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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Janome 7330 or HD3000 or DC43030 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Janome 7330 or HD3000 or DC43030
New machine with good buttonholes
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Date: 1/20/13 11:49 AM

I mostly hand stitch everything I make but making buttonholes slows me down. I'd like to have a sewing machine that makes good buttonholes on those items that aren't worth the investment time of hand made button holes. My old Janome sewing machine buttonholer no longer works. I have had it fixed twice now and can't seem to keep it working.
I am looking for a new machine (don't need bells/whistles/embroidery) that will do really good to great buttonholes across multiple types of fabric without choking on bulk. I am also looking to sew pants so I'm looking for something with a good basic stitch. I've read reviews of Janome 7330 or HD3000 or DC43030. The last was recommended on pattern review but it at the high end of what I want to spend. I was hoping to stay around $400-$500 if possible. Does anyone have any experience with these machines or other suggestions.
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Date: 1/20/13 2:03 PM

The DC4030 has six styles of buttonholes and you can adjust the width on them, too. The machine sells everywhere for $549.

The HD3000 is a mechanical machine with one one-step buttonhole.

Did you check out the DC3050, too? It sells for $449

Brothers make nice buttonholes. Consider the PC-210, currently selling for about $303 on Amazon. Brother has the nicest needle threader out there:

Brother PC-210

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Date: 1/20/13 2:11 PM

Wow. Thanks for the quick response.

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Date: 1/20/13 2:33 PM

I should add that I had the Janome Harmony 8080(was sold at Sears) for awhile, which is the same as the DC3050. It really was a nice machine and so easy to use. I like machines where all the stitches and functions are viewable...no hunting through screens and pecking with a stylus. I ended up buying one for my Mom and she still uses it.

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Date: 1/21/13 6:20 AM

You know they make a perfect machine for everything- hemming, coverstitching, windjng bobbins, making bias tape, etc.
You would think someone would have invented a machine to make perfect buttonholes!

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Date: 1/21/13 7:05 AM

Didn"t Griest?

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Date: 1/21/13 10:25 AM

I think that SandiMacD was referring to a machine whose sole function was making buttonholes, like a cover stitch machine...I think the one made by Griest was actually an attachment for a regular sewing machine. BTW--how do I enter my post as "In reply to....?

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Date: 1/21/13 10:45 AM

Okay - pulled the trigger on the model up from the Brother PC-210 - the PC-420. The cost of the additional feet that you get with the higher model pretty much offset the additional cost. I wavered between the Janome but I never did like the buttonholes (even when the buttonholer) worked on my old Janome. The Brothers got good reviews on their buttonholes. Crossing my fingers.

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