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Bernette 20 or Janome 2150DC?
Emeraldsue
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Date: 6/22/13 10:06 AM

My 25 year old singer has finally died and I need a new machine. I used to sew all my own clothes, but I just dabble in craft stuff now. I sew the odd dance costume and I have a daughter who is just becoming interested in sewing too.
I realise that most of my sewing is fairly basic, but I have been using lots of decorative stitches for my crafting at the moment, so need a machine with these stitches. I don't want to spend a lot of money, but I don't want to buy a really cheap machine either. My singer was a fairly basic model, and I have always preferred using my mother's 1970's Elna SU machine as it sews beautifully.
I tried out a Bernette 20 yesterday and have been seduced by its looks and some of it's fancy stitches. It seems like the Mac equivalent of sewing machines it seems to have all of the features that I am looking for, plus it is a very sleek looking machine. It was a little noisier than I was expecting, but I was impressed by the quality if the stitches.( not to mention a one step buttonhole). The salesperson was terrific and let me try out the machine.
Today I had a look at the Janome DC 2150, and it has almost the same features, but not so many of the interesting decorative stitches. The machine was plugged in, and demonstrated, but without any thread in the machine. It sounded quieter than the Bernette, but I wasn't able to try it for myself. It is on a really good special at the moment and is the same price as the Bernette.

My heart has fallen for the Bernette, but my head is telling me that the Janome is a more expensive machine and is probably a better machine in the long run. Can anyone help me?

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Date: 6/22/13 10:42 AM

Sometimes a drop of oil in the right places will make a machine silky quiet. I think most machines that are sitting out at a dealer and used often are usually in need of oil. Ask about it. I think Janome makes these machines for Bernina, and you get (usually) lots of classes and fun things going on at a Bernina store. I have had for several years a Bernette Deco 340 embroidery only machine made by Janome for Bernina and it works flawlessly. Even when Janome makes an equivalent machine Bernina still sets their own specifications so they may look different and have slightly different features. My Deco actually cost a little less than its Janome equivalent.
Leslie

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Date: 6/22/13 7:21 PM

If your heart fell for the bernette, you liked the dealer and how it sewed then get it. Price isn't the sole determiner in quality or how well you'll like something. The Janome dealer didn't give you a proper demonstration if there was no thread involved.

Emeraldsue
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Date: 6/24/13 8:11 AM

Thanks, I think I'll buy the bernette. There aren't many sewing machine shops in my home town, so it's hard to compare the machines. Both machines have similar functions, but I like the look of the Bernette and I have had a chance to try it out.

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Date: 6/24/13 10:04 PM

Those Bernettes are pretty good. The lower end Janomes that I've serviced just have one seam in the outer shell, that goes all the way around, which makes it very difficult to service. Where the Bernettes have service panels on the take-up, bottom and side. Did they tell you that you can use the Bernette's outside surface as a white-erase-board? I thought that was a clever idea.

I hope you enjoy your new machine!

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Annette -- Sewing Machine Mechanic
Bernina 230, Bernina 800DL serger, Kenmore (60 lbs), Singer Treaddle 1901, White serger, Mercury MO111 industrial, shell-stitch machine, plus several to fix and sell or use for parts.

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