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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    I got rid of my Janome for many of the same reasons. I absolutely hated it. I went back to the vintage machines after that and I am very happy. I would add to your list. I could not get my Janome to turn a corner with reinforced stitches. It would take an extra stitch no matter what I did. I just couldn't do it. My vintage machines - every last one of them will turn a corner every time - right where I want it and I can reinforce the stitches as I go. When I could not piece denim at the seams, I called Janome and they told me I needed an industrial machine. My vintage machines will do it with out a hick-up.
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    I bought my Janome in 1988.... I think that's an antique by computer standards! It has turned a bit yellowish gold, but I like to think of it as "aging like a fine wine". It still runs as well now as the day I brought it home! LOVE Janomes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher View Post
    Sorry to hear about your problems. I've had the Janome 6500 since the 2nd year after it came out (can't remember exactly when that was) and love it. I have never had any problems at all with it. I'm thinking you must have gotten a "Lemon".
    I too have a love hate relationship with this machine. Let's keep in mind it is an embrodiery machine also so we expect more from it. I did have to have it in the shop once last year, but she is powerful and I use her alot. Of course my preference is the old vintage Singers, but I have 2 Janome's and they are good machines. I really like the 1600 as well.

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    I have both a Janome 6004 & a 7700, and love them both. Never a lick of trouble with either. I bought the 6004 back in the 90's and it still runs like the first day I got it. I also have a 350E- can you tell I'm a Janome fan?

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    I have a Memory Craft 9500 and I just love it. I bought it at a dealer and was able to pay $100 per month until it was paid for with no interest. Great machine and great payment plan for those on a limited income.

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    I just bought the Janome Horizon Memory 7700QPC. It has the new wider bed for quilting. Like it lots. Nice heavy duty.

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    I've had a MC9000 since 1997 and it has never gone to the shop. Although I've had it for years, I never have actually learned to use all the bells and whistles, but hopefully this year I will turn over a new leaf and start learning since I'm not working. It is a great machine. I plan to take it in for a tune-up/cleaning, although there's nothing wrong with it. After over 15 years, I'm sure it's about time...

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    I am not a big fan of my little Janome. I have had a variety of machines, and my humble opinion is the best machine I have ever owned is my Bernina 220. It's a low end machine, that I have drug around the entire country on retreats, it's been bounced, shaken, run for hours unmercifully and keeps on stitchin like a champ. I like it better than my top end Babylock too. But that's just my humble opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    I'm going to second the Juki line of home sewing machines. I have a Janome 7700 and it is a nice machine, but nowhere as strong a motor as my Juki F-600. For the money you cannot beat the Juki's. I sew with my 7700 because I get the best 1/4" seam with it and that is so important when piecing. Wish I could find a foot I liked as well for my Juki. That is one place the Juki's fall down, the feet are not as well thought out for home use. I have a Juki 98 and love it as well. Love the strong piercing power of the Juki's - my 7700 can be fussy about thicker seams - not my Juki's.
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    I have a Janome 6500. I love it. I have had for about 10 years. Works great, never a problem. I have tried other machines and I always come back to my Janome. Sorry to hear about the one that had problems, because I have always recommended a Janome 6500 to my quilting friends.

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    I have the Janome 6260 and have used it for 7 years constantly. Never had a problem, never been serviced and LOVE it. I also have the Juki 98TL and have alot of problems with tension etc.
    Sally

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    I have had both the 6600 and the 6700. The 6700 has nice features if they worked properly but my vote would also be the 6600. I understand the new 6900 sewing only machine is $5,000 and quilt shops will not be allowed by Janome to offer them lower so as far as I am concerned they can keep them. They also have to have a completely different table than the 6700 so that is even more expense.

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    I love my 6500

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    Shelbie, you are the first negative report on the 6500,/ or Janome in general, that I have heard of that I can remember. I had the same problem with the bobbin noise, but discovered that I was using the wrong size bobbins and thread knots and noises were generally because I had it threaded wrong or using the wrong kind of thread. I liked my 6500 so much I up-graded it to the 6600 when it came out, but didn't go to the 7700 only because I retired and didn't want to spend the extra money. I have six Janome machines and love them all, but use the 6600 for most of my sewing. Sorry you had such a bad experience with Janome machines because they really are work horses.
    Have a blessed day.

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    This is screaming "lemon". That has to be very frustrating. Have you made this list of problems known to the manufacturer? It sounds like your dealer has been no help whatsoever and I certainly would not buy another machine through him/her.

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    This is the one I'm calling a lemon!
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    OH My....sorry to hear of your problems but .....I have to come to the defense of the 6500....I have had mine for 3 years now and have never had any problems with her at all. I use her just about every day and although she is not an embroidery machine she does make pretty decorative stitches.

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    LOVE my 6600! also had a Jem that was superb-lightweight for classes, but upgraded to 3160 for the increase in stitches as well as a cutter! Love the cutter feature. Go for the best you can afford. Pegeth
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    I got the 6600 four years ago when I retired and I love it. I have the Jem 760 for classes/retreats. I also have an older Janome (still working perfectly), a Janome serger, and a 300E. No problems with any of them.

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    I just received my 8900. I love it. Set the machine for FMQ according to the book, did not change bobbin case, needle, nothing...it FMQed like a dream, no eyelashes on the back with my curves.... The machine is so quiet....
    Beautiful decorative stitches with the 9mm. If you do not want to spend this much, I would opt for the 6600 for quilting. I have two of them, one for home, one for cabin....they are real workhorses....never in the shop. I love the Accufeed on the 6600 and the Accufeed flex on the 8900.
    I have: 8900/6600/3160/4900/11000SE Another Janome gal....
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    I am 100% Janome sold. I have embroidery, 2 Jems, 1 Jem Gold, & now a Memory Craft 6600 - if I were younger I'd go get another top of the line embroidery too.
    What to do when shopping for a machine. I can't stress enough to go to a reputable Janome Dealer. Call ahead and lit them know you want to come in and "test drive" their machines and you plan on being there at least 2 hours maybe longer. Hey these are expensive! Don't you test drive a car? Okay now do some homework and take a stack of stuff with you. Take your threads, take your fabric, do you do jeans? Do you mend? what weight of fabrics do you sew with? Take em all.
    At the dealer let them go through their explanations then tell them you have your own fabric etc and get to work.Have a list - what do you want the machine to do for you? Quilt piecing only - well you sure don't need the bells and whistles. Do your own quilting - get that built in walking foot - like to do Stitch in the Ditch well they have a really great foot for that too.
    Take your time.
    My Janome experience has only been great no kidding. Largest amount of thread in a bobbin bar none! Quiet, solid. Oh by the way speaking of the extra "feet" they do not charge an arm and a leg for them. I know, I've had a V and a B and never would again.
    Have a great day when shopping.

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    I love my Janome 4800 memory craft. Janome makes several other machines, so be sure to Google Janome to see what the other brands are. Some of them are really high dollar machines. froggyintexas

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    I had a 6260 & just loved it, then I visited the dealer & saw the 7700 Horrizen. I fell in love with that one, so I got that one, thinking I'd get rid of the 6260, but so far it's so handy to have both . I use both of them. When I first got my 6260 I packed away all my cheap junky thread, thinking this new one won't work with it. Well one day I needed a certain color I had in my junk, so tried it, & it works like a charm. I still try to mostly use a good thread, but it's very handy when you need a certain color. I have never tried it in the Horrizen though. I was so shocked to hear anyone being unhappy with a Janome. A couple of years ago I was at a quilting retreat & almost everyone had a Janome.

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    I hate to admit it but I have 14 machines--shhhh!
    Most are vintage that I've picked up for the price of free or up to $35. (except for my little FW)
    But my Janome 9000 memory craft is the one I FMQ on 99% of the time. I've had her over 13 years. Bought her new and have never had the slight problem where she's had to go to the dr.
    Sewing machines aren't "one size fits all" so I applaude you for doing research. Before I bought my Janome I did that too & tested a lot of models & brands. The only thing I don't like on her is the embroidery. I bought a Babylock Esante several years after getting the Janome 9000 because the Janome was just not "user" friendly for me.
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    I would have to ditto everything you said about your Janome 6500. It is really a love hate relationship but it is 100% better than my Bernina from hell.[



    QUOTE=Shelbie;5723022]I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I have the Janome 6500 and it has been the most expensive machine that I have ever bought and the one that I have not liked! I'm sure that I got the one made at ten to five just before a long weekend. It's had a lot of problems and so have I. I definitely have had a love/hate relationship with this machine. There are some features that I really like, needle up-down, needle threader and thread cutter. I haven't liked the feed dogs (set in at an angle and have never fed fabric in correctly), bobbin case that rattles and bangs unless you oil the oil wick under it, a machine that veers off at any seam junction, dislikes thicker fabric and growls and sometimes jams or knots up for no particular reason and all of these problems were caused by "operator error" according to my dealer. I never want another Janome and am presently looking at the Juki Exceed 600 and the Juki TL2010Q. I could buy both of these machines for what I paid for my Janome 6500. I really think that there are no perfect machines out there. It's just a matter of finding (hard to do) the best one for you and a dealer that is willing and able to work with you to resolve any problems.
    Honestly, you may be right about the manufacturing date and time I have had one for years, still love it, had no problems at all!
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