A detailed comparison between Brother PE770 and Janome 350E. The huge price difference does make things easier.
Brother PE770 and Janome 350E are similar in features but both machines have a considerable price difference between them. In fact the price difference is so huge that you can almost buy two PE770’s for the price of one 350E (may be an exaggeration, lol). I am not kidding, it’s a fact. Features wise both machines seem to be similar, but still there are some differences to point out. The question I am going to answer here is, which one offers more in value for money spent. Or in simple words, Is the huge price tag of Janome 350E really worth it?
Brother PE770 Vs Janome 350E – Features Comparison
Both are embroidery only machines. In US, Brother PE770 is definitely the popular of the two, which is pretty much understandable as it comes with a lower price tag. First of all, let us go through the differences between Brother PE770 and Janome 350E.
Built-in Embroidery Designs : Brother PE770 has a clear advantage here, with 136 built-in embroidery designs. Janome 350E on the other hand comes with only 100 built-in designs. What makes PE770 even better is the availability of good looking designs. The designs on 350E are a little plain.
Embroidery Area : The maximum embroidery area on both machines are 5″x7″. But Janome 350E is slightly ahead here with two embroidery hoops, the standard 5″ x 4.3″ and the large 5.5″ x 7.9″. Brother PE770 comes with only one, the 5″x7″. The Janome machine also has the optional giga hoop with which you can do designs double the size of 5″ x 7″ hoop. Now, this will be a boon for those who want to do large designs.
Monogramming Fonts : Brother PE770 sweeps away the points here. PE770 has 6 fonts for monogramming whereas 350E has only 3.
USB Connectivity And Built-in Memory : Both machines come with USB connectivity and built-in memory to store custom designs. Card slot is also present. On PE770 it is an embroidery card slot. Janome 350E on the other hand has an ATA PC card slot. You can import designs from internet on both the machines. Even then PES embroidery file format supported by Brother PE770 does have more designs online than the JEF file format of Janome machine.
Machine Weight : Janome 350E is on the heavier side at 30.2 pounds. Brother PE770 on the other hand weighs 27 pounds.
Now let us have a look at all other features
Embroidery Machine Features
Display & Controls
LCD Touch Screen
LCD Touch Screen
Automatic Needle Threader
Automatic Thread Cutter
Two, 5″ x 4.3″, 5.5″ x 7.9″
Built-in Embroidery Designs
Brother PE770 Vs Janome 350E – Performance Comparison
The stitch quality is excellent on both the machines. There is very little to choose between, in terms of performance. Both machines come with similar motors. Janome 350E does have a few more editing options such as the 1 degree increment pattern rotating. But still it is not a huge step up from what PE770 has to offer. As far as ease of use is concerned, I will rate PE770 a notch higher than 350E. Even better is the user manual that comes with PE770. Janome 350E does have some issues reading memory full USB stick, it freezes at times. So far I haven’t noticed anything like that on PE770.
I really don’t think there is anything going for Janome 350E, except for the two embroidery hoops. You can get Brother PE770 for lesser price and can do 90% of the tasks that you can do on the Janome machine. There isn’t a huge difference in features as well, so I would recommend Brother PE770 as it is a value for money proposition.