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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Juki F600 vs Janome 6300 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Juki F600 vs Janome 6300
Fran Sam
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Date: 1/20/13 2:29 PM

Hello all,

My Initial Thread is here - I went all over the place but finally wanted to decide between the Janome 6300 and Juki F600.

Since I know theres a lot of Juki Exceed owners here (havent noticed too many 6300 users) I wanted to make this thread to get your attention too!

I'm an apparel only sewer. I have a simple low-end mechanical singer which isnt doing much for me anymore and I sew on industrial Juki's when I get a chance(I don't own one though).

After testing them both the Juki F600 and Janome 6300 out, I liked the Janome's body more- therefore thought I'd chose that.

Now that I think about it the Juki has more features than the Janome for the same price. More buttonholes, lettering (which seems fun, ive never tried it but want to) and the LCD screen shows you the feet you'd use for each foot - I find these very helpful.

BUT the Janome 6300 looks so professional, its much more open, wider space, feels like the industrial Juki's im used to working with. AND the Janome dealer will have a 5 year warranty vs the Juki dealer a 1 year warranty - I have to say this swayed me a bit. Wouldnt that sway you? Have you even taken your Juki Exceed in after the 1 year mark?

I just CANT chose. I'm sewing apparel only and yes mainly straight stitch, buttonholes, and I also want to work with the twin needle on knits since I don't have a cover-stitch machine. (insight into the twin needle on both machines would be helpful for me!)

If the Juki's body was the same as the Janome, I would have chosen the Juki for more stitches and the helpful screen guide. Perhaps I can get over the body issue. Just don't know why the Juki is smaller than its industrial bodies and why this Janome is so big?

I also can't understand why the Janome has less features at the same price point as this feature-full Juki. Any insight?

Janome:
Pros: Bigger body more space, feels professional + 5 year warranty (I dont know how many times you all service your machine but 5 years sounds amazing)
Con: less buttonholes and less stitches overall if I wanted to get into lettering etc

Juki:
Pro: more stitches, buttonholes, lettering
Con: smaller body, 1 year warranty

Machine owners- your thoughts!?

-- Edited on 1/20/13 6:51 PM -- for clarity
-- Edited on 1/20/13 10:40 PM --

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Date: 1/20/13 9:36 PM

Since you got multiple machines machines already and even going to get another one, I think I would probably just get the one, whichever of them, that did some things I wanted to do, that was missing and not in the more one purpose industrial Juki's you might already have.

I would not care which one "felt or looked" more "professional" at all really, for just that only, just because in most cases that means only can do very few things even. If you want a Juki industrial that can do more of most of those things with a big motor under that table I guess you could spend the really huge bucks and get something more like some of the industrial Juki AMS programable machines even, and a separate Juki programable, only button hole only making machine, (that sounds like great fun to me, if only they did not have to be paid for at all) but I don't know how you can even begin to compare those two price wise with what you are talking about instead.

I think you are going to find out though, that trying to use a twin needle to make "fake coverstitching" with a machine with just a bobbin in it, is never as good, and not really the same at all, as having a machine to do that that uses a real looper for the bottom of that kind of stitch and no bobbin at all though. Maybe you should just get something that does that first, then see how much money you got left over for the other things, if doing that on bottom of knit shirts is really all that important to you.

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Date: 1/20/13 10:03 PM

What a hard decision! I am not sure where the 6300 owners are. There are quite a few of us that bought the 6600. It is the same platform with more features. From the website, it looks like you have to go up to the 6600 to get the lettering. I looked at all kinds of machines and the body of the Janome is what swayed me too. I have been a garment sewer but I want to sew quilts though and the Janome is built for that which was another reason why I went with the Janome. I couldn't find a Juki to try out or who knows maybe I would have wanted it. For garment sewers that Juki is feature rich!
Did you get to actually sew on both of these? Are you in a hurry for some reason? Sometimes I find if I just think about things for awhile that a choice becomes clear. Sorry I am not more helpful but you are the person who will be using it everyday. HTH

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Date: 1/20/13 10:22 PM

When I had a Janome, it didn't handle heavy seam and seam change intersections well. That was a deal breaker for me. Not sure if you care--but it might be worth testing that if you do. I make a lot of lined/interfaced bags, and I needed a machine that can handle that. However, it was a different model--so I'm not certain about the 6300.

I don't have the F600 either--I have the TL2010Q, which is an awesome machine! Really makes me appreciate Juki's quality. I don't think the body of the F600 is very pretty, but if it works well it sure offers a lot.

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Date: 1/20/13 11:10 PM

No you've been a great help. Thank you! I'm only in a hurry because I feel I should have made this desicion already - and you've made me feel a bit better about taking my time :P

I'm going to go back and try both machines out again and give them both a fair chance. But I'd love to hear all input before I go- I've already got pointers on what I should be looking for and testing out

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Date: 1/21/13 10:49 AM

For me the buttonhole quality is the one thing that would seal the deal.
I would take prepped samples, with different weights of fabric and interfacing/stabilizer, make sure you have an entire set of the same samples for each machine you are testing.

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Date: 1/21/13 1:13 PM

Thank you! I did not think to do that last time- I will def try that.

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Date: 1/21/13 1:17 PM

I have the Juki f600, don't have any experience with the Janome 6300. I bought the Juki for the buttonholes. The machine forms the buttonholes sewing in the same direction for both beads, same as a Bernina machine, so the beads looked more balanced. That was a big selling point for me.

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Date: 1/21/13 1:28 PM

Test the type of sewing you do most on both machines, using the same threads and fabrics. I would think the Juki box feed would beat the Janome's but you need to see for yourself.

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Date: 1/21/13 1:58 PM

I may even look into the F300 and F400- I don't need all those decorative stitches or quilting feet- It'll save me some money and its the same machine/same buttonhole options.

I wonder why Juki gives so much more for less money vs Janome?

Anyone who has any of the exceed models - how has your experience been so far? After a year or so, still no issues or problems?
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