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Juki MO-735 vs. Janome 1200D
anyone tried both?
emaj
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Date: 10/5/10 6:34 PM

My dealer has the Janome 1200D in stock with a test model to try for $1100. I like it, it seems a bit overwhelming but I think I will be able to thread it easy enough. My dealer doesnt have ny Juki demos - they can get the Juki's in but I cant test it as they would just order it in for me.

I have heard such good things about Juki, plus I loved the one juki I did get to try (f300) that I was seriously considering the Mo-735 (plus its cheaper at $1000, but $100 isnt much!)

Has anyone tried both the Juki MO-735 and the Janome 1200D, can you offer some comparisons? stitch quality, ease of threading, ease of changing to coverstitch etc.

Thanks all you super sewers :)

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Date: 10/5/10 8:38 PM

Emaj, I have sewn with both machines and now own a Juki Mo735. I liked the Janome model very much. I went back to test the 1200 for a second time to test the coverstitch. I had read on the forum here about the difficulty of changing to coverstitch. The dealer and I were never able to get it to work properly. Needless to say, I decided not to get the 1200. I do not want to dissuade you base on my experience. I recommend that you test the coverstitch conversion and decide if it works consistently for you.

The Juki I purchased sight unseen. My dealer did not have a test model either but I had pretty much decided. I knew the Juki was well built, a solid performer with great stitch quality and easy to thread. Those characteristics are true. Coverstitch is easy enough but it took a few practice runs to get it right because the threading chart was not clear enough. I was able to get my machine during a promotion last spring for $800, brand new! The 8 piece pressure foot accessory package does not come with the machine normally, but some dealers are willing to include it if it means a sale. It is a $200 retail value.

I tested all the stitch variables when I first brought it home. I tested with a variety of fabrics too. I was surprised the machine performed perfectly as long as I had it threaded correctly. I used the recommended tension settings and only needed to make minor adjustments within the recommend tension range. My first real project was using rolled hem gave me trouble only because of my fabric choice. I eventually used Sulky Solvy as an edge stabilizer to get rid of thread pokies.
I have been extremely happy with my decision to go with Juki.

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Date: 10/5/10 10:05 PM

I just asked you in another thread about your opinionthank you for posting!

When I tested the Janome i liked it, it felt fine but I am so new to sewing I really have no idea whats going on most of the time and I was put off by reviewers constantly mentioning the threading with the Janome. I tried to thread it at the dealer and neither of us knew how to use it and the thread guide was not very helpful so I didnt really feel like I 'bonded' with the machine! LOL though i think i could thread it with practice.

I have only ever tested one Juki and I reallly liked the feel of the machine (f300, so I now want to get the f600!!) which is why I figure i will like the 735..but so far thats my only reason! ha! i am glad to hear you prefer it :)

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Date: 10/5/10 10:40 PM

Many people say the Bernina has a serger very similar to the Juki, you may want to take one of them for a test drive. I am also interested in the Juki but I have no idea where one would go to try it out.

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Date: 10/6/10 1:23 PM

oh ya!

thats a great idea - will do
there are 2 bernina dealers here!
thanks

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Date: 10/6/10 1:34 PM

DOH! The bernina dealers dont carry a demo of the 1300mdc (735 clone priced at @2199 vs $1000)!

i will check out the bernina 1150 though which is supposed to be similar to the 734de (no coverstitch)

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Date: 10/11/10 1:17 PM

Is the only difference between the Juki-735 and Juki-734de
just the coverstitch that the Juki-735 has ?

I know the Juki -735 has a 5 stitch where the Juki -734de only has 4.

So other than these 2 additional features that the Juki -735 has is this the only difference ?

Or is there something else I'm missing ?

Thnaks

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Date: 10/11/10 2:42 PM

I think that is the only difference - basically one can do coverstitch and the other cannot

you can see the comparison here: http://www.juki.co.jp/household_en/serger/index.html

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Date: 10/14/10 2:05 PM

I have the 1200D, and so far it's been great. I haven't tried the Juki model, though. I find it easy to thread (once you get the hang of threading a serger) and easy to convert to coverstitchng.

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Date: 11/12/10 12:00 PM

I am so excited I just got a great deal on a used 1200D. I too have space problem and am lucky to get two machines with room to manuver into my area. I am excited to start using it and am reading all the information I can get on it. I have been a bit disappointed in the amount of info out there on 1200D and also there don't seem to be any on line sources for accesories. THis will be my first serger even though I have been sewing my own clothes since I was 12. (i made my own barbie clothes before that) Now my clothes will look like they truly came off the rack.

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