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Topic: Janome Sewist 500, 625e, or MyStyle 100?  (Read 6646 times)
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« on: September 03, 2009 03:40:14 PM »


Warning: long post!

After having done some research online, I've found that most machines that are a) the closest thing to a "budget" machine (not too expensive to purchase, maintain and repair) that b) most people tend to be happy with come from Janome. And after having done even more research, as per what I'm looking for in a machine, I've narrowed it down to the following three models, all from the Janome Sewist line:

1. Sewist 500
2. Sewist 625e
3. MyStyle 100

The criteria I'm using to narrow down machines are as follows:

1. "Somewhat affordable" (i.e. preferably USD$400 or less) - and with affordable attachments to purchase as I advance (if I do Wink )
2. Suitable for a beginner primarily interested in a) garment construction/alteration/deconstruction + home decor
                                                                b) a machine that won't be too difficult to get started using, however, with enough features/advanced features to "grow with" for a few years/one with enough types of features to keep me happy for some time (though I know I can always upgrade later)
3. Quiet operation
4. Convertible/removable free arm
5. Drop-in bobbin
6. Able to handle several layers of fabrics/fabrics that go from lightweight to heavy (i.e. from tulle/netting/muslin/silks/stretch knits/"regular" cottons to canvas/upholstery, denim)
7. Quality manufacturing, i.e. won't fall apart/need servicing often
8. Preferably lightweight
9. One that can handle being in use a few hours a day, few days a week
10. Non-computerized, but electric
10. And one with as many stitches as possible - of course the basics, plus a few decorative types (I realize with the price point I'm looking at, if I want a quality machine I can't have 100s and 100s)

I've looked around online to see if I could find reviews for the three machines I mentioned above, but very few seem to exist - a couple for the 625e, and perhaps one or two for the 500, if even that. Don't think I've found any for the MyStyle 100.

Do any of you seamstresses/sewists out there have any input to add regarding the machines above, especially as to how well they'd fit the criteria I outlined? Would really appreciate anything you have to share on this - and/or anything about buying directly from an authorized Janome retailer with a store nearby (which I think is what I'll most likely be doing).

« Last Edit: September 03, 2009 05:34:40 PM by peekaboo » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009 10:21:22 AM »

I am looking for the same kind of machines. What did you decide? How do you like your new machine?
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