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Thread: Janome Memory Craft 6600P

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    With all the talk about this machine in the past week or so I started looking around online and found an almost new one on Ebay, which I "won" last night.

    I'm very excited to get it as I have NEVER owned anything other than a basic model (I currently own a Janome New Home, which I love and has done me very well over the last 7 years).

    I'm really nervous about owning a computerized machine. I remember my Home Economics teacher always drilling through our heads "never own something that has a lot of gadgets....always get the basics...". Funny how these things stick with you for life (I'm 46 years old).

    Anyways, it comes with an instruction book and I'm wondering if there is anything I should do to prepare for using this other than reading an owner's manual. Can anyone point me in a good direction, give me tips if you own one on things you have learned over the time you have had it, etc?

    Thanks for your help!

    Suzanne

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    I don't own that particular machine but wanted to chime in. When I purchased my most recent computerized machine with 400+ stitches, what I did was cut doubled pieces of muslin into 8.5"x11" pieces, loaded the machine with dark-colored thread, and stitched out each and every stitch pattern. (I know they are all printed in your manual, but I like to see them actually stitched on fabric.) Then I took a Sharpie marker and wrote the stitch number above each row of stitching, put each muslin piece into a clear page protector, and put them all into a binder. That way it's a quick reference for me as to what stitches I have available.

    Other than that, I would say just read the manual... very carefully. Sometimes we miss a little item here and there and it causes us grief (smile).

    Good luck with your new machine.

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    Congrats on your new addition! I hope you have a long and happy relationship.

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    can you find any demonstrations or tutorials online?

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    My only suggestion is just play with it learning all about it as you go. I have the 6500 and I made a "cheat sheet" so to speak of the actual stiches and have that hanging on my wall in front of my machine. That way I can just look up there to when I need a fancy stitch! Keep a can of air near by to blown out the lint and dust. and always keep the manual at arms length... just in case! I have had to pull that out a couple of times! The best advice would be to be sure to use a surge protector as you would with any computer! I could handle losing my computer to a power surge but NOT my machine! that would be absolutely tragic!

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    Congratulations! I have no doubt you'll love your new machine. There's a yahoo group for owners of your machine, that would be a good place to go for advice or answers to any questions you might have.

    I've tried to put a link in this message but I get a message content error. If you google "yahoo groups janome 6600P" a link will come up to the group. Have fun with your new toy!

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    congrats!

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    I have the 6600...takes a little getting used to but I love it...just play...the little display window will tell you which foot you need, and ideal tension....keep to those and you won't go wrong. Read the instruction book atleast twice.
    I messed with the tension on mine...not advisable...! Has taken me a while to get back but is back to fab now.

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    I love my Janome 6600P!!! Read the manual and refer to it with any questions. It's an easy machine to learn. Have fun!

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    I love it...bought the new FM quilting foot but have not used it yet and quilting bobbin case...(different tension) haven't tried it yet either......I have 1/4 quilting foot with the side guide...the stitch in the ditch foot too and the throat plate for quilting...with the little hole for the needle...they are all great...you will love it...
    This is one thing I do that I wish I wouldn't...I tend to push the cut thread button before the green light goes on and that is not good...my machine does not like it when I rush...

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    You will love the walking foot for quilting!

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    I love mine - best advice I received was "to read the manual, end to end" and always refer when in doubt.
    I keep it right next to my machine and it sure does help.
    You will have a snap on chart of all the stitches that really helps a lot (although I haven't used all of them - just a few favorites).
    You will enjoy! Carol

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    Love my 6600.

    The cheat sheet is a great tool.

    I read through the manual, did everything step by step, and you will love it.

    Do a SEARCH at the top of the page for 6600 P. There are lots of us here who have them. Lots of good advice.

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    Love mine, too. I do refer to the manual a lot.

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    It really is a fairly easy machine but if you are worried, try to find a Janome dealer close to you. You can usually take classes or ask questions. Just because you didn't buy from them doesn't mean you won't use them for service or buying parts, so they should be very helpful. Just don't go on a busy day.

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    jealous!!

    ... good for you because I am saving my pennies for this one. And yes, go to youtube where there are many videos on this machine. I am going to get this model because of the AccuFeed foot. Plus the extra room between the needle and the base for my own machine quilting.

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    I have the MC6600 and love it. The manual is something to be desired but the janome group is wonderful. They will answer anything.Also, the Janome website has a lot of good information as well. Enjoy! Clean out the bobbin area frequently, and the area around the thread cutter. Don't be afraid to play with it.
    MA

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    I just purchased the same machine on line (have not got it yet, should be here this week) and I joined the yahoo user group and found it to be very useful. I think that group will be so helpful if i have questions

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    You will love the 6600. The yahoo group helped me get started. 1st thing I did was to copy the manual (there was one online, also) I put this copy in a 3 ring binder. I went over every page and wrote notes on it. I also stitched every stitch on a fabric book and noted the stitch on the fabric. I now keep a spiral notebook nearby also and have pages with titles to separate my notes. Seems the needle can be moved left or right and does get adjusted alot depending on the foot used. The machine has a default setting for the needle, but I soon learned I enjoyed other settings.
    My 1st issue was with the thread. There is a distinct feel to the thread when it is properly thread in the upper hook (don't know the real name). Lint has to be cleaned out often. Dealer told me 6600 will use any thread. I do fine certain threads do free motion quilting better than others on this machine.
    The yahoo group is wonderful. Try it. Enjoy your new 6600.

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    Let the sewing stop, pause a second prior to using button for thread cutter. Many folks hit button too quickly causing issues.

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    Susan I have a basic Janome too but have talked to the dealer
    about the computerized ones. He husband repairs and cleans
    all machines. I ask her about the problems (if any) with the
    computer part of a machine and she says they have never had
    any report of any problems with one. I'm looking and thinking
    about one. Because my husband does real computers it scares
    me to have my sewing machine computerized. I know what
    happens with the real ones. Oh MY !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    I love it...bought the new FM quilting foot but have not used it yet and quilting bobbin case...(different tension) haven't tried it yet either......I have 1/4 quilting foot with the side guide...the stitch in the ditch foot too and the throat plate for quilting...with the little hole for the needle...they are all great...you will love it...
    This is one thing I do that I wish I wouldn't...I tend to push the cut thread button before the green light goes on and that is not good...my machine does not like it when I rush...
    I do that too. Then I have to wait on the machine to catch up with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marand
    I have the MC6600 and love it. The manual is something to be desired but the janome group is wonderful. They will answer anything.Also, the Janome website has a lot of good information as well. Enjoy! Clean out the bobbin area frequently, and the area around the thread cutter. Don't be afraid to play with it.
    MA
    It does tend to collect dust quickly so be prepared to clean often. I take the plate off very often as it gets so linty.

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    I also have the 6600 and before I bought it I joined the Janone 6500, 6600 and 7700 Yahoo message board. It is a life saver and will answer any question you could possibly come up with. Also loads of tips and neat things you can do with the machine--
    Good luck and enjoy your machine. Oh yes, do keep a notebook with samples attached and all your notes. I use mine more than my book that came with the Janome---If you have any questions feel free to email me, :)

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    Tho I don't have the same machine. I went "computerized" a few years ago with a Babylock. I had not sewn in many years. But thru alot of trial and error, as well as a stick with it attitude. I can say it is now a breeze. I do have my dealer close which was a huge help. I had to take my machine in for a few problems (nothing major) that was operator error.

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