In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Janome 6500P and Singer 1234. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.
Janome 6500P vs. Singer 1234: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Janome 6500P is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 1234 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The decision has to be made on an individual level.
Janome 6500P vs. Singer 1234 : Built-in Stitches
The Janome 6500P has 135 stitches. The Singer 1234 on the other hand comes with 6 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Janome 6500P sewing machine comes with 7 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer 1234 sewing machine has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).
The Janome 6500P sewing machine weighs approximately 23.4 lbs, while the Singer 1234 sewing machine comes with a weight of 11.4 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
Speed Control Slider
The Janome 6500P arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 1234 doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Janome 6500P has one while the Singer 1234 doesn’t.
This Janome 6500P sewing machine comes with a drop-in bobbin, which allows you to see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. While Singer 1234 sewing machine doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Janome 6500P, the Singer 1234 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Janome 6500P and Singer 1234 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Singer 1234 does not have this feature. The Janome 6500P, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Janome 6500P||Singer 1234|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||7 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||23.4 lbs||11.4 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||No|
|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||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||Yes||No|
|Tension||Automatic Tension||Adjustable by dial|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Janome 6500P Video Review
Singer 1234 Video Review
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. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
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. 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. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.
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. Are sewing machines dangerous?
A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.