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Thread: new machine decisions

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    I'm in the market for a new sewing machine. I have a Bernina 220 now,, which is good for piecing but not so good for quilting (short arm). I'm looking at the Janome 6500 and the Bernina 350PE; I'd love to have people's views on the two. What I'm looking for is slightly longer arm, which I think the Janome has, but I don't know too much about the company. And can I use the bobbins I have for my current Bernina in the Janome.

    thanks!

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    I have a Janome 6600 and absolutely love it!!

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    I have the 6600 too and I love it. I would get it over the 6500 because of the accufeed but neither one has a free arm.

    The Horizon from Janome has an even bigger arm size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I have the 6600 too and I love it. I would get it over the 6500 because of the accufeed but neither one has a free arm.

    The Horizon from Janome has an even bigger arm size.
    I have the Horizon 7700 and the 11 inch throat is priceless and the built in accufeed. My mom traded her 6500 for the 7700.

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    not having the free arm is not a problem... I'm planning on keeping my bernina. What's accufeed?

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    I've seen the Horizon, it looks wonderful, but it's out of my price range.

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    Accufeed is like a built in walking foot. It's not quite as easy as that since you do have to use special feet (they make several varieties) but I still like it a LOT better than using a traditional walking foot.

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    6500 does not have a free arm.My mom has one and it sews well. I sew on a 8000 jamone and 440 bernina and love both of these machines.

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    I just bought the Janome 6600 and love it!! I too was eyeing up the Horizon but the price was....well pricey. Got a little Janome Gem Gold 2 to take sewing with me just 10lbs :)

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