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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Brother PC 420PRW vs Janome MC6300 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Subject: [Brother PC 420PRW] UPDATED: Juki F600 vs Janome MC6300 Date: 1/15/13 3:03 PM

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I am now trying to decide between the Janome 6300 and the Juki F600. Now, I'm only sewing apparel, and I'm used to a Juki industrial so I feel the Janome has the same feel and space, but that the Juki home sewing machine has the same power - but not too much of a difference except:

Juki F600
downside: smaller body
plus side: apparently much better buttonholes (but, I dont need that many buttonholes, every buttonhole I see on apparel is the same standard one anyways, not sure what everyone uses all those buttonhole styles for when its covered up anyways! - someone enlighten me on this if you can)

Also big another issue for me:

Dealer 1: Sells Janome's only - 5 year warranty free servicing for any issues with the machine and 5 year trade-in program - and has great reputation

Dealer 2: Sells Janome and Juki - 1 year parts and labor and 2 year electrical - no trade in. also has good reputation

What do you all think? I'm thinking that 5 year servicing and tune-up option as well as trade in sound really good... But its not as good as having the better machine overall.

FYI: I sew apparel only.

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Brother 420 PRW - around $500-600. (dealer $)
Janome 6300-$999 (dealer $)

So both of these machines do exactly what I need- same great features, auto-cutting, great feed, adjustable pressure on the presser foot, knee lever!!! - but the problem is- I cant chose. I sew apparel only - no quilts - and I sew on a mechanical singer home sewing machine and a juki industrial whenever I get a chance on those - so these electronic models are new to me and exciting. I feel the 6300 has the features of a home sewing machine but the dimensions and feel of an industrial -which I like. Though, I'm not sure if its worth the extra bucks for just the body.

This Brother machine is a whole lot of machine for not a lot of money. It may even have more features than the Janome -It has more stitches (which I don't use anyways) and a 2 needle option (I dont think the Janome has that) - free arm (which I have never really used, even though I sew so much apparel) Only difference I would say is 6 feed on brother vs 7 feed on the janome (not sure how much of a difference that will make when sewing apparel).

Here are links for some quick review: http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Limited-Edition-Project-Machine/dp/B000XE3FGO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

http://www.mrvacandmrssew.com/janome-memory-craft-6300-computerized-sewing-machine-p-1023.aspx

I know it all comes down to what I can afford, and what I feel is comfortable - but why do these machines have the same exact features and such a big price difference? Does anyone have them? Or both? Any and all insight can help! I don't really know the ins and outs of sewing machines and what features are best for my line of work (but I'm slowly learning)

Perhaps what I will use it for may help - I sew with lots silks, I sew tops, dresses, etc. I'm going to be using it for personal use/for bespoke client orders and in the near future (6mos-1yr), use it for sewing samples to send off for production. I'm willing to pay more bucks for a better machine since this is a part of my career goals as an apparel designer. I just need to know if its just that much better for the buck.

thanks so much! I'm new here and I hope this post wasn't too much gibberish.

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Date: 1/15/13 3:10 PM

Welcome! Have you considered the Juki home models? The F600 has tons of positive reviews and it sells for $899-999.
I, too, am attracted to the Janome 6300. I don't need a plethora of decorative stitches and it's size implies that it means business
It's only downfall could be that it's a flatbed but you seem familiar with that after working with the industrial.

I think a great combo setup would be a Janome 6300 and the DC4030 for a free arm. Or the Juki F600 and TL-2010Q(semi-industrial straight stitch) as a pair. Or even the Brother PC-420 with the PQ1500S(pretty much the same as the TL-2010Q, but with pin feed)

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Date: 1/15/13 3:19 PM

I see no connection between these two machines at all. One is a semi-industrial flatbed home sewing machine built incredibly sturdily and one is a normal size, free arm home sewing machine with nice features, much lighter and probably less hardy in use. Have you SEEN these machines and compared them in person or seen them one by one and can compare?

The Janome 6300 (I have one) is heavier, more sturdily built and has the capacity for faster speed at a more solid feel. The Brother 420, while it is very popular, has not the build of the Janome. I once considered purchasing the Brother 420 as a basic sewing machine for everything else, but if you do any heavier stuff (with in reason - not leather), the Janome P series is where you want to go - go to a dealer and see the Janome 6500 and/or the 6600 and you will see the size difference alone. I mean the Janome is a whopper of a machine. When I took my 6300 out of the box, the family gasped at the size.

So - depends on what you want really. OH - I see now that you will want to use the machine for client work, so yes, you want (in a Janome) the bigger machines. I think for the usual home hobby sewer, the Brother 420 is a good choice, but for more than that and for business - well, yes, in a Janome you have to think big. Even the 6600 in that case really - with the Accufeed - or one of the new ones. If this is an investment in good tools for a business that is another and more serious need.

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Date: 1/15/13 3:35 PM

Thank you!

Yeah, I'm sure for someone who knows sewing machines more than I do (and I don't know much) these make no sense! But they both had the same features I wanted - just in a different type/size of machine. Didn't know if that made any difference.

No I haven't been to the dealers yet, just compared them online. Spoke to a very reputable dealer on the phone about what type of machine I wanted and he directed me toward the Janome 3160 and then later suggested the 6300 (which really drew me in because of the size and look of an industrial) as well as the knee lever.


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Date: 1/15/13 3:37 PM

That was my first thought to Muffet. There machines are totally different.

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Date: 1/15/13 3:40 PM

oops duplicate post
-- Edited on 1/15/13 3:41 PM --

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Date: 1/15/13 4:14 PM

Just took a look at the Juki F600 and the body is not as big as the Janome which for about the same price is a downside. I'm only looking to buy one good machine (did you suggest two so I can have a free arm machine? honestly I never used that feature, idk why, perhaps to torture myself even more with sleeves and hems lol)- seems like the 6300 is looking better now!

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Date: 1/15/13 5:03 PM

It sounds like the 6300 fits your needs. Some sewers feel insecure without the free arm option but it's true, just about any project can be worked out just fine on a flatbed. The first home machine sewers were obviously able to make do...

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Date: 1/15/13 6:26 PM

I learned on industrials & have sewn on the Janome 6500 & Brother 420 but have a Juki F600.

Would like to say even tho the Juki F600 is physically smaller than the Janome... the Juki F600 is surprisingly strong... it's very powerful. For awhile I had a Janome 6500 & the Juki feeds better... it's always straight... never veers to the left or right. And since I'm used to the speed of industrials, the Juki F600 fits me well. There's alot of features, too many to post. If I had a business, apart from an industrial, I'd have the Juki F600 too.

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Date: 1/15/13 6:58 PM

Quote: NM gal
I learned on industrials & have sewn on the Janome 6500 & Brother 420 but have a Juki F600.



Would like to say even tho the Juki F600 is physically smaller than the Janome... the Juki F600 is surprisingly strong... it's very powerful. For awhile I had a Janome 6500 & the Juki feeds better... it's always straight... never veers to the left or right. And since I'm used to the speed of industrials, the Juki F600 fits me well. There's alot of features, too many to post. If I had a business, apart from an industrial, I'd have the Juki F600 too.

But if you had to chose one, Juki f600 and Janome 6300 - which would you chose?

Since I am buying only one machine and not two (which would be easier), I'm having a hard time choosing the best one for my needs. I don't need it to sew as fast as the Juki, and I've heard no complaints about how the Janome's feed. If there are no other things that are really setting them apart...

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