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Marie367
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Date: 7/27/11 2:07 PM

I just wondered if anyone knows anything about a New Home Memory Craft 6000. There is one for sale in my area but I can't find much about it. I am thinking the asking price is too much. I have not seen it yet. I think it is about 20 years old????

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Date: 7/27/11 7:43 PM

Hi Marie,I have a Janome MC 6000.I bought it used several years ago for a very reasonable price from a lady who bought a brand new computerized sewing machine.I was sure the asking price was a printing error,(it wasn't),when I read the ad after dinner one evening.I called right away and asked the lady if I could try out the machine that evening.I drove over an hour and arrived at the lady's house after 9 p.m.

I believe the machine was manufactured in the mid 1980s.It was one of Janome's first analog computerized combination sewing machines.
It has a 1 amp motor,it's a real workhorse.The manual could be better ! It has 135 built-in stitches,needle up/down,program memory,three memory buttonholes,elongation 5 x 1,block and script alphabet and numerals.7mm width and 5mm length stitches.It sews about 900 stitches per minute.Originally the MC 6000 came with 10 presser feet.I bought several other Janome presser feet and a Kenmore walking foot for 20 dollars at Sears a few years ago,which fits perfectly.The rotary even foot set fits on the MC 6000 too.I like to suggest to try out the machine to see if you like it.

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Date: 7/27/11 9:37 PM

Thanks TeeGee. I have not been able to find anything about it-not even on Ebay. It sounds likes a great machine. It has been on Csl for a while. The person selling it wants $400. I am thinking this might be too much but maybe not if it is in good shape. I am leaning toward a Brother PC420 which is new and in a similar price range. Too many options. LOL

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Date: 7/27/11 11:19 PM

Before you decide call a janome dealer and ask if board and parts are still available. These are great machines but if it can't be repaired, then you probably don't want to pay $400.

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Date: 7/28/11 2:09 AM

Marie,I paid 75 dollars for my MC 6000 in 05.The machine sold for around 2000 Can. dollars when it was brand new,I was told by a local dealer.I'm the third owner of that machine.Although I service all my vintage mechanical machines myself I don't want to tinker with a computerized machine.I paid 90 dollars for a regular sewing machine maintenance service ( normal price in my neck of the woods ) to make sure the MC 6000 was in good working condition before I bought more presser feet and the Kenmore walking foot.The Janome factory trained tech said new motherboards are no longer available for the MC 6000,but he can repair the MC 6000 motherboard.I wouldn't pay 400 dollars for an old computerized sewing machine either.

If the CL seller really wants to sell the MC 6000,I would make him a very low counter offer and ask him to please contact me if no one else wants it.I know some people think their old sewing machines should sell for outrageous prices.There is a MC 6000 for sale online for 650 dollars.I also know one friend who ended up with a free CL sewing machine when the seller had to move to another country and couldn't sell his vintage machine.He sent her an e-mail some weeks later,telling her if she still wanted the machine to pick it up for free as soon as possible.I think you are wise to buy a brand new Brother PC 420 for 400 dollars instead !

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Date: 7/28/11 3:06 AM

Hi there,
I also had a 6000 - it had been my mother's machine and when she upgraded she gave it to me. Eventually the motherboard did go, and I wasnt even given the option of repairing it, as the dealer just sold me a new machine. I really really enjoyed the 6000, it was a strong all metal body but really easy to use machine.

I like the advice of the other posts here... Good luck.
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Date: 7/28/11 9:51 AM

Thanks everyone. Your comments make good sense to me. If I can't get parts for it, then it is not a good deal not matter how inexpensive it is. I will watch it and see what happens. It has been listed for awhile. I am going to keep looking for the Brother.

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Date: 9/6/11 9:48 PM

Hi. I wish I had seen this thread earlier. I bought my MC6000 new and it still runs great!!!! I even used a magnetic seam guide on it for years before learning that it could foul things up. If you have any questions please let me know as I'd be happy to help. Sometimes I wonder how many of us out there still own this machine.

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Date: 9/7/11 8:09 AM

I bought this machine new in 1985. I had brought my old Singer Fashion Mate in for a nylon gear replacement and immediately fell in love. I used it for fifteen years or so and was very happy with it. It was quiet above all. I bought a Pfaff 7570 some years back, also new, without embroidery and came to dislike the vertical bobbin though I still appreciate the way it stitches and feels. I bought the Janome 6500 a while ago thinking it was a newer version of the old MC 6000, but was disappointed mainly because it wasn't as quiet. I upgraded to the 6600 and still wasn't as happy. I now have a Brother QC 1000 and, though I like the convenience of some of its features, I don't love it the way I did my old New Home 6000. Oh well, I guess it was just first love and nothing will ever be like that again. I keep looking though. I've been wondering lately if I should try Viking, but I haven't done anything and probably won't for a while. I still have my old 6000, but don't use it much because it has developed a funny rattle sound and I don't think it is worth taking in for a service. If the machine you are looking at is clean, has its manual and all its parts and is cheap, cheap, cheap, go ahead and buy it. My understanding is that the 6000 is electronic not computerized. p.s. $400 is way too much in my opinion. I've been thinking of selling mine for less than $100 and I still have my original packing material, etc. I really don't think I would pay $50 for it. A few years ago, I saw one on Ebay that was new old stock. Now that would be worth something!
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Date: 7/23/12 7:58 PM

My mom just offered me her MC 6000. She bought it from a friend a few years ago and hasn't used it much. I remember that our wonderful local dealer told her it was a Janome classic and very well made. Now, where is it going to fit in my sewing room (since, unlike my regular machine, it weighs a ton and I'm not going to want to move it around)?

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