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Thread: Just how well will it quilt?

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    Senior Member Radiana's Avatar
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    I've been looking at video's of the Janome 6500 and 6600. The biggest difference I see is that walking foot and extra teeth on the presser foot on the 6600. To anyone who knows.........is it worth the extra money for the 6600. I have never spent that kind of money on anything with the exception of a car. We have never spent that on a major appliance.

    I would love to go into a dealer and sit and test drive the machines but I would be terribly afraid of being pressured. I did happen to see a short video on the 6500 that demonstrated a cord or some attachment that said put the machine on cruise control. It only showed the needle going up and down, it didn't show a sample of a quilt sandwich.

    Whenever I've looked up information on the machines I don't see where it comes with an instuctional cd and for the money they are asking I would hope they would. I am a bit of a recluse mostly because so many of the people I run into in my area can be such snobs and when I did take a couple of quilting classes it just wasn't a pleasant experience. I'm not sure that i would want to take a class in operating the machine. From what I've heard it's not a machine you want to cart around.

    I am not a seasoned quilter nor am I a good seamstress but I know I would like to get better at it and I'm hoping with a very good machine I will. Having said that I'm afraid that I may not be able to follow the instruction manuals as well as someone with more sewing experiece.

    From the feedback I've gotten and the research I've done I am sold on the Janome machine I'm just not sure which one. Thank you ladies. God bless.

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    The walking foot is most helpful. I'm glad I have it.

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    since you are looking at the Janome also look at the Horizon It has larger throat area and is great for machine quilting. Mine came with a CD as well.

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    I don't know where you are in California but near LA, the International Quilt Festival will be in Long Beach in July
    All the machine dealers will be there and you can try them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    I don't know where you are in California but near LA, the International Quilt Festival will be in Long Beach in July
    All the machine dealers will be there and you can try them.
    I'm up noth in San Jose. Thank you for the Horizon suggestion, something else to dream about, yes it would be great to have a large throat area.

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    I just bought the 6600 and love it!! Love the fact that I can use cruise control :)) It has a 9 inch throat . When you go to your dealer...ask to use one. I must have stayed an hour trying the machine out and the dealer would show me different stitches and any questions I had were answered. Write your questions down...for if your like me you forget when you get to the store.
    sass

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    someone mentioned the 6600- she went to try it out and they had her make a little purse so that she could use some of the decorative stitches. She sounded really impressed... good luck on your decision. I have never had any hard sells in any sewing machine dealers...

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    Since you're in San Jose go to Rays sewing center on Meridian. I have gotten all my Janome's there and they are a no pressure store. They also have floor models that are cheaper and trade-ins. Also they have a great trade in program.

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    I have a Janome, and I love it. I've had it about 10 years, and have had no trouble with it. It's a 4800 (no longer made). I have heard very good things about the Horizon. Holice had a very good suggestion. If you go to a festival and try out all the machines, you will get a good idea of what you will like. Also, they usually have special prices at the shows. Good luck.
    Sue

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    I had been drooling over the 6600 for quite some time and finally had an opportunity to by an "experienced" machine for a really good price after the 7700 came out. of course once I saw the 7700 I wanted that ... but settled for the 6600.

    Yes, the integrated walking foot ("accufeed") is well worth the $$. I love it for strip piecing. FYI - I set my stitch length to 5.9 for regular cotton fabrics and 5.7 for batiks for my "scant" 1/4" seam and I use the accufeed foot with the 1/4" guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Since you're in San Jose go to Rays sewing center on Meridian. I have gotten all my Janome's there and they are a no pressure store. They also have floor models that are cheaper and trade-ins. Also they have a great trade in program.
    I second this!

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    Not all dealers put their newly purchasing customers into a classroom-with-others situation after they've just bought a machine. Mine several years ago gave me private lessons, standard practice.

    Jan in VA

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    I hve the 6600 and I love it. I also purchased the 11000 but am still learning on it. The shop I bougt both of mine from has all kinds of classes and the are great about helping if you have any question.

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    I don't know where you are located but my dealer would let you bring in a project or two and sit and sew all day. They would like to sell the machines but feel that they sell themselves.

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    it is important before making such an investment to (test=drive) the machines before deciding which one you would want- it is like buying a car- it's an investment and a large purchase- it should not be gone into without as much information and experience as you can accomplish.
    see if area dealers offer classes on the machines- then you don't have to be nervous about the pressure- you are there to take a class.

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    The Accu-Feed Foot is worth the $$$$ spent. Love my little girl! There are a lot of members here on the board that have the 6600's and if you ever had a question, I'm sure someone would have the answer. The 7700 is an awesome machine, but just can't afford the upgrade at this time.

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    I have a new 6600 but I also did very well on a MUCH smaller machine for several years ( even won a third place ribbon at the quilt show). For quilting , the 6600 is just as good as the Horizon except you have two inches more harp space in the Horizon. Everything else as far as QUILTING is the same. You have to decide if it's worth spending $1000 more for the extra stitches and the drop arm for garment sewing. If you do more sewing than quilting, I'd go for the Horizon. If you're a quilter mostly, save the money, buy a 6500 or 6600 and buy more fabric :) Two inches isn't enough to me to justify the huge jump in price. ( like I said, I did just fine on an even smaller machine than the 6600).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    since you are looking at the Janome also look at the Horizon It has larger throat area and is great for machine quilting. Mine came with a CD as well.
    I agree with Holice. I love my 7700. Test. Test. and Re-Test. The 7700 was my first real machine. I started with a singer curvy and quickly outgrew it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassylass
    I just bought the 6600 and love it!! Love the fact that I can use cruise control :)) It has a 9 inch throat . When you go to your dealer...ask to use one. I must have stayed an hour trying the machine out and the dealer would show me different stitches and any questions I had were answered. Write your questions down...for if your like me you forget when you get to the store.
    sass
    I have a 6600 but never heard of this "cruise control" What am I missing??

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    Well, I am opposite of most people looks like. I had a 6500 and upgraded to the 6600. HATED it! So sold it and bought another 6500! I am apt to go from applique one minute to quilting the next and found that having to change the feet was way too cumbersome on the 6600!

    So obviously a matter of personal opinion. I know you don't like the idea but the only way to be sure you choose the right machine for you is to go try them out at the dealer.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_-db5TPzu4

    I hope this link comes thru for you Bonbonary if not just Google janome 6600 cruise control. I'm guessing it's an attachment that you can buy seperately.

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    I have a 6600 and love it. I have had it for about 6 years now. I wouldn't trade it for anything. My advice like everyone else, test drive the machines and collect info so you can compare them and see what you want for your machine. Good luck in your choice.

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    I have the 6600P & I love it. Horizon hadn't come out, but I'm not even gonna look at it as I love my 6600P. Bought it in 2006.

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    Thanks Radiana for the video link. I also went on the Janome website and it seems they consider the stop/start button to be a cruise-control type of feature because you don't need to use the foot pedal. I never use the stop/start button with quilt piecing, but maybe I'll give it a try. The only advantage I can think of is that your speed would be consistent.

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    I also have the 6600 and love it! The Acufeed is fantastic and I use it even for regular piecing - for eg if sewing long strips, you don't get the bend and bow at all! And for FMQ it's also fabulous - I prefer a gliding foot rather than a hopping one so bought the optional foot and the blue dot bobbin case which helps with tension. I was lucky that a friend had the machine so was able to have a go on hers first before committing to it. I got mine just over a year ago and shortly before the Horizon came out - I could upgrade but manage fine on the 9" throat. I'm currently quilting a 70" x 54" quilt on it, no problems.

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