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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Straight stitch plate for Kenmore 16231? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Straight stitch plate for Kenmore 16231?
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MerryCrafty

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Date: 11/23/09 8:53 PM

Hi-
I own a Kenmore 16231 (made by Janome) and sometimes have a problem with it pulling my quilting-cotton fabric down into the plate when I start stitching - eating my fabric. I'm thinking of getting a straight stitch plate but I do not know where to find it. People at Sears (where I bought the machine last year) are NOT helpful. Do you have any advice? Have you seen it online?

Also, do you know if Janome feet work for this machine? I would like a Janome 1/4 inch foot, not the Kenmore kind that has a black bar on the side...

Thanks!

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Date: 11/23/09 10:29 PM

This is the plate that will fit the 16231: Needle Plate for Straight Stitch. I searched high and low and was told many times they didn't exist for the 16231 before I found this. Ordered it from an online Janome dealer but I can't remember which one or how much at the moment. Make sure you order the right part number; the different straight stitch plates tend to all look alike online. And you can use the accessories list for this model as a guide to what feet will fit the 16231: Janome DC3050.

HTH

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Date: 11/23/09 11:53 PM

If you can't find the straight stitch needle plate locally, it is available from Sew Vac Direct for $19.99. Janome Straight Stitch Needle Plate

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Date: 11/25/09 2:03 AM

Thank you so much for the info!!
This is really helpful!

Susee, do you like the Kenmore 19233 (saw it on your list)? I'd love a machine with an alphabet & some more decorative stitches. How do you think it compares to the 16231? Or to other Janomes?

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Date: 11/25/09 12:52 PM

The 19233 is a great machine. I bought it after reading so many positive reviews on this site. It does have an alphabet, and many more decorative stitches and buttonhole choices than the 16231. However, it lacks a couple of things that the 16231 has--a start/stop button, and adjustable pressure foot pressure.

The alphabet letters aren't of the quality you'd get on a real embroidery machine, but they're ok for some purposes. I don't think you can vary the size of the lettering. The upper case letters are about 1/4" tall. If you're interested in decorative stitches, the ones on the 19233 are much more varied than on the 16231. The 19233 has 15 needle positions, whereas the 16231 only has three. Also the 19233 will do 7mm wide stitches, whereas the 16231's maximum width is 6.5 mm.

I'm a huge Janome fan, and I've found the quality of their machines to be very high. The Janome-made Kenmores are a great buy for the money, especially when they are on sale. When Sears closed out the 19606 last year, the price was so ridiculously low that I bought two of them. For my purposes, the 19606 had several things that the 19233 lacked--a start/stop button, adjustable presser foot pressure, and the buttonhole style that's rounded on both ends. Your needs may be different, though.

If you are thinking of getting a new machine, a good start would be to decide what features are important to you, then read some of the reviews on this site. One good thing about Sears is that it's easy to return a machine if you get it and decide it's not for you.

To answer your other question, I'm sure the Janome 1/4" foot would work on your machine. As far as I know, all of the Janome snap-on feet will work on a Kenmore. And when I've ordered additional Kenmore feet, they come straight from Janome USA.
-- Edited on 11/25/09 1:14 PM --

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Date: 11/27/09 11:23 AM

Hi,

Gosh, I wish I'd realized about that Kenmore closeout last year! Sounds like a nice machine. I bought my Kenmore 16231 last fall as a starter machine. I feel I've outgrown it now and my choice is between upgrading it a bit with a straight stitch plate and a Sew Steady-type table, or else trying to buy a new machine. I want to do more free motion quilting and more difficult patchwork and also be able to sew knits. But I just don't have the resources (read: $) to upgrade to a Janome 6600P or Bernina. I've considered the straight stitch machines, like Brother 1500pq or Janome version - 1600...

Any thoughts?

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Date: 11/27/09 12:51 PM

MerryCrafty, there are several online dealers who still sell the 19606 as a refurbished Janome. Many of those machines were customer returns, or open boxes from Sears stores. Several people on Pattern Review have bought them and have been quite happy. The prices have ranged between 250 and $300, I think. If one of those is available, it would be worth considering. Of the machines I currently own, the 19606 is my favorite.

If you're going to be doing mostly quilting, then one of the Janome or Juki straight stitch machines like the 98Q or 1600 would be a great choice. I don't know the Brother machine, but I imagine it is similar in quality. However, when your budget gets into that range, there are a LOT of tempting choices. Several people have bought the new Juki F600 for not much more than what those machines cost, and it has some impressive features.

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Date: 11/29/09 2:03 PM

Thank you, Susee! I do not see any refubished units available right now in my web searches but I will keep looking.

What do you think of middle range Janomes, like 4400:

http://www.sewvacdirect.com/janomemc4400.html?gdftrk=gdfV2739_a_7c861_a_7c3342_a_7cjano_d_4400

I'm a ways away from a machine over about $300 but I'm hopeful that it could happen eventually, so I have been looking around.

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Date: 11/29/09 5:44 PM

I really like the computerized mid range Janomes. From what I know, the 4400, 4800, and 4900 are all rather similar. The 4400 and 4800QC have now been discontinued, and the current model is the 4900QC. I was told that the Kenmore 19606 was very similar to the 4900QC, although there are still some differences. For instance, the Janome has a knee lever and two lights, and I think the 19606 came with more stitches, but only one light. I also noticed that Sew Vac Direct has the 4400 and the 4800QC both priced at $699 new.

Have you seen this recent topic comparing the 4400 and the 4800QC? It might be helpful to you.
Janome MC4400 or MC4800QC

Also, the Marie Osmond 200QC is another choice that's very similar to the above models. Not sure how the price on that one compares, though.

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Date: 11/29/09 6:39 PM

New 1/4 foot


Janome has a new 1/4 foot that is clear and the black piece is removable. If you have a need for it there's one for the 1/4 or midle position so it doubles as a stitch in the ditch foot too. I just picked mine up at my dealers as they are new not all dealers will have them yet.

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