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    Janome mc6600

    Has anyone ever had trouble with this machine? I bought my wife this machine for Christmas and were have trouble with it already, it jams up and leaves a rats nest on the bottom side like the bobbin isn't quite right and we rethread everything and sews good for a while then messes up again. And I can't get it to sew for me to save my life. I've come to the conclusion that it don't like me a bit! Any info would be great. Thanks in advance!

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    I have the Janome 6600p I think it is the same machine. I bought it about 1 1/2 years ago and have a lot of trouble with mine. Try using really good thread. I know it sounds silly, but mine will not sew unless I use good thread. I had to have a new motherboard put in 2 months after I got it. It works fine now. Take it back to the dealer and have them look at it. I hope you have a good service person in your area. I had a hard time finding one in mine. When they are working they are a great machine. I know you will get lot's of people on here that love the machines, but like anything there are lemons out there. I even called Janome directly and they were not interested in any problems I had.

    Good Luck.
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    If you purchased it from a dealer - I would give them a call to schedule an appointment for them to take a look at the machine. If you purchased it from an individual - you still need to contact a repair type person - sometimes it takes a repair man to find what is causing the problem. I have this same machine and it is a wonderful machine - I hope you can resolve this issue and she will be able to enjoy this machine.... Good Luck -

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    Quote Originally Posted by skowron5 View Post
    I have the Janome 6600p I think it is the same machine. I bought it about 1 1/2 years ago and have a lot of trouble with mine. Try using really good thread. I know it sounds silly, but mine will not sew unless I use good thread. I had to have a new motherboard put in 2 months after I got it. It works fine now. Take it back to the dealer and have them look at it. I hope you have a good service person in your area. I had a hard time finding one in mine. When they are working they are a great machine.

    Were going to take it back to where we bought it I believe she uses coats and Clark thread. Is that a good thread?

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    Mine will not work with Coats & Clark. It likes Aurifil you have to buy online. Gutterman you can get at Joann's it works pretty good with that.

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    I do know she uses the gutterman also but will have to see what she is using currently.

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    Not to be insulting, but are you sure it's threaded correctly? Several times I thought I had mine done right, but when I looked, the thread had slipped off the upper thread tension control. Also, like others have said, my 6600 is VERY picky about thread. I generally use Aurifil in it. Hope you're able to figure out the problem, it is a great machine when operating smoothly.
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    I had one and never had a problem with it. Used any thread.

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    Coats and clark thread is kind of linty. If it is still under warranty, i would call or take it back and have them look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    Not to be insulting, but are you sure it's threaded correctly? Several times I thought I had mine done right, but when I looked, the thread had slipped off the upper thread tension control. Also, like others have said, my 6600 is VERY picky about thread. I generally use Aurifil in it. Hope you're able to figure out the problem, it is a great machine when operating smoothly.
    No insulate taken but she's had problems off and on from the start. I just talked with her and she's using gutterman thread currently.

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    As Raggiemom said check the rethreading especially if you use cheaper thread. It comes unthreaded real easy. That might be why it works for awhile and then you have problems.

    I would take it back to the dealer, but get Aurifil thread. I am sure she will be happy with that.

    Gutterman seems to work better than Coats and Clark, but not as well as Aurifil.

    I know how mad you get when it doesn't work. My service person has one and can use any kind of thread in hers. I just wish Janome would stand behind their product when there is a problem.
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    It makes me mad I spent good money on this machine and its not working right were taking it to the shop the 16th of feb well see how that goes ill have her get some of that other thread and see how it works.

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    I have not had a problem with mine either - and as already stated, Aurifil is a much superior thread. It is a wonderful machine - a real workhorse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    It makes me mad I spent good money on this machine and its not working right were taking it to the shop the 16th of feb well see how that goes ill have her get some of that other thread and see how it works.
    It's a great machine and I've sewn many miles with mine since purchasing almost a 1-1/2 yrs ago.

    Glad tha tyou have an appointment for it. As mentioned, if you purchased it from the dealer, taking it back, will let them check it out that all is OK. Also, be SURE to take the free lessons. Even if one or both of you have sewn for years, there are little things you can pick up via the lessons.

    Thread ... when I was taking my lessons, one of the gals had problems and was told to use Aurifil thread. I was scared ... so just started using Aurifil to ensure my machine was cared for and loved and to hopefully avoid any problems.

    Til then I always thought thread was thread, and what difference could there be? Truth be told, , now I absolutely hate and detest using the other threads and Aurifil gives me such a good stitch. Now that I know the machine well, I do sneak back to using other threads only because I want to use it up, but only on not-so-special projects. There's been no problems and it stitches fine, but I sure have noticed the difference in the amount of lint produced ... it just seems to grow.

    I just thought of a suggestion ... try stitching off to a pieceof fabric (or use leaders/enders), so that the thread is held in place when you start stitching, to prevent the nests you are experiencing. The other way, is to hold the bobbin and spool threads til the first few stitches are made. I found I needed to do this with my previous machine ... but was shocked to discover it was not required with my 6600. It still haunts me at times ... and old habits die yard, as sometimes I still do it out of that habit!!
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    I really think that you need to take the machine, some fabric and thread to the dealer. Call and see what might be a good time so that they can spend some time with you. If you end up having to leave it for repair, make sure that when you go to pick it up you take fabric, thread with you and don't leave the shop without sewing on it - for a while not just one seam. That way if it is something in the threading or user error they can help you and if not they can send it back to the repair person.

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    The bobbin thread can easily slip over to the right, when you see that you will have the thread mess on the bottom of your quilt. I always look at the bobbin and make sure that the thread has clicked in and stays to the left. I like Aurifill and Superior, they both work well. My quilt shop says Coats and Clark will mess up a machine. That use to be my go to thread for 40 years.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    Not to be insulting, but are you sure it's threaded correctly? Several times I thought I had mine done right, but when I looked, the thread had slipped off the upper thread tension control. Also, like others have said, my 6600 is VERY picky about thread. I generally use Aurifil in it. Hope you're able to figure out the problem, it is a great machine when operating smoothly.
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    I have the 6600. Two things to check, make sure the bobbin is threaded correctly and make sure the thread isn't coming out of the take up lever. You can thread the take up lever from left to right instead of right to left and prevent it from coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I have the 6600. Two things to check, make sure the bobbin is threaded correctly and make sure the thread isn't coming out of the take up lever. You can thread the take up lever from left to right instead of right to left and prevent it from coming out.
    so does that help keep it from coming unthreaded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    so does that help keep it from coming unthreaded
    Some threads are worse about coming out of the take up lever than others but threading it backwards keeps all threads from coming out of the take up lever.

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    I've had my 6600 for over 2 years now and not a single problem ... I love mine ! Best machine I've ever had, and I've owned both Pfaffs and Vikings.
    I've had no thread or unthreading problems, but I've always used good quality threads. I've used Gutermann and Mettler, no problems, but I use Aurofil most now and Sulky blendables etc. Don't recommend Coats & Clark thread.

    Did you buy it from a dealer ? Your dealer needs to go over it if you're having continued thread problems ...
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    I use Connecting Threads threads. I like the price and I like the results that I get with it. Once in awhile the thread will jump off that little hook thingy that is at the top of the threading pattern. Just have to rethread machine and it's fine. I get the birds nest on the bottom when I start a seam after having used the thread cutter. The only way to not get the nest is to pull the threads out longer and hold them when you start the seam. I've had my 6600p for about 4 years now and it's still a work horse. Going to last me a long time.
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    Well we were able to get it down to the dealer this Thursday instead of the 16th and were going to try some of the tips that I got today. Thanks again for your help ladies!!!

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    I have the 6600 and I love it. I use any thread I want (including C&C). I would bet that it isn't threaded correctly. When I was at a quilt retreat a lady had a brand new 6600. She asked me to trouble shoot it for her. Figured out she had the bobbin in backwards. She didn't know that it was directional. She hadn't even noticed the drawing on the bobbin cover.

    It is SO easy to miss a little detail and keep doing the same (wrong) thing over and over. I am sure your wife will love it once you get past this initial problem. I have had mine for 5 years now and it is a work horse that sews anything.

    There is a yahoo group for the machine and they have files (and pictures) that are helpful. I agree the manual is not very helpful.

    Good luck.

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    Is it possible that you're not holding the threads taut (or using a leader piece of fabric) before beginning your stitching? If I don't do that, I get a nest where my line of thread begins (but not further down the line). So . . . If the nest is just at the beginning of the sewing line, then I would make sure threads are held taut for the first few stitches. If that doesn't help (or the nesting occurs further down the line of stitching), I'd also be heading back to the dealers.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzette316 View Post
    Is it possible that you're not holding the threads taut (or using a leader piece of fabric) before beginning your stitching? If I don't do that, I get a nest where my line of thread begins (but not further down the line). So . . . If the nest is just at the beginning of the sewing line, then I would make sure threads are held taut for the first few stitches. If that doesn't help (or the nesting occurs further down the line of stitching), I'd also be heading back to the dealers.




    Good luck!

    This happens with mine too.....I use whatever thread I have, whether it is Coats, Connecting Threads or any other and don't have problems....some are more linty than others and require cleaning out the bobbin case more often.

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