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Thread: Janome Memory Craft 6500P Worth It?

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    Janome Memory Craft 6500P Worth It?

    Hi guys,
    Having used their machines in the past, I am a big fan of Janome. I feel a big purchase coming on and have my sights set on the Janome Memory Craft 6500P. Reviews on Amazon seem very favorable, but I would love to get some input from fellow members here.

    Does anyone have and good positive or (eek!) horror stories to tell about this high end hybrid?
    Thanks
    Julee


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    Check out www.patternreview.com for additional machine reviews too.

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    Hi Julee,
    I have the 6600P....which I really love. The difference between the 6500 and 6600 is the integral walking foot which I do use for quilting I have to say.
    The only complaint I have about my machine is the paint work niggle it does mark easily.
    I think the 6500 is really good with reviews I've seen but it would depend on price...Janome have just brought out some new machines so you should get a good price.....I would be tempted however to phone round and see if you ould get the 6600 cheap ...you wouldn't be disappointed, a real work horse.
    Good luck...let me know what you decide.

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    I have the 6500 and have owned it since 2004 (I think that was the 2nd year it came out.). I love it. If anything happened to it, I would buy another.

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    I was all set to purchase the 6500, then asked, what the next model or two up were ... 6600 and 7700.

    There were enough extras that there was no doubt in my mind to leave the 6500 behind.
    I did purchase the 6600, thinking I had so much space in the throat, that there was no need for the extra 2" of the 7700.

    I loved it from the start, though wish now I had gone for the 7700!

    Check the specs for these three machines ... and compare them to the newer 8900 (and is it 8800?) ... and see what you want for the long term. Not just now.

    Janomes have a good name for the value, so it's really a matter of determining which model is best for you ... and of course, the price and knowing you have a reliable dealer for support/service after. Good Luck!!!!!!!
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    fantastic machine, have a 6600 and will never trade it.

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    Take the 6600 over the 6500 for the walking foot. If you have the money, the 8200 is the newer technology.

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    I've had one since they hit the market. Love it.
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    I have the 6600P also, and would not do without the walking foot...a lot less clunky than the add on ones. My mom has the 11000SE (way more expensive, although it also embroiders) and she doesn't have the acufeed foot.

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    I have the 6600 and love how well she performs.....I would definitely think about jumping up a machine grade in order to get the accufeed, it's well worth it!

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    If you can purchase the 6600 at a quilt show or state fair, you may be able to get it for very close to the price of a 6500 at regular price. Dealerships offer the best deals during state fair and shows; I think they get a break from the manufacturer at those times.

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    I have a Janome 6500 which I purchased new in 2004. It was the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have had the most trouble with of any machine that I have used. My machine should have been painted yellow and I'm sure it was made first thing on a Tuesday morning after a long weekend. I also had the added problem of a dealer who was less than helpful (no use at all) and blamed all problems on "operator error". My machine had serious bobbin case issues, chipping paint, poor tension, inability to raise and lower the feed dogs, walking foot that would not operate, feed dogs that wouldn't move fabric in evenly, jamming at the beginning of seams, veering off seam junctions, changing stitch length randomly, breaking needles at thicker spots to name the main problems. I have finally had most of these problems resolved or have learned to work around them. I have just bought a new to me Juki TL98Q and the difference is unbelievable. There are great Janome 6500 reviews out there but mine is not one of them!!!
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    Thanks or the valid input. It's always good to hear the "less than perfect" stories too It kinda balances out perspectives. I read this Janome 6500P review, which seems to only present the positive side of things, so thanks for letting me know about the other side.

    Thanks
    Julee



    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have a Janome 6500 which I purchased new in 2004. It was the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have had the most trouble with of any machine that I have used. My machine should have been painted yellow and I'm sure it was made first thing on a Tuesday morning after a long weekend. I also had the added problem of a dealer who was less than helpful (no use at all) and blamed all problems on "operator error". My machine had serious bobbin case issues, chipping paint, poor tension, inability to raise and lower the feed dogs, walking foot that would not operate, feed dogs that wouldn't move fabric in evenly, jamming at the beginning of seams, veering off seam junctions, changing stitch length randomly, breaking needles at thicker spots to name the main problems. I have finally had most of these problems resolved or have learned to work around them. I have just bought a new to me Juki TL98Q and the difference is unbelievable. There are great Janome 6500 reviews out there but mine is not one of them!!!

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    I bought the 6500 as soon as it came out and put a lot of miles on it -- I did not experience any of the problems Shelbie described. I was tempted when the 6600 came out, but did not buy it. I grabbed the 7700 as soon as it came out -- I wanted the extra room the accufeed and the better lighting. I gave the 6500 to my daughter who has given it a work out -- sewing on boy scout patches, etc. She loves it. All that said -- I would go seriously look at one of the newer machines that have the accufeed (6600, 7700 or the newer 8200 or 8900) depending on what you can afford.
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    I have the 11000SE and the Horizon 7700. I love my Horizon very much, I traded in the 6600 after 8 months for the Horizon, I just didn't care for the 6600. However the acufeed foot is a must and since new machines have come out with the acufeed foot on them you can probably get the 7700 or even the 6600 at a pretty good price. The new Janomes have a 9mm width instead of the usual 7mm.
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