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Thread: Janome MC6600p Monogramming

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    Janome MC6600p Monogramming

    I was making a quilt label last night on my Janome MC6600p. I'm disappointed. The machine refuses to make a proper letter "g". It seems to be totally missing the lower part of the letter and the "g" looks more like an "e". I also found what appear to be periods after the lower case letter "t" and before the lower case letter "s", and that the letter "o" does not close at the bottom.

    I re-entered all the letters three different times and still had the same issues. I tried it using both full height and reduced height letters and had the same issues. I ended up using a threaded needle and doing the letter "g" tails and closing the letter "o" by hand just to get it done. Nothing to be done about the "periods", other than trying to remove them.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Is it inherent to this machine's monogramming abilities? I've only had the machine about a month, and will most likely take it into the dealer soon to have it checked out, since I bought the extended maintenance warranty, etc, but it's frustrating and I hate to be without the machine this time of year with so many gifts to finish up .
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    I haven't tried on mine yet, but isn't that strange...If I get a chance later today, I will try the g and see whats up...

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    It's just the way it works. It's not an embroidery machine and it doesn't stitch below the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    It's just the way it works. It's not an embroidery machine and it doesn't stitch below the line.
    Nope, sure not an embroidery machine, but if the manufacturer says it makes the letter "g", should it not make the letter "g"?
    Funny thing, though...if I stitch the word "egg" both "g's" turn out perfectly, yet when I end a name in the same letter "g" it looks like an "e"! And, yes, I'm using stabilizer.

    Well, I've changed to several different needle sizes other than what the instruction manual called for, changed the tension, changed thread, cleaned the bobbin area, etc, and the machine still produces the exact same bad "g" at the end of a name, yet a perfect "g" when making other words. How strange!
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    In the manual there is mention of how to adjust machine for lettering. Cant remember what it is called but it is a knob I think on the lower front. Not tension, but something else.

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    try shorting your stitch lengh to see if that helps. My sister just had some issues with that and that is what the dealer said to do. It just makes them a little tighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    In the manual there is mention of how to adjust machine for lettering. Cant remember what it is called but it is a knob I think on the lower front. Not tension, but something else.
    Page 86 of the manual, "Correcting Distorted Stitch Patterns", the Feed Balancing Dial. It WORKS!

    snipforfun...if you were nearby I'd make a special trip to hug you!!! Gimme a "G"!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
    Thank you SO much! You made my day!

    When I bought this machine the sales woman told me she didn't know what that dial was for on the front center of the machine, said that nobody ever uses it so not to worry about it! Huh! I guess I'll have to inform her when I go in to the shop next time! (I'll be sure to let her know where I got that info from! lol)
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen S View Post
    Page 86 of the manual, "Correcting Distorted Stitch Patterns", the Feed Balancing Dial. It WORKS!

    snipforfun...if you were nearby I'd make a special trip to hug you!!! Gimme a "G"!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
    Thank you SO much! You made my day!
    When I bought this machine the sales woman told me she didn't know what that dial was for on the front center of the machine, said that nobody ever uses it so not to worry about it! Huh! I guess I'll have to inform her when I go in to the shop next time! (I'll be sure to let her know where I got that info from! lol)
    Great! Im glad you found the info. I wasnt near my machine so didnt know the name of the dial, but I knew there was something about the subject. Do you know about the Janome Yahoo group? Lots of info there and lots of files with an abundance of helps. The Janome 6500 and 6600 is a combined group. Very active groups with very knowledgeable Janome owners.

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    No, I didn't know about the Janome Yahoo group. I'll definitely be checking it out.

    I'm pretty happy with the 6600 so far, and really like how the tensions are adjustable. My old machine is a Pfaff, couldn't adjust the presser foot tension, and although I much prefer the Pfaff walking foot over the Janome one, that's about the ONLY thing I can unfavorably compare at this point. The Pfaff walking foot can be used with most of the other feet, making it a standard size and you don't have to remove the regular foot shank to use it. I find that annoying with the Janome, not to mention how bulky the Janome walking foot is, and I keep popping my fingers with it when I move it out of the way to release the feet from the shank. If I'd never had the Pfaff I guess I wouldn't know the difference. Maybe I should suggest to Janome that they make their walking foot compatible with the standard feet.

    Thanks again!
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    Oh, this is really good to know! I have the same machine and have been planning on making some embroidered tags for Christmas gifts.

    I learn so much helpful stuff here!

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    What do you do to correct the problem?

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    Thanks so much! I had just taken a class with a Janome dealer and when I asked about that knob she said, "I don'd know what it's for but just leave it where the technician put it." That was really bugging me knowing it had to have a purpose.!

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    I was also told by my dealer that they didn't know what the dial was for. Just leave it alone. Thanks for the education.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marand View Post
    What do you do to correct the problem?
    Marand, Page 86 of your manual will explain it.
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    OHSue, I can't tell you how many times I've looked at that dial in the past few weeks! lol
    I'm so happy to be a member of this group of people who have taken the initiative to figure these things out and share them!

    The monogramming ability, to make quilt labels, was one of the reasons I bought this machine. It's minimal in ability, but does the job ok.

    The walking foot was the other reason, after having used a Pfaff machine with the built in IDT walking foot for so many years. The Pfaff walking foot is far, far superior to the Janome one in that it is usable on many of the other feet, without having to remove the entire assembly, not to mention that those other feet are of normal size and shape. I'm disappointed in the walking foot on the Janome and find it extremely annoying to set up and use. That was the only difference between the 6500 and the 6600, I believe.
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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