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Are you thinking of buying a new machine??

If so and are thinking about an Elna or a Janome check this out....I found it intresting.....
I don't own either brand of machine and I am not affiliated with this blogger at all. Just wanted to share what I found.. I know if I was considering either machine I would sure appreciate being informed. I figure that would be money for quilting fabric that I would save.. Isn't that what we all want...:)
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Comment by Nancy B/OHIO on January 20, 2010 at 1:14pm
I have 2 Janome machines now, have had 2 Sears machines for years that were great but old, and I also have an old Viking that I use on my quilting machine. One thing I've learned from my old Aunt Kate "If you buy cheap junk you got cheap junk." I'm not saying that you shouldn't look for bargains or shop around, but I do know from working in the quilt store is that the "same" fabric at Walmart is not exactly the "same" fabric as at your quilt shop. It can be the same pattern/design, but it is printed on a lesser quality base cotton. If you look closely at the weave, you can see the difference. You can also feel the difference in the smoothness of the fabric. I was a bit surprised at the pricing of the machines since I didn't pay nearly that much even for my Janome 9000. The truth is that we all need to be comparison shoppers and look around first if we are making a large purchase. My dealer was great, but she retired this past year and closed her shop. My next purchase is a serger, so I'm shopping for deals now.
Comment by Marcia Wilkins on January 20, 2010 at 12:24pm
Thank you for this information, very interesting... the price comparison was a bit off I thought, I have the Janome and I didn't (wouldn't) pay $2,500.00 ! I am very happy with it. So it is a very good idea to be a savy consumer.
Comment by Ginger Anne Johnson on January 20, 2010 at 9:48am
Thanks for this information! I had intended to purchase a new machine, but had to put up a newvinyl patio fence instead--the townhouse association rules--but hopefully next year I can get a new machine---and will likely get an Elna since the lady who runs the store knows the machine inside and out.
Comment by Ally Bryant on January 20, 2010 at 7:20am
Very interesting I will past this site onto my friend who I believe has this make of Janome! Thanks for the information.
Comment by Beverly/NC on January 20, 2010 at 6:04am
As I have looked for a serger I have found out that my Brother embroidery machine is exactly like a BabyLock machine. They are made at the same place but different colors so you can get a Brother for less than a BabyLock and have the same thing. That was a very interesting article. I have been looking at a Janome Serger, I am going to see if it comes in that other brand as well. Thanks for the heads up!!
Comment by Irene Gallway on January 20, 2010 at 4:55am
I have known this fact for many years. The major companies like Janome, Singer, etc. will make machines for Sears and other retail stores. By the sound, and performace of some of the "cheaper" machines I think the companies make a much lower grade of machine when supplying them to the stores like Walmart. I know Walmart buys a lower grade of fabric so they can sell it cheaper. Like Pam said, comsumer beware. I have several machines and only two of them was made by the same company. The one thing I look for when buying a machine is the way it sounds when I test drive it. I like to hear them purr not clang. After that I look for the features that I need on a machine. I have paid allot of money for all my machines but they have given me many years of good performance and low cost maintenance. And regardless of the machine you buy, keeping it clean and serviced is the key to having it a long time. Happy Sewing on whatever your machines are.
Comment by Phyllis on January 20, 2010 at 4:34am
Very interesting. Shows the need to shop all makes.
Comment by Pam/NY on January 20, 2010 at 3:27am
I thank you so much for this info...consumer beware!
Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2010 at 8:12pm
I think we all would be very surprised to find out how many companies there are out there that actually make the machines. I'll bet very few. One thing I found interesting is the MSRP she listed for the Janome as that was about $1,000.00 more than I have ever seen it listed for any place I have shopped.

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