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Thread: Janome 6600 Demo Tomorrow - Advice?

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    Janome 6600 Demo Tomorrow - Advice?

    Halp! I've never demo'd a sewing machine before. The only one I've ever purchased for myself was my Featherweight, which I found at an estate sale in thankfully good condition. But there's a Janome dealer about an hour away that just received a great condition trade-in 6600 from someone who upgraded and I'm getting there bright and early tomorrow to test it out.

    What should I pay attention to, in terms of both the machine and the dealer? I've heard good things about both.

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    It helps to bring your own fabrics. Dealer-supplied fabrics are always chosen to make sure stitching is perfect, so they are usually heavily starched. I would also bring a practice quilt square basted in your usual manner to try out quilting with the built-in walking foot and also FMQ.

    For me, the sound of the machine is important. My Bernina just sort of purrs; I don't like a machine that makes clunky sounds!

    I would try out a few of the decorative stitches too.

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    Thank you for your advice, Prism!

    The demo went very well. I enjoyed using the machine, I had no problem with threading or changing feet (or anything, really), and I fell in love. The dealer was also extremely kind, patient, and happy to explain every little thing I could think to ask. What a wonderful experience! And I know from searching this board that $1000 for the machine and all relevant attachments/parts/accessories was a price that couldn't be beat.

    I just wish I could be home playing with her right now instead of working until 10PM!

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    Sounds like she has a new home. Congratulations and happy quilting!

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    Hello everyone ... this is my first post here and am learning a lot just lurking!!! lol

    I am in need of a new sewing machine (I have a Bernina 730 Record ~ 43 yrs. old); and would like to upgrade. Loving all the features on the new machines. I haven't sewn in awhile and want to get into machine quilting.

    And I did look at the Janome 6600 just today. It's a beautiful machine .... and I am going back to the store on Thursday to compare this one and the Janome 4120 QDC. Will make my decision then. I see most everyone loves that 6600, but it looks a little complicated

    Well, compared to my machine, which still sews pretty good, but absolutely think I need to upgrade!!

    jody

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    I have the Janome 6600....love it to bits...a real workhorse....only issue I have is the paint scratches and it is really heavy to lift.....if you can live with that this is the best machine you'll find for your money at the moment IMHO ....sews like a dream....

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    I also have a 6600.. I was not able to take much more Than the basic how to thread it class and find it quite easy to use. Walking foot system is easy and great to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little RoO View Post
    I have the Janome 6600....love it to bits...a real workhorse....only issue I have is the paint scratches and it is really heavy to lift.....if you can live with that this is the best machine you'll find for your money at the moment IMHO ....sews like a dream....
    The paint's a little scratched on the front from the previous owner already, but nothing serious. And I don't mind hefting it around.

    When do you find yourselves most often use the walking foot? And are there any additional accessories you'd recommend getting right off the bat?

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    I have the 6600 too. Came with all the feet and the knee lifter which I haven't used. I have an emotional attachement to my sewing desk and it won't work on it. I'm sitting at the same sewing desk I learned to sew at with my mom for a teacher almost 60 years ago! I love my 6600 and found it very user friendly. If you didn't get the extension table with it I would suggest that. I never sew without mine.
    LilaKay...greatgramma to Brielle Mae

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    I have a 6600 and absolutely love this machine - it is a workhorse. The AccuFeed system is a great feature on this machine. You won't be sorry.....

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    I've had my 6600 for almost a year, and truly love it! The only downside for some people would be that it is not a free-arm machine (which does not matter to me since I have an old machine that is free-arm). I bought the needle plate for straight stitch, free-motion-quilting foot and the bobbin case for FMQ (which I highly recommend).

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    Wanda, could you explain what the FMQ bobbin case is for the machine? I'm not familiar with any bobbin case beyond what comes standard with the machine.

    And is the needle plate that it comes with not good for straight stitch? What's the difference?

    Thank you?

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    Jennalyn, the needle plate that comes with the machine has a hole large enough that material can get caught down in it (when you are starting to sew).

    The FMQ bobbin case is wonderful! The bobbin holder is preset with a lower tension to make it easier to achieve even tension control while free motion quilting. It is easier to put the FMQ bobbin case in than to have to fiddle with the bobbin tension.

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    I also found a great used 6600 and love it. I use the accufeed walking foot system as often as I can....works wonderful and so easy to use. I have the 1/4" foot but had to adjust the needle to the right to get a true 1/4". It also came with the SITD foot and it's ok, but to me it didn't make much difference. I don't use the knee lifter, seems to be more of a bother and in the way. Mine came with an extension table, but I never use it....bought the table made to fit it. I will never regret the purchase, she does everything I ask of her and more.

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