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    Questions about Janome 6600

    I am wanting to get the Janome 6600. I can buy it locally from a dealer for $1599 plus tax and get all the classes and help I would need. Or I can buy it from a dealer on the Internet for $1299 and get quite a few extras.


    So, my question is, how hard is this machine to learn? Will I learn that much from the classes or I should I save the money and buy fabric with it? Will I regret buying from the Internet as far a warranty goes?? Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!!!
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    imo, it depends on how easy it is for you to read the manual and learn from it. how long might you expect to own the machine? divide that into the $300 greater price... that dealer support may be worth that cost per year.

    i tend to learn on my own... but i've found that i can go quite a long time before discovering that my [techie product] does something that i wish i'd known much earlier. i like person to person lessons now
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    The 6600 is a great machine ... I loved mine.
    The only reason I do not have it is that I wanted a bigger throat space. I never thought I would get to like FMQ or even straight line machine quilting at all, but the 6600 spoiled me and got me hooked! So you might want to take that into consideration before you make the final purchase decision, and consider whether a further upgrade would be of interest.

    Best to find out first as to how the warranty would play out for you if you purchase it on the internet.

    Also, who will service it? My Janome dealer will service machine they have not sold, but at a different rate and priority level. This may not be the same for all dealers, so know up front. And too, machines purchased direct from them, they offer free servicing for # years. That could soon make up your price difference.

    The machine is not hard to learn ... although I am a firm believer in taking advantage of the classes offered and to have the availability of a local dealer to take care of you if you do have problems.

    Easy enough said by me ... as I have a great dealer, who is always there for support and service, long after the classes are had and the warranty is over. That is one reason why I have been a four-time-repeat buyer there.
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    I bought mine online, never having used a Janome or computerized machine before and was able to learn easily and quickly using the manual. I've had it for 9 years with no problems or outside maintenance required.
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    I bought mine used and had no lessons. The manual makes it pretty easy to figure out and I had not sewn much in many years. I haven't used many of the special stitches yet.

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    The downside of internet purchases, the local dealer probably won't do the warranty work. So you'd have to mail it out to where you bought it..., and that would quickly negate any initial savings.

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    I would buy it from a dealer, so you have someone to do any necessary maintenance on it. I didn't need lessons, but they were offered...the dealer did show me a few things that were new from my previous machine.

    I would try to negotiate on the price. I bought mine 2+ years ago, and it was $1299 (with a bunch of "goodies" thrown in); maybe they would come down, or provide a lot of goodies. It is a sweet machine, and I'm sure you will love it! Definitely consider the FMQ bobbin case ($25), if you plan to FMQ on it.

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    You guys are getting great deals on yours! I paid a lot more for mine, but then again everything near me is extra expensive.

    I could have paid less for mine and bought online but I opted to pay the extra and buy local. My dealer is pretty good - a couple times I have had questions and I just called and asked; they remember my name and what machine I have and have always been able to help me out right away. I don't mind paying extra for that kind of service, and I like to buy local when I can - this dealer is active in the local sewing community and lends machines out for classes so I feel like by supporting them I'm also helping to support other sew-crazy locals.

    I did check reviews for the dealer online before I bought from them, though, since I was deliberately paying extra for their services I wanted to make sure they were good! (They also offer unlimited in-person classes anytime I want but so far I haven't needed that much help - the machine is pretty easy to use and the manual is decently good.)

    Wherever you get it...congratulations! You'll love your new machine! I've had mine about a year and a half now; sewn about 25 quilts on it and still love it like crazy! I looked at the next model up recently, thinking about trading up, and decided I liked my 6600 better.

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    I love my 6600 and find it an easy machine to use. BUT the manual is very bare bones basic and I am sure that there are features and stitches that I could be using more if I knew more about them. I also find a local dealer to be valuable. Some dealers will service any machine and some will only work on ones they've sold. Not that a new machine will need anything more than a good cleaning and service, but still....

    See if you can get the price down a bit and buy from the dealer if you can.

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    I bought from a dealer and never used them at all. Of course I move around all the time also. I love my machine though and it has required no service at all. It is easy to figure out on your own.

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    I have the 6600. Definitely get the lessons and buy it from a place where you get customer service and a janome certified technician available. Also the store may offer classes and you can meet other janome users.. I did not get a class with mine and I did not think the manual was good at all. The extra money is worth every cent. IMHO .
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    There is a great forum group of Janome 6600 users on Yahoo that can help you out too. I didn't have "lessons" with mine, the dealer went out of business before I got there for them. After having it six years, I learned several things I had no idea about from a dealer's sales staff member this winter when I took mine in for a service. None of it was in the manual, but she knew through Dealer Training provided by Janome. Left me wondering what else I was missing....

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    IMHO $1600 is way too high. I own this machine, LOVE it, but purchased it from a great dealer for less than $1200 5 yrs. ago. Hope you do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    IMHO $1600 is way too high. I own this machine, LOVE it, but purchased it from a great dealer for less than $1200 5 yrs. ago. Hope you do well.
    The prices have gone up quite a bit on machines. I paid $1400 about 5 years ago. My dealer now has them for $1800

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    I bought mine for $1800 a few years ago. Sadly, my dealer closed his shop in my town after that. I also recommend the Yahoo group. I'm not there much anymore, but it is a great place to learn what your machine can do. The manual only covers the basics. You'll love the 6600!
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    The variances in prices may be the inclusions or non, as part of the package.

    Some 6600's come with a table (SRP $500). Some not.
    Some include the basic package of tools/feet ... some a whole bunch more.

    That can make for a big difference in the price.

    So when you are comparing prices of mine was a lot more or a lot less ... are you really comparing apples to apples?
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    I have bought two of my machines online and one through a dealer. I have never used the dealer for anything after the purchase other than routine maintenance, but I also take my two internet purchases to him for routine maintenance too. I've had no negative experience buying online, so for my money (and I learn easily on my own, so I don't feel a need for classes) I have no problem buying online if I get a great deal.

    Sure, once in a while there can be an issue, but how many have bought through a dealer only to have them switch to another brand, go out of business, not stand behind their product, etc...? It's all a bit of a crap shoot, so I go with the good deal and take my chances, just like I would if I went through a dealer.

    But to each his own. You've gotten lots of helpful advice and various experiences in this thread. So go with what makes you feel the most comfortable.

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    I got mine from a dealer and paid the same price you called out. I never saw it anywhere on the internet cheaper, so I didnt' have your debate.

    I would say check out the warranty on the internet one. If it has the warranty then I would be temepted to go that route. Janome honors the warranty and whatever dealer you take it to will be paid by the company. I would think though, that if you didn't purchase from a dealer you take it to for service the customer service may lack somewhat. They may find it harder to schedule you in before the customers who did purchase from them.

    I do feel better knowing that the dealer is there, but I hope I never need them. I did take the lessons, but I don't believe I gained too much from them. I had the machine for several weeks before I went back for the lessons, so I had played with it alot.

    I love my machine and it is very easy to use. I am sure that there are many features that I don't know about, but I didn't learn them with my lesson either.

    I will also say if my dealer was close to me then I would buy from the dealer... just handier. My dealer is close to an hour away

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    Not sure what position is in USA, but I'm looking at new machines in UK and dealer told me 6600 wa superceded by 7700 and this has been replaced by 8900, so should pay a lot less for either of the others as they are now old stock. So look for a good deal and try and get price down. If you garment sew the only drawback on the 6600 is that it doesnt have a freearm for cuffs n trousers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    The variances in prices may be the inclusions or non, as part of the package.

    Some 6600's come with a table (SRP $500). Some not.
    Some include the basic package of tools/feet ... some a whole bunch more.

    That can make for a big difference in the price.

    So when you are comparing prices of mine was a lot more or a lot less ... are you really comparing apples to apples?
    I bought mine about 3 months ago, here in Uk. It cost 1000.00 which I think is about 1500 dollars. The extension table was included, plus all the different feet, including a walking foot. It also came with a 5 year warranty. I bought from a dealer, where I was able to test drive it before. I did not have any lessons

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    I would get the online one. Yrs ago DH got a Janome 6500 from a dealer and we did not get support to speak off eventhough it was supposed to be there. We do not pay a different rate for having the machine looked at but I think it has gone in 2 twice over 10 yrs and then DH ended up resolving the issue once. there is also an online Yahoo support group for the Janome 6600. Maybe they can give you more insight.
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    I own 6600 and 7700 machines, both of them are fantastic. What I try to do if possible, is to buy my machines from the dealer, but at a quilt show. They often have show specials, either making it less expensive, or giving you extra goodies to go along with it, and you still get the benefit of the free classes or other perks. My 6600 came with a table, traveling cart, and a whole bunch of thread from Robinson-Anton in a fancy case (bought at a quilt show). I bought my 7700 directly from my dealer and got a discount because it was a used floor model. My 7700 works perfectly well, but sometimes I do wish I had bought it at the show, just to get the extras and also have it brand new without any dings or scratches. Good luck!

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    I was very blessed to have gotten a used one from ,my local dealer. It came services, with all the feet & extension table, and a year warranty all for $1,000, the lady traded it in for a bigger machine. I LOVE mine, it's easy to use ANYTHING you need to k ow about the 6600 you can find on the Internet / YouTube. I'd but the cheaper (if it comes from a reputable seller ) and go from there.


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    I purchased my 6600 about 2 years ago from a dealer - but it was right after the State Fair and they still were giving the same discounts - I love mine and did get the table that it sits down in. I paid a little less than $1500 for the machine and table and with some perks. I didn't take the classes offered - but I am going this next week to one of the classes because I was talking with a sales lady the other day and she showed me something my machine did that I didn't know it did - so I immediately signed up for her class.

    Whatever you decide, I'm sure you will love your 6600!

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    Now that I am ready to buy the 6600, I can not find it anywhere online!!! Ugh!! Last week when I was doing research on it, I saw it at several places, Amazon included, for $1299. I guess I will end up buying from the dealer if I can't find it online by Tuesday.
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