*note* As of January 2013 I have had nearly 4000 people read this entry!! Seems there is a lot of interest in comparing Janomes to Berninas. If it's applicable, would you be so kind as to leave a comment to further the usefulness of this page? Thanks so much! -Lynn
Well....today I went to our very cool Parkside Sewing Center in Santa Rosa and met the owner, Jim. He only carries Janomes and Berninas and thread and has for what looks like 50 years. He reminds me of Santa Claus with his apron full of tools at chest height and his "Swiss Made" pins on the lapel.
I went in pretty determined to walk out with the Bernie. After all it is a Bernina. My mother taught me on hers and it still works beautifully. They are a dream just to look at, but Santa, given my price, steered me to the Janome- for literally half the price I got a hard case, an extension table, and a few more features than the Bernie 330. Everything cost extra for the Bernina and quite frankly I need a new washing machine and more fabric. I decided that I will earn a Bernina and give the Janome to my girls. By then I will be a pro and they will need a machine. Good choice?
*I wanted to add that now that I have used the Janome for a month I love the see through bobbin window and the thread cutter both of which are not on the Bernina 330*
***** Update ***** If Mrs. Oh Franson has a Janome, then it's good enough for me! *****