They can do both if different model is purchase, see limitations on each
machines hoop size. I do not like Janome machine embroidery and their
designs are not very exciting. The best embroidery machine is made by
Brother who have a new Innovis range out now, including embroidery only to
suit all pockets. The Brother designs are better than Janome but still not
particularly inspiring. Husquarvarna do lovely designs and they stitch out
well on the Brother machines.
The Janome machines have a far superior stitch quality to any brother
machine I have used, my local shop who is a multi dealership has
stitched the same designs on brother machines and Janome and the
Janome designs are always better, using the same threads, backings and
materials. you can see a noticble difference every time. and thats
compairing the top Brother innovis 4000D with the Janome 300E
Janome machines use cheap compact flash cards to get the designs to
the machine, beware of the older brother models are a lot more
costly for the design transfer.
The Janome 300E has a very good stitch quality.
dont be influenced by what design sets are available for each brand as
designs can be converted
I've been a Janome user for around 25-26 years and wouldn't have any
other brand, they are very user friendly and the stitch quality is as
good, or better than any other machine I've seen and used.
I have two combo machines (sewing/embroidery) and wouldn't part with
either one of them, the use of compact flash cards make them so much
cheaper than machines with a proprietary transfer system. Most cameras,
and lots of other portable items, use Compact Flash so they are
available from lots of places.
For software, I'd recommend Embird rather than the Janome s/ware as it's
much cheaper and again very user friendly. You can download a 30 day
(or 100 use) trial from their website and don't listen
to the dealer if they say you must have Customiser.......you don't need
I agree with Liz that 'some' of the earlier Janome designs weren't very
nice, but the later ones are Ok......anyway if you have Embird to
convert the format to .jef it doesn't matter which designs you choose.
Do a google search for 'free machine embroidery designs' and I think
you'll be surprised at just how many are available...download any format
(I mostly get .hus because it's a smaller file size) and convert in
You asked about machine costs but didn't give any indication of your
location. The new Janome 11000 that was released late last year does
larger designs, and because it's new, costs more......having said that
there is absolutely nothing wrong with some of the lower models, they
all do the same size embroidery with hoops from 2" x 2" to the GigaHoop.
As you've mentioned the 300E (embroidery only) who not join the group?
Hope this has helped? Also, remember that Janome now make machines for
several of the other companies, who re-badge them to suit, some of these
have proprietory cards etc so are more expensive to set up.
After working for Pfaff for many years and trying out an HV embroidery
machine which was one of the ones recalled for fire problems, I
finally purchased a Janome 300e. I decided on a separate embroidery
machine as I already had 2 Pfaff 7570's and just wanted a bit bigger
sized area. I am more than satisfied with it and cannot understand
how the other companies stay in business with their big expensive,
complicated to use machines. This one is a dream to use and use it I
have since I brought it home a year ago. It has become my primary
machine for all embroidery projects whether large or small I also
use Embird and it was recommended to me by my Janome dealer.
Janome is the #1 company in domestic sewing and embroidery machines.
They also make a lot of the other brands machines which are then
badged with that companies name--Bernina, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking just
to name a few. Excellent quality and value.
I paid $900 for my machine, and got the cloth setter and giga hoop
too. Also an assortment of Janome threads, which by the way are not
bad at all. I like them very much.
This type of question always tends to be a real can of worms..
Personally, I would not have any Janome manchine as a gift. I bought
one once, and it was a real boat anchor -door stop -, and in reality
was really best suited for landfill. There are many, many other
people who have had very similar experiences with Janome.
I do know for a fact that the machine you are discussing, the 300e has
been problematic for many people, most of whom have cited tension
problems that no one could satisfactorily resolve.
There are many people who like Janome machines, and they are welcome
to them, and I am glad that they are pleased with their machines, but
they are certainly not everyone.
That all being said, I will also say this .... You really need to go
to a few dealers and try out the various brands of machines, and see
which brand appeals to you the most, and not just take the advice of
any of us here, as your population sample size is simply far too
However, I personally would not purchase from a dealer, because I find
them to be the source of extremely overpriced machines, and of little
real help if you have a problem. I have also seen far too many
"authorized dealers" close one night and just dissappear, leaving
their patrons out in the cold to fend for themselves. Nor are many
"authorized dealers" all that knowledgeable about the products that
We were not impressed with the Janome either. Lack of features and
convenience of usage were big factors against the Brother/BabyLock
As far as stitch accuracy the Janome $6K machine samples were no
better than the Brother $250 machine samples.
I like the training videos right onscreen on my Brother when I forget
how to do a blind hem stitch or other rarely done things.
In a year of service no tension problems from mine. There was a
discussion on this at the Yahoo group site, but it was easily solved
with a few suggestions from members of that group.
Janome machinesare reasonably priced and as a repair person I appreciate the qualityand construction of the machines, add to that a reasonable price anddealers willing to sweeten a deal it is a good choice. The new JanomeTOL is by far the most advanced machine out yet, with very fewreported glitches unlike the Pfaff's, Bernina's and the flaming HVmachines of the past couple of years. Brother machines have also hadtheir fair share of problems which are well documented on theirgroups. All brands do, but with the support and help of the machinespecific lists these are easily overcome for any machine. Buyers must also be aware that Janome makes machines for many of thebrand names...Brother is one of them.