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Date: 7/17/09 0:30 AM

I have been shopping for a new machine. My last post was regarding the Janome 2007LE/Janome 8077. I had decided on the Janome 2007LE until I went to a local shop. They have an Elna 6003Q that was a trade in. The price is very good ($300) but I have found a couple of reviews that did not treat this machine kindly. I am new to quilting and don't need a machine this fancy but... if it would do more when I get better at quilting than it would be worth looking at. thanks again for any help you can provide.

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Date: 7/17/09 1:14 AM

Well, first off, it's made my Janome. Second, my dry cleaners uses one for all their sewing needs. And lastly, here's a review from somewhere else:

Elna 6003Q review

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Date: 7/17/09 1:18 AM

Janome makes this machine for Elna. I believe for the money, it is more machine than the other two and I'd probably prefer it over the 2007LE...MANY more features. Will you be getting some warranty? Why not thoroughly test it at the store--keeping in mind the negative points you gleaned from the reviews that you read and see if you have the same experience. I saw one here on PR and I can tell you futzy needle-threaders are the norm for most brands. I think you're very smart to consider a nice used machine--this one retailed for $800 when current model. Hopefully it has all the original feet with it and manual. A quilter friend of mine has this machine and liked it very much.
edited to add: the 6003 has adjustable presser foot pressure and I don't know if the 2007LE has that but it is an important feature you will use.
-- Edited on 7/17/09 1:21 AM --

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Date: 7/17/09 9:22 AM

My mother-in-law has had this machine for many years. She loves it. Actually, she has two Elna's because she loves them so much but the truth is that it was built by Janome. It's a great machine, and has more features. The adjustable presser foot pressure alone would be worth getting this machine. The two Janome's you mentioned do not have this feature and you will want it!

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Date: 7/17/09 10:54 AM

I would try this out and ask if the dealer is giving a warranty as well as support. This is one beautiful machine. Although Janome does build Elnas, and actually owns the company or at least controlling interest, Janome builds many machines, including Sears Kenmores now, and probably several other brands. The thing is that the specs differ in some details and features. Elnas are built to some pretty nice specs, and even the cheaper ones have some nice added features not often found at their price points. I admit I am a fan. :)

If your dealer will support you in future and you like that dealer and whatnot - go for it! What a good price! In any case, let us know what you decide, and pictures would be nice!:)

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Date: 7/17/09 11:21 AM

What more would you need for quilting?

The 6003 has the scant 1/4" foot for piecing, a walking foot and free motion (darning) foot for quilting.

Although not the same model as my Elna Pro Quilter's Dream, the review Karen found echos how I feel about my Elna.

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Date: 7/17/09 8:09 PM

This was my first sewing machine when I started sewing again. It was great! Very reliable, great stitch quality, and really nice to use. If it's in good shape, try it and see if you like how it sews.

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Date: 7/18/09 10:17 PM

This was the first "real" sewing machine I ever tried. It was easy to figure out. Very very quiet. The stitches were pretty. And it was an absolute pleasure to make buttonholes with it. No joke. And it was easy to find feet for it. Like the 6005 you really really needed to use stretch needles if the fabric had even the least bit of stretch to it. (but with a stretch needle it worked fine.) And while adjustable, the foot pressure was very very strong--not so friendly to some fabrics. But, I dont think everyone had the same experience with the foot pressure--just us. Oh, and, I dont think it ever got used for quilting--just curtains, clothes, jeans, backpacks, and it got added many buttonholes to make low-cut tops more modest--and no one could tell. I wish I could tell you about longevity, but I just dont know.

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Date: 7/18/09 10:58 PM

I've had a 6005 since it was first introduced (12 years ago?). Very similar to the QD. No compliants. Just take it in for its yearly tune-up and oiling and it will run for a long time.

Even though a lot of people consider Elna machines to be re-packaged Janomes, this is really not true. The machines have many similar features, and do many things in the same way (like buttonholes), but Elnas have their own selection of stitches, particularly the heirloom stitches that Elna is known for. I also think that Elnas are designed better, physically, than Janomes. Janomes have a lot of buttons and clutter on the faces of their machines, but the Elnas are simpler and more streamlined. I prefer them.


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Date: 7/18/09 11:28 PM

I have found this to be true also. I know my Elna 7300 has some extra features the 6600 does not have. Yes, they are mostly the same but definitely not identical as most believe.

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