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    Super Member Joeysnana's Avatar
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    I found a dealer for the Janome 6600 that is only 40 minutes away from me. I have never bought from a dealer and am wondering what questions I should ask. Do they offer to throw in bonuses or do you have to ask? What accessories should I ask for or buy to do quilting? I am floundering so any advice would be truly appreciated. TIA

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    You can do some bargaining with the salesperson. They typically work on commission, so will usually sacrifice a little something to get the sale. A good thing to ask to be thrown in is a walking foot for the machine.

    Be sure to bring your own fabrics to try machines out. Take your time and try out several brands, models, etc. If this is a machine you want to use for both piecing and quilting, also bring a practice quilt sandwich to test free motion quilting.

    I personally prefer machines that are quiet; loudness or clunkiness indicates to me less precision in the parts.

    Don't feel obliged to make a decision on the spot. Get the salesperson's card and tell them you want to think about it. Also, be aware that many dealers will not take back a machine if you change your mind. It's very important to be sure of whichever machine you eventually take home. If that means trying out machines at a variety of dealers, take time enough to do that.

    If the machine you choose has many features you are not accustomed to, be sure you are close enough to take lessons at the dealership to learn how to use your machine to its full potential.

    Also, ask about used machines while you are there. Many people trade in a perfectly good machine for the newest model. Often you can get a better machine used than you can for the same money new.

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    Don't settle for someone "showing" you how the machine works. Use it yourself & then you will know what questions to ask - before you get home. Bring a small quilt sandwich with you. Use the 1/4" foot, walking foot, button hole maker, etc.

    Don't commit until you are sure you are comfortable.

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    Write out your questions before you go and write out the answers when you are there or you will forget!

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    My dealer here has one on sale for $1800.00. wish he'd give me a trade in. ask for anything, you never know these days what they are willing to do to make a sale.

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    Also check online prices; even ask here for prices. The Janome 6600 is a popular model so a lot of people have purchased it. I looked at it a year or two ago and was quoted $1600 at the State Fair; however, a few months later the price had dropped.

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    Make sure to try the machine you will actually bring home. You could like the smaple and the actual one just isn't quite the same.

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    You should be able to pick one up about 1200 for new and 900 for gently used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    You should be able to pick one up about 1200 for new and 900 for gently used.
    1200! That would be great. Thanks everyone for the advice. I feel more confident now. This board never lets me down! :lol:

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    If you cant get it for about 1200, think long and hard before buying it. I got mine almost a year ago for 1349 with 6 months same as cash and the new 7700 has come out since then.

    I think I saw a new one on ebay for 1200 the other day.

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    I assumed I would have to spend at least 1600, so 1200 would make me very happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    If you cant get it for about 1200, think long and hard before buying it. I got mine almost a year ago for 1349 with 6 months same as cash and the new 7700 has come out since then.

    I think I saw a new one on ebay for 1200 the other day.
    I know the 6500 is selling for 1200 on Ebay right now. Haven't seen any 6600 though.

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    Well, you have to be careful about expecting too much of a deal. Sometimes paying a little more is worth it, because they have to pay for overhead and make a profit. A good dealer will offer you a class to get you acquainted with your machine (usually at least an hr.) plus will go over the machine before they let you take it home to make sure everything is working correctly. Tell them what you plan on doing with it and they will recommend what you might wish to buy for accessories. I have a wonderful Janome dealer and wish she could be all of yours too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    Well, you have to be careful about expecting too much of a deal. Sometimes paying a little more is worth it, because they have to pay for overhead and make a profit. A good dealer will offer you a class to get you acquainted with your machine (usually at least an hr.) plus will go over the machine before they let you take it home to make sure everything is working correctly. Tell them what you plan on doing with it and they will recommend what you might wish to buy for accessories. I have a wonderful Janome dealer and wish she could be all of yours too!!!
    Thanks for the advice. I am hoping to not spend more than 1600. But we'll see. I really want this machine!

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    I just think the $1200 price is too low, and didn't want you to get your hopes up for it.

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    Good luck from Pittsburgh! I hope that you get a great deal on the machine you really want. Let us know how it turns out.
    Both of my sons went to IUP. Indiana is a lovely area.
    Audrey :)

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    The dealer that is 40 minutes from me is closed for business. I did find 2 dealers each an hour away and spoke with both 6600s ordered and tell me they should arrive beginning of next. The first dealer sells them for 1599. The second dealer quoted me 1249. Both dealers told me they don't really require a yearly service overhaul. They will show me how to oil the wick.... Does that sound right? Do you get your machine serviced yearly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanau
    Good luck from Pittsburgh! I hope that you get a great deal on the machine you really want. Let us know how it turns out.
    Both of my sons went to IUP. Indiana is a lovely area.
    Audrey :)
    Indiana is a very nice, pretty small town. My husband, I and one of our daughters went to IUP.

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    If you are good about vacuuming out the lint in your machine (and oiling the bobbin race, if that's something a 6600 requires), it is not necessary to get a yearly service overhaul. The new machines all have sealed motor systems that do not require regular oiling and lubrication.

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