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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Janome 5024 or Husqvarna Emerald 116? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 10/11/13 1:54 PM

Hello, i am looking around for buying a sewing machine and within my budget and with what is available in my local stores, i've narrowed it down to either a Janome 5024 (on which i can get a nice discount and some extras from the store owner) or a Husqvarna Emerald 116.
I dont need many different stitches etc. but what is most important for me, is that the machine wont have trouble with layers of fabric, especially layers of jeans, and that it runs smooth through different kinds of material also like leather, canvas/PVC etc.
What would you advice me? Thanx for any replys!

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Date: 10/11/13 2:05 PM

Bring all those layers of leather and Canvas and PVC with you, and stack them up high, and tell them you are going to put them in the machine, and then hit the foot pedal fast. When they stop you and won't let you do that, as they don't want you to hurt their demo machine, then you will know, that those are the wrong kinds of machines to do that with?

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Date: 10/11/13 3:47 PM

Haha thats a good one i have to say! I will go back for sure to try them out, but in the meantime was wondering if anyone has experience with any of these machines and could give me some choosing-advice.

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Date: 10/11/13 5:58 PM

I don't think either machine is made for a lot of heavy-duty sewing of jeans, canvas, leather and webbing. Did your dealer direct you to these two after hearing what you wanted to sew? Someone here might own one of the machines you're interested in but may not be able to assure you it will sew those fabrics easily. Both will prob sew them w/ proper needle/thread and possibly walking foot or roller foot, etc but those are occasional tasks for most sewers and i think you might need something more heavy-duty. A strong, metal vintage Kenmore, Singer, Necchi, Pfaff might be your best bet. Just be sure it has a high enough presser foot lift to fit your fabrics under the needle.

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Date: 10/11/13 6:26 PM

I have the Viking emerald 116. I don't think I would use it for those tasks on a regular basis. I do hem jeans on mine a few times a year and quilt binding does involve 6 layers of mid weight cotton + batting and adhesive, but I wouldn't use it to make Jean jackets or make leather upholstery. it's just not designed for those tasks on e regular basis. it's also expensive if you're going to intentionally break it like that. I would get a Janome 2212 at half the price from Amazon and save your money for a straight-stitch only machine like a brother pq-1500s, or even better a used industrial juki.

edit: actually quilt binding is 8 layers of cotton + batting and adhesive isn't it? adhesive because I glue it on first lol!
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Date: 10/11/13 8:17 PM

I don't know, but I think you are thinking those machines are something they are not And better to know that first, than afterwards. I really can hem my jeans on any sewing machine, anyplace though, and I do know the right and wrong ways to do that- (right way is most times using a little jig to be kind to the machine) and that does a make a difference sometimes. So ask about that too.

What are you planning on and really wanting to sew out of all that leather, Canvas and PVC, and how do you plan to construct that, as it probably makes a big difference on what kind of machine you might want.

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Date: 10/11/13 9:16 PM

Ohhhh a new machine. How fun.

I reviewed the Janome Magnolia (about $400.00) here on PatternReview

I use it at the dry cleaner for whom I work. Two other ladies also use it so it's busy every day. We do everything from jeans to chiffon. It has held up beautifully. We've only had one minor repair in 3 years.

Correct needle and a jean a ma jig will help in hemming jeans. I realize this is not either of the models you mentioned, but thought I'd let you know how much I like the Janome.
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Date: 10/11/13 9:39 PM

There are mixed reviews on the new singer heavy duty machines - some folks who sew lots love them - other hate them.

I understand I also answered your question with other machine options. Others know much more than I do about this sort of thing.

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Date: 10/12/13 8:26 AM

Hey, first off, thanx all for your replys. I realise i should maybe be a bit more specific on what i want/ will do with the machine. I didnt mention, but i'm quite a beginner and mainly want to do some standard repair work at home (patching up jeans, remodelling shirts and the occasional curtain or stuffed animal). Via friends ive used both super cheap machines as well as work-horse-industrial machine. With the cheap ones i was always very frustrated that they jammed often on even a simple cross stitch on a patch. An industrial machine, though i love it for its heavy duty and no nonsense is however not an option for me at the moment (no budget, no space, and i like the versatility of a normal machine with free arm etc. which i will need more).

As for the materials i mentioned (canvas/pvc etc.) i do occasionally like to use them for projects like making a simple wallet or cover for pencils and tools etc. Again nothing too fancy or complicated, but i would like the machine to run through the material without hassle.

In a way, i guess with the little amount of work i do and comparatively easy projects, i could go for a simple/standard machine cheaper than the once i proposed. However, since i do have a bit of a budget, i wouldnt mind spending a bit more and getting a bit stronger of e amchine, hence the machines i proposed (and were proposed to me). In other words, i understand the machines that i mentioned, or in that price range, have their limitations, and hopefully in the future i can invest in something more heavy duty. However for now i'm looking for a versatile yet easy to use machine which can handle a (lets say) once a month sewing project without hampering or jamming.

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Date: 10/12/13 2:37 PM

I think you are O.K. and fine with most any home machine (old or new) that you want for just a Wallet or cover for pencils or such. The leather, canvas and PVC talk though, made me wonder if you were about to attempt to go into auto and boat upholstery, make saddles or build some prototype of some big heavy things. I could also sew a ladies soft supple glove leather kind of skirt or such just on any sewing machine too really. Not a heavy motorcycle jacket or something like that though.

I would just bring some of your fabric and the stuff I planned to sew on, with you when you try them all, that is just how you get to see how it feels when doing that. Things that maybe would not be good to sew over and into with the motor going, and using the foot pedal, if you just have one little place like that, if you just only carefully turn the fly wheel by hand most times just right there in that spot, often gets you though places like that too even.

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