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Janome Jem machine vs Kenmore Ultra Mini or Janome 3128
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StitchinMom
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Date: 1/9/11 5:12 PM

For those of you who have a Janome Jem machine, what made you go that route as opposed to a simple 3/4 machine like the Kenmore Ultra Mini or the Janome 3128?

I guess I'm trying to decide whether something simple like the latter two I mentioned might suffice. But then the Jem line is very popular, so I'm thinking there must be something they offer that I don't know about.

I'm still tring to find out more info on the Janome Jem Gold Plus Trim & Stitch. I've seen spec info and a brochure, but I don't yet know a price. That machine in particular really interests me because of it's light serging technique. It sounds great in concept, I just want to witness it and/or hear about it to help me make a decision.

But if I weren't to go with that particular machine, do you think it makes sense to get a different Janome Jem even though they are more money than the Kenmore or the Janome 3128?

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I don't mind spending a little more for a Janome Jem if I know I'm getting something for that money (is it a more solid machine, can it do more? etc.).

I've read through the reviews about the Janome Jems and they seem like GREAT machines. I guess I'm just trying to figure out if paying a bit more gets me really something more.

Thanks!

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Date: 1/9/11 6:17 PM

I bought my Jem Gold off Craigslist for $100 and at the time the Kenmore Ultra Mini was priced higher. One difference is the Jem is top load bobbin and the Ultra is front load, so I see my bobbin. I have heard complaints about great difficulty getting the bobbin assembly (not the case) back in on the Ultra and also a complaint or 2 on vibration. I have experienced neither of those on my Jem.

I really like my Jem--it feels sturdy, like a full sized sm-- but if I were in your shoes, and did not care about the top load bobbin, I would go with the Ultra--a lot cheaper and everyone seems to like them.

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Date: 1/9/11 6:33 PM

I think the stitch lineup might be a little different between the Mini Ultras and the Jems. I was trying to find some good pictures to do a comparison, but I couldn't really tell.

I think with the Jems you can drop the feed dogs, but the Mini Ultras come with a plastic piece to cover the feed dogs.

Also, I think the Jems have handles and the Mini Ultras don't.

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Date: 1/9/11 11:32 PM

Quote: aliann1
I think with the Jems you can drop the feed dogs, but the Mini Ultras come with a plastic piece to cover the feed dogs.



Also, I think the Jems have handles and the Mini Ultras don't.

The Jem Golds 2 and 3 allow you to drop the feed dogs and they do have a handle. The Mini Ultra has the plastic feed cover and no handle like the Jem Gold 660 without the 2 or 3 after it. The Gold 2s are more difficult to find. I have the 2.
I have used a feed cover on other machines and they work just fine; I do like having a handle, although it would not be a deal breaker.
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Date: 1/9/11 11:53 PM

The biggest advantage to these small machines is the weight and being able to carry them to class, only 12 pounds, simuliar to the jems, but with a few more features. This machine usually retails for around $275.

http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/aqs_2009.php

They also have the Janome platinum 760 and 720. The 760 has 60 really nice stitches and the the machine above is the same machine, just the updated version of the 720. These are really nice to take to classes or just pull out for small projects. Very nice machines. The only downside is the 760 is around $399 versus the $274 for the machine above. Everyone loves these like the jems. HTH

ETA: I think you will be happier with the Janome AQS2009 that I've provided a link to. It is on the Janome website also. I've heard some people people having trouble with the bobbin jumping around on the 3128. It has not been out very long. These other machines have been around a few years and I've never seen any complaints on them. If you don't need the extra bells and whisles, the jems would be just as good.
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Date: 1/10/11 11:55 AM

I'm bumping this thread hopefully to get more replies to this thread.
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Date: 1/10/11 12:09 PM


Flo. Since these minis were discussed at length recently.. and since there is a thread on the stitch and sew.. there may not be too many replies to this thread also.. just my thought.

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Date: 1/10/11 2:51 PM

I called AceSewVac today. I was quoted a price of $249.95 for the Janome Jem Gold Trim & Stitch, and a price of $499.95 for the Janome Jem Platinum 760.

Obviously those prices are a lot more than the Kenmore Ultra Mini at full price let alone the sale price.

I'll be doing a little more research and likely I will go to my local dealer to see them in person.

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Date: 1/10/11 2:57 PM

Quote: poorpigling


Flo. Since these minis were discussed at length recently.. and since there is a thread on the stitch and sew.. there may not be too many replies to this thread also.. just my thought.

Thanks for filling me in. I was not aware there were many threads discussing this.
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Date: 1/10/11 3:11 PM

Quote: StitchinMom
I called AceSewVac today. I was quoted a price of $249.95 for the Janome Jem Gold Trim & Stitch, and a price of $499.95 for the Janome Jem Platinum 760.



Obviously those prices are a lot more than the Kenmore Ultra Mini at full price let alone the sale price.



I'll be doing a little more research and likely I will go to my local dealer to see them in person.

Thats really high for the Janome Platinum 760. They were $399, but prices have gone up on all sewing machines since last Juy. I truly don't know if that is a good price for the Trim & Stitch. The AQS is or was $274. I really don't know what you what to pay, but the one of the Jems may be your answer. Good luck in your search and let us know how it turns out.
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