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    ANyone with a Janone memory craft? Can you help me?

    Hello,
    I have seen and heard about this machine and would like to 'talk' to someone that has it. Please read this posting via CL and let me know what you think about it. Is this something I should look into or not?
    Thank you

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    Stay away! The machine doesnt work and is old. 17 years old

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    http://www.acesewvac.com/jano-mc4800.html
    this is the one i have and i paid that price for it back then!

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    I have the 9000 pictured in the ad. It's a fabulous machine. It may be an easy fix or it may be a costly one. It's sort of a gamble, but one could easily get $100 back out of it by selling the parts and accessories. The tray in front opens up and should have quite a few feet, as does the top of the machine. I love my 9000 and it's about 14 years old with no problems. You'll have to judge if you want to take a gamble and go through the efforts of parting it out if it's too expensive to repair. Hope this helps.

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    It sounds to me like either the feed dogs are down or the bobbin winding clutch was left engaged and the owner doesn't know how to pop it off. I think it's a good gamble, myself. One of my machines is an older predecessor, the MC 7000, and it still runs like a champ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smanry View Post
    It sounds to me like either the feed dogs are down or the bobbin winding clutch was left engaged and the owner doesn't know how to pop it off. I think it's a good gamble, myself. One of my machines is an older predecessor, the MC 7000, and it still runs like a champ.
    I have this machine and was thinking just what smanry said here. Also, it seems to be missing the embroidery hoop and there is only the one card with it. They may still cost about $50 each, not sure what the hoop goes for. It's hard to see whether the bobbin post is pushed into winding position, which would be the reason the screen says what it does. If you buy it, expect to pay a minimum of $100 for service. As with new cars, where you need computer expertise to fix it, a computerized machine can't be tinkered with the way you can with an old Singer or something. I love my Jan, but it is kind of a "pig in a poke" to buy it this way. I still think it sure has potential. I paid half price for mine when they came out with the MC1000.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Just looked back at this, and what Candace mentioned about other feet, etc. is sadly not the case. The second small picture shows the parts bin open and there only seems to be one foot in there. Someone either lost all the accessories, or sold them off separately.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Is this a computerized machine??
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    Well I call it that because it has a computer of some sort with the digital screen. It does not connect to a computer to download patterns - that came in the 10000 that replaced it. Electronic, anyway. It's not something I'd tinker with as I might with a Featherweight.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    My husqvarna viking machine stopped winding the bobbin and it was because the computer board had gone on it. All the other features worked except the bobbin and the needle up/down. It cost me between $300-350 to get it fixed, that was a few years ago. The Janome sounds like a deal but look around on ebay and some other sites for current prices. After getting it serviced & fixed plus getting more feet you might have spent what a working machine would cost and it could be a headache getting the machine running the way you want it. Might not hurt to call a Janome store and talk to the technician, I've found that they will usually give you an idea of what might possibly be wrong and a rough estimate to fix it.

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    This is a real gamble but tempting too. If you want it for the sewing capabilities, it is loaded and you'd still have whatever designs are built in AND the nifty 3-letter monograms. The thing that gives me pause about this deal is that so much is missing, it makes me want to know more about the history of it beyond just that it is not currently working. You might be looking at a quick-fix or you might be looking at replacing the mother-board so a Janome dealer could tell you the cost involved there. It could take $100-$500 or more to get it working again depending on the problem. If it is not the mother-board, you would have that to look forward to in a few years or sooner.
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    I can't give you any advice on wether to purchase it or not, but I have the same machine, bought in the same year that they mentioned and mine is a work horse. However that being said, there are a lot of feet and other acsessories that are missing. so maybe you would be better off going to a dealer and buying the machine used from them.

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    If it were me, I'd probably stay clear away from it. I fear that the computer might be wonky on it which is probably not a cheap fix at all. If you are looking for a Janome, maybe get one that is newer? My dealer has had some for about $300-$400 in the past and they're nice machines. I have a MC4900QC and it's a good, solid machine. I've had it for about 6 years and it has served me well. I think that would be the same of any of the Janomes, not just the MC line. I personally think that $95 is too much for a machine that doesn't work - especially if it could potentially be a very expensive fix.

    I regret selling my first sewing machine. It didn't have a computer. Computerized machines make me worry that their computer will go wonky and then it will be a paperweight more or less. I also rarely have ever used any of the fancy stitches that I thought that I needed so badly

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    I also wondered if the feed dogs were filled with thread and bits of fluff and needed to be cleaned out. I know that my friend borrowed my machine (a Pfaff) and had that complaint. I went over and showed her how full of lint it was and she was embarrassed that it was that simple. The fabric didn't want to move.

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