I got an e-mail announcing "New machines, including the quilting model
you've been hoping and waiting for."
Unfortunately, they're being very mysterious about it and it won't debut
until April. I'm hoping it won't be TOO pricey or larded with embroidery
capability that I already have and don't want to pay for again. The mention
of "machines" (plural) gives me hope they might actually have what I've been
waiting for! If I can swing it, it will be time to trade in the 6500.
Now wouldn't that be just a hoot if Janome produced a quilting model
(meaning: knee lift, needle down, thread cutter and l - o - n - g arc)
without putting a $10,000 price tag on it? I reckon most of us have
reviewed the latest from Bernina and Viking and thought both: that's nice
and you've got to be kidding (at the price). Polly
"I.E.Z." I got an e-mail announcing "New machines, including the quilting
The brother 1500 that I bought maybe 8 or 9 years ago has those
features. They are handy. The thread cutter on that machine
puts the one on the 6600 to shame. Neither needle threader is
hot stuff but they both kind of work most of the time with
fiddling. The 6600 is a lot of machine for the money though.
Iris, what have you been waiting for, in regards to sewing machines? ..
R/Sandy - love my Janome
on 1/4/10 10:45 AM, in article 4b421a3d$0$6422$ email@example.com,
I'll know it when I see it! I have the Janome 6500, the predecessor to the
6600 (the one Leslie has). My 6500 has a large harp, and a thread cutter,
which I like. I like the buttonholes (I do garments occasionally) and the
decorative stitches once in a while. The newer 6600 has a built-in walking
foot, which would be nice, and a start-stop button (which might be nice, I'm
not sure.) Anyway, I haven't had a new machine in a while now, so the itch
has begun! I thought about trading in the 6500 for a 6600, but decided not
to. One thing I would like is an adjustable knee lift. The 6500 one is too
close for me and I often bump it (which brings the machine to a grinding
halt, as it tsk-tsks, and reminds me I mustn't sew with the presser foot
raised). Oddly enough, I have an older model Bernina with a knee lift, and
*that* one is too far away and I have to reach for it! (Maybe it's me?)
So I guess I'm hoping for an adjustable knee lift and maybe some other new
bell or whistle that knocks my socks off. At a price that won't make me
have to pawn my socks! Otherwise I'll just stick with my 6500, which is a
very good machine.
I recently bought a 6500 and discovered the tsk-tsk option by
accident....such a brilliant idea for people like me who forget to put
the presser foot down while MQ'ing and then groan as the ripping out
begins! And "tsk'tsk" is such an onomatopeic (sp?) way to describe the
sound it makes :)
Oddly enough, I have an older model Bernina with a knee lift, and
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Hi Iris... I'm new here so bear with me... I live in Canada and wonder if
the "new" Janome is only USA? I am dreaming of a new machine. I've been
quilting on my $300 Kenmore machine for some time now and would really
like to get a "real" machine... The ladies at quilt class laugh at my
Kenmore machine (good natured ofcourse) but they are quick to comment on
the fine job it does with my assistance of quilting! Last year I managed
to piece and machine quilt 20 quilts! I love minatures but do art and
larger quilts as well. I am hoping to find a machine that is a "work
horse" but will give me "space" to do my own quilting - I'm from the
school of thought that its not a quilt until it is quilted and while I
know longarm quilters are very talented people I really enjoy being able
to say "I" made the quilt from start to finish. If anyone has a
suggestion for a machine they enjoy that would be good for someone like me
who does her own quilting but also does art quilts which means I'm sewing
through stuff some of my friends wouldn't put near their sensative
machines I'd love to hear from you... Happy quilting...
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I would imagine it will also be available in Canada. I went to the Janome
Canada site and although the new machine wasn't being pre-advertised as it
is on the US site, all the current machines were listed there. If all of
them are available in Canada, it seems likely the new one will be too. Any
of the machines with a larger harp area are great for quilting and other
sewing too. The 6500 and 6600, both listed on the Canadian web page, both
have the large harp that makes quilting easy. The 6500 has pretty good
punching power too - I've never had it hang up on thick seams.