When it comes to sewing machines, there are so many models and they all have different features - this makes comparison pretty difficult, doesn't it?
So to help everyone out, I will post a series of guides - which would hopefully help you with your research prior to making that big decision on picking just the right sewing machine.
Janome Australia confirmed the following in regards to the DC2050:
The DC2050 is their new "entry level" machine that costs less than other models in the DC series (which includes Janome 19110).
While it IS a top loading machine, the needle plate (which covers the feed dog), the bobbin winder, foot adaptor and a few other things are NOT metal.
They are made of a heavy plastic material in silver colour, so when you look at the photo, these parts resemble real metal.
With Janome 19110, you get 6 presser feet with it, while with DC2050 you just get the one plastic foot that comes with the machine.
While all models made by Janome pass the same quality control, I have personally steered away from the budget range because the machine just don't seem to feel as smooth, or last quite as long... and plastic parts are never design to last, so when something breaks, you need to replace them (great for the dealers, not for your).
Functionally, the two models are pretty similar. The one difference I can see between the two models is the Start / Stop button.
DC2050 has it. This function allows you to sew WITHOUT the foot pedal... but most people don't use this function unless they have limited use of their foot (i.e. disability).
Other than that, Janome is a reputable brand, and if you feel confident that the model is right for you, go for it - but make sure the seller is knowledgeable and honest so that you can enjoy a positive eBay experience!
I hope you find this guide helpful. If you do, please vote YES so I know that I am on the right track :-)
Please feel free to contact me if there is anything else I can clarify for you, or burning questions you may have with sewing, patchwork and quilting..... I am always here if you need help, and happy to chat if you have stories to share!
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Thank you for reading, and Happy Sewing!
P.S. Beware of sellers that seem to offer brand-new items with really low prices. If it seems too good to be true, then.... maybe it is? It is always advisable to do your own research.
How to tell when a Janome is top of the range, bottom of the range, or otherwise?
Janome Japan still owns all of their factories world-wide. Their Top of the range machines are still made in Japan (like some of the Memory Craft and Horizon)
Their mid-to-better range are all made in Taiwan (including the 19110), while their budget machines (such as the RE1306 from K-Mart) are made in Thailand.