sales people and they all swear that you should not by anything other than a Janome. Well what if you can't afford a Janome.
has anyone out there had really bad experience with some of the ones that I have mentioned. Or knows of any other machines that would be good. Like I said I do mainly quilts, so I don't need a lot of the bells and whistles

thanks so much

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Date: 6/17/13 0:19 AM

I've read how a lot of people really enjoy their Janomes. From the perspective of a sewing machine mechanic, I haven't enjoyed servicing the Janomes. Maybe the higher end Janomes are made to be repaired, but not the lower end machines. When you're looking at a machine that you plan to use for 20 years, it should be made so you can get inside and service it. So...if the shell has just one seam all the way around the machine, it's not made to be repaired, it's made to be thrown away when it breaks down. Look for a panel in the bottom or back of the machine. Can you get to the take-up area? Can you get inside your bobbin area to clean it? With sewing machines, you get what you pay for, so get the best that you can afford.

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Date: 6/17/13 0:26 AM

Do you need electronic or will mechanical machines work for you? What features do you need or want?
I do not think its true to get a solid machine you must avoid buying anything but a Janome- that smacks of brand pushing to me by eager sales staff. Go test a range of machines in your price range and see which feels like your best match.
Don't overlook quality serviced machines for more bang for your buck. Dealerships sometimes have pre loved machines they will support with some kind of warranty.

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Date: 6/17/13 8:04 AM

Have you checked Baby Lock?

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Date: 6/17/13 8:34 AM

You don't say what your budget is. The Janome 6300 and 6500 are the same platform as the 6600 without the accufeed. You can use a walking foot with them. They have less stitches and are much less money at least here in the states. I love my 6600 and think that it was worth every penny. The Elna's are like the higher end Janomes with a few different features; they were out of my price range when I was buying. Brother and Babylock offer some nice machines too in a lower price range. Janomes did seem to go up in price over the last year. I am not sure what you are looking for but there are very nice Janomes at lower price points than the 6600-maybe your dealer didn't have them or only wanted to sell you the more expensive ones? I think it is odd that you have had people say that you should only buy a Janome and then not try to meet your budget.

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Date: 6/17/13 10:59 AM

Yeah, that's one great thing about Janome (who makes Elna and until recently Kenmore)- they offer good machines at every price point.

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Date: 6/17/13 11:29 AM

There are many great machines, but what is available in the US may not be available in AU.

Prices are another thing that cannot be compared country to country, let alone region to region within the same country.

Find as many dealers as you can find in your area and test what they have.

I have been using an Elna 7200 for several years as it has been a fine machine.

Best wishes for a successful purchase.

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Date: 6/17/13 3:30 PM

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what if you can't afford a Janome

Are there not some less expensive Janomes available? Even the basic Janomes have many loyal fans here on PR. I have one (well, a Kenmore made by Janome), and it's very solid and reliable. For $2400 max. budget, I would think you could get something very nice. I guess you've checked out the Janome Australia site? There seem to be a lot of options. (Wish they would list the suggested retail prices.)


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Date: 6/17/13 11:57 PM

If all you do is straight stitching for quilts, why not get a semi-industrial straight stitch machine for your business? There are some nice straight stitchers at reasonable prices by Janome, Juki and Brother that I can think of. Janome is like the 1600p series, Juki would be a 2010q or 98q, and I can't think of what the Brother is called. In the US these machines are usuallu $500 or more LESS than the higher end models you've listed.

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Date: 6/18/13 5:12 AM

I love my 6152 mechanical second hand Pfaff. Solid used machines at good price points might be a consideration.

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