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Thread: Janome MC9500, Craiglist find

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    Janome MC9500, Craiglist find

    While searching the local Craiglist, I came across this ad. Seems to be too good of a price, I googled and they are $2,000!

    Would you ask for pictures? And of course if it has been serviced.

    Also, is it a good machine? If it is and the price is good...and the machine is good. I would love to talk DH in letting me get it.
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    Looks like a bargain to me......but I would go see it first, and if you have a friend who is machine-savvy, I would invite her along. Good luck!!!
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    Go for it! I wouldn't agree to buy until I'd had a chance to sew on it; with the vintage machines you can almost always fix whatever's wrong with them, but I wouldn't take my chances on the modern computerized ones. Test it out, including the embroidery, and good luck!

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    Thanks! No other sewing friends, though my mom will be in town next week and she knows a little.

    I have asked for pictures and if it has been service, when and where. So we shall see if she responds.
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    This is the response:

    Hi,

    Let me work on getting the pictures... I am having a yard sale with a friend and have been working on going through my entire house and getting rid of things we don't use. I bought the machine used at
    store name- I paid $880. That was 2 years ago... I really haven't used it enough to get it serviced I have used it some for regular sewing... I was wanting to do an Etsy business with sewing and Embroidery but it never happened. Seeing it sit on the shelf makes me kind of sad. I haven't seen any issues with it, it's a great machine and can't beat it for the price. I would take it any day over one of the ones you can get at Walmart. It comes with all the orginal stuff I got with it and I do have the manual as well as some extra pre-wound bobbins.

    Thanks and I'll send pictures soon.. might be tomorrow...


    I do know where the store is and they are a Janome dealer, along with other machines. What do you think? If I can get DH to go with me, if she will let me, I would like to see it run and test it out.
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    I have the Janome 6600P and it is a very good machine. You need to take your own fabric and thread and sew on this machine before purchasing to see if you like the way it handles.

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    I have the 9500. I got it several years ago. I never had a problem with any thing on the machine.I sew on it nearly every day.From hemming blue jeans,making quilts and embroidery. Its a good machine.

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    Thanks! What thread do you use? I just use the Clark thread from Wal-Mart currently. Does it need a specific thread?

    And the throat is big enough for quilts? I read some reviews that said it wasn't good for quilting, just really embrodiering.
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    Check out this site, it will give you reviews on practically every machine out there and sign up is free.

    http://sewing.patternreview.com/

    If you put 9500 in the search box, you will get 13 reviews by people who own the machine. Looks pretty good! At that price, I would make sure the machine works and have it serviced yourself. I usually tell my service guy that I just want regular cleaning and adjusting, if he finds something wrong he must call me first before fixing it. That way they aren't doing any unnecessary preventative maintenance.
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    I called the place where she had it serviced last, which isn't far from the house, to ask how much it would cost to get it serviced. $90, is that bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    Thanks! What thread do you use? I just use the Clark thread from Wal-Mart currently. Does it need a specific thread?

    And the throat is big enough for quilts? I read some reviews that said it wasn't good for quilting, just really embrodiering.
    I use what ever I have on hand. I used to have an alteration shop, so I have every kind of thread there is. It sews it all. I have quilted several differnt size quilts.

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    Gota go quilt guild to night.

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    I have a MC4800 and love it!
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    That's not a bad price for a regular servicing...I haven't had my new Janome 6600P serviced yet but I just had my Bernina done, and it was $75...
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    Lately, there have been some nice machines on TN Craigslist. I picked up a barely used Pfaff Tipmatic for 125.00 a week ago. If you know the store, and they know the machine, you should be OK if everything looks good with it at the sellers home.

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    Honestly, that price is not too good to be true. It's about what it's worth for an older machine. It's not a steal, by any means, but a decent price if it has lots of goodies with it. I have the 9000, which is about 13 years old. Any machine that's 10 years old is not worth near its original value...

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    I got one a year ago. LOVE IT! Got it used from my dealer with warranty for $1000. I traded in some other machines i wasn't using and only gave $600 out if pocket. Looks like a good deal.

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    Hubby is seriously thinking about letting me get it! I hope she sends me some pictures tomorrow so I can get a look at it. I will also ask for a list of what she has; she states she has everything that she got with it.

    And Candace, why is it not priced well? Every site I have been to, ebay included, has it for $2,000. I haven't found anything less than that, minus this ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    Hubby is seriously thinking about letting me get it! I hope she sends me some pictures tomorrow so I can get a look at it. I will also ask for a list of what she has; she states she has everything that she got with it.

    And Candace, why is it not priced well? Every site I have been to, ebay included, has it for $2,000. I haven't found anything less than that, minus this ad.

    Because it uses outdated technology. It takes memory cards and doesn't have a USB port or computer connectivity. Just because it's listed on ebay for $2,000 doesn't mean that's what it's worth. My 9000 is probably only worth about $500-$600 on a good day and I paid $3,200 for it 13 years ago. This model is about 5 models old...so although they are great machines the listed CL price is not a steal. But, it's a decent price. The ones listed on CL are brand new, which is different. They are still being sold as new machines even though the technology is not "new".

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    Ha ha, we were posting at the same time.

    Ok, I just re-read your post Candace. I see your point now. She did pay $880 for 2 years ago. The store I called today about servicing has some machines for sale, used machines, so I might go look. She said they had a smaller Janome, a Brother, Elan (sp?), and Pfaff.
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    I have this machine and I love it!! Knowing what my husband paid for mine (Christmas present) I think this is a great deal...be sure and sew on it first to make sure it's a good fit for you...
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    I think you could offer her a little less and be fair to both of you. I think $600 is a very fair price to her and a better deal for you.

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    Thanks! I had thought of asking her to lower the price since I will need to get it serviced, or at least looked at since it has been 2 years. Thus one reason I called to see how much a service would be.
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    Good luck with this! I'm with Candace. It never hurts to just ask, "Would you take $600 for it?"

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    Thanks! I think my brain really wants this machine because I dreamed about it. lol I was hoping to have pictures when I woke up but at last, I didn't.

    I am tempted to go to the local shop and see what they have for sale. Depends on how Little Bit feels, I never know if I can take her along shopping with the sensory disorder. Still trying to figure all that out.
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