Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Kris Robinso » Mon, 04 Dec 2000 04:00:00



Hi

This is only my second visit to this site and the first time that I have
posted, so please be patient with me!

Although not new to quilting by hand, I am very new to machine quilting,
having just finished my first full size quilt.  Unfortunately, my poor
sewing machine did not take so kindly to the exercise, and although I am now
well and truly smitten with the Machine Quilting/Patchwork Bug, I do not
think the machine will last out another full size one without 'therapy'!  :
(   (The poor thing now has a *** brown mark on the side and it has
buckled slightly on the casing, just over the lamp - but then I did do two 9
hour marathons, on 2 consecutive days)

Therefore my DH suggested that, seeing as it is coming to that 'Joyful
Season' that I treat myself to a new Machine : ) (What a STAR!) Problem is
.............. which one?  Most of the machining that I have done previously
has been along the Tailoring/Dressmaking line.  I already have an Elna
Overlock (Serger) and my current machine is around 10+ year old Brother
Boutique 15, both of which have served me well over the years and as
therefore owe me nothing.

I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make the
tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
that a little closer).

As they are much the same in price I would appreciate hearing from anyone
who has either of these machines for their opinion (build quality, ease of
use, value for money, anything you think might be useful).  I shall still
need to use the machine for dressmaking etc (I'm 6ft tall and there are not
that many shops specifically for us taller ladies in my area) but anticipate
that I shall be using it for P&Q rather a lot

Thanks in anticipation

Kris

 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Gwenni » Mon, 04 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Hi Kris,
I have the Elna Quilters Dream and love it. It's very quiet which is
nice. I have machine pieced 20+ quilts on in it 2 years as well as
machine quilted with it for all of these. I have not had a problem with
it at all and would highly recommend it. The only thing I was told about
it is that you have to use Schmetz (sp?) needles. Don't use singer as
they are a bit longer. Hope this helps. Gwen
Quote:

> Hi

> This is only my second visit to this site and the first time that I have
> posted, so please be patient with me!

> Although not new to quilting by hand, I am very new to machine quilting,
> having just finished my first full size quilt.  Unfortunately, my poor
> sewing machine did not take so kindly to the exercise, and although I am now
> well and truly smitten with the Machine Quilting/Patchwork Bug, I do not
> think the machine will last out another full size one without 'therapy'!  :
> (   (The poor thing now has a *** brown mark on the side and it has
> buckled slightly on the casing, just over the lamp - but then I did do two 9
> hour marathons, on 2 consecutive days)

> Therefore my DH suggested that, seeing as it is coming to that 'Joyful
> Season' that I treat myself to a new Machine : ) (What a STAR!) Problem is
> .............. which one?  Most of the machining that I have done previously
> has been along the Tailoring/Dressmaking line.  I already have an Elna
> Overlock (Serger) and my current machine is around 10+ year old Brother
> Boutique 15, both of which have served me well over the years and as
> therefore owe me nothing.

> I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
> 6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make the
> tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
> believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
> that a little closer).

> As they are much the same in price I would appreciate hearing from anyone
> who has either of these machines for their opinion (build quality, ease of
> use, value for money, anything you think might be useful).  I shall still
> need to use the machine for dressmaking etc (I'm 6ft tall and there are not
> that many shops specifically for us taller ladies in my area) but anticipate
> that I shall be using it for P&Q rather a lot

> Thanks in anticipation

> Kris


 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Debbi-Northern Ohi » Mon, 04 Dec 2000 04:00:00


That's true about Janome and Elna= same manufacturer.  I worked in a shop
that sold strictly Janome and serviced the same.  The only other machine we
took in for service was the Elna.  Remember to TEST SEW any machine you
think you could be interested.  Take your time, sew and re-sew.  Ask to be
tutored in buttonholes, changing the stitch, the stitch length, the stitch
width, thread and rethread before you take the machine home.  The more you
learn in the shop, the more comfortable you will be at home with your new
little gem...  Have fun and pick out something that meets your needs and not
the most expensive (unless that is what you need), and don't take home the
cheapest (unless that is what you need.)  Test drive alot of machines before
making a choice.  Always ask about service,  and what the store warranty is,
and what the company warranty is, is there trade in value for an upgrade in
the future. Try and buy your machine from a shop that provides annual (or
bi-annual) clean and adjust servicing, and find out how much it costs, then
plan accordingly for the years in advance so you can maintain your machine.
Try to get the most for your money.  It takes time but now is the time to do
it.  Every privately owned sewing shop is going to offer a sale before
Christmas......trust me.

--
Debbi
Northern Ohio

Quote:
> Hi

> This is only my second visit to this site and the first time that I have
> posted, so please be patient with me!

> Although not new to quilting by hand, I am very new to machine quilting,
> having just finished my first full size quilt.  Unfortunately, my poor
> sewing machine did not take so kindly to the exercise, and although I am
now
> well and truly smitten with the Machine Quilting/Patchwork Bug, I do not
> think the machine will last out another full size one without 'therapy'!
:
> (   (The poor thing now has a *** brown mark on the side and it has
> buckled slightly on the casing, just over the lamp - but then I did do two
9
> hour marathons, on 2 consecutive days)

> Therefore my DH suggested that, seeing as it is coming to that 'Joyful
> Season' that I treat myself to a new Machine : ) (What a STAR!) Problem is
> .............. which one?  Most of the machining that I have done
previously
> has been along the Tailoring/Dressmaking line.  I already have an Elna
> Overlock (Serger) and my current machine is around 10+ year old Brother
> Boutique 15, both of which have served me well over the years and as
> therefore owe me nothing.

> I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
> 6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make
the
> tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
> believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
> that a little closer).

> As they are much the same in price I would appreciate hearing from anyone
> who has either of these machines for their opinion (build quality, ease of
> use, value for money, anything you think might be useful).  I shall still
> need to use the machine for dressmaking etc (I'm 6ft tall and there are
not
> that many shops specifically for us taller ladies in my area) but
anticipate
> that I shall be using it for P&Q rather a lot

> Thanks in anticipation

> Kris

 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Marcella Tracy Pe » Tue, 05 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Lots of great tips there.

I'll just add that I've had a Janome for 12 years and it is such a
reliable machine. I haven't had any problems with piecing or machine
quilting (either walking foot or free motion style)  The tension is easy
to balance with any kind of thread I've thrown at it so far. I too have
been toying with buying a new machine and the other choice has been Elna
for me as well.  I "test drove" the quilters dream and it seems like a
very solid machine. The stitches were so smooth and even and it really was
very quiet.

I think you will be happy with either machine.

marcella


Quote:

> That's true about Janome and Elna= same manufacturer.  I worked in a shop
> that sold strictly Janome and serviced the same.  The only other machine we
> took in for service was the Elna.  Remember to TEST SEW any machine you
> think you could be interested.  Take your time, sew and re-sew.  Ask to be
> tutored in buttonholes, changing the stitch, the stitch length, the stitch
> width, thread and rethread before you take the machine home.  The more you
> learn in the shop, the more comfortable you will be at home with your new
> little gem...  Have fun and pick out something that meets your needs and not
> the most expensive (unless that is what you need), and don't take home the
> cheapest (unless that is what you need.)  Test drive alot of machines before
> making a choice.  Always ask about service,  and what the store warranty is,
> and what the company warranty is, is there trade in value for an upgrade in
> the future. Try and buy your machine from a shop that provides annual (or
> bi-annual) clean and adjust servicing, and find out how much it costs, then
> plan accordingly for the years in advance so you can maintain your machine.
> Try to get the most for your money.  It takes time but now is the time to do
> it.  Every privately owned sewing shop is going to offer a sale before
> Christmas......trust me.

> --
> Debbi
> Northern Ohio

 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Helen in M » Tue, 05 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
> 6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make
the
> tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
> believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
> that a little closer).

> Kris

I got the Janome 3500 last year for Christmas, and like it a whole lot. I
bought the 3500 instead of the next level up and bought the plexiglas board
for free motion stitching made by Janome- love it loads.

Helen in MN

 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Juli » Tue, 05 Dec 2000 04:00:00


I have an Elna Club machine that I really like -- not quite
as fancy as the Quilter's Dream.  My very first machine was
an Elna Supermatic, and I always liked that, so when the
time came to buy a serger I bought Elna, and when I wanted a
new sewing machine, Elna was really the only one I looked
at.  

Whatever you get, go to a reliable dealer who will be able
to service your machine, answer your questions, and teach
you how to use it.

Julia

Quote:

> Hi

> This is only my second visit to this site and the first time that I have
> posted, so please be patient with me!

> Although not new to quilting by hand, I am very new to machine quilting,
> having just finished my first full size quilt.  Unfortunately, my poor
> sewing machine did not take so kindly to the exercise, and although I am now
> well and truly smitten with the Machine Quilting/Patchwork Bug, I do not
> think the machine will last out another full size one without 'therapy'!  :
> (   (The poor thing now has a *** brown mark on the side and it has
> buckled slightly on the casing, just over the lamp - but then I did do two 9
> hour marathons, on 2 consecutive days)

> Therefore my DH suggested that, seeing as it is coming to that 'Joyful
> Season' that I treat myself to a new Machine : ) (What a STAR!) Problem is
> .............. which one?  Most of the machining that I have done previously
> has been along the Tailoring/Dressmaking line.  I already have an Elna
> Overlock (Serger) and my current machine is around 10+ year old Brother
> Boutique 15, both of which have served me well over the years and as
> therefore owe me nothing.

> I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
> 6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make the
> tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
> believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
> that a little closer).

> As they are much the same in price I would appreciate hearing from anyone
> who has either of these machines for their opinion (build quality, ease of
> use, value for money, anything you think might be useful).  I shall still
> need to use the machine for dressmaking etc (I'm 6ft tall and there are not
> that many shops specifically for us taller ladies in my area) but anticipate
> that I shall be using it for P&Q rather a lot

> Thanks in anticipation

> Kris

 
 
 

Advice please in choosing a new Sewing Machine - Elna 'v' Janome

Post by Chickenlad » Wed, 06 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Hi Kris.  I have just bought myself a new machine (also on instruction from
my DH - aren't they wonderful!).

I got the one that the Cotton Patch are selling - the Aniversary Edition,
and am very, very pleased with it. - it does everything that I need, but
nothing extra - I doubt that I would need one of the fancy computerized
ones, so this is just perfect.  The added bonus was that it was reasonably
priced!  I know that this is not one of the models that you were tempted by,
but I thought I had better tell you how happy I am with it!  I also got the
extension table that they sell with it (the sew-steady table), and am
totally ***ed to this - it makes machine-quilting so much easier!

Before this, I had a small Janome machine (a Jem) - a very nice, reliable
little machine, but not really big enough for quilting - I had mine for 5
yrs, and used and used it (only for piecing though, I didn't dare attempt to
quilt anything with it), and it is still going!  I was very impressed with
this little machine.  so much so that although I don't know anything about
the Janome model that you are interested in, I would say, if it is anything
like as reliable as the Jem, go for that one!

Hope you manage to decide between them,

Chicken


Quote:
> Hi

> This is only my second visit to this site and the first time that I have
> posted, so please be patient with me!

> Although not new to quilting by hand, I am very new to machine quilting,
> having just finished my first full size quilt.  Unfortunately, my poor
> sewing machine did not take so kindly to the exercise, and although I am
now
> well and truly smitten with the Machine Quilting/Patchwork Bug, I do not
> think the machine will last out another full size one without 'therapy'!
:
> (   (The poor thing now has a *** brown mark on the side and it has
> buckled slightly on the casing, just over the lamp - but then I did do two
9
> hour marathons, on 2 consecutive days)

> Therefore my DH suggested that, seeing as it is coming to that 'Joyful
> Season' that I treat myself to a new Machine : ) (What a STAR!) Problem is
> .............. which one?  Most of the machining that I have done
previously
> has been along the Tailoring/Dressmaking line.  I already have an Elna
> Overlock (Serger) and my current machine is around 10+ year old Brother
> Boutique 15, both of which have served me well over the years and as
> therefore owe me nothing.

> I have looked around and have been tempted by two in particular.  The Elna
> 6003Q Quilters Dream, which appears to be able to do everything but make
the
> tea and pour it out for you, and the Janome 3500 which I have been led to
> believe is made by the same manufacturer (though I shall have to look into
> that a little closer).

> As they are much the same in price I would appreciate hearing from anyone
> who has either of these machines for their opinion (build quality, ease of
> use, value for money, anything you think might be useful).  I shall still
> need to use the machine for dressmaking etc (I'm 6ft tall and there are
not
> that many shops specifically for us taller ladies in my area) but
anticipate
> that I shall be using it for P&Q rather a lot

> Thanks in anticipation

> Kris