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Janome 550e - what do you know?

Old 02-22-2021, 06:37 AM
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I've done a fair amount of research and think I'd like to purchase this machine. I'm OK with one needle as I'm just getting into this hobby. From my understanding, it can become "quite the hobby" but I'm not ready to purchase a multi needle machine. Can anyone give me feedback on this machine? The good and the bad?
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Old 02-22-2021, 10:30 AM
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I have the Elna expressive 830. It is the same machine, but I found it for $ 500.00 less than the Janome550e. I think it's a great machine. You do need to do the oiling of it at least once a month.I found a web site where I have purchased lots of patterns for this machine. It was easier to load those patterns than I first thought. In fact my sister in law was so impressed with what I have done so far, she went out an bought one too. Overall I have it an easy machine to operate. Hope this has helped you.
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Old 02-23-2021, 05:18 AM
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The one thing I do know about this machine is that it has a compatible monster hoop which in my opinion is the best. Hooping is one of the biggest problems and this solves it. I have been embroidering for over 30 years and I got one for my new machine. Makes the job enjoyable. Here is a link to the chart.
dzgns.com/downloads/hoopcomp-chart.pdf
I bought separate magnates to use instead of the top hoop it came with. Also another game changer.

Even though you may be getting a very fancy machine with all of the bells and whistles this is a game changer. Also do not buy a machine just because it has a large format. What are you really going to embroidering and how frequently. There is a learning curve and other expenses involved. Thread , stabilizer, getting designs or making your own. My largest size is 5x7. Do I wish I had a larger size sometime but generally not.. There is always a workaround.

Have fun!!!
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:45 AM
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You are so right! It's a fun hobby. Lots of options with single needle machines that will fit your needs. This looks like a nice machine. I loved having a machine with embroidery only features and a second machine for sewing only.. Easy to keep them set up for projects. I started with a set up like this originally but have a combo machine now.
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Old 02-23-2021, 10:52 AM
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I'm finding I really love embroidery, but I use it mostly for making quilt blocks. my fav hoop size is 9.5" x 9.5" and my machine came with two larger and the recent upgrade comes with a large magnetic hoop. I've not tried that one yet. I don't have grandkids so a lot of fun embroidery stuff isn't on my radar.

I have a combo machine but use it mostly for embroidery as my main sewing is piecing and I use a straight stitch machine for that. I love having my embroidery machine stitching away while I'm sewing on another project.
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Old 02-24-2021, 06:51 AM
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Thank you so much for all input. Really great ideas and suggestions! I was able to see a demo yesterday on this machine and can't quit thinking about it!! It's as though I already know this machine is coming home with me soon! Thanks again.
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