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With what do I replace my Janome?
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Date: 9/26/13 3:11 AM

Good day all, I trust that you are well. I need advice, please, on sewing machines. In 2010 I purchased a Janome 8077 and Mylock 184D and in July this year, I purchased a Brother 3034D to replace the MyLock (both were not my best buys). The 8077 was a fantastic beginner's machine because it's so forgiving and continues chugging after all that beginner's abuse. It's still going but I wanted a new machine now that I call myself an 'intermmediate' sewer. I'm in love with the Janome MC5900QC as I've started quilting but the retail store that sells Janomes in South Africa does not stock it and still sells the 8077 as newly released machine. Further, I'm not comfortable with blowing all that money when there's no Janome outlet in RSA- I had my machines serviced in a Brother store! We have a number of prim-and-proper Singer, Bernina, Brother (though with limited choice) and Elna stores here. I know that Janome now owns Elna but I'm still not a fan and I never actually see anybody in their stores but the sales assistants.
Can anybody advise me on a Singer/Bernina/Brother machine equivalent of the MC5900QC?
Thank you,
NA

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Date: 9/26/13 8:47 AM

It really would depend on your budget of how much you are wanting to spend on your new machine.
Brother have a wide range of machines, however you could look at the 350 or 550 which seem to be some of their mid priced machines.

The one thing I have learnt the hard way is to actually go in the store with samples and to try machines out. I have been in stores where they were a bit snooty and I really didn't feel comfortable in their trying out machines. In other stores I was made to feel really welcome and to try out the machines and stitches without a sales person breathing down my neck.

I dont know much about the Singer machines myself but I do like the Bernina Machines and have my eye on the B330 at the moment.

Good luck in your search for a new machine.

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Date: 9/26/13 8:49 AM

One thing I would say is that the MC5900QC does have a lot of features and loads of stitches. As you said you like the look of that machine is it the wide range of stitches you really wanted?

If you were after lots of different stitches then that narrows down the search a bit.

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Date: 9/26/13 11:12 AM

Hello Carrie-Jane, thank you for responding. I'm always amazed when reading online U.S. and U.K. sewing sites...the reason?..."go to your nearest dealer and try out a machine"! I'm not lying. In South Africa; usually, you walk into a dealership, you are sold a number of machines, you pick one, pay for it and only then do you receive any 'training' on it. When I looked up a new machine, my initial budget was between R4000 and R6000 (approximately 250-376 GBP) then I saw the MC5900QC and was able to convince my dad that I should go up to a maximum of R12000. I would love to stick to Janome but as I mentioned, there's no proper dealership here and no MC... in RSA. So now I'm limiting myself to either Bernina or Singer because of distance of dealership from my home and knowing that when I hit a snag, I can speak to somebody employed by the company. I love the variety one gets from the MC... and I've started quilting and would like a machine designed for that purpose whilst still making garments etc. The Brothers are also good and there are dealerships here but like the Janome, most machines that I salivate over online, are not available here.
Hope that you can help Carrie-Jane.
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Date: 9/26/13 7:56 PM

We don't have the MC5900 in Australia either but it's very similar to the MC4900QC that is a current model here. Is there a chance you have that machine in Sth Africa?

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Date: 9/26/13 8:53 PM

Would you be able to order this model online and have it shipped to you? Or if you hear from someone who has one and likes it, have a friend in US or UK ship to you?

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Date: 9/27/13 7:02 AM

Is it possible that you can ask your dealer if he could give you the name of a satisfied customer?
Some if the US companies do that but it is rare now. When I was younger it happened a lot. We would go see the item and talk to the owner and watch how it worked.

I guess with privacy concerns now it no longer happens in the US.
Its like that for me when I wanted my sewing cabinet. The Koala company could not give me names and my dealer (and no other dealers in nearest 3 states) had the 2 models I was debating over to see. So I feel your pain.

Do you have any sewing clubs or national sewing organizations? Perhaps they can put you in touch with someone that knows those models.
Other than that, I would say find a dealer you can trust and then go with your gut on what model he suggests.
Even in the US, in rural areas it is like that. My Janome dealer in MT had brochures. I looked up the reviews on PR, decided and ordered it. When the box came in, he handed it to me to take home and unpack and learn. It was a nice little machine.
I hope you get a good machine.

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Date: 9/27/13 7:07 AM

I don't know the equivalent. If you dont get an answer here you might want to start a different post in a few days entitled'
"Brother/Bernina equivalent of the Janome MC5900QC?"
And maybe someone can help.

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Date: 9/27/13 7:34 AM

I've been searching high and low for a link to a Singer machine that is very similar to the Janome. In fact, it was similar to my 6500, but had more stitches (of course, which I wouldn't need) and was for a lower price. The Janome 6500 has a needle up/down, a presser foot lifter, automatic thread cutter, and several other features, but it doesn't have a start/stop button. I can't for the life of me remember the model of the Singer, and during a cleaning binge on my computer, I removed the bookmark as I wanted to stop my SMAD (Sewing Machine Acquisition Disease). But if it comes to me in the next few days, which will more than likely be in the middle of the night when I'm half asleep or wide awake, I'll post it here.

I was thinking it was one of the Quantums, but I looked at those and didn't see a presser foot lifter.

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Date: 9/27/13 8:34 AM

I love a Janome too. Are you sure you couldn't love an Elna? They are made by Janome but usually have a few extras. My Janome dealer sells both and there are several Elnas that I would love to have. I think if you tried an Elna you would find one your like. Another option is a Brother PC420. You can order those online (not sure about where you live). Lots and lots of features and should be in your price range. I had one and liked it. It has alot of good reviews and would be in your price range if you can get it.

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