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Considering a new Embroidery Machine - Janome vs Pfaff
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Date: 9/23/13 10:16 PM

Hi - I currently have a Pfaff 2170 (machine is ~9 years old) and I am considering the new Janome MC 15000. I do not know anything about Janome machines. I am familiar with Pfaff, Bernina, and Viking. I would love any input you can provide.

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Date: 9/23/13 11:23 PM

In a word...or rather, 3 initials...IDT.

Pfaff.

You'll be able to use a lot of the same feet for both machines, you are already familiar with Pfaff, and did I mention IDT?
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Date: 9/23/13 11:32 PM

For machine embroidery, Brother or Babylock.

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Date: 9/24/13 0:15 AM

Janome was actually the first home sewing machine company to introduce the embroidery machine to the home market. As an independent bridal designer back in those days, it changed everything for me. Over the years, I have definitely used my Janome machines beyond their intended daily use and they have never failed to perform. Even before the embroidery machine was introduced, I was sold on Janome for sewing fine silk gauze because it was the only machine that I took for a "test drive" that wouldn't punch the gauze through the hole and lock up the machine. I brought a sample of my silk gauze into every sewing machine dealer. All of them would sew their demo pitch on a starched piece of cotton and their expression would drop when I pulled out the silk gauze! lol

It is a competitive market these days, and Pfaff, Bernina and Viking all put out very fine machines. I cannot agree on the Brother brand though (sorry). So what it will come down to IMO is the quality and support of your local dealer, and the level of software capabilities that you will need for your intended use. If you are interested in the software side of the Janome Digitizer Pro, I have a video I did here: Janome Digitizer Pro Overview by Catina Ferraine

I did own the Janome 15000, but since I used it sooooo heavily for many hours a day, I wasn't able to have use of the machine for anything else. I ended up getting the Janome 300E to run the embroidery all day and night, and additionally the Janome 6600 for decorative stitches, great buttonholes and an amazing upper feed dog feature. The 6600 actually runs faster than the 15000, which is important to me. For everyday straight stitch sewing, I use a Juki industrial single needle machine.



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Date: 9/24/13 4:21 AM

I just brought home my new Janome 15000 yesterday! I also have the Pfaff Creative Sensation. The 15000 has a fast processor! It starts up fast, cuts the thread fast, etc. and does it all smooth...so quiet. You can hardly hear it filling the bobbin. The new Sensation Pro coming out soon is also supposed to have a faster Processor. The Janome has the Accufeed, but I do like the IDT, or ITD or whichever on the pfaff...it's so fast and easy. The pfaff seems to have more editing features on the screen. It also has shaping, and applique shapes. I love many features of the Pfaff, but I just love the way the new 15000 sews! I traded in my 12000 that I wonder why I bought after sewing on the 15000 !! Many more designs, does beautiful embroidery so quiet, no vibrating. You can tell I'm getting old, quiet is getting more important to me...lol Love the new large screen, and easy to navigate. I haven't had to chance to use it at home yet... think I will do that right now, even though it's only just after 3 am ! Will let you know more soon !

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Date: 9/24/13 8:51 AM

Please posts you updates on the Janome thread we are all eager to see how this machine does.

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Date: 9/26/13 8:56 PM

Well if you ever get the urge to trade it in. look at the brother dreamweaver as its amazing. I don't agree about the what a poster said about the brothers as they are wonderful machines, sewn on them for 20 years with absolutely no problems on any and their high end machines are just amazing. Love the dual feed foot on mine and it competes with IDT quite well IMHO.

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Date: 9/27/13 9:18 PM

I had the Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5.....TERRIBLE machine. i traded it off two weeks ago for a Brother 5100....it is less of a machine (the hoops are smaller than the Pfaff) but it is a wonderful ,machine......would never go back to Pfaff. read the reviews about the Pfaff CV....not good

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Date: 9/27/13 10:12 PM

Thank you so much - I know - the IDT was a major selling point when I bought my first Pfaff 12 years ago. Thanks!

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Date: 9/27/13 10:13 PM

Thank you!! Haven't considered either but will at least give them a look!

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