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Thread: I want a embroidery machine...LQS trying to talk me into 300E Janome

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    I went to my LQS to look at a used Brother 5700 for $449. I had already read reviews on it, people saying they couldn't find parts-hoops and such for it. So I was skeptical about it anyway. When I went to the shop, they told me I really shouldn't get it, for all the same reasons. They started telling me about Janome 300E machine. I really like it, but am debating about spending that much on it. It's regularly $1299 and he told me he could give it to me for $999. Still that's a lot to spend on a machine I may not use every day or even every week. I don't want to buy a machine though that does the 3x5 and wish I had spent a little more and gotten one that does 5x7 area stitching. Can some of you tell me the great things your machines do and which machines you have?
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    I'll be following this as well. With first gb coming I have a sudden urge for embroidery machine...lol. I've looked at the Brother PE770 (Amazon.com) bc of cost and 5x7...but still this could just be a quick passing fancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
    I went to my LQS to look at a used Brother 5700 for $449. I had already read reviews on it, people saying they couldn't find parts-hoops and such for it. So I was skeptical about it anyway. When I went to the shop, they told me I really shouldn't get it, for all the same reasons. They started telling me about Janome 300E machine. I really like it, but am debating about spending that much on it. It's regularly $1299 and he told me he could give it to me for $999. Still that's a lot to spend on a machine I may not use every day or even every week. I don't want to buy a machine though that does the 3x5 and wish I had spent a little more and gotten one that does 5x7 area stitching. Can some of you tell me the great things your machines do and which machines you have?
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    Bobbi
    Just curious, when you went to the shop did they demo the machines for you? I honestly looked into an embroidery machine and if I were going to buy one, I would go with Janome. It embroideries beautifully, I was very impressed. I decided I was not sure if I would use it enough, and have decided to upgrade my sewing machine instead. I will certainly use the sewing machine, and mine is struggling on multi layers of fabric. Luckily I think I have the sewing machine narrowed down to 2, lol. I may post here and see if I can get any feedback on that.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
    I went to my LQS to look at a used Brother 5700 for $449. I had already read reviews on it, people saying they couldn't find parts-hoops and such for it. So I was skeptical about it anyway. When I went to the shop, they told me I really shouldn't get it, for all the same reasons. They started telling me about Janome 300E machine. I really like it, but am debating about spending that much on it. It's regularly $1299 and he told me he could give it to me for $999. Still that's a lot to spend on a machine I may not use every day or even every week. I don't want to buy a machine though that does the 3x5 and wish I had spent a little more and gotten one that does 5x7 area stitching. Can some of you tell me the great things your machines do and which machines you have?
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    Bobbi
    Just curious, when you went to the shop did they demo the machines for you? I honestly looked into an embroidery machine and if I were going to buy one, I would go with Janome. It embroideries beautifully, I was very impressed. I decided I was not sure if I would use it enough, and have decided to upgrade my sewing machine instead. I will certainly use the sewing machine, and mine is struggling on multi layers of fabric. Luckily I think I have the sewing machine narrowed down to 2, lol. I may post here and see if I can get any feedback on that.

    Good luck.
    I really love my Horizon 7700....

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    I am very interested in this also. I went to my local shop and they offered demos on the Janome 300E and also the 200E and gave me leaflets. After reading them through I think the 200E would be enough for my purposes and is quite a bit cheaper. I am going for a demo after my hols (which start tomorrow)in France. By the way I love this site and have done lots of patterns shown by members in tute form. Anne

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    One word............JANOME

    I cannot speak highly enough for these machines.. and i think you get the most for your money.... quality as well..
    but be sure to research the pricing for the "software" of all the machines... sometimes that's the pricy part... and get the biggest hoop you can for the buck... we always want more... I have an older Designer I (Hus)... it is a workhorse, but haven't upgraded... lots of bucks for not that much... there are many other co. out there that can give you programs that are compatable for a lot less... and YES... there are tons of designs out there for free... ie. Sew Forum at AllBrands

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    Well I started out with Janome 9000 (which I still have) 15 yrs ago and embroiedery many things for gifts. Then I upgranded to the 10001 (yes a lot of money) but I love it. I download patterns off the internet and over all have never had a problem with it other than operator error LOL. I love my Janomes. My other one is the 3500 that I take to class as it is smaller and more manageable. but you are going to get all kinds of thoughts about many machines so one of the most important to remember is your dealer. Do they give good service, classes and are there for you when you need them. Good Luck

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    that Horizon is a beauty....congratulations...
    Just wanted to add,,, i hae abut 6 machines.. emb,serge,portable... a few more, but i just got a CG Singer500 on EBay.. for 185.00 delivered!!!!
    There is a video on YouTube and around the net... where you can see this thing plow over 6 layers or more of denim... It really does... and it's lighting fast.... heck it's no looker, but I LOVE this thing... just want to FYI where you said "thickness"..
    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
    I went to my LQS to look at a used Brother 5700 for $449. I had already read reviews on it, people saying they couldn't find parts-hoops and such for it. So I was skeptical about it anyway. When I went to the shop, they told me I really shouldn't get it, for all the same reasons. They started telling me about Janome 300E machine. I really like it, but am debating about spending that much on it. It's regularly $1299 and he told me he could give it to me for $999. Still that's a lot to spend on a machine I may not use every day or even every week. I don't want to buy a machine though that does the 3x5 and wish I had spent a little more and gotten one that does 5x7 area stitching. Can some of you tell me the great things your machines do and which machines you have?
    TIA
    Bobbi
    Just curious, when you went to the shop did they demo the machines for you? I honestly looked into an embroidery machine and if I were going to buy one, I would go with Janome. It embroideries beautifully, I was very impressed. I decided I was not sure if I would use it enough, and have decided to upgrade my sewing machine instead. I will certainly use the sewing machine, and mine is struggling on multi layers of fabric. Luckily I think I have the sewing machine narrowed down to 2, lol. I may post here and see if I can get any feedback on that.

    Good luck.
    I really love my Horizon 7700....

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    I don't think I can help with your decision, but one of my friends came to mind when I read your post. She bought a Pfaff which did embroidery and within 4 months upgraded to another Pfaff that did more embroidery. She isn't a close friend, so I don't know the details of her machines, but I thought the fact that she upgraded so soon might be useful? Every quilter is different, so now I "am thinking" this might be worthless information? The shop (where I bought my non-embroidery Pfaff, allows customers to upgrade with sort of a trade in thing like car dealerships do.)

    I think the advice about being comfortable with your dealer is a good one. Classes accompanied both my machine and my friend's, plus free machine cleaning for 3 years.

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    This is a great topic. I've been wondering about just how much I would use an embroidery machine if I got one. I've been tossing the idea around for a few months. I have so many machines I just don't know.
    My Bernina doesn't have an embroidery option to upgrade and I don't want to trade mine in.
    I have the money saved (amazing that I haven't used it) Will continue watching this, thank you~

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    I bought my Janome 300e from Tommilu here on the board and have never been sorry. She does beautiful work and also has the 5x7 format. She does all I ask of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Amythyst02
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
    I went to my LQS to look at a used Brother 5700 for $449. I had already read reviews on it, people saying they couldn't find parts-hoops and such for it. So I was skeptical about it anyway. When I went to the shop, they told me I really shouldn't get it, for all the same reasons. They started telling me about Janome 300E machine. I really like it, but am debating about spending that much on it. It's regularly $1299 and he told me he could give it to me for $999. Still that's a lot to spend on a machine I may not use every day or even every week. I don't want to buy a machine though that does the 3x5 and wish I had spent a little more and gotten one that does 5x7 area stitching. Can some of you tell me the great things your machines do and which machines you have?
    TIA
    Bobbi
    Just curious, when you went to the shop did they demo the machines for you? I honestly looked into an embroidery machine and if I were going to buy one, I would go with Janome. It embroideries beautifully, I was very impressed. I decided I was not sure if I would use it enough, and have decided to upgrade my sewing machine instead. I will certainly use the sewing machine, and mine is struggling on multi layers of fabric. Luckily I think I have the sewing machine narrowed down to 2, lol. I may post here and see if I can get any feedback on that.

    Good luck.
    I really love my Horizon 7700....
    I would love that Horizon 7700, I am just afraid its way out of my price range. But, I might give the local shop a call and see what they are selling it for. Going to a Sewing Expo in late Sept, planning to hold off until then, and maybe find a great deal while I am there. They usually have really good sales there, at least I hope so.

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    For $948.00 you can get the same machine I have......

    A Brother PE770, it can use up to a 12x5 hoop,

    http://www.mrvacandmrssew.com/brothe...age-p-724.aspx

    I really enjoy using my machine.


    When I started looking for an Embroidery machine, I went to 2 of our LQS's and both tried to steer me to the more expensive models....3K at one store and close to 2k for the same one I currently own (and bought for $900.00).

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    See if they have the 350e. You will like it A LOT better than the 300. The 350e has a lot of features that the 300 doesn't - and you'll wish you had them :)

    I had the 350e then the MB4 and now I have a Brother 4500 which I love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    This is a great topic. I've been wondering about just how much I would use an embroidery machine if I got one. I've been tossing the idea around for a few months. I have so many machines I just don't know.
    My Bernina doesn't have an embroidery option to upgrade and I don't want to trade mine in.
    I have the money saved (amazing that I haven't used it) Will continue watching this, thank you~
    Well, Susan, just this past week I was looking for a starter SM for my newbie friend and (accidentally, I'm sure) sat down at a Bernina. I nearly fell over when the associate told me the price: $12,000. :!: She then showed us another one at $16.000!!!! Whew!

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    Thats too much for a 300E machine. I really like the 300E but I wouldn't consider paying more than $800 for it. The 350 has a computer hookup, that is really great.

    Lanny

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    I am a huge fan of Janome, that being said, I have the 350E and love it. It has the USB port for hooking up to the computer for designs. It was the 4x4 and 5x7 sizes ant that is fine for what I do. I found it very user friendly. I have had mine for 2 years and my cost from the dealer brand new was $1,089. I tried a brother combo first and within a week knew that I didn't want a combo and that I wanted the larger hoop size as this one did the 4x4 only.
    Having a dealer that you trust and can work with is very important. Then you will have the added investment of thread and stabilizer as well. I love mine.

    I bought an external hard drive to read the cd's and hook up to my machine. No regrets here.

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    I taught and sold Janomes, but I've never heard of the 200, is it new?

    Lanny

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    The $999.00 is the price for a brand new machine. So, please don't think you are getting such a "DEAL" on it. If the machine has been used, even as a demo in the store, you should get used pricing for it. You can look on ebay and find several Janome dealers with these units brand new in box for $999.

    I do love my 300E. At the time I was buying mine I was torn between the 350E and 300E. I do wish I had gotten the 350E instead but I'm still very satisfied with my 300E.

    I can use the 4X4, 5X7, Gigahoop on my unit. With a little practice, and much patience, you will be able to make any size embroidery.

    It's a wonderful machine, but you do need to get a better deal than what you were offered.

    Be sure to look on ebay, print off a couple of the ads and take them into your dealer and see if he can come down on the price.

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    200 is the basic beginner embroidery Janome machine.

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    I have a 20 yr old Janome 8000, 12 yr old Janome 5000, and a 2 yr old 10001. None have ever been to a repair shop, all are in perfect working condition and I make 3-5 quilts per month, every month except December. They are workhorses and if you keep them clean and oiled, you will never have any trouble.

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    I recently was in search of a embroidery machine, and in the end I purchased a 350E Janome...I absoultly love love this machine...It is sooooooo user friendly...I can't of hand remember the difference in the 300/350E but it was enough for me to choose the 350E...I would do a search on price though...You won't be disappointed in the Janome or service for sure. I think it had something do do with transfering designs, hoop size ect. is why I choose my 350E....Love Love Love it...I'm currently doing a baby quilt right now and did embroidery on the sashing strips...When I'm finished I will post a pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilter
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    This is a great topic. I've been wondering about just how much I would use an embroidery machine if I got one. I've been tossing the idea around for a few months. I have so many machines I just don't know.
    My Bernina doesn't have an embroidery option to upgrade and I don't want to trade mine in.
    I have the money saved (amazing that I haven't used it) Will continue watching this, thank you~
    Well, Susan, just this past week I was looking for a starter SM for my newbie friend and (accidentally, I'm sure) sat down at a Bernina. I nearly fell over when the associate told me the price: $12,000. :!: She then showed us another one at $16.000!!!! Whew!
    LOL I told my hubby about your Bernina experience, and his reply was this: "Next time she should leave her jewelry at home" thought that was pretty funny and thought I would share
    :D

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    Oh that's so funny!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I am not about to pay the price of a new Bernina! I love mine and it was a LOT LESS!
    LOL
    :D:D
    My husband would die of an instant heart attack if he knew what the new Bernina's are going for :D:D

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    I just started looking at embroidery machines. This info is very useful. Thank You all. I need to look at the Janome. Now, if I can only find a dealer in my area hmmmm.

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