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Thread: Your opinion of Janome Memory Craft 6600 P

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    May 2011
    Hastings, NY
    I stopped at a dealer this morning, and he primarily sells Janome machines. Absolutely swears by Janome. Offers free training, advice, help, have classes, etc, etc. He has sold machines (Viking, Pfaff, etc) and says the Janome is superior to them all.

    I took my newer singer to a singer dealer and he hates anything mechanical, all of them and swears Singer is the best. I had a brother machine years ago for basic sewing. Now retired and still trying to quilt.

    FMQ is a puzzle on my Singer, my stitches (tension) is messed up since I tried to FMQ. It's a really touchy machine. So, just curious about Janome users.

    Thanks in advance, sorry so long. :roll:

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    Chula Vista CA
    I love my Janome 6600 P. I did need the training just to find out how easy it is to use. I have had it for a year now.

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    Super Member Joeysnana's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Indiana, PA
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    I have also had my 6600 for one year now. I love it. I am about to jump in and try my hand at FMQ. I may not be good at it, but I know the 6600 will!! :)

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    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
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    Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
    Had mine not quite a year now. Got an "experience" one when folks traded them in for the 7700.

    6600 is a really nice machine. Do I wish I had a larger harp area like the 7700? Of course I do! But since I already had one newish machine (3 yr old Husky) I couldn't justify the $$ until I saw the used machines they had.

    It took some getting used to. I used to have problems with various thread - it didn't like some, and at first it didn't like different thread in the top and bottom. I don't have these problems anymore. Adjusted tension, and I guess the machine and I have become friends.

    I love the Accufeed - biggest reason I got the machine. I was doing a ton of 1" strip piecing and boy oh boy did that accufeed help me zip through those. I bought it specifically as a FMQ machine, but I love piecing long strips on it.

    I like the extra height lift on the presser foot - raises really high to get a quilt under the foot (my Husky doesn't do this).

    Love the one button quick change needle up/down position. The best for FMQ.

    I don't use the needle threader, but I do use the cutter. So far it's great. Wondering if it will ever need to be sharpened??

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    Senior Member Little RoO's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    England. UK
    I have only had my Janome 6600P about a month...I bought it second hand from a dealer for $825 ( 500) which I thought was good...it came with the large table and had all accessories and manual. The only thing that was wrong with it was that it had a couple of very small but deep scratches on the edges from being put in a cabinet....I have touched those up and unless you inspect it really close you would think it new. Apparently they do chip easily
    Before that I had a Husqvarna Designer 1 which is great for dressmaking and embroidery but wasn't brilliant for FMQ. I then bought a Pfaff Select 3 which has the IDT and is great for patchworking and FMQ but is very basic...but when I saw the Janome for sale at that price...I had to buy it...and I am so glad I did...it is so quiet, and sews very smoothly....however I have had a learning curve with it...finding the exact needle postion for a 1/4 inch seam and making sure the thread doesn't come out of the needle.
    I thought it was going to be amazing from day one but in truth it has taken a bit of getting used to but I am liking it more every day....certainly don't regret buying it....have to now decide which of my other machines I will sell to help fund it...decisions...decisions

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    Junior Member gaevren's Avatar
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    Jul 2011
    Quad Cities
    I adore my 6600P, have had it for a little over a year now and no issues whatsoever! Sews like a dream for me. My mother has had one for a couple years now as well and loves it too.

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    Super Member Juliebelle's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    North Carolina
    I have it and absolutely love it, the accufeed system is so much easier to machine quilt on it. I actually feel like my sewing is better with it.

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    Senior Member quiltstodo's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Santa Clara, CA
    I've had mine for several years now and love it. Needle up/down great feature, love the needle threader and thread cutter. I've only done stitch in the ditch with mine since I'm not very good at FMQ. The needle threader is great when you wear glasses since sometimes you get a glare from the light and so much easier with the threader.

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    Super Member TerryQuilter's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Vista, CA
    I've had mine for a couple of years now, love it. It pieces beautifully and FMQ is wonderful--love the longer throat. Am thinking of getting a 7700, but haven't taken that step yet :-)

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    Super Member QuiltswithConvicts's Avatar
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    I have had mine since Nov., 2006 & I wouldn't trade it in even for a Horizon or one of those fancy Berninas! I have quilted a couple of queen-sized quilts with only a bit of difficulty, not enough to throw in the towel, though.

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