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buying a sewing machine – some advices

shirls | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi all,

I am new here and hope to get some advices from you all. It is much appreciated.

I have been looking for a sewing machine for the last two weeks or so. I finally pinned down to Janome 525s. I found dealer able to sell at CAD$300.00 which I think is a good price. I found some good reviews on this machine too.

Yesterday, there was a dealer recommending another machine for me – Janome 625E. It is an electronic machine. He is ok to sell it for CAD$350, which I think it is good deal too. However, I could not find much reviews online for this particular machine. It does more features compare to 525S, eg speed control, up/down needle setting.

I wonder if anyone of you have experiences in 625E, and what’s your opinion? Also, is electronic machine better than mechanical machine? I am only new in sewing.

Also, why there are some dealers told me, if the machine has any problem they will bring back to Janome headquarter to fix but some told me they have their own service department and they fix it there. I wonder if the ones have their service department is realible?

I do travel and live in different countries due to my partner’s job. Do you know if Janome has worldwide warranty? I am sorry for this question because I have trouble contacting Janome in Canada.

Thanks for your help again. I really appreciate !



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I am not familiar with Janome products, however, I only take my Vikings to "authorized Husq./Viking dealers and service/repair" that protects my warranties.  If you go online to the major sewing machine companies, they often have lists of authorized sales/service representatives in various locations.

    1. shirls | | #4

      Thanks for your advices, Maryin Colorado. I went to authorised dealers but some of them were a little rude because they were trying to push their sale items. I found every dealer has their own sale items and they are all different ! I was so confused initially because everyone of them told me different stories on the models. So, I don't quite trust them. I ended up visit almost every single Janome authorised dealers in Toronto and found one who is more honest and not pushy. The shop is quite far from me and I don't mind to buy it from them. I bought my Janome 625 E yesterday and am loving it. The dealer whom I decided to buy is a very nice person, very patient with all my questions.And I trust them on their warranty and repair services. I am happy now.Thanks again.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Congratulations on your new machine! I am so happy for you!  Now have lots of fun creating beautiful things together!  Mary

  2. Crazy K | | #2

    I have had several Janome machines.  They are sound, hard-working little machines.  I have had the 3500 Memory Craft, my daughter had the 4300 Memory Craft, I have the 9000 Memory Craft as well a Juno serger (new) and a Compulock.  They all work well.  I am not sure about warranties since I have not had them in.  I finally had a local repairman take them in for tune-ups......preventative maintenance that should have been done years ago!  I have not had a lick of trouble with any of them.  I might add that I am not in love with the embroidery feature on the 9000 but it isn't stitch quality so much as the ease of that whole process and a dealer that talked me out of the software (so she could see me memory cards!).  If you just want a sewing machine.........they're good.  And yes, if you can afford it, go with computerized versus mechanical.  I bought my granddaughter a Sew Precise last year for her birthday and she loves it.......and the two different dealers (one NOT a Janome dealer) recommended getting the computerized.  I paid right around $300 US dollars and I think it was a good buy.

    1. shirls | | #3

      Thanks Crazy K ! Thanks for your advices. I really appreciate it. I knew about Sew Precise but it is only sold in USA ( I live in Canada). I would love to have one of those. I ended up with the electronic one 625 E. I love it ! It is smooth, easy to use, and still have the speed control like the Sew Precise. I am having fun :)

      1. Crazy K | | #6

        That's wonderful!!  You will have so much fun.  Congrats on the new machine.

        Crazy K

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