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

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Date: 2/16/13 10:41 AM

Hi all

I'm looking for some help on deciding which machine to get, the Janome Magnolia 7318 or the Juki HZL-35Z. What I need right now is a basic sewing machine to sew from patterns on and I like what I have read for both of these machines. I also have a chance to possibly get a Bernina 830 for around $350 to $400 (if someone on craigslist gets back to me), though and I'm mighty tempted.

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Date: 2/16/13 10:47 AM

You have just joined PR. Welcome - this is the place for all that info you need!Read the reviews and the threads in the Sewing Machine forums and see what you think after you read read read. There is so much info here on your question, and you are the only person who can decide!If you are near to dealers - go see machines. As to the Bernina - taking someone else with you to see it and sewing on it and testing it out and making sure it has the feet, the innards and the other stuff it should have is important. If you can test machines, do it. Myself, I would go for either machine, but specifically for the Janome since I like them and I have feet. Feet are sometimes much easier to buy for a Janome since lots of online places are selling them. Dealers are closer to most people than JUKI dealers are, but JUKI has a good reputation as well. Again, welcome to PR and good luck in your search!

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Date: 2/16/13 10:58 AM

Thanks for the welcome! PR is one of the places I searched when I decided on either of those machines but I always end up unable to decide on big decisions. Haha.

The person who is selling the Bernina has all the accessories I need listed in the listing. If she gets back to me with photos I may go up and see it tomorrow afternoon.

And thank you! There aren't many places near me that sell JUKIs and the ones that are sort of close are a bit too far for me to go out to but I've heard great things about them. My grandmother had a Janome that I used while she still lived near me and there's two dealers near by who have accessories for them.

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Date: 2/17/13 5:40 PM

It would be nice if the Bernina is in good shape! NICE machine.Let us know how it turns out.

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Date: 2/17/13 5:57 PM

Personally I'd go for the Janome, just think it's a better machine all around. However, if the Bernina turns out to be in great condition with at least the basic feet etc I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.

I love the older mechanical Berninas & Pfaffs - they are workhorses! Here is a link to a current Ebay auction for an 830, it has excellent photos of the machine and feet if you need a reference: BERNINA EBAY

Good luck in your search, happy sewing!
Ani in Wilmington
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Date: 2/18/13 10:49 AM

The Juki no doubt about it! I own a Janome 6600P. It's a nice machine. I recently bought the lower end Juki 27Z as my "traveling" machine. I was blown away. It cost $114 (Xmas special at Amazon.com) and that little workhorse performs as good as my $1500 Janome. The industrial box feed is AMAZING. It sews through anything and the stitch quality is perfection! Sure it doesn't have a lot of decorative stitches, but it has more than enough. You'll have to buy extra feet, but they cost under $10 for generic ones. Juki makes a quality product at a reasonable cost.

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Date: 2/18/13 11:47 AM

Well,the person with the bernina didnt get back to me on time. I actually went for the janome hd1000 but only because they had it on home depot and small appliances were 20 percent off with a coupon code!

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Date: 2/18/13 12:41 PM

Really? Home Depot, eh, great! Happy sewing!

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Date: 2/18/13 1:22 PM

Yup! I had heard that they sell machines online now so I checked it out. They actually have a decent selection.

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