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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bought a brand new Janome MyStyle 100, did I screw up? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bought a brand new Janome MyStyle 100, did I screw up?
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Date: 5/26/13 3:33 PM

Hi sewing wizards,
I would really appreciate some advice. I am a total sewing machine novice and am essentially a hand-sewing novice too.
I had received a free broken cheapo Brother sewing machine that I took in to a reputable Sew Vac shop for a repair estimate. It wasnt worth fixing as it also needed the pedal replaced.
They suggested for me the Janome MyStyle 100. The owner demoed for me it's ability to sew through multiple layers of denim, and he said its the machine he puts into the junior highs for their classes. Looked good and sounded suitable for me, so I traded in my (free broken cheapo Brother. Brand new its only $85 on Amazon.) machine which he generously credited me with $50 toward the new MyStyle.
Once I got the machine home, I have yet to open the box, I started looking online for info on the MyStyle. I was surprised to see its a long gone discontinued model and there are hardly any reviews out there. The few I've seen are several years old and those people mention paying ~$200 then. Did I screw up? The dealers price was $279. He gave me $50 off for the trade in. So, with tax I paid ~$250. Thanks in advance, I appreciate your input on this! -Carrie

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Date: 5/26/13 4:04 PM

Welcome to PR!
I saw that machine at Quilt Expo last year & I sewed with it some & really liked it. It is nice quiet, & seems sturdy. It is a mechanical sm so not computerized but I would think it would be a good sm to use & find out if you like to sew for sure or not. It seems he gave you a pretty good deal. .... I would at least open it & try it before you decide to return it. .....I like Janome sm myself, they are quiet, sew a nice stitch & are easy maintenance.
I hope you really like it..
Post if you need help getting started many here have Janome & are happy to help.

To add; I own the Janome 2212 & I love it! Really sews well, quiet, does what I want to do & does it well.
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Date: 5/26/13 4:09 PM

No idea if it is a good deal or not. But I wouldn't worry about it being a discontinued model at all. And not many reviews? Who knows. If it has the features you need and was a price you can afford I'd keep it. Take it out of the box and try using it. I have no idea if it is a good machine or not but nothing in your post suggests otherwise.
I'm still using an old mechanical Elna for my day to day sewing and they will sell in at my estate auction after I am dead and gone. The dealer sounds fair and if they service what they sell, I'd just decide to like it.
Don't worry. Start sewing.
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Date: 5/26/13 4:17 PM

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of sewing!

The MyStyle 100 is the same as the Janome 2212(which a several very happy owners here) and the discontinued Kenmore 19112. It is also being sold on overstock.com under the name American Home

It is still showing as a current model on the Janome site. It does have a max speed a tiny bit slower than the 2212(800 vs 860) but that can be hardly noticed to a beginning sewist. Janome has a habit of repackaging machines every couple of years in new housings or colors and giving them a new name but it's still the same machine beneath it all.

Most sales are final at a dealer and the only option you may have is to trade it in for another model at the same store. I don't like to think that he was taking advantage of you as a beginner but that may be the case and he wanted to clear out a model. It happens a lot. Buying a sewing machine is like buying a car or mattress...you can negotiate on the price. Some dealers are very fair in what they ask and give good service, too. You need to consider their service/helpfulnesss into account as a factor. You can get the most awesome deal in the world from a lousy dealer who doesn't offer much in the way of support down the road.

This may be a good machine for you to learn on. It comes with a buttonhole, zipper and blind hem foot, which can be utilized for various other functions, like edge stitching and such. You can purchase other specialized feet down the road as you fine-tune your sewing needs. The dealer should make the time to sit with you and go through all functions. That should be part of the selling price.


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Date: 5/26/13 4:33 PM

the Viking e20 routinely sells for $250. While it has more stitches than your MyStyle, having owned the 2212 and demo'd the Viking, I think Your machine is actually better. Its also drop-in bobbin and some of the switches are more intuitive than the 2212. I think you're okay. I'm not even sure you got taken for a ride considering dealer pricing on similar machines (like the Babylock Anna which is identical and similarly priced). I say get sewing. Since you got it from a dealer, you can trade up to something nicer in a year if you want.

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Date: 5/26/13 6:25 PM

You have a nice machine that is well built. Sewing machines are different than some other things. Models that came out years ago are still selling new at dealers and your model is not the only one! Janome makes a solid machine. At some point you may want to see if you can add features and move up a bit to a more full featured machine, but for now and many years to come this machine may be very nicely fit into your sewing life. Keep it nicely cleaned and read your manual. A servicing every couple years unless you sew every single day is a nice thing to do for any machine. Yearly if you sew a whole lot. Be happy!

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Date: 5/26/13 7:22 PM

You all are wonderful! Thank you so much for all the helpful info and advise, and for alleviating my fears. I will take the plunge and open the box. ;}
-Carrie

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Date: 5/26/13 7:30 PM

Good luck! Come back and tell us about your experience when you're ready. A lot of us love to experience new machines vicariously through their new owners.

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Date: 5/26/13 7:45 PM

Most definitely! I'm so glad I've found a supportive community.

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Date: 5/26/13 9:47 PM

Welcome to PR! I love Janomes but was not familiar with this one. I looked it up on the Janome site. It looks really nice. I would be surprised if it did not sew well. These basic Janomes are very well made. You will have to let us know of course and do a review once you have sewn on it for awhile.

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