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I own a Janome 234D and love it. It is a basic machine and will not do the
fancy things, but it is a workhorse. I've owned it for 9 years and am looking
at a new one simply because I want some of the fancier stitches now. Just keep
it maintenanced well and it shoudl give you many years of good service.
"Give of yourself unto others and to life, for what you reap is beyond measure
Stay away from Juki, singer, brother, they are terrible, and if you can, go
directly to the
MyLock 634D, at about $500. much better machine, and top-of-line, and best in
for mechanized machines.
I own the 134D and have had it for almost a year now. It was $400 when I
bought it (I don't know where the rest of you found your 634D's, but when I
looked at it, the price was $999). I'm not exactly rich so I went with the
134D. It has been a good machine and hasn't broken down. The only problem I
have had with it was my own fault (don't pull fabric while the presser foot
is up and try and stitch. Bad idea!).
All in all it has been a great little machine, and for what I need it for
(edge finishing, seaming, gathering, some rolled hems) it has been great. It
is not exactly easy to thread from scratch (usually you can get it threaded
by leaving the old thread in, cutting it off near the top of the machine, and
tying the new thread to the old and running a few stitches), but if you do
have to thread it from scratch it's not impossible.
Granted, if you have the money, get a higher # model (the 634D is my goal
eventually). But if you don't the 134D is a quality machine for the money.
Hope this helps!
It is wonderful for a mechanized machine and way ahead of the competition in
of knives, almost jam proof, very easy to thread, works great on all materials.
mine at full puchase price credited for the new Compulock 888 which is also sold
considerably less at some dealers here as low as $1600, and it does have a
$200 credit offered back to the dealers from Janome as a trade up value offered
Janome internet site.
The dealer that I am puchasing from is not the lowest priced dealer, but does
offer lessons on the machines, etc. The lowest priced dealer does not and does
not keep in stock but
orders them at rock bottom plus a margin for herself. I think that the dealer
that will also
give unlimited lessons should be paid a bit more for the time, etc.
Have found Larry and Sandy McCauley dealers of Janome products from Spokane and
frequent contributors to this site, to be the best informed, most consumer
oriented spokesperson for Janome, it is because of him, that I reconsidered my
decision to never
consider a Janome product after the intitial problems with the local dealers who
keep products in stock, nor accessories that are not aftermarket, but genuine
was sold accessories that did not fit the 634 D. He helped tremendously, and
Janome Corp. has not answered our formal complaint as yet, the dealer did offer
things right, as he admits the mistakes were his. He was under the impression
Compulock 888 was an insider/internet joke, it isn't and sold the Janome 634D as
of the Janome line, and said the Compulock did not exist, it does, and did.
e not seen the Compulock as yet, as none of the dealers have it in stock, and
will order it only if you agree to purchase it, sight unseen. That is just the
SE AZ dealers, but
as I have almost made up my mind to purchase the MC 9000 and Compulock together,
one did agree to order the Compulock so that we could see it.
So, we shall keep checking out sewing machines until the Janome dealer in Tucson
from vacation on/about 8-17-98. Second choice was Viking 1+, but their new
machine will be debuting in Nov 98, and expect their prices to tumble. Janome
better more updated computer compatibilites and quality. Very disappointed in
Bernina, sluggish, and
very old computer tech. Pfaff nice but not in Janome or VH league, also costs
more, does less.
I do recommend Larry McCauley often on this site for a source of Janome info,
techinical abilities, comparisons, and pricing info.
Good Serging!! Kashara