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Thread: Will I be disappointed with Janome 6500

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    I'm trying to make the leap to buy a "real" sewing machine. I've sewn for many years on inexpensive Singers and now want something more. The 9" harp for more space is at the top of my wish list, needle up/down, knee lifter, and ability to make quilt labels. The Janome 6500 is the one I've been looking at and it is at the top end of what I want to spend. My problem is this - will I be disappointed that I didn't spend another $500 to get Accufeed and other features of the 6600? Will a walking foot on the 6500 give me similar results? Even the 6500 would be soooo much more than I've ever had (or felt I needed).

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    you will not be disappointed by the 6500. it gets rave reviews and will serve you well for many years.

    a word of advice, though.

    do not make the mistake of sitting down to test drive the 6600. the accufeed is a fantastic feature. in fact, i get a nearly perfect even feed without the special feet.

    if you never experience the difference, you will not miss the difference.

    ;-)

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    I'm glad you asked this question, as I've been toying with the idea of getting a Janome 6500 or 6600 myself. Looking forward to seeing all the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    you will not be disappointed by the 6500. it gets rave reviews and will serve you well for many years.

    a word of advice, though.

    do not make the mistake of sitting down to test drive the 6600. the accufeed is a fantastic feature. in fact, i get a nearly perfect even feed without the special feet.

    if you never experience the difference, you will not miss the difference.

    ;-)
    good advice ;-)

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    I had the 6500 for many years and loved it -- it served me very well for many years and now DD has it and loves it too. I was really bummed, however, because I bought the 6500 about 3 months before the 6600 came out and I really wanted the accufeed. I tried it out but I could not justify it so soon after buying the 6500, but started saving just the same.

    Just about had enough money when the 7700 came out, DH tossed in some more money for Mother's Day and my birthday and I got the 7700. I use the accufeed for almost everything -- I love it!! I don't know how I lived without it.

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    You will not be disappointed with the 6500; it's a fantastic machine. I will say that many dealers are taking 6600's as trade-ins for 7700's, so you may be able to get a 6600 for the same price or less than the 6500. I wouldn't have any hesitation about buying used as long as it's from a reputable Janome dealer who offers a warranty on the machine. I did buy my 6600 through ebay and never had a bit of trouble with it but you do take a chance that way. For me, the savings (I paid $900) was worth it. In fact I still have it as I traded in my 6500 to get a 7700.

    All three are great machines!

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    I also have a 6500 and love my machine........the decorative stitches are a really nice addition to the machine....I have had mine for over 8 years and do not find a need to upgrade. I bought a special foot that give me my 1/4". I had trouble with this until I purchased the attachment.

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    The Accufeed is not that great of an extra in my opinion from reviews that I have read. I have the MC65000 and it is my baby after my son:):):):)

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    I also have the 6500P and enjoy the extra throat space. I love the scissors button when I need to stop in the middle of the quilt.

    I have trouble with my needle threader, but I bought mine used.

    I miss the free arm part of the time, but the 6500P fits my older Parson cabinet so well. I don't even use the extension table because I can put it even with the cabinet.

    I have been reading some negatives about these machines, so please go to a good customer service dealer.

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    I have the 6600 and LOVE the acufeed feature. If you think you can swing the extra money, I think it's well worth it. But maybe you can find a used 6600. I know our local dealers have been taking them in on the Horizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I have the 6600 and LOVE the acufeed feature. If you think you can swing the extra money, I think it's well worth it. But maybe you can find a used 6600. I know our local dealers have been taking them in on the Horizon.
    the needle threader is very easy to replace. ask your dealer if he has any extra. if not, he can order one for you. pops off easily and the new own goes on in a snap.

    the little wire thingy just gets bent out of shape. if you're brave you can fiddle with it. i just fixed my own. i'm still going to order a new one, but for now i'm all set again. :-)

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    My mom has one and the only thing she does not like about it, there is no arm.

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    It is a great machine; but I think if at all possible...you should go with the accufeed. I have the 7700 and love it!

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    I love my 6500 and do NOT plan to up grade to the 6600 or horizon. I think you will be very happy. Our local quilt store owner has a 6500 and she likes it and doe snot plan to get the 6600 or horizon either. I actually looked at buying a used 6500 for my DD. I recently quilted a 10 ft by 10 ft quilt on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmanyideas
    The Accufeed is not that great of an extra in my opinion from reviews that I have read. I have the MC65000 and it is my baby after my son:):):):)
    well, if you're only reading, how do you really know? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyCakes
    My mom has one and the only thing she does not like about it, there is no arm.
    That bugged me at first.

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    I really appreciate all the comments. I even spent some time looking at the 6300 which has a lot of the same features of the 6500 and 6600 (specifically the 9" harp). I just couldn't seem to find much info on the 6300. If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know. If I had the extra money I would probably go with the 6600 but with the encouragement from many of you I'll probably get the 6500. BTW, Annaquilts - great job! Beautiful quilt!

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    try it first. i just got a used 6500 and cannot get it to free arm quilt for the life of me. It keeps getting caught in the feed dogs and i've heard this is a common problem.

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    I am waiting on mine, so all the feedback here has helped me as well. I'm curious to the special 1/4 foot the one poster got....

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    I have been reading all the wonderful responses and I have to ask now that you have read them, and you end up getting the 6500, will you always be wondering if you should have gotten the 6600? Just a thought. I have the 6600 and still absolutely LOVE it!!! It has made many a beautiful quilts for me from start to finish with never a problem with the machine. I LOVE the built in walking foot/accufeed. I chose not to upgrade to the new 7700 as I Love my 6600 and the other feature that I like is the totally separate bobbin winding in which the 7700 does not have it. Shame on Janome for eliminating that feature. I know the 6500 is a great machine too. So you have two good machines with different features and prices. Good luck. C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1
    I had the 6500 for many years and loved it -- it served me very well for many years and now DD has it and loves it too. I was really bummed, however, because I bought the 6500 about 3 months before the 6600 came out and I really wanted the accufeed. I tried it out but I could not justify it so soon after buying the 6500, but started saving just the same.

    Just about had enough money when the 7700 came out, DH tossed in some more money for Mother's Day and my birthday and I got the 7700. I use the accufeed for almost everything -- I love it!! I don't know how I lived without it.
    Don't you just hate that. As soon as you have the money to buy a great machine, a few months later an even greater machine comes out. I love my BabyLock Esante but want a newer one with even cooler features - like the auto-lift feed dog.

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    I bought a 6500 after using a Kenmore for 25+ years. Love it love it love it!!!

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    I looked at all three...6500, 6600 and Horizon and chose the 6600. It sews like a dream. It does not have the free arm feature but you don't need it for quilting and I have several other machines. If you can find a good used one from a reputable dealer it would be worth it. Love the accu-feed feature on mine. Take your time to decide and get the one best suited to your needs. BTW congratulations on your new machine whenever you get it.

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    I bought my 6600 several years ago when I retired and got into quilting as my main hobby/activity. I have never taken the foot petal out of the box as I use the stop and start button exclusively and I too love the scissors. My needle threader is getting a work out due to my vision making threading the needle by hand more difficult with age. I love my walking foot and use it and have never had a wrinkle in the back. I love the extra room on the bed of the machine. I am not interested in getting the 7700 as I think it is to much money for a couple more inches.

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    Your quilt is beautiful. Can't help with the Janome models.

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