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    Janomes?

    I'm looking into,a new sewing machine & I'm leaning toward a janome but not sure where to start. I do not want embroidery on the machine though I kinda like the memory crafts but again not sure which one would be best I was hoping I could get some opinions thx!
    ELIZAJANE

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    I've been terrifically happy with the MC6600 for 8 years now, and never a trip to the repair or maintenance shop.
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    I have a Janome 3050DC and I love it. Does not have alot of bells and whistles buts a great machine!

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    I've had my Janome for about 10 years now and it runs like a champ. I have never needed a repair and she only goes to the shop for routine maintenance. I love her and she does anything I ask her to. She's not fussy about thread either.
    Sue

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    I love my Janome 1600P. Straight stitch only. 9" throat.

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    I've got the TXL 607 and love it. The auto thread cutter has paid for itself with amount of thread I've saved on, lol. I love the fact that I don't have to use the pedal and can just set the speed, particularly for FMQ. It also has an alphabet and quite a few decorative stitches.
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    I have the 7700 and what has made it worth it for me is the thoat size. I can do my own FMQ'ing. it has paid for its self.

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    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    I have had my Janome 10001 since about 2004. never repaired just cleaning routinely. Love all the things it can do, and have not had time to use it all the way. Would not give it up for any other.

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    I have the HT2008. It's a basic machine but really sturdy and dependable for the past 4 years. The currrent equivilent is the DC2012. If I were to buy another Janome to replace this one, I'd go with one of the memory craft ones with a 9" throat as they do so much more. But for a workhorse, I like mine just fine.

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    I have a MC 3000 and have never had to repair it. Have used this machine for almost 20 yrs. now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    Sorry to hear about your problems. I've had the Janome 6500 since the 2nd year after it came out (can't remember exactly when that was) and love it. I have never had any problems at all with it. I'm thinking you must have gotten a "Lemon".

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    I have had my Janome 10000 since 2001 - never repaired, DH cleans it regularly - never been to the shop, uses any thread that I have. Is so quiet, doesn't vibrate. My Husky 875Q which is about 3 years old is loud, vibrates, groans and has been in the shop 3 times for cleaning as it just gets out of whack. It was made in China - I say just when Husky started with a new factory and the manufacturing directions were in English and the workers only read Chinese!!

    Quote Originally Posted by psychonurse View Post
    I have had my Janome 10001 since about 2004. never repaired just cleaning routinely. Love all the things it can do, and have not had time to use it all the way. Would not give it up for any other.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I've had a Janome Sew Precise for over 7 years. I love her. I have also had a 6600 and loved it!! Because I went to work at a competitor's sewing store, I reluctantly sold it for one of their Pfaffs Expression 4.0. Had nothing but frustration with it. After I left that employment, I purchased a MC12000 and truly do fall in love with that machine everytime I use it. I think the new 8900s are awesome, just sewing, no embroidery. But can't justify that expense when the 12000 does both sewing and embroidery. (11" throat area!)

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    I have a MC9000 that I have been using regularly for 17 years. Been in the shop just a couple times for a blown fuse (my error?), but other than that she has been a super workhorse. I love, love, love this machine. My other machine is a Featherweight which I love too, but only get her out occasionally for some special projects (because I love sewing on my 9000 just a little more...sshh!).

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    I have a Janome 6500 that I will keep forever...it will sew through a 2 x 4! My recent experince with embroidery machines is that if you stick with Janome, Babylock or Brother, you won't be sorry. The brands that are still resting on their past names have gone to pot! Just my $.02.
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    I thank everyone for their input!
    ELIZAJANE

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    I have a Janome 720 and 760 (used), I bought the 720 to take to classes, then upgraded to the 760 because it had more stitches and I use the decorative stitches on my projects a lot. I teach sewing and when I upgraded my classroom machines I bought 2 DC 2010's and 1 DC 2011 (used). I have never had any problems with any of these machines and highly recommend them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    I am sorry for your problems but I am glad to know I am not the only one that got a lemon. I have a 6600P it has already had to have a new mother board put in it is 1 1/2 years old. Took 6 weeks to get that done. It will only sew with expensive thread. I called Janome when I was having trouble getting service in my area and they could have cared less. I had heard all the good things about Janome so that is why I bought one. Right now it keeps coming unthreaded all the time. It was making a scraping noise I called the service person and she said to rub oil around the bobbin holder. It works fine, but I have to keep oiling it and I thought you weren't supposed to do that to these machines. When it works it's a great machine, but make sure you have a reliable dealer in your area. I sold my Viking that I had had for 16 years that worked fine just wanted a newer machine a week before I started having problems I could kick myself for doing that. No more Janome's for me.
    Last edited by skowron5; 12-16-2012 at 02:09 PM.

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    I have a 6500 and a 7000. Love them both.
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    I just bought the Janome 8200 Horizon, I absolutely love this machine!

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    I've had Janomes for probably 20 years now and love them. Never had any problems other than the needle threader on my 10001 doesn't work on all needles. I can deal with that! I have lots of vintage machines and love them, as well. If I was going to buy a brand new machine, I'd go for another Janome.

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    I have a JanomeHorizon which I absolutely love, before I had a Janome Memeory Craft 6000 which was my best friend for 30years.

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    I LOVE my Janome 6500 and 6600. I have had no trouble that was not operator error, and only one or two of those. As with any machine, I have to keep it clean and oiled at the one wick that it has. After Christmas I'm going to check out the new 8200, because it has an 11" bed.

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    What feet does it have to be used with the new dual feed system? I am seriously considering this machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoQuilter View Post
    I just bought the Janome 8200 Horizon, I absolutely love this machine!

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