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Thread: Janome 6600 or 7700 which to choose?

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    Junior Member irishphoenix's Avatar
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    Question Janome 6600 or 7700 which to choose?

    DH has decided to splash out on a long arm for me, am thrilled and really excited about it- am now onto my third quilt! My local dealer has these two models-both are on special offers at the moment. Without trade in on my machine-1495 Euros for the 7700 and 1140 Euros for the 6600, I think its approximately 1200 dollars for the 7700 and 950 dollars for the 6600. Not sure if this conversion is entirely accurate.

    Anyhow I know the 7700 has a bigger throat but what would be the difference between the two, was wondering what I would get on the 7700 that isn't on the 6600.

    Which one would you get?? Would love to know your views!!

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    I don't have either one. From what I have read, you would want a real long arm. Google long arm sewing machines and you will see they are more money and go up to about an 18-26" throat. You need room for the quilt to roll. One of these machines would be great for quilting from a table but, not on a frame. I am sure others will give you more info.
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    Hi there- oh I am sorry, I didn't know there were long arms that long!These were the widest in the shop so I just assumed they were the long arms...These two are in my budget for now so have to pick either of these or they also have a Viking Quilt 875 which I don't know anything about. They are a big step up from my entry level machine.
    I have looked at a few of the threads on here but cant seem to find what the difference is between the 6600 and the 7700. Hopefully someone may be able to tell me. The Viking is a lot cheaper but seems to have the same specs also....
    Thanks again...Lois

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    Just FYI, these are NOT Longarm machines, they are domestic tabletop machines with larger HARPS (9"-11") but very different from the longarm machines like Gammill, Nolting and others.
    Don't know about the conversion rates, but those are VERY good prices for both if correct. The 7700 has been selling (here in the US) for anywhere from $2000-$2900, and the 6600 sells for about $1300 and up. The newer 7700 has more bells and whistles, a different auto-throat plate, but the 6600 has most of the same great features for less $$. I have the 6600 and love it ! It can handle anything you want it to do.
    Check out Janome's website and you can get all their specs and compare. You can't go wrong with either one.
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    It is to each their own views of these two machines. Personally you won't go wrong purchasing either one. I settled on the 6600P, as it offered everything I wanted and needed...I didn't feel that I would utilize the 7700, my 6600p came with a table also. Does either of the machines you are looking at come with the table? It was a nice perk for me. But really go to Janome site and do a comparison.
    http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/...ewing-Quilting
    Both machines are here...

    Best of luck on your future purchase.

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    Oh thankyou so much..its confusing when you go into the shop and there are so many to choose from. One thing I do know though is that many on here love their Janomes!! I am sorry for any confusion regarding the long-arm and will know next time, so thanks for the advice regarding the true longarm and not just a larger harp.
    I asked the man in our store what the janomes come with and he just said 'everything'!!!! So am assuming a table and feet but will check that out.
    Yes the prices are right as of today..its a special deal till end next week, possibly our conversion rates make it look more appealing as well..I know he told me the 7700 was 2000 Euros previouslly which converts to around 2,400 dollars. So those prices may revert after next week when the promotion finishes.
    Thanks ever so much and also for the link btiny36!

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    I agree with Texas Gurl what she wrote... and of course everyone else... I just purchase a New Janome 7700 QPC...NO Regrets !!!!( I was also look'in at the 6600 just like yourself) I did a lot of research , talk to people who own's one, on the Janome web site etc... before I cross my T's and dot my I's...yes btiny36 the table is extra... I think I got a good deal here in Canada I got my for $3100.00 thats with the table... My modle is.. be your sewing machine best friend ... you'll have a friend for life. ( Now I'm thinking of giving her a name LOL!!!) Best of luck on your purchase...

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    so glad to hear that misspicpic...yes I am leaning towards the 7700 as well, either that or the 6600, I suppose it is trying them out after all the research
    ..I am so attached to my old machine but trade-in is a good price too and I can't keep everything, as I am too much like a squirrel already lol
    And why not name her, she is a pal for life!!
    Thanks.

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    I have recently bought a 7700 and love it!!! But I am glad I kept my little old Brother as the Horizon is soooo heavy to lug around. I take the Brother to classes as it is much easier.
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    If possible I would get a real long arm an Innova 22 inch or Innova 26 inch on a 12 foot table. http://innovalongarm.com/

    I have a Janome 6500 and love it but it is not the same as a long arm. I would rather have a more simple sewing machine and save the money for a real long arm. If I could not have the real long arm I would go for the biggest opening and get the Janome 7700. You'd have lots of fun on it and you can use it to quilt full size quilts sitting down and moving the quilt around on the machine.
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    Try out the machines. When you go back, take some of your own material and batting and sew on both machines to compare them to each other. You might like one more than the other. Take your time and ask, ask, ask. When the man in the store said "everything" that was not a clear enough answer. Don't assume what everything means. I know you won't be disappointed with your Janome. They are great machines.

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    Wow this is soooo exciting isn't it..I mean I made a 65" x 45" throw on my little Janome 301- its a small portable and I have to admit I struggled a bit-especially on the bindings as well the feed dogs didnt like the three layers of quilt plus the binding. Also the width when doing the FMQ.
    We dont have loads of money so DH wanted me to have it for Christmas - but as you say I need to go into the store and try them out. I love the idea of the 11" width on the 7700-I know I probably wouldnt be able to afford one of the big long arms..so this could be a lovley compromise..I will definately take your advice and bring my swatches in-I may even make up a swatch with binding and see how they cope! I am sure they will eat it!! Thanks for that advice- thats a good idea!
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    Hi from New Zealand. Janome machines here are approximately $5000.00 NZ dlrs. I have a "happy Jack" quilting frame but only a Brother machine ( wonderful wee thing) but is normal "harp" the bigger Janome's are approx 11" throats -- I would love one of those !!!

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    Do you do your own quilting? Free motion quilting? That 11" throat on the 7700 would make moving a quilt around so much easier.
    If you quilt, either FMQ or SID . . . go for the 7700.
    If not, the 6600 would be fine for piecing and sewing. They are both neat machines.

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    Hi there- yes I see what you mean about the harp-I do my own quilting and it's something I would really like to get into more seriously-have just started quilting.I just did a large throw on my ordinary one and used up all the arm space- showed up in the stitches.
    The 7700 seems like a good choice- the dealer also has the Pfaff Expression 4 but he tells me it is not as strong as the Janome.There is a big price difference between the 7700 and the Pfaff, with the Pfaff being quite a bit cheaper by around 400 Euro's- which 550 dollars?cheaper..its embroidery stitches are a bit bigger and it has a few extra features. So don't know if this is the case or the dealer wants to sell me the more expensive Janome.
    I am taking in some quilt swatches next week to try out. Does anyone agree that the Pfaff is less powerful or problematic or is that 'dealer talk' ?
    Anyway thanks in advance everyone !!

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    I have the janome 6600 and I love it. One of these day I'm going to quit quilting for a week and
    explore on all the many features it has. I love the walking foot, thread cutter, threader.

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    I have the 6600 and just love it! I bought it used with the table it fits into (it is a perfect addition and is very heavy duty) and wouldn't think twice about doing it again. I couldn't justify the extra money for a 7700. It has a few more bells and whistles, but the 6600 has everything I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishphoenix View Post
    Hi there- yes I see what you mean about the harp-I do my own quilting and it's something I would really like to get into more seriously-have just started quilting.I just did a large throw on my ordinary one and used up all the arm space- showed up in the stitches.
    The 7700 seems like a good choice- the dealer also has the Pfaff Expression 4 but he tells me it is not as strong as the Janome.There is a big price difference between the 7700 and the Pfaff, with the Pfaff being quite a bit cheaper by around 400 Euro's- which 550 dollars?cheaper..its embroidery stitches are a bit bigger and it has a few extra features. So don't know if this is the case or the dealer wants to sell me the more expensive Janome.
    I am taking in some quilt swatches next week to try out. Does anyone agree that the Pfaff is less powerful or problematic or is that 'dealer talk' ?
    Anyway thanks in advance everyone !!
    Please do not consider the Pfaff until you have read all the complaints about it on this web site. It is riddled with problems. I absolutely loved my Pfaff 7550 but the Expression 4.0 is a piece of junk. There's a very good reason it is much less expensive. You can't go wrong with a Janome. I have the MC 6500 and the Jem Platinum for classes.

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    Oh thankyou-that is so helpful- I had read quite a bit about the Pfaffs-some people love them and others really hate them..it seems an awful lot of people on this board have Janome's and really love them. i wondered why the Pfaff was so much cheaper and my local dealer was steering me towards either the 6600 Janome or the 7700 if I could afford it. He is a really nice man said the Janomes would take a lot of 'hacking about'! he reckons them to be tough and sturdy for quilting.

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    As others have noted, the 6600 and 7700 are not long arms.

    In early September I bought the 6600. Started looking at the 6500 and soon went up to the 6600 because of the AccuFeed system. I forget now what the upgrades were to the 7700, other than more fancy stitches and the larger harp. Although, there was something "missing" on the 7700 that the 6600 had.

    If you're considering these, check the Janome site, and compare the specs of the two together.
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    I have the 7700 and love it. No it is not a long arm, but there is a lot of room under the harp. I had the 6500 but wanted the accufeed, the extra room under the harp, the free arm (I still hem pants and do a bit of other sewing) and the extra lighting is a dream. I also love (and use) the decorative stitches that were not on the 6500 -- or they were not adjustable on the 6500). It is a great machine and Janome is running some wonderful specials for Christmas.
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    Hi Quiltnlady1-do you know, this is so exciting, I am going into the dealer on Monday-he is about an hour away from me. I have heard nothing but praise for the Janome machines. I am really grateful to you all for helping me..this is such a great board.
    TBH I wanted to do my research before I went into the store because when you try the different machines out, certainly for me as a relative newcomer, they all have something to recommend them- especially when you see them all lined up and in showroom condition, all shiny and new. I didnt want to go on looks alone or how they behave on the day..this is a machine that is going to have to last me a long time and will get quite a lot of work from quilting as well as a few other wee jobs.
    I have to say the accufeed sounds great.. I love the lighting with all of the lights as my eyes are not great I am afraid lol. My current machine is just an entry level one that I bought in August and the trade in for the 7700 doesnt seem too bad-around 1000 of your dollars for the 7700. As yous ay, its on special at the moment, so I decided I would really like to have this now as my rather expensive Christmas present!
    I also like the idea of monogramming, although I believe the stitches are not too high, but a nice little extra all the same.

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    I have both the 6600 and the 7700, have not found any difference in the machines other than the 7700 has a few more stitches and a little larger harp space. The 7700 also does not have something that the 6600 has but at the moment can not remember what it was. The 7700 has it tool boxes attached to the machine, you can remove them which is probably best to do as the tools rattle when you sew. The 7700 does have better lighting so that is a plus if like me you have poor eye sight.
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    I have a Janome 6600P I love it but I also sew a lot and it does not have the ability to drop part of the machine to sew around armholes. Nor does it have the ability for stretch styitch. I would keep your old machine. If you are like me old habits are hard to break. I still love both my machines.

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    They both have the same accufeed system; but the Horizon has more lights and a larger throat space. I love mine!!

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