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Message Board > Sewing Machines > which Janome to choose? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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which Janome to choose?
researching a new sewing machine and looking for input
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Date: 1/6/14 2:05 PM

Hi,
I am having to buy a new sewing machine after many years. My old faithful Pfaff 1222e has died (RIP).
-I want a Janome per recommendation from my local repair shop/dealer.
-Need a machine with a good stitch quality, zigzag, a few decorative stitches.
-Auto needle threader
-Freearm capability
-I do some garment sewing and quilting. Mostly Polarfleece, knits, denim, cotton.
-I have a new quilting machine so quilting capability is not a consideration for my prospective Janome.
-budget: $1000 max
Ideas, tips anyone?

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Date: 1/6/14 3:55 PM

I think if you state a price limit you will receive more useful answers. But if I were buying a Janome right now I'd be interested in test driving the 9900. However I recently bought a pretty darn nice Janome Hello Kitty for my gkids that usually sells for around $300, so I'm certain you would be able to find a good machine for well under a grand if that's where your price point falls.

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Date: 1/6/14 5:16 PM

I love my Janome DC2013. Have sewn all sorts of garments and home dec items on it with no problems for about a year. You can get it on Amazon for $499.

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Date: 1/6/14 6:00 PM

I think the Janome made machine that would most just kind of "feel like" to be using it, when sitting in the drivers seat and using it, the most like an older Pfaff 1222 or even a Pfaff 14XXX kind of machine would probably be one of those Janome Memory Craft 6600P ones. Or even an elna eXcellence 720 (Elna 7300) just since those are made by Janome too. So if you are trying to just kind of "duplicate the sewing feel to you" while doing it, of an older Pfaff 1222 kind of machine on something much newer and Janome made and brand new, try sewing on some of those and just see what you think maybe. No free arm though at all.

I have sewn on a Janome labeled machine that was exactly like and felt exactly like sewing on a old Pfaff 1222. But that was just because it was the same age as a Pfaff 1222, and just was labeled a Janome 880on the front of it, instead even. I have only ever seen one of those, and I kind of think they were only sold or made in Japan and never even got as far as the USA at all, unless someone just carried them physical there. Which is what happened to the one I sewed on. But an old Janome 880 is just the same as a Pfaff 1222, even down to the Pfaff engraved on the inside of the stitch plate and the Pfaff words on it's motor.
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Date: 1/6/14 8:33 PM

Thank you all for your help. I've been considering the janome 2013, 3160 or 4120. I really want the thread cutter, but not sure if it's worth $300 (maybe though, I just got a Babylock Jane that has the cutter and I LOVE it).

If anyone else has experience with these three models: Janome 2013, 3160 or 4120, I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks!

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Date: 1/6/14 8:56 PM

If you really want to replicate the feel of the Pfaff 1222E, you should go to the Bernina dealer and see what they have in a used 300 series machine or a solid used Bernina - at least try those machines out, there is nothing in the other brands that feels like your Pfaff. Trust me on this.

I have a 1222E, and when I sat down to a Bernina 380 it was like suddenly sitting down to my Pfaff only with todays computerization. You will feel the same solidity, stitch perfection (if that's a word) and the bobbin will come easily to you as well.

Actually, I do not have the Bernina, but my Pfaff is still working, and I do have several Janomes. I like them. They are good machines. They will not feel like your Pfaff.

beauturbo is correct though, if you want a Janome, you are going to want a Janome 6600, 6500 or 6300 or the Elnas previously mentioned. Another one is a Janome 5200. It is pretty solid. Go try some of these machines. I have a Janome 6300P. I also have a light weight Janome for portability.

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Date: 1/6/14 9:43 PM

Quote: KPM
I think if you state a price limit you will receive more useful answers. But if I were buying a Janome right now I'd be interested in test driving the 9900. However I recently bought a pretty darn nice Janome Hello Kitty for my gkids that usually sells for around $300, so I'm certain you would be able to find a good machine for well under a grand if that's where your price point falls.

She did state that her budget was $1,000.

I have 4 Janomes. Love them all. My newest is not in your price range but I sure love my 9900! (Combo sew-embroidery) I learn something new everyday. I learned that in the stitch category under "quilting", it has an automatic. 1/4" stitch seam! It is very accurate esp when I used the 1/4" foot with it.

Have fun with your Janome search. Your budget should yield a very nice Janome!

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Date: 1/6/14 10:10 PM

Thanks to KPM (who noted a price would be helpful!), dmh1, beauturbo, Muffet, Sandygirl for your comments and suggestions. I loved my Pfaff, but since she was almost 35 years old and I did a LOT of sewing with her, I'm okay with moving on and finding one better and more (dare I say it?) modern.

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Date: 1/11/14 11:01 AM

Just thought I'd follow up and let you know what I ended up with. I am getting the Janome 7700. Yes, beyond my original budget; I am working some extra days this month to pay for it! I had thought it was totally out of my price range, but my local dealer has it for $1900. It has all i wanted and more. I don't get to pick it up till this coming week, but so excited. Thanks for all your help!

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Date: 1/11/14 11:35 AM

Quote: talkeetnagirl
Just thought I'd follow up and let you know what I ended up with. I am getting the Janome 7700. Yes, beyond my original budget; I am working some extra days this month to pay for it! I had thought it was totally out of my price range, but my local dealer has it for $1900. It has all i wanted and more. I don't get to pick it up till this coming week, but so excited. Thanks for all your help!

Congratulations!! Enjoy that Janome!
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