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Thread: Do you have a Janome Memory Craft 6600?

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    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterella View Post
    Yes, our Janome's can be thread divas. I have a Janome 6600 and now that I have it fixed again, I wouldn't trade it for anything...might have to get a new one some day soon LOL. Anyway, as to your thread question: MacThayer had several good points, however, I would go out and purchase ONE spool of Aurafil thread (50wt) and try it out, or try Mettler thread. Buy just one, give it a thorough run and see if the bird's nests are gone. Now, as much as I LOVE my 6600, she is a thread diva. She will chew up and spit out Gutterman and Coats and Clarks, but, sings like a canary when using Mettler or Aurafil. As much as I love these machines, if the bird's nests still occur then I might try a bobbin washer. Janome had isssues with their bobbins in the 6500 & 6600s and were supposed to rectify that problem with the 7700. Anyway, yes they are finicky machines, but, I still wouldn't trade her. I have a brand new Husquvarna Sapphire 875 that my DH bought me last summer, and I still prefer my Janome. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
    I agree to a point ... yes our 6600's can be thread divas - and if truth be told I LIKE it that way because my machine TAUGHT ME about thread so to speak.

    My machine however likes Gutterman!!

    Most of the time I use Aurifil - that's my favorite, but I use Gutterman in the bobbin quite often, and I will use it in the top as well.

    It *could* still be your machine. If nothing else, you should be able to use the Gutterman in the bobbin.
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    Senior Member Little RoO's Avatar
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    Hi....I also have the 6600 which I bought second hand last year.

    To begin with I had real problems with tension but only when FMQ.... and I think that part of the problem was that I was threading it and then sewing without first raising the needle to the up position. I read somewhere that you need to do this to reset the tension....the other possibility could have been that when I took the bobbin area apart to clean it I noticed the white disc under the bobbin holder had deep groves in it ((looked like the needle had scratched it at some stage) so I also replaced it....anyway ever since it appears to have been fine, I can use all threads in it but it really isn't keen on King Tut.....but maybe I haven't learnt how to change the tension to accomodate the thread...but it is fine with all other threads......Guttermann included, however I have to agree with other members Aurifil is by far and away the way the best. I always use it is in my bobbin because it has far less lint and so the bobbin area stays much cleaner.

    There are some great You Tube clip regarding threads called Thread Therapy with Dr Bob.... I thought that all threads were the same but they are not....here is a link to one of his clips....he may have some tips that might help
    Last edited by Little RoO; 04-05-2012 at 03:31 PM.

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    Super Member mcdaniel023's Avatar
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    My first thought was the take up lever. I use thread from Connecting Threads and haven't had an issue. I love my 6600.
    Happy Quilting.

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    Normally, if you are getting thread nests on the bottom, there is no tension at all on the top thread. I agree with the advice to make an appointment at your dealer or with the repair man. Have them show you how to thread the machine, or have them watch while you do it. One of the key threading rules is when to have the presser foot up and when to have it down. With my machine, it MUST be UP for the first part of the threading process, then down for the last few steps. This properly seats the thread in the tension disks.
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