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bmattingly38 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Does anyone have any opinions – either pro or con – about the Janome sewing machines?


  1. loomchick | | #1

    I've got a Janome sewing machine . . . and I love it!  I've sewn on other Janome machine and I'm a big fan.

  2. Kiley | | #2

    I love Janome (also known as New Home) and I have owned several of their products. I have a Janome made computerized Kenmore machine that has many features and stitches are lovely. It has the Janome 7 pc feed dog system. The Janome site states they are the largest sewing machine manufacturer in the world. They make machines for other companies such as Elna, Sears Kenmore, Huskystar for Viking and the Viking Grand Quilter and the Pfaff Grand Quilter and more. I also think they are the quietest machines on the market. Janome of course has it's different models as other companies do. Some of their lower models have the front loading bobbin but most have the top loading and prices vary also depending on models as do other brands. Janome made sergers also have a good rep and are work horses and rarely need repair and get good reviews from their owners.  

    Edited 8/1/2006 12:05 am ET by Kiley

    1. bmattingly38 | | #3

      Thanks, Kiley. I appreciate you sending me this info. I am leaning towards a Janome-made Kenmore.

  3. mem | | #4

    I have one and they are good machines the only thing that I dont like is that they can be slow when sewing long seams as in curtains etc. There is a new one out though which has a large work area and is alot faster it sounds very good.

    1. Kiley | | #5

      Mem, my machine has a speed regulator on the head. I think that regular sewing is not particulary fast but when I do deco or heirloom stitches it sews extremely fast and I keep the speed lever at mid range.  I notice when I sew on my other machine which is a mechanical Pfaff it is much slower than when sewing on my Janome made Kenmore. My Pfaff does have a speed regular on the foot control and the Kenmore has the speed regulator on the head but maybe it is just that computerized models are faster than mechanical models.

      Janome does make the large quilting machines plus the newer 6500 and 6600 that are large flatbed quilters with more features. You can see these models with other models on the Janome website. The 6600 has the Acufeed which is like the dual feed feature that Pfaff machines have. There is a yahoo website that is devoted to the 6500/6600 machines.

      Edited 8/1/2006 7:33 pm ET by Kiley

      1. mem | | #6

        I have a Janome 4800 and compared to my Mechanical 30 year old Bernina its a very slow machine . I can adjust it to be even slower which is useful with top stitching etc but I am glad I still have the old Bernina for those very long seams on Curtains and bedding etc.

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