Embroidery machines can be pricy so it’s important to find the one that will fit all of your needs when researching machines. With so many embroidery machines, where do you start your research?
We recommend looking at the Janome MB4 and the Brother PR650. Both Janome and Brother have fantastic, high-quality machines, and these two are some of the great models they’ve produced.
We’ve looked at four categories to help pull together research to help you in your decision. The categories we analyzed are: overall product dimensions, price, included accessories and additional must have features.
Overall Product Dimensions
The Janome MB4 is the smaller of the two embroidery machine. The overall product dimensions are 14.4” x 25.2” x 20.5”. The overall weight is 45.2 lbs.
The Brother PR650 has overall product dimensions of 36.54” x 29.84” x 32.28”. The overall weight is 81 lbs.
The price difference between the Janome MB4 and Brother PR650 is significant.
The Janome MB4, depending on where you purchase the embroidery machine, can cost between $8,400 and $8,500.
The Brother PR650 is priced higher. The price, depending on where you purchase the embroidery machine, can cost between $11,900 and $12,100.
The Janome MB4 has these great includes features: metal bobbin, three embroidery hoops of various sizes and needles.
The Brother PR650 has more included accessories than the Janome MB4. The included accessories are: four embroidery hoops of various sizes, an accessory kit with needles, six pre-wound bobbins, six spool mats, six spool caps, six spool nets, tweezers, seam ripper, screwdrivers, touch pen, scissors, needle threading tool, oil, bobbin tension gauge, cleaning brush, embroidery sheets, USB memory drive and a card reader.
Additional Must Have Features
The must have features for the Janome MB4 has many great features any crafter could want. They include:
- Four-needle single head
- Stitch counter
- USB design transfer
- 50 built-in designs
- 7” remote computer screen
- 2 and 3 letter monogramming
- Auto return
- Maximum sewing speed of 800 stitches per minute
- Adjustable loop positioning
- 240 mm x 200 mm maximum embroidery size
- Extra-large bobbin
The must have features for the Brother PR650 include these great features:
- Six-needle single head
- Three USB ports for design transfer
- 14 sample built-in designs
- 60 additional designs on an included USB memory stick
- Maximum sewing speed of 1,000 stitches per minute
- Three monogramming fonts
- 12” x 8” maximum embroidery size
- Print and stitch technology
- On-screen editing, to include:
- Mirror image
- Letter spacing
- Thread density
- Built-in stitch memory
Overall Product Recommendation
Even though the price is significantly higher, the overall product recommendation goes to the Brother PR650. The additional two needles on the single head allow for more colors to be used at once during a design.
In addition, there are more included accessories, a faster sewing speed and a larger maximum embroidery size. As an added bonus, the print and stitch technology helps for the more difficult embroidery projects.
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