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Date: 6/3/14 1:28 PM

New member here. I have the newer Babylock Esante but I have this urge to quilt. I am looking for a machine dedicated to quilting. I want the larger throat space. Considering the Janome New Home 7700, the Janome 8200 or the new Pfaff 5.0. The Pfaff is much less expensive. Thoughts?? I have to decide today as the interest free financing ends today. I have a headache from researching over the last week. Help...😁

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Date: 6/3/14 1:57 PM

I'd love to do a shout out for Janome because I love their machines but...both machines have a different feel. You really have to try them both out, perhaps bringing your own quilt sandwiches and piecing to try out both.

If you are considering Janome, remember that the 8200 and 7700 have different Accufeed setups. The 8200 is the Accufeed Flex (da bomb!) and the 7700 is plain Accufeed (nice though). Make sure you understand the differences between the 8200 and the 8900 if you are considering a Janome. I wouldn't consider an 8200 because of the left/right needle increments and memory storage. But that's just me--to each his/her own.

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Date: 6/3/14 2:01 PM

My choice; the Pfaff 5.0

Pfabulously nice machine, and of course it has the IDT (integrated walking foot).

But only you can decide which you like better.

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Date: 6/3/14 3:54 PM

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My choice; the Pfaff 5.0

Pfabulously nice machine, and of course it has the IDT (integrated walking foot).
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But only you can decide which you like better.

I love the original built-in Pfaff IDT !
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Date: 6/3/14 10:01 PM

PFAFF...

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Date: 6/3/14 10:38 PM

You don't need to rush, financing happens all year long, there will be another one in a few months, take your time and try out the machines. I have heard the janomes within their models do have a different feel and even the feed dogs can be different so you really need to know which one you prefer. I think IDT on pfaff and accufeed on janome are also very different so i would also make some sit down time with pfaff.

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Date: 6/4/14 1:01 AM

Janome - I have found that they are not as fussy and sensitive as Pfaff

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Date: 6/4/14 7:26 AM

Welcome to PR.
Its funny how we get all hyped by the Dealers 'great deal' that ends today.

Another one will come along- just as good if not better. Use the time between the deals to analyze your needs and demo them all for best fit. Then, wait for the next sale and dive in.

Nothing is worse than that good deal you regret every time you sit down to sew.

Both brands are good but don't rule out other brands. Use this lull to shop around and use PR to research and ask questions of the owners of models that interest you.

I have a Babylock for the quilting stitches and FM. I use an older Pfaff for precision seams and I have a Janome that plows through layers of heavy fabric like butter.

Enjoy your search!

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Date: 6/4/14 7:41 AM

I have owned the Pfaff 5.0 for a year now. Great machine!
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Date: 6/4/14 12:27 PM

Janome has always been easier to operate and learn than Pfaff. After trading my Pfaff 1475 for a Janome 9000 I have sewn with Janome exclusively. I have the Janome 7700 and like the Accufeed on the Janome better than the Pfaff IDT. Ryan's mom is correct the Accufeed is different on the 7700 than on the 8900. You need to test drive both to see what you like. I'm thinking about trading for a 8900, can't make up my mind yet. BTW Janome comes out with no interest no payment plans periodically.

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