My mother, a very experienced (and frugal) seamstress needed a new machine. I decided to buy her a new machine but I had to keep her needs in mind (not my preferences!) At this point, she has no interest in learning new features. For example, she did not want a feature like "needle-up /needle-down". She uses the handwheel when she needs to put the needle up or down. This machine does everything she needs (including a beautiful buttonhole) and she sews garments, slipcovers, curtains; and her work is top notch. Also, she hates paying any more than necessary, so she would have been really mad at me if I went and spent $350 on something similar at the local dealer. This refurbished Janome was the perfect choice and she absolutely loves the machine. It has a metal casing and it's heavier than the plastic models on the market (in a big box store). But it was still way lighter than a vintage Kenmore (my other choice for her). She needs to tuck it away when not in use, so a 35 pound vintage machine was too heavy. I tested it out, too. It has a beautiful stitch and it tuns very smoothly with no rattling around on the table. I bet this machine will be a workhorse for a good long while. I would use it, too- except I love all the bells and whistles on the fancier models.
I have had several sewing machines in the past, this was the first one I picked out for myself. This machine is wonderful! I've had no problems that other reviewers mentioned. I've sewn everything from brocade to blue jean waist bands with no problems. Couldn't be happier.
I believe these refurbished machines are the way to go. You can save a bundle and get nice features, like with this machine. It is very simple to operate, quiet, efficient, and a lot of fun! It has all the basic stiches plus some very nice decorative stitches. I could not tell it was refurbished except that the manual was taped-no big deal.
The Janome is a great basic machine, with a few extras. Only 4 stars as the needle threader doesn't work. There appears to be a missing wire that pushes the thread through the needle. It was a refurb, I normally don't go for them; but gave it a try. I am used to threading the machine 'manually' anyway; but it is a feature and it's not working. It's very quiet and sews very smoothly.
Shopped on line and at "bricks and sticks" stores and was appalled at the prices of new sewing machines. All I wanted was a simple, reliable, economical machine that I could use for home decor projects, mending and the occassional new outfit. I read lots of reviews and tested several machines before deciding to buy my refurbished Janome. SOOOO glad I did! It arrived well packed and after reading the owners manual I was ready to sew. Spent the better part of 3 hours "playing" with all of the stitches and feet. It is so quiet and smooth compared to my 30 yr old Singer (which has now gone to sewing machine "heaven). I am now in the process of adding thermal linings to my living room drapes. The fabric is VERY heavy and has a rubbery coating. My new Janome sails through double and even triple thicknesses with no problems. Next projects will be valances for the guest bedrooms and a shower curtain for the guest bath. I am such a happy camper!
I was a little worried about getting a refurbished machine but, I have no regrets. This machine does all it promices and then some. I bought it to replace my 25 year old sewing machine that died and this has a lot more features and I paid a lot less for it then the one it is replacing.
I purchased this machine to use as an extra machine. I have recently started quilting and wanted to have a 2nd machine. This machine has far exceeded my expectations and I love it. I also own a Viking but I think this one is going to become my favorite. I would like now to purchase the serger that was advertised but unfortunately, I waited too long. Love shopping with Overstock. Great quality for my money.