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Used Janome Sewist 521 or new Brother Prestige 30 or CS6000i?
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Date: 8/1/13 11:29 AM

Hi All.
You may recall that I'd asked about Brother machines a couple weeks ago. I still haven't bought one.
Does anyone have an opinion over whether it would be better to buy the used Janome 521 Sewist or one of the new Brothers? I have the Janome on loan. I need to make a decision soon, because if I get the Janome, I'll have to buy a couple of feet while in Canada. And needles.
Also, I downloaded the manual for the Janome but it makes no mention of the type of needles it uses or where or if it needs oiling.
I do wish I could find the Brother Prestige 30 manual online.
Thanks in advance for your help. I intend to sew baby quilts for charity, as well as cotton shirts for my husband and dresses for myself. Also cotton knit skirts for myself.

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Date: 8/1/13 1:26 PM

IMHO...the Janome 521 can sew well with most major needle brands such as Organ or Schmetz...although Janome does have needles under its label as well.

It must...repeat must...use plastic bobbins NOT metal bobbins...and IMHO Janome bobbins do work best in Janome sms...but it's been posted that brother 15J bobbins work well too.

I do know from experience that Drtiz and Singer bobbins do not function well in Jamome sms (even though they were class 15 plastic bobbins). They jiggle and rattle in Janome sms. Their ends are not flat but have a "ridge" so IMHO that is why they don't "fit".

To be absolutely certain about oiling points...email Janome.com customer service...which will reply promptly with an answer.

From online search the Brother Prestige 30 appears to be a very old model although there are manuals available for purchase for about $15...but that is all I could find about it...even at brother.com

Edited to ask: There is a sm model Brother Prestige 30 from the 1970's and a Brother Prestige 300 from 2007..so which one is the one you are considering?


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Date: 8/1/13 2:53 PM

Hi BestGrammy.
The machine is the Prestige 30. It looks like a 70s type model.
Thanks for the advice to email Janome about oiling points.
I went and bought some cotton fabric and batting to make a simple baby quilt with the Janome to see how it works. I'm also going to cut down a man's t-shirt and make myself a simple skirt.

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Date: 8/1/13 3:41 PM

That's a good idea to test sew a baby quilt and a skirt on the Janome.

IMHO the Janome Sewist is the best bet of the ones you asked about. Be sure to only use plastic bobbins in it...not any metal bobbins which will demagnetize its magnetic bobbin system.

Get Janome bobbins if you can get them...or at least brother SA 156 bobbins...NOT the SA 155...make sure it's SA 156.

Organ needles are what a lot of us sew with in our Janome sms. When I bought a Janome sm brand new it came with a little pack of Organ needles.

From what I could see online it would be very difficult to find parts for the Brother Prestige 30 due to its age...parts are no longer available.

I found your first post. As for the Singer 15 it depends if there are any other numbers after the 15...such as 88, 90, 91 or NL. The NL model was made in the 80's to LOOK like a vintage class 15 Singer. It appears it's easier to find parts for true vintage class 15 Singers than for the 15-NL model.

Happy sewing...hoping the Sewist does well for you. Keep us updated on the outcome positive or negative either way...we do like to hear the end to the story.

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Date: 8/1/13 6:08 PM

looking at a Babylock Audrey vs a Janome 760. I have a Janome Gem Gold, but need a machine that is light and does more.

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Date: 8/1/13 9:19 PM

I personally would go with the Janome. You say you have it on loan. How do you like it? The feet are pretty easy to come up with. The needles are standard home sewing machine needles. I buy Schemtz at JoAnn's on sale and I just bought some Organ online. I have two Janomes and love them. I had a Brother 420 for awhile and liked it but I think the Janomes have a more solid feel-that may be my imagination. My Kenmore/Janome and the Brother I had could share most feet. I believe the needles would be the same for any of these machines. If you are sewing cotton wovens you would probably need sharps or universals in a 12 or 14 (for shirts) and jersey or stretch needles for knits (an 11, 12 or 14 works for me). There have been several discussions about needles so if you search "needles" you shold find the discussions. HTH

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Date: 8/1/13 9:47 PM

I'd stick with the Janome. It's a good, straightforward machine and you can adjust the pressure on the presser foot. If you do a lot of knits, a walking foot may help, which can be bought for a reasonable price.

The only spot you may need to oil this machine is a hole under the bobbin case. Just a drop every now and then. Most Janomes are like that.

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Date: 8/1/13 10:14 PM

Hi BestGrammy.
I decided to buy the Janome Sewist 521. The lady selling it was very nice, and she wanted $115 for it. I know that's a lot for some people, but...
The dealer wanted $140 for the Singer 15, $450 for the Brother CS6000i and $400 for the Brother Prestige 30. It's my understanding that the CS6000i is only about $200 to $250 in the US.
Here's hoping the machine will serve me well. I'll buy needles and bobbins in Canada, and if need be, I'll take it as carry-on luggage to Canada for servicing every couple of years.
Thanks again for your advice. I'm feeling good about my purchase.

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Date: 8/1/13 10:50 PM

Congratulations! That sounds like a very good deal!

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Date: 8/1/13 10:52 PM

You can use standard sewing needles as in Organ, Janome, Klasse, Schmetz, and even Singer. I recommend Organ and Schmetz. They are all the same size domestic sewing needles in use today. You have already been told about bobbins,and they are readily available online in several vendors with good reps. Tae care to clean the bobbin area often, and happy sewing! You made the right decision. :)

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