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Thread: Janome 6500/6600 owners please

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    I have 3 Janome machines and i absolutely LOVE them! I bought smaller one just to have a freearm. my 6600 is my constant companion and it will do more than I have been smart enough to figure out. I am blessed to have some wonderful ladies at the shop where I bought my 2nd and 3rd Janome and when I have any question they are just a phone call away!! They encouraged me to sit and sew on the 6600 before I made up my mind to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by Janie Q
    I have the 6600. Got it about 3 months ago. I haven't had very many problems with the fabric getting pulled under. I did purchase the single hole throat plate just haven't used it yet. The adjustable tension is so wonderful, I haven't used the walking foot yet. I would say you need to take into consideration the cost of the feet you want. Alot of feet come with the machine but the quarter inch walking foot,the single throat plate and the stitch in the ditch foot,and the quilting foot are all extra. So I did spend more then I thought I would. I would also hope you will get free classes so you can learn all the wonderful things you can do. This machine is amazing and I love it. Hope you get your new machine soon, which ever you choose.
    everything you mentioned, other than the single hole throat plate came with my machine. I found the machine so intuitive I didn't need classes The manual is very easy use. I've had this machine for 5 years.
    I also got all the feet with mine and the wife got them with hers also. I bought the plate and took it back because (the one that was sold to me) it had a single hole but also had the zig zag hole and I thought it was suppose to only be the single hole and nothing else. Looked to me like it would suck the fabric down anyway.

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    I have the 6600 & absolutely love it (won it in a raffle recently !!) I have used the walking foot & am really impressed how it just swings down & back up - so this is really great.
    I have never used the 6500 so cannot comment on this machine.
    My other machine is a Bernina (also still really like this, bought it years ago when my children were little & its fab, just not a quilting able machine) had a trickier walking foot attachment so this 6600 is a vast improvement.

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    I popped in to my local sewing machine shop today and saw the Janome Horizon. It is just STUNNING. I HAVE TO HAVE THIS MACHINE!!! I intend to trade my 6600 in on it. I have never seen such an amazing looking machine. For a machine junkie this has to be an ultimate. My 6600 now looks so SMALL. It means I will have to sell some of my antique machines to afford it however I think it will be worth it. I have the 6600 table which I will also have to sell, as that will not be a trade in at the shop. The HORIZON does have the holders for large embroidery cotton spools, though the shop had yet to get them in, they clip on the back as an extra.

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    I just traded my 6500 in on the new Horizon. You asked if anyone missed having the free arm and I'm not sure I understand your question. The Horizon accessory box pulls out and leaves a perfect free arm for hemming, etc. I have to say I've only had the machine a week and so far I have NO regrets. My second machine is a Viking Designer SE, which I love for everything, including embroidery. I also have a small Baby Lock I bought to take to classes, but so far I haven't used it at all & have had it for about 6 months. I'm just too spoiled by all the things my larger machines do and end up taking the Janome everytime. I also had a Bernina 153Q and sold it after only 6 months as it was so stiff to sew on; I just couldn't adjust to the differences between it and my Viking (Des. I at that time) No matter which Janome you go with, I'm quite sure you will enjoy it. And believe me when I tell you 'there will always be a new machine comeing out that you think you just have to have'. I got past the 6600, but the Horizon 7700 zapped my heart. Good luck with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josi49
    I just traded my 6500 in on the new Horizon. You asked if anyone missed having the free arm and I'm not sure I understand your question.
    Hi..and thanks for your comments. I was actually referring to the 6500 & 6600 when I asked about the freearm, as they don't have one :)

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    I have had my 6600 for nearly 4 years and wouldn't let it out of my possession! It's my 2nd Janome. I have found that quilts will bunch up on the thingy in back when I am free-motion, but it isn't a problem - it takes care of itself as you continue sewing. Hasn't caused any damage to anything, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylela1776
    Hi
    I have a 6600 Janome. I love it. I bought last November and
    done some quilts on it with no problem. I discover the tacking
    program and I think that I will be doing a lot of tacking on my quilts. It is fantastic.
    You will love it and enjoy your sewing more than before.
    Good luck
    What do you use the tacking for? Does this serve the same purpose as tying a quilt?

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    Hi Janome lover
    I treated myself to 6500 when I retired.My gift to me.I love it.Lots of room to manipulate fabric ,loads of stitches,and it is solid. I would agree that to maximise your machine have a cabinet to compliment it .Confession time, I did take time to get to know it as I was afraid I would make a mistake and cause some damage . With encouragement I overcame that fear.
    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegquilter8
    Love my two 6600's. And my Gem. I would not trade for anything else. Even a free one. Does anyone want a Featherweight?
    i would love to have a featherweight,but the price and location would have to be right. why are you letting yours go. PM me.

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    I have the 6500 and do like this machine. I do all my quilt piecing on it. Unfortunately when I bought mine the 6600 was not out. I think I would most definitely have bought the 6600 for the built in walking foot. I use my walking foot a lot when putting on bindings. Yes, I do miss the free arm. It is an inconvenience to set up another machine when I need one.

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    I love my 6600. I agree the built in walking foot sometimes gets in the way when doing FMQ, but I have learned to watch for that to happen and it really doesn't cause much of a problem. Marylou

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    I have the 6600. I have never had any problem with the FM foot catching on anything & I haven't missed the freearm either. I think if you were doing sleeves, waistbands, etc. you might miss the freearm, but not for quilting. I wanted the 6600 because it has a little more room than so many of the other machines out there & it does make a difference.

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    I have a 6600. I got it specifically because of the accufeed. I do not find it in the way at all. I looked at the 7700 but other than the larger throat 11" and free arm,there was not that much difference for me to pay the money to upgrade. I have a second machine if I need a free arm. I am very happy with my 6600.

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    I just got my 6600 machine about a month ago. I used a Kenmore for 28+ years and buried it. This is one of the best machines I've ever used. It simply called my name at the quilt shop where I tested it.

    This machine is very easy to use and the display on the front of the machine directs you every step of the way. If the settings aren't correct for your stitch, the machine will not sew. It will beep indicating that some of the settings should be adjusted.

    My machine came with a large table area that I use most of the time. Great for balance with a large quilt.

    Some feet don't come with the machine. If you plan to free motion you will need a free motion bobbin case. It helps distribute the bobbin and removes tension during the free motion process which prevents bird nests on the back of your fabric. Tonight I was free motioning and had this problem. So I am getting this case tomorrow. About $25 bucks.

    The single hole plate is another necessity you will need especially for those small pieces you sew together. It keeps the corners from getting stuck or tearing up. You will also need to get a 1/4" foot which doesn't come with the machine. Go figure that one out. This machine is a sewing and quilting machine and this foot isn't automatically included. Both parts go for $45

    I don't miss the free arm but a short while ago needed it to hem my husbands pants. I just inverted the pants to finish or I could have taken out my little Brother, but didn't feel like setting up another machine!

    The manual is a no brainer. It simple to read, pictures and parts described. One of the best manuals I've seen in a long time.

    The case of attachments is generous with feet for lots of specialties including screw drivers and brushes to clean the bobbin area. Spool covers and seam ripper, pkg of needles, twin needle, bobbins.

    Another nice feature is the needle up/down, great for turning corners or adjustments. Auto start/stop if you want to avoid using the foot pedal. Good lighting.

    I have spoken to a lot of quilt shop owners and they told me that Janome brand is one of the best machines on the market. They are considered workhorses and don't break down easily. Nice thing about Janome is that there are a range of machines to fit everyones budget. Best advice to you is buy the best machine your pocket can afford. The smaller Janomes can't handle heavy work loads like quilting or heavy sewing projects. That's why I got this machine. It can handle the output. This machine retails for $3000. If you can't afford it, check if there are floor models for sale or used models. Many people will trade their 6600 for the new one that just came out. Shop owners will be glad to sell you those.

    If you buy from a shop owner they should offer you free lessons to learn how to use the machine. Take advantage of those if you are a newbie to sewing or quilting. Best of all the shop owners can make repairs on your machine without you finding a repair shop on your own. Some machines need to be shipped and that is costly. My machine can be repaired in the Lake City shop where I bought it.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this machine. It is a professional sewing and quilting machine that will last for several years. Be sure to get it checked once a year as maintenance is crucial to it's outstanding performance.

    Oh, and it's heavy too so get one of those wheeled cases if you plan to store it or travel with it.

    I've attached several pictures to show you what you can expect upon your purchase of this jem

    The lighted display where you will be advised how to set your machine. Even a selection of languages available on panel
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    wow Bubblegum..thank you for all the info and great pics. That's very informative. I did actually sew on the 6600 instore recently and did like it a lot :)

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    I can dream, I have been sewing on a elna 1010. God bless. Penny

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    Wow what a great machine... it really intemadates me lol All the stitches and the computer window.. don't know if my brain could handle all the info needed to work and sew with it. But I would love to give it a try lol

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    I just bought the same machine (Janome 6600P) for $1299.00. Now that the new Horizon is out there are great prices on the 6600. I love mine and everything you said about it (plus these great pictures) are true.

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    Hi, I have a Janome 6600 and love the built in walking foot,but

    I do not quilt anything larger than a lap quilt or large crib quilt.

    It's a great machine! SZQ

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    Has anyone noticed how fast the bobbin reloads? It's like warp speed on my machine. Does anyone know if the speed can be adjusted? I have a 6600

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblegum0077
    Has anyone noticed how fast the bobbin reloads? It's like warp speed on my machine. Does anyone know if the speed can be adjusted? I have a 6600
    I don't think the speed can be ajusted. Why do you want to adjust the
    speed? As long as it winds evenly it should not be any problem. Maybe
    you're just used to those slow cranking bobbins. You'll get used to it. ;-)
    Besides, the faster it winds, the faster you can get back to sewing.
    :-D :thumbup:

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    I have the 6500 and I have had no problems with it at all. Of course, I've never used a 6600, but just wanted you to know that I love my 6500. Good luck deciding what to purchase! :thumbup:

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    I have just traded my 6600 in on the new Horizon machine. Oh - Christmas is here!!! :) I had gone in with an open mind and was not willing to give up my 6600 unless the Horizon definitely out sewed it. I was taken with all the stitches however when it came to the free motion quilting that was when I told my wonderful store owner, Jane, that it was a wrap and I was now buying the Horizon. It is amazing! No ladders on the back, it just went this way and that so easily, and I was sold immeadiately. A quick trip home to get the 6600 organised and back to the shop and now my beautiful Horizon is sitting proudly in my sewing room. I am exhausted but HAPPY! This machine will do me for a long time to come. I got a great trade in and the 6600 really cost me nothing to use for the last 18 months. The 6600 is one amazing machine however the Horizon has stolen my heart.

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    Well I hope you are very happy togeather LOL and you have lots of good quilting fun! Congrats

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