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Thread: I'm seriously considering an embroidery machine....is a Janome 350E a good one?

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    I'm seriously considering an embroidery machine....is a Janome 350E a good one?

    I've always loved embroidery and never considered seriously that I could get one. Now, I've seen it here for within my budget for such a machine.

    Is it really easy to use? I have a spot for a second machine so it could be working while I work using my Janome 7700 on other sewing/quilting. Is the thread expensive? Is it picky about the thread. I've seen embroidery thread on ebay for "not too expensive." Can you use any thread or do you have to buy a special kind? I had heard that the embroidery thread was quite expensive.

    Is it hard to learn to use by adding other things like fonts or pictures/designs? I guess I'd always figured I'd never be able to afford such a nice machine--and I've always loved embroidery--always I admire everyone's embroidered purses, blouses, etc.

    And one last question, would the Janome 350E be considered an entry level machine? If so, why? Do you tend to "outgrow" your machines and want what? A larger embroidery surface?

    I'm eager for any specific comments.

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    I have a Brother SE350 it only has a 4 inch hoop but the prices are now down on some that also connect to your computer. I was using it within a half hour after it was out of the box. Very easy to use. Mine will use any thread I feed it I do use bottom line on the bobbin. So far 4 inches has worked for what I want to do. I have downloaded tons of free designs off the internet. I have no experience with the Janome machines. Have fun and read the reviews on the machines before you choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    I have a Brother SE350 it only has a 4 inch hoop but the prices are now down on some that also connect to your computer. I was using it within a half hour after it was out of the box. Very easy to use. Mine will use any thread I feed it I do use bottom line on the bobbin. So far 4 inches has worked for what I want to do. I have downloaded tons of free designs off the internet. I have no experience with the Janome machines. Have fun and read the reviews on the machines before you choose.
    Thank you. I will read about each one. Since I'm in Poland, often the prices are "out of range" for me, but somehow the Janome 7700 was cheaper in Poland than I see people paying in the states, and it almost seems like the 350 is the same. However, I will check out yours and see if it is available here.

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    I had to purchase te PED basic to download from the computer look for one that connects directly to your computer.

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    I have the Janome 350e, bought it about 18 months ago. I had a Bernina 730 previously with embroidery that was my first use of an embroidery machine. I loved the embroidery more than the sewing, (I like the 5mm feed-dogs better than 9), so sold it and used the money to buy the Janome. First of all I really miss the embroidery of the 730, it was easy and did a wonderful job. I like the Janome but have had a few problems with bobbin blobs of thread that tear holes in my fabric. I took the machine in for service twice and they couldn't find any problems. My machine does seem to like certain threads more than others, doesn't like the coats embroidery thread I got at Wal-Mart at all. I would have to sit and watch my machine through the stitch-out to catch problems, definitely can't get up and leave the room. So, while sitting and watching it one day I noticed that when it stopped and the thread cutter engaged that the thread jumped and got a loop in it about one inch long. I think that when that happened that the thread was getting a knot and when the thread went through the tension it was getting stuck and causing the bobbin problem. I now watch for the thread jump and pull the thread out a couple inches every time I have a stop. Another thing my sister suggested to me recently, she has the Janome 300e, is using the Schemtz embroidery needles with the red dot. She embroiders daily and had some of the same thread bobbin jams and said that when she switched to the red dot embroidery needles she quit having problems. I have done a few zippered tissue cases since she made that suggestion and had one glitch, it didn't ruin my project though.

    I don't know if this will help you make a decision about buying a Janome 350e. If I were buying again I would look at the Brother 770. For the price difference, they both have 5x7 hoops and USB ports I would probably go with the Brother.
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    I have the Husvarna +1, designer, and diamond. Use 5d embroidery software and I just love them.

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    I have the Janome 300, it is a wonderful machine and takes all makes of thread. I love the fact that I can Embroider and sew at the same time. I use Embird software which is easy to use, but I do have to put my designs onto cards then into the machine, I have a number of cards. So have my designs handy at all times. I do have the large hoop but the only time I have used it is to embroider clocks.

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    I have 2 Brother machines and love them both. I did outgrow the 4x4 hoop rather quickly. I also like using the USB connection to transfer designs from computer. I use Monogram Wizard Extended and Sew What Pro for my software. Inexpensive and works well. You do need to use embroidery thread but it is not any more expensive than a good poly general sewing thread. I watch for sales. I also buy from MetroEM and love their thread. Great prices!

    Good luck with your search!

    PS: Both my Brother machines were refurbished ones...saved about $100 on each...and since they have been factory refurbished, they run like new but with any kinks worked out. Just FYI

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    A lot of guild members have the very expensive Brother or Bernina embroidery machines. I hear them discussing threads and designs a lot. I don't have one but I know from them not to use rayon thread of any brand. Use the best stabilizer that isn't stiff or makes the design stiff. They go in together to buy rolls of the stabilizer. I got tickled with another guild member who said Have you noticed the members that have the top of the line new machines are the ones that are now widowed? My friend has the Walmart Disney Brother and it does a really nice job. She does embroidery to sell using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I got tickled with another guild member who said Have you noticed the members that have the top of the line new machines are the ones that are now widowed?
    Actually I'm not surprised.

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    Buy the best you can afford, I have heard that the Janome is a great machine. A little advice try out some machines at a dealer, when you buy one, buy from a dealer and take some lesson, or you will never use it. I have at least 3 friends that have purchased embroidery machines and have NEVER used that part, they are afraid of it.

    I have a high end machine and I use it a lot, I am glad that I purchased the one i did, have had it a little over a year. Have had no real problem with the machine, only with the thread. Some threads work better than others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nangars View Post
    Buy the best you can afford, I have heard that the Janome is a great machine. A little advice try out some machines at a dealer, when you buy one, buy from a dealer and take some lesson, or you will never use it. I have at least 3 friends that have purchased embroidery machines and have NEVER used that part, they are afraid of it.


    I have a high end machine and I use it a lot, I am glad that I purchased the one i did, have had it a little over a year. Have had no real problem with the machine, only with the thread. Some threads work better than others.

    I bought the one I was thinking about and used it almost nonstop the first 2 weeks I got it (before we left for the USA) after I got thread. I ordered thread from the place the lady who sold it to me recommended. I thought I was way ahead by buying used and getting her to recommend to me the type of thread my machine liked, as well as the best places on line to buy.

    I was able to buy it used for under $700. New would have cost twice as much. There are no Janome dealers close by my home in Poland---and since I have a family, going for training was out of the question. Anyway, thanks for the advice, but I am very, very pleased with my purchase. The Janome 350E is very, very easy to use. Very. It is a wonderful machine. I have had soo much enjoyment out of it already. It is a dedicated embroidery machine and I'm glad I got one like that and not one that sews and embroiders. This way, I can have my embroidery machine going and sew with my Janome Horizon right next to it.

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    I have brother sewing and embroidery machines. I have them sitting side by side and love to be sewing on something with one while the other one is embroidering something........makes me feel like I am wonder woman getting it done twice as fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tcharlie View Post
    I have brother sewing and embroidery machines. I have them sitting side by side and love to be sewing on something with one while the other one is embroidering something........makes me feel like I am wonder woman getting it done twice as fast.
    I know exactly how you feel!

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    Is there a decent embroidery machine thats in the $400-500 range for a beginner?? I want the ability to embroider but don't want anything too fancy!

    Thanks for any info you have.

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    Hello I am new to embroidery from Australia and just bought a secondhand Janome 350e. Thanks so much for this thread it has been really informative, I have been looking at embroidery thread and have found some from a factory in China but am reluctant to buy them in case my machine doesnt like it. It is suppose to be a brother thread and is about $1.80 per 1,000m spool delivered. There is also another brand that is 4000m for $3.66 delivered. Am I ever going to use that much thread? That seems quite cheap to me but because I have to buy 50+ spools it gets expensive if it doesnt work. I wasnt sure if I could post links here but I can if anyone wanted to check it out for me. Thanks, Trish

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