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Janome 525s vs. Janome 6500P Comparison

The Janome 525s and the Janome 6500P are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Janome 525s vs. Janome 6500P: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Janome 525s is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Janome 6500P is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

You should choose carefully based on your sewing skills and goal.

Janome 525s vs. Janome 6500P : Built-in Stitches

The Janome 525s has 24 stitches. The Janome 6500P on the other hand comes with 135 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Janome 525s sewing machine comes with 1 one-step buttonhole(s), Janome 6500P sewing machine has only 7 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Janome 525s sewing machine weighs approximately 15 lbs, while the Janome 6500P comes with a weight of 23.4 lbs.

When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.

Automatic Needle Threader

Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.

Drop-in Bobbin

The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Janome 525s sewing machine and the Janome 6500P sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Janome 525s and Janome 6500P come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Free Arm

The free arm feature allows users to remove parts of the arm to sew cylindrical items to efficiently work on curved/tubular pieces such as necklines, collars, sleeve cuffs, and pant leg hems. There is a free arm on the Janome 525s, while the Janome 6500P doesn’t have this feature, which is a drawback of this sewing machine.

Janome 525s Janome 6500P
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Mechanical Computerized
Stitches 24 135
Buttonhole Styles 1 one-step 7 one-step
Start/Stop Button
Built-in Memory Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes
Monogramming Font
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes No
Working Light Yes
Speed Control Slider Yes
Weight 15 lbs 23.4 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity
Stitch Selection Dial LCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes
Included Feet 1/4 Inch Seam Foot, 3-way Cording Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Darning Foot Low Shank, Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button Yes
Tension Automatic Tension
Knee Lifter Yes
Warranty
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Janome 525s Video Review

Janome 6500P Video Review

The Verdict

Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.

Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?

A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.

Q. Does the machine work well with stretchy materials?

A. The machine works perfectly with all types of fabrics. As long as the user can work with the material, there should be no problem.

Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?

A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.

Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine

A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.

Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

Q. How much electricity does a sewing machine use

A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.