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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Janome 4120QDC...anyone have this machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Janome 4120QDC...anyone have this machine?
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Date: 2/12/12 10:07 AM

I'm looking for a new machine and this one seems to have a lot of features I'd like, but for less money than a higher end machine. I was considering a Janome 6600, Horizon 7700, or a Bernina 550, but I've decided to try and keep it under $1,000. I currently work full time and have a 4 y/o and a 2 y/o, so I'm going to wait to invest in a higher end machine until I have more time to dedicate to sewing.

Anyway, I can't find as much information about this machine as the other machines I mentioned. Does anyone have this machine? What are your likes and dislikes? And does anyone know the how large the space is to the right of the needle?

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Date: 2/14/12 10:45 AM

It is on the Janome website: Here is the info I just copied & pasted. I do like the colors & layout of it. .....

120 built-in stitches, including Alphabet
7 one-step buttonholes
Manual thread tension control
Built-in one-hand needle threader
Snap-on presser feet
Memorized needle up/down with down
as default setting
7-piece feed dog
Drop feed
Built in thread cutter
Locking stitch button
Speed control slider
Twin needle guard
Easy reverse button
Start-stop button
Stitch pattern memory capability
Auto declutch bobbin winder
Extra high presser foot lift
LCD screen with enhanced informational
display and touchpad for easy navigation
Foot pressure adjustment
Horizontal full rotary hook bobbin system
7mm maximum stitch width
5mm maximum stitch length
Detatchable stitch chart
Hard cover and instructional DVD

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Date: 2/14/12 10:54 AM

Great feature in this line of Janomes is the two digit stitch selection! I love that. I don't have this machine, but I have the Janome 8050 which is exactly like the Janome 1050, and the display is the same as in the machine you ask about. See if you can get a demo. Also these machines are LIGHT! Stable but light, which is a really handy feature when rearranging machines or taking classes! :)

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Date: 2/17/12 8:20 PM

I've had this machine for about 2 weeks and am really enjoying it. I have been away from sewing for quite a few years and find this machine very easy to use. I really like the ease of stitch selection with the touchpad. I think it has a lot of nice features for the price. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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Date: 12/18/12 0:36 AM

I too am considering buying this machine from a private party online. Has anyone used this for any extended period of time? How much is a reasonable amount to pay for such a machine?
Sorry for all the questions, I really love all of this machines features but after reading its baby sisters reviews (3160qdc I am scared)

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Date: 12/31/12 11:00 AM

I bought a Janome 4120qdc about a year ago, and I have loved it! It is my first computerized machine, so it took a little getting used to--does more of the work for me ;-). One of the things I love the most about this machine is the gorgeous buttonholes it makes. It's a one-step buttonholer with the slot for the button in the back of the attachment--perfect every time. There are 3 buttonhole styles--all really pretty. Really the only thing that still bugs me is the way that the machine seems to always take one more stitch after you've let off the pedal--a bit annoying, but I've gotten used to it over time. As far as the price, I bought mine here in Belgium, in Euros, so it cost a good bit more compared to dollars, but so worth it. Good luck!

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Date: 2/23/14 7:21 PM

I am reviving this old thread to hear if there are any others who have bought this machine, and what they are thinking. There are no reviews of it on this site! I recently bought a Janome Magnolia 7330, and I think I got a lemon, but I also think it is too limited, so I think when I send the lemon back this week, I might as well use the opportunity to upgrade. I've been considering the 3160DCQ and the 4120DCQ. The 4120DCQ seems to be more sturdy (apart from the fact that it has more features than the 3160DCQ), and it also seems able to handle thicker fabrics. Does anyone have it? Opinions on it?

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Date: 2/23/14 11:39 PM

There is a review here.

It will be a bit smaller than your Magnolia. It seems to be mostly marketed as a fancy travel/class machine or maybe for a student in a dorm. You can get other sturdy, full-size Janomes for less, like the Magnolia 7360. The DC3050 and DC2014(also DC2013, 2012 previous years) have been solid performers for years. Another good model that has the plus of being able to adjust the foot pressure is the DC4030. HSN.com has been selling it for $499 with a ton of extra feet.

The Magnolia 7330 can also be found as the JW7630 at Walmart for $299.97!

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Date: 2/24/14 1:54 AM

Thank you! I'm surprised that this machine would be smaller than the Magnolia. Our local sewing center had the Magnolia as well as the 3160DCQ, and presented the latter as "one model up" from the Magnolia. The 4120DCQ is "one model up" from the 3160DCQ, in turn, and it weighs about the same as the Magnolia from what I could figure out. Both have features like adjustable foot pressure that the Magnolia does not have, plus more stitches and an extension table, all nice things to consider. I also like the fact that the review above said the 4120DCQ can sew leather - I sometimes sew with thin leather, so that would be nice. I just wish I could actually get my hands on one to check it out for myself! Oh well, I'll talk to my dealer tomorrow - he might be able to fix the problems I have with my Magnolia, and then I'll keep it, at least for a while (he has one of those upgrade-with-full-price-value-for-the-first-year deals), and do more homework and save up for a while before upgrading.

Thanks again. I find the information on this site so helpful! I've only been a member here for a week, and I love it!

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Date: 2/24/14 1:27 PM

I looked at this machine when I was machine shopping. It is a nice machine. This was the machine that the lady at the shop recommended for me to try. Odd though she didn't mention it being 3/4 size. If you are able to, I would suggest actually trying it out.

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