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O/S help - Janome Sewing Machine Models

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
My old Singer has bit the dust. Mum wants to buy me a new sewing machine for my birthday, and we have narrowed it down to these two models: Janome 7025 and 525S.

Is one any better than the other? I will be using it for mending, making curtains, general stuff mainly.

http://www.johnlewis.com/janome-7025-sewing-machine/p231340608#tabinfo-ratings

http://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/Janome525_info.htm

Thank you for any advice!
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  • parkgirlparkgirl
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    Hi - I've got a Janome sewing machine - different model - 4618LE - and I love it. I use it for making curtains, mending stuff and running up skirts and the like. I really like it and think it's great for what I want it for.

    I don't know that I would do any really serious heavy machining on it - I'm thinking very heavy brocades or very heavy furnishing fabrics - I don't think that it would take it but as a general all round machine I think it's absolutely great. Reasonable price, easy to use.
  • edited 3 June 2013 at 5:32PM
    Thistle-downThistle-down
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    edited 3 June 2013 at 5:32PM
    Thanks parkgirl, I haven't seen that one for sale.

    Anyone else have any recommendations? £250 is my Mum's limit. I'm hoping the new one will see me out.
    :happylove
  • amiaspdenamiaspden
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    I find it hard to see the difference between the two models, the features seem identical. I think the more expensive one is just, as it says on the website, "re-styled".

    They both have a top-loading bobbin, which is important as they are much less likely to jam, a 1-step buttonhole, 24 stitches and a drop-feed facility.

    Just did a quick google and it seems that they are identical, but the 7025 is a John Lewis exclusive deal.

    I'm sure either will do you very well, and you might as well go for the cheaper one and spend the saving on some accessories!
  • Thank you so much! I think I will go for the John Lewis one. Too bad they don't do codes anymore... ;)
    :happylove
  • Looks like the other one also has "Adjustable Foot Pressure
    Regulates the foot pressure down onto the fabric providing better control"

    Is that worth an extra £50?
    :happylove
  • WillowpopWillowpop
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    Hi there,
    My lovely husband bought me a 7025 for my birthday last month.
    As I've only had it a few weeks I can hardly give a thorough review..but I've had a little play and I LOVE it! It's really smooth, quiet, easy to use, and the bits and bobs I've done on it have been great.
    (re the post above's comment about foot pressure adjustment...the 7025 has a dial that lets you change the foot pressure.)
    I would not hesitate to recommend the 7025...and I know my husband got it from John Lewis too.
    Go for it and let us know what you think!
    PAYDBX 2016 #55 100% paid! :j Officially bad debt free...don't count my mortgage.
    Now to start saving...it's a whole new world!!
  • Excellent Willowpop, I will definitely be going for the 7025. Mum's money should be in my account on the 7th so will order it then. :j
    :happylove
  • WillowpopWillowpop
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    Debt-free and Proud!
    Hoorah, I don't think you'll regret it. I really love mine already.
    I keep coming up with things that 'need' sewing!
    PAYDBX 2016 #55 100% paid! :j Officially bad debt free...don't count my mortgage.
    Now to start saving...it's a whole new world!!
  • gibson123gibson123
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    For the jobs you mentioned a basic model would do you and then you could spend the rest on other sewing things.

    Here is a cheap Janome

    http://www.dunelm-mill.com/shop/janome-dmx200-sewing-machine-300551

    Then you could use the other £100 to get lots of other sewing goodies like cutting mats, bias tape makers and lots of lovely fabric.
  • Hi I work in a sewing machine shop to be honest janomes are ok but nothing amazing if you want something to see you out buy a husqvarna 116 they will sew anything! If I have the money have a look at the passport 2.0 by pfaff they r amazing!!!!
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