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Thread: Your opinion of Janome Memory Craft 6600 P

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    I stopped at a dealer this morning, and he primarily sells Janome machines. Absolutely swears by Janome. Offers free training, advice, help, have classes, etc, etc. He has sold machines (Viking, Pfaff, etc) and says the Janome is superior to them all.

    I took my newer singer to a singer dealer and he hates anything mechanical, all of them and swears Singer is the best. I had a brother machine years ago for basic sewing. Now retired and still trying to quilt.

    FMQ is a puzzle on my Singer, my stitches (tension) is messed up since I tried to FMQ. It's a really touchy machine. So, just curious about Janome users.

    Thanks in advance, sorry so long. :roll:
    Barb

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    I love my Janome 6600 P. I did need the training just to find out how easy it is to use. I have had it for a year now.

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    I have also had my 6600 for one year now. I love it. I am about to jump in and try my hand at FMQ. I may not be good at it, but I know the 6600 will!! :)

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    Had mine not quite a year now. Got an "experience" one when folks traded them in for the 7700.

    6600 is a really nice machine. Do I wish I had a larger harp area like the 7700? Of course I do! But since I already had one newish machine (3 yr old Husky) I couldn't justify the $$ until I saw the used machines they had.

    It took some getting used to. I used to have problems with various thread - it didn't like some, and at first it didn't like different thread in the top and bottom. I don't have these problems anymore. Adjusted tension, and I guess the machine and I have become friends.

    I love the Accufeed - biggest reason I got the machine. I was doing a ton of 1" strip piecing and boy oh boy did that accufeed help me zip through those. I bought it specifically as a FMQ machine, but I love piecing long strips on it.

    I like the extra height lift on the presser foot - raises really high to get a quilt under the foot (my Husky doesn't do this).

    Love the one button quick change needle up/down position. The best for FMQ.

    I don't use the needle threader, but I do use the cutter. So far it's great. Wondering if it will ever need to be sharpened??

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    I have only had my Janome 6600P about a month...I bought it second hand from a dealer for $825 ( 500) which I thought was good...it came with the large table and had all accessories and manual. The only thing that was wrong with it was that it had a couple of very small but deep scratches on the edges from being put in a cabinet....I have touched those up and unless you inspect it really close you would think it new. Apparently they do chip easily
    Before that I had a Husqvarna Designer 1 which is great for dressmaking and embroidery but wasn't brilliant for FMQ. I then bought a Pfaff Select 3 which has the IDT and is great for patchworking and FMQ but is very basic...but when I saw the Janome for sale at that price...I had to buy it...and I am so glad I did...it is so quiet, and sews very smoothly....however I have had a learning curve with it...finding the exact needle postion for a 1/4 inch seam and making sure the thread doesn't come out of the needle.
    I thought it was going to be amazing from day one but in truth it has taken a bit of getting used to but I am liking it more every day....certainly don't regret buying it....have to now decide which of my other machines I will sell to help fund it...decisions...decisions

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    I adore my 6600P, have had it for a little over a year now and no issues whatsoever! Sews like a dream for me. My mother has had one for a couple years now as well and loves it too.

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    I have it and absolutely love it, the accufeed system is so much easier to machine quilt on it. I actually feel like my sewing is better with it.

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    I've had mine for several years now and love it. Needle up/down great feature, love the needle threader and thread cutter. I've only done stitch in the ditch with mine since I'm not very good at FMQ. The needle threader is great when you wear glasses since sometimes you get a glare from the light and so much easier with the threader.

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    I've had mine for a couple of years now, love it. It pieces beautifully and FMQ is wonderful--love the longer throat. Am thinking of getting a 7700, but haven't taken that step yet :-)

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    I have had mine since Nov., 2006 & I wouldn't trade it in even for a Horizon or one of those fancy Berninas! I have quilted a couple of queen-sized quilts with only a bit of difficulty, not enough to throw in the towel, though.

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    I have one that I bought about three years ago; I kept it even though I upgraded to the 7700 last winter. It has been a fantastic machine for me. It does take a little bit to work out good thread/needle combinations for FMQ but there's lots of help from the Janome Yahoo group and from this board. The best suggestion I ever had for it was to get a second bobbin case and set it for tension for FMQing. That way you don't have to mess with your regular bobbin case when you go back and forth between regular sewing and FMQ.

    The stitch quality on regular sewing is great and the Accufeed feet are the best. Love it!

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    i've had mine for 1-1/2yrs,, love it, don't use it for FMQ tho (have a midarm)

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    I love mine for the above reasons but the best advice I can give you is to
    go test drive one at your dealer. It's a very nice machine but only you can
    decide if you like it or not.

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    I love my 6600 but if I had the money would buy the Horizon because of the larger throat. It sews beautifully and does way more than I need it to do. However, I will say, it is very picky about lint/dust in the bobbin area. Just keep it clean and you should be fine.

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    mine will be two years old in November.

    i love it. :-)

    if you buy one, i highly recommend you also get the open-toe accufeed foot and the special bobbin case for FMQ. i also use the accufeed quarter-inch foot when it's time to attach the binding. no need for pins, and no puckers. :-)

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    Ditto Patrice

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    I bought mine in March of this year and I really love it. Prior to it I was sewing on a Viking 6570 so, obviously, this is quite the upgrade for me.

    I love the accufeed - no more messing with a walking foot. Love up/down needle, speed control and the thread cutter. There are really so many things I love about this machine...it's a real gem!

    The only problem I have had with it is that, twice, when I took my foot off the pedal the machine kept sewing. I had to turn it off in order to stop it. I had heard that this was a problem with Janome foot pedals so I was not completely surprised. If it continues I will let the dealer know. I also joined the 6500/6600 yahoo group and they recommend cleaning the pedal out so that is another option. I also highly suggest joining that group. Those girls are so smart and share everything they know!!!

    Anyway, best of luck with your decision!

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    I know a gal who does all her FMQ on her 6600 and it always looks wonderful. The accufeed system is wonderful also, I have the Horizon with the same feed system and wouldn't want anything else now. I used to like my other machine before lol.

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    I don't have one, but that would be the machine I would buy if I was going to buy one! I have used several of my friends and I adore it!

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    I bought my 6600 over 4-1/2 years ago, and specifically chose it because I wanted to do my own quilting. And I am more than happy with it, it is a great machine.
    I have the drop in table for it, all the extra Accufeed feet, and the convertible free motion feet set, blue dot bobbin for fmq and single hole stitch plate, all worth having. Stitch quality is excellent, lots of features. No free arm though if you want that.

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    I have a Janome Memory Craft 6500 and love it. I too have had a Brother and did very well with it but it was too small for quilting. For me, Janome is the machine to own.

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    I have a Janome 6500 the forerunner of the 6600 and really like it. I have no tension problems with my 6500 or any of the other three Janomes we own.

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    Yes, the foot pedal can have issues. We replaced the foot pedal on one machine, not the same Janome but the same type of foot pedal.


    Quote Originally Posted by kim_s
    The only problem I have had with it is that, twice, when I took my foot off the pedal the machine kept sewing. I had to turn it off in order to stop it. I had heard that this was a problem with Janome foot pedals so I was not completely surprised.

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    I've had my l660 for almost 3 years now. I absolutely love it! While I've had a few problems with it, it has, unfortunately, always been "operator error". I don't find the manual to be very helpful but there is a yahoo group for 6600 owners. I have found it to be a wonderful source of help and info. There is also an extensive database so you can research a topic if you like. The 6600 was TOL when I bought it. I usually go cheaper when I buy but not this time. I have not regretted my purchase once and I sew almost every single day. So my vote is YES YES YES!

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    I have a Janome 6500, which was out just before the 6500. I love it and the extra space it has also. I love free motion quilting with it. I would definately buy a 6600, especially because it sounds like you will have a very supportive dealer, which is so important. Good luck !!

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