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Thread: Help with machine selection

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    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
    Texas Gulf Coast

    Help with machine selection

    My current machine is terminal. It's a "big Box" Brother 9000 that has made 80+ quilts in the last 2 years and is now sewing only large basting-type stitches, running forward when you press the reverse button and taking more patience than I possess. (If you turn it off/on a few times and hold your tongue JUST right you might be able to get regular stitches. but ... sometimes not.)

    My husband has called around and found a quilt shop 45 miles from us that has a Janome MC 6600 Pro for $1100. It is a demo that has been used 11 times. The lady will teach me its use and I can come in whenever I want for as long as I want. (Given that she will be running the shop around me.)

    So what are our thoughts? I'm still getting him to get warranty information.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    I don't know about the price because everything costs more here. However, I love
    my Janome 6600. It's a real workhorse. If you take good care of it, it will take
    good care of you. Hope you can find the right machine and get back to sewing
    soon. How much would a brand new one cost?

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    The Colony, TX
    The good thing about buying a demo is you should still get the warranty. I had a friend find out the hard way that buying a used one (even from a shop - demo's are different) the warranty is not transferable from the original owner. I believe that is the case on most if not all sewing machines. Who would have thought!

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    Super Member Shelbie's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Think carefully about what you really need before you buy. I am the very unhappy owner of a Janome 6500. Even though this machine had wonderful reviews and many happy owners, mine should have been painted bright yellow. It just wouldn't do what I needed and my dealer was no help. I have recently bought a Juki TL98Q and this machine sews rings around my Janome. It has a beautiful even stitch, is fast and powerful, a dream for free motion and a foot and hand thread cutter button. It powers through my quilt tops and I have quilted three large quilts and one crib quilt this week, more than I would stitch in a month with my Janome. If you are quilting numerous quilts, this may be a better (and cheaper) machine for you.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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    Senior Member jollyquilting's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    I don't know that particular machine but I do love my Janome and it just purrs as it goes and goes

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    Junior Member neenee586's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Oxford, Wi.
    Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, who knows what the dealer "may throw in". Being able to go back for free help on sewing is worth something. I say go for it, I bet you will like it. Let us know...........seems like we hardly ever hear back from peeps on their new machines.

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    I bought my Janome 6600 brand new last year, paid about $1400 + for it but I really like her. She joined her 16 sisters and has been happy at my house...
    If you feel like you're special...it's 'cause you are!

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Southern California
    1100 is a lot, you should try it before you buy to see if you like it. for that amount of money i would go to different places and try different machines, it is a big investment and you want to make the right decision
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP

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    I have a Bernina Activa 210. It was a less expensive model but store assured me motors in all Bernina were similar and if I paid more, it would be to add extras. I know I will never use the extras so I got this model and i love it. Bernina is top quality. I asked about used and they said they sell as soon as they get them. I only say all this as you may want ton think about features you want/need on the machine along with quality. Cost seems like a lot to me. I agree with Dolphyngyrl. Most good shops offer free lessons and help when you need it. My shop also gave me 3 years of free cleaning which was nice.

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    Mechanicsville, IA
    I agree with the idea of putting more thought into exactly which features you will really use. I am more satisfied with the quality of the stitches on my vintage machines and all they do is straight stitch. A lot of features are nice but not necessary. The more features you have the more things that can go wrong. Buy for what type of sewing you plan to do instead of "eye candy" and you'll be happy. Definitely check out several other brands to see which seems right for you.
    Last edited by Silver Needle; 01-29-2013 at 08:56 PM.
    Cheryl Robinson
    APQS Millenium Longarm with Intelliquilter

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