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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    I have a confession...

    First I love my new (to me) Janome DC2011 but my confession is that even though it has a thread cutter, I still use my scissors. Hubby thinks I am crazy but I am so used to grabbing them that it is hard to break it. It took me a while to get used to the needle up/down feature as I was used to having to move the wheel to move the needle. BTW, I love that feature and I LOVE, yes must be caps, the 1/4" foot! How did I live without it?

    Ok, that is all I have to confess, back to sewing!
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    I agree on the needle up/down feature and the 1/4" foot but I DO use my thread cutter almost all the time. It won't take you long to get used to it. Congrats on your new purchase.

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    Glad you are enjoying your new machine.

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    Congrats on your new purchase. When I got my Janome, I did not think the needle up/down an threadcutter were a big deal. After being spoiled for a while I had to buy the 3160 to take to classes because I was going nuts without them at class. I wish there was a way to get the knee lift on a lightweight since I am also addicted to it as well.
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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    I still find myself reaching for the wheel to move the needle when I am done with a stitch. I just love that it is up or down when I need it to be. I should try to use the thread cutter more I guess, but my scrissors will feel lonely. lol
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    I have never used a thread cutter! I have an ingrained habit of using snips instead. Now, a needle threader is a great invention and I use that all of the time. The needle down feature is also a very good thing.
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    I love the needle up and down. When I sew on a machine without that feature, I realize how much I depends on it. I also love the 1/4 inch foot; but I almost never use the thread cutter by the needle. I grab the scissors. I do use the bobbin winder thread cutter. Aren't new machines wonderful!

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    I bought my Janome 6600 specifically for the needle up/down. I thought the thread cutter was neat, and at first I kept forgetting to use it but now I use it constantly - sometimes when I shouldn't (when quilting and what I really wanted to do was pull the thread to the top so I could bury it!!).

    There are some features that I don't ... and probably won't use ... knee lift and needle threader. Oh, I never use the start button when piecing, but sometimes I do for quilting.
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    I didn't even know it had the thread cutter for the first few days. lol And I just learned about the drop feed dog option on it. lol I don't use the needle threader either, I can do it faster it seems.

    I am glad I am not the only one that still uses scissors or snip instead of the thread cutter.
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    I sew/quilt with my Brother 1500 and HATE the thread cutter!!!! I like to pull out a nice long thread tail and then cut it off....when I use the thread cutter feature, it would cut the tails so short, that the thread always pulled out of the needle and I had to re-thread. figured the 2-3 inches of ''wasted'' thread was so much better than the frustation I felt every time I used the thread cutter and had to stop and re-thread. LOVE the needle up/down function and LOVELOVELOVE the entire machine...she sews as good as the day I brought her home almost 10 years ago!!!!!

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    It is OK you will get use to it, and you can use what ever works best for you! Enjoy your new machine!!!!

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    i love all those features, but I must say my favorite feature on mine has to be the auto- threader!....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie View Post
    I sew/quilt with my Brother 1500 and HATE the thread cutter!!!! I like to pull out a nice long thread tail and then cut it off....when I use the thread cutter feature, it would cut the tails so short, that the thread always pulled out of the needle and I had to re-thread. figured the 2-3 inches of ''wasted'' thread was so much better than the frustation I felt every time I used the thread cutter and had to stop and re-thread. LOVE the needle up/down function and LOVELOVELOVE the entire machine...she sews as good as the day I brought her home almost 10 years ago!!!!!
    I had the same problem with my Babylock Serenade: the thread pulled out of the needle, and sometimes out of the previous two guides and disappeared into the body of the machine! I found out the thread cutter doesn't work well with all kinds of thread. Try Guttermann or Mettler thread. Mine works great every time with those threads. I think it is also ok with Essentials thread by Connecting Threads, and Aurifil thread.

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    I also have the Janome Memory Craft 6600, love it, love it, love it. I really like the needle down feature, the knee attachment, the built in walking foot, the qarter inch foot, and the needle threader. Must admit I don't use the thread cutter as I also like a longer tail on my threads.

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    I was like you when I first got my Janome 6600. I 'made' myself start using it once, and now I am addicted! Plus....it saves a LOT of thread! Who knew!!!
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    My Brother 400 had it's first problem this morning, after ten years of absolutely trouble free stitching. The thread got stuck in the tension guide somewhere. I haven't had time to get it free yet, but will after work tonight. The machine has needle up/down, knee lift, automatic thread and cutter, gobs of fancy stitches but no embroidery. Other than the PR600, it's the best purchase I've made in years.

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    I love ALL the features...needle threader, automatic up/down, cutter, 1/4 inch foot and I could go on and on. LOL :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by momjoy6 View Post
    I agree on the needle up/down feature and the 1/4" foot but I DO use my thread cutter almost all the time. It won't take you long to get used to it. Congrats on your new purchase.
    Ditto for me. With my new machine I rarely used the thread cutter then someone enc. me to start using it. Now I don't know how I did without it!

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    I love the thread cutter and try to use it on my other machines However, I'll confess I don't used the needle threader. I find it quicker and easier to do myself!
    Heather

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    On my 6600, i don't care for the needle threader that much, but i love it on the 11000. The auto thread cutter i LOVE. If i want a longer thread for burying, i just pull the fabric out a ways and then push the button. Since i usually pull the bottom thread up when starting sewing, its not a problem with it getting stuck. But i keep trying to use it on my FW! Thats when i really miss it!! Ha ha vintage is nice, but I do love the bells and whistles on the new ones!
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