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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Brother or Janome ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Brother or Janome
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Date: 2/15/13 10:06 PM

I have a Brother sewing machine XL2610 - my second Brother. I would like a machine with adjustable pressure foot, and all the other standard features that I now have including automatic button hole maker. I would like to spend around $500. I'm looking at Brothers and Janomes. What machine would you buy? I will be buying this machine online as there are few dealers in the area, and I am basically an online shopper.

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Date: 2/15/13 10:15 PM

I would buy from a dealer where I could test each brand and model.

Don't limit your choices two brands.

When you say presser foot adjustment, do you mean presser foot pressure adjustment?

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Date: 2/15/13 10:17 PM

For Janome look at the DC4030. If you look in the reviews you will find it under that and it's former version, the TB30. It has pressure adjustment and a great selection of buttonholes. This online seller is great about the freebies they throw in. There is also the HD3000 but it has only one style buttonhole. Not sure how many styles you would want.

The closest thing by Brother is the PC210 or PC420, also available at the website listed above. These models will have a 6 point feed dog setup vs. the 7 point Superior Feed System on the Janome, which I think is their version of box feed. I have sewn on an earlier Janome with this feature and the machine just feeds the fabric so straight! You really don't have to work at it.
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Date: 2/16/13 9:09 AM

I have had both machines. I had a Brother 420PC-awesome machine with alot of features. I just didn't bond with it. I have a Janome now. I have a Kenmore/Janome mechanical. It is no longer sold by Sears and Janome remade it to be sold by a few online vendors Janome I have not purchased from Ken's but they seem to have a good reputation on here. That machine is also $200 more than what it was at Sears but if you don't mind a mechanical, it is a great machine. I am not familiar with the other lower end Janomes. Many of them do not have adjustable foot pressure and that lack was a deal breaker for me. I upgraded from that Brother to a Janome 6600 (quite an upgrade). I went to look at every brand sold in my area and decided I really like Janomes. They seem to feel more solid to me than the other brands in that price range. I think it will come down to your own preference. I don't think there are better machines in your price range than the Brothers and Janomes. HTH

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Date: 2/16/13 10:59 AM

Do you mean adjustable foot pressure? If there is a dealer there of Elnas, your lower priced Elnas usually have this feature, otherwise many machines do not. If you buy online, make sure you can return the machine in a good number of days. AMAZON is actually a good place to look at sewing machines and read reviews. Sew Vac Direct, Kens and Mr.Vac and Mrs.Sew look pretty good and I have purchased from all but Mr.Vac and Mrs. Sew, though they have a good rep. If I were buying right now I would probably buy the Brother 420 on AMAZON because so many have loved that machine and it has a load of features, including a knee lift! AND you can send it back if you test it out after you get it and there is a problem. I bought my Brother serger online at AMAZOn in 2005 and it is dandy.

But on the other hand, a Janome 8050, a Janome 4030, a Janome DC5100 (no foot pressure but no problems either - I did have this machine when it was sold as the Kenmore 19233) The DC5100 is 599 online, but a VERY nice machine and worth it. I have an array of Janome made machines and they are all swell!

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Date: 2/16/13 1:28 PM

I had the Brother Pc-420 and HATED it. It would not feed fabric nicely if my life depended on it. It was honestly the worst machine I've ever owned.
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Date: 2/16/13 1:57 PM

It might be Ken's???....But I've seen the Brother Innovis NX450Q ( normally dealer only) online at or close to that price point, lately. Innovis NX450Q has all the features you are looking for, plus some to grow into. 7 pt feed dogs; adj presser foot pressure, array of auto buttonholes, etc. Read the PR reviews.

Huge difference between the Brother machines sold in big boxes/online and those sold by dealers. They are targeting different demographics. I have both CS6000i ( big box) and Innovis NX650Q. Both have many features, but the 650Q is almost silent and flawless performance.

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Date: 2/16/13 7:42 PM

I will vote for the brother 420. I love this machine. Get the extension table as well. I bought my on Amazon with 30 day money back guarantee so you can play hard with it to see if you like it. Also, HSN will demo the Janome 49360, the DC4030P, the 49018 and the 634D serger on Feb 26.
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Date: 2/16/13 8:29 PM

I got my Janome 1 1/2 yrs ago off E-Bay and off Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew. I'd buy off of them again in a heartbeat. I love my Janome, but it isn't computerized. Of course now I'm ready to upgrade to one that is! This one is for sale. I'm looking at a BabyLock.

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Date: 2/16/13 11:41 PM

Janome 4030 unless you can afford the Janome 6300!

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