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Date: 10/18/13 6:46 PM

I want to upgrade from my basic Husqvarna and I like everything I read about Janomes. Unfortunately, I have to pay for a new fence right now - so less cash for the things I really want! I was wondering if it would be a wise move to look for second hand higher end Janomes? My machine can do all the basics, so I don't need another basic machine - but the computerised models I like are pricey. I like the look of the 4210Q or the 6600P, but how old is too old? If they have been serviced regularly, should they be OK? What if they've had their motor replaced - is that a good sign or bad?

Lots of questions I know! Any ideas? I'm able to spend perhaps a few hundred dollars but not the thousand or more I need for what I really want (shakes fist at fence!)

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Date: 10/18/13 6:48 PM

Oh dear - sorry for all the 'faces' - I was playing around with them and they weren't showing on the message before I posted it!

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Date: 10/18/13 6:50 PM

I own several pre-owned machines. I bought mine from a dealer because they generally service them before they sell them. I have had good luck by doing this. I bought a machine on craigslist and it ended up being too well used to be worth fixing.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 10/19/13 11:00 PM

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Date: 10/19/13 11:19 PM

I think it depends on the age of the machine and how much it has been used. The 6600 has been out for awhile. I think it was Janome's TOL sewing machine when it first came out. They are still being sold new-I bought mine a little over a year ago and I don't get to sew everyday. I would say it is in very good if almost like new condition. I don't know how long I can expect the computer board to last. If the price is good and you can track the service record, you might get a really good deal but buying anything used you are taking a chance.

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Date: 10/20/13 8:48 AM

I've purchased several machines used, including a 6600(that I am now selling because I like my Juki better) and have had good luck with them, in fact almost all my machine have been purchased used.

I don't think you can expect to find a 6600 used for a few hundred, they tend to sell for a few hundred less then new, so if new they are around $1500 I have seen them selling for $800-1200 used.

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Date: 10/20/13 5:21 PM

All my janomes aren't brand new; I purchased them used. I have a 6500P (that was before the 6600P) that I bought used and I use that one a lot now. So to answer your question, If a machine has what you want and it's in the condition you want it, then there is no such thing as "too old"--(which is the specific reason why I bought a treadle.)
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Date: 10/21/13 11:37 AM

MKC1,

I love the smiley gamut! You should make that your sig ;)

That's kinda how I feel when I find a used machine for a great price and then start wondering how I'll fix it.

Thanks for the accidental awesome,
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Subject: be careful if you are looking for machine embroidery Date: 10/23/13 8:53 PM

I bought a Janome MC10000 in 2000 which was heavily advertised as being "updated" - i.e. the software upgrades. There was exactly one update, 10001, and then the machine was discontinued! That's right, in 13 years and then poofff.......in favor of the new MC11000, and this month an even newer machine came out.

My machine still works, and it does beautiful embroidery. However, I paid a lot of money for a machine that could be updated, and I expected to get more than 1 update before they discontinued it! Now, I am seeing problems, on the machine embroidery forum, in downloading designs from newer operating systems such as Windows 7. Oh great......my work demands the latest operating systems, and my machine demands antique software.....

So, I can heartily recommend Janome for quality of machine, but if you are searching for machine embroidery, please be careful!

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Date: 10/24/13 11:51 AM

If you go on ebay you can find plenty of flash cards and adapters. And you can use Embird to write to the cards. The current customizer software will work on the new systems operating as the 9700 is still a current machine and has the gigahoop as does the 350e. The only thing you can't do is transfer designs directly to machine. I have the 10001. And as long as you have the flash cards and adapter and Embird or current customizer your good to go.

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