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Thread: Thinking about upgrading to the Janome 6600P...

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    Senior Member pinkberrykay's Avatar
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    Smile Thinking about upgrading to the Janome 6600P...

    Here is my dilemma, I am a new quilter (2 months ) and currently have the Janome DC3050. This has been a great machine, but I feel like I missing out on so much more. I know upgrading would be the way to go, but wondering if upgrading TOO SOON is a good idea or not. If I do decide to get the 6600P I would keep my DC3050 b/c of the amount of traveling I do with my machine.

    Your advice is much appreciated. Thanks so much.

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    I love my 6600 and wish I could have upgraded to it years ago! I must confess I still use my Pfaff for piecing because it's smaller and fits on my sewing desk better but the Janome is the go to machine for quilting. The sooner you get the machine the sooner you can start playing with free motion!!

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    Hi....I upgraded to this machine last year. I bought it second hand.
    I have been really delighted with it...it is a dream ..but it did take a little getting used to. I love the flat bed and the table extension, they both make life so much easier and I don't miss having a free arm at all.
    The quality of stitch is excellent and so many to choose from.
    Free hand quilting was abit problematic to begin with but someone gave me the great idea to keep the feed dogs up and now it is lovely.
    Would I buy it again...absolutely....don't know what the 7700 is like but that was out of my price range anyway.
    Only tiny issue is the paint does chip...so handle it with care...
    I have a smaller Janome for classes and previously had a Pfaff Select 3 and have a Husqvarna Designer 1 which I use mainly for embroidery but the 6600 is most definatly my favourite!

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    Love mine

    I bought my 6600P 2yrs ago when I first started quilting and I love it
    Sharon

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    I have the 6600 and love it. However, would have purchased the 7700 if it had been available when I bought the 6600!
    Heather

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    I've had my Janome 6600P a year and absolutely love it! Stitch quality is top-notch and I really REALLY enjoy free motion quilting. True, it does take practice, but oh so worth the time spent!

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    Love love love my janome 6600!
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    I suggest trying out the machine and waiting just a little while, then you will know if you really need more of a machine. I love my machine, but think it is a decision that should be thought over.
    Vicki W

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    i have the 6600 as well, and also bought mine second hand from the dealer (so it came with a warranty). Love the machine *now*. Every other sewing machine I've owned or used I just sat down and everything was roses ... the Janome for some reason took some time before we got used to each other - both piecing and FMQ.

    I LOVE the machine for FMQ, and I love it for piecing strips - the accufeed really comes in handy for that!!

    Check with your dealer to see if they have any used machines. Chances are pretty good they will because Janome recently came out with a newer, bigger, more bells-and-whistles machine so some people may have traded in their 6600 or 7700 for the new one. I got my 6600 when the 7700 came out and folks traded up.
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    I recently purchased a used 6600 from a dealer and love the machine! I also purchased the table that it fits into and that made life much easier for piecing and fmq. This machine does everything that I want and then some (I am still working my way through the decorative stitches). The 7700 has a few more bells and whistles, but way more money. I just finished a king size bargello and fmq the entire thing on my new machine. I just love it!

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. My local dealer has one on the floor to demo with and I will go back and play around in a day or two. Not sure if they have any used models, I live in a pretty small town so turn over is slim. The dealer is asking $1599.00, he said they try to stay competitive with the internet. I found one today for 1499.00 so I may go in and ask if they are willing to sell it at that price. Plus I have sales tax to consider.

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    I too have a Janome 6600P; and I like it;however, I HATE the foot pedal on it...it starts off slower than molasses and, according to the dealer, that's the way they're built. I've used the start-stop method too but don't care for it. Not fussing, just an honest statement about my perception of the machine.
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    momto5 I will pay c;use attention to that when I go and take it for a test run. Thanks for the info.

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    I bought my Janome 6600 when I first started quilting because my Kenmore didn't have all the bells and whistles...not even a 1/4" foot. Love my Janome. The only small problem is the pedal that tends to slide away. I put a silicone potholder underneath and it helps some. Still have to readjust once in a while. No big deal. As to the poster who said that the pedal is very slow to get started. I don't think this machine is intended for pedal to the metal. LOL. It's a quilters machine. You might want to clean the pedal once in a while. If there's lots of dust in it can get sticky.

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    Well, I had a chance to stop in and talk with the Janome dealer and play with the 6600P. I love it, feels comfy and easy to use. Its easy to navigate and I love all the additional features it has that my DC3050 doesn't. I am going back next week when I am alone and will bring a fabric sandwich to do FMQ with, and an appliqué sample to play with while I am there. Anxious to see how easy the knee lever is to use while appliquing.

    Of course, to top it all off she tells me the 6600P is on sale for $200 off, so that brings it down to 1399.00. After the 1st of the year Janome is doing an 8% PRICE INCREASE across the board for all machines. Which would bring the same machine to over $1700.00 in 2012. I wasn't looking at getting the machine until after the first of the year, but if it means I will be saving over $300.00 I may just have to done it before the end of 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little RoO View Post
    Only tiny issue is the paint does chip...so handle it with care...
    I have a smaller Janome for classes and previously had a Pfaff Select 3 and have a Husqvarna Designer 1 which I use mainly for embroidery but the 6600 is most definatly my favourite!
    I, too, have the 6600P (two, in fact). The one I bought new has chipped paint all along the front edge of the machine. The one I bought used has held up extremely well in the paint dept. I think maybe they changed their paint formula after the first year or so??? I don't think you can go wrong with getting a 6600P and the sooner the better so you can start having lots of fun. I have sewed hundreds of clothesline bowls (clothesline wrapped with fabric strips) and have not had any problems with either one of them.

    Nita in cold Michigan
    Nita - sometimes in central FL and sometimes in SW WI

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