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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Juki F300 or babylock Elizabeth? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Juki F300 or babylock Elizabeth?
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Date: 3/16/13 5:33 PM

Hello everyone,
Ian looking at a new sewing machine to replace my 23 year old White Blue Jeans Machine. I would like to spend under $1000 and enter the world of electronic stitchery. I most sew garments and do some heavier weight sewing with wool and soft leather.

I thought I was set on the BabyLock Elizabeth at my local dealer, with all the local dealer perks, plus all the great feet, including a walking foot, the Elizabeth comes with.

Now I have been alerted to the Juki f300. It's on amazon and has less stitches (dont care about that) and a few less features that I'm not too concerned with. It's not local, which I'm not happy about. I do like the ability to taper the satin stitch, but I dont think that would break a deal.

Any feedback? Both price around $800. People seem to really love their Babylocks, but then I see people love their Juki's even more...... I can't test out the Juki, I would have to get it online and hope for the best.....

Thank you so much for any and all feedback!

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Date: 3/16/13 6:25 PM

I have had the Juki 600 for a few weeks. I feel like I have joined a cult AND I sound like a broken record BUT that Juki is the best machine I have ever sewn on. I have been sewing for 30 years, it is just amazing. Quit And powerful. Feeds heavy multi layer fabrics evenly and will not eat delicate fabrics even if you put it on the edge. It is full of these kinds of contradictions. Most of the machines I have balk at something, I have not found that yet on my Juki.

Check Ebay, I think there was a 600 for $800 listed today.

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Date: 3/16/13 6:51 PM

I can't help you with either of the machines since I've never used them but thought I'd mention (in case you don't know) that you can purchase an additional warranty if you do choose Amazon. Amazon uses Canopy. I've purchased Canopy's warranty for some of the sewing machines I've purchased through on Amazon. I haven't had to use the warranty, but a friend needed it with an appliance purchase and she said their (Canopy) service was excellent.
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Date: 3/16/13 11:32 PM

I used to have the Brother NX450 which is the Brother version of the Elizabeth. It was a great machine. I traded in the NX450 for a Pfaff, but I really had no problems with it at all. I don't know anything about the Juki.

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Date: 3/16/13 11:53 PM

I own the Juki F300 and it is a good sewing machine. The box feed will work with a wide variety of fabrics. It runs quietly too and you get a good selection of button holes as well. I think you can alter the width on the button holes too. It defaults with the needle down which I am beginning to like, and has a thread cutter. I never had a chance to sew on an Elizabeth, my dealer never has them in stock. But I find folks enjoy their Babylock machines too. Tough choice! I am happy with my Juki and sew mostly clothing with it.

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Date: 3/17/13 3:25 PM

Thank you for the feedback, and the eBay and amazon tips. I think, after looking at the juki f600,and reading reviews, that that is the machine I want. I just really wanted to go through my local shop but they only carry babylock. Darn! I think I will bite the bullet, pay the extra $, go online (to an independent but not local dealer), and get the machine I want--the Juki f600!

The only downside I have seen is that the box feeds allows for wobbly seams..... I guess I'll just have to learn to sew straighter!

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Date: 3/17/13 4:06 PM

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The only downside I have seen is that the box feeds allows for wobbly seams..... I guess I'll just have to learn to sew straighter!


Not quite sure what you mean by this - my F600 sews straight with very little help from me. In fact I've heard/read several people say that not needing to guide the fabric the way they used to was the biggest difference they encountered with this machine.

I hope you enjoy your new machine!

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mgmsrk1
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Date: 3/17/13 4:32 PM

There is a learning curve to the box feed, I'm still working on it. The seams are perfect and strait IF I leave the machine alone. I'm used to being more hands on and directing the fabric but the Juki likes to do more of the work.

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Bernina 230
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 7700
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Date: 3/17/13 4:51 PM

Quote: eleveneyes
The only downside I have seen is that the box feeds allows for wobbly seams..... I guess I'll just have to learn to sew straighter!

This is very strange. my machine sews straight on its own. It just needs a finger to guide the fabric.
Try and check the presser foot height dial on the machine. Perhaps it isn't on the right number for the type of fabric you are using.
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Date: 3/17/13 8:00 PM

I agree -- the more help I give it, the more likely I am to have an imperfect stitch. The machine guides the fabric well on its own.

There is a learning curve -- you do need to learn to let the machine feed the fabric with very little guidance.

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