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Date: 9/17/13 8:02 PM

I Have a Pfaff 2058 that I am selling to buy a sewing machine with a larger throat area. My Pfaff 2058 is a great machine and has probably less than 80 hours on it. So, with that said in all of my research and test driving I have gone from a Babylock Melody to a Janome 6600. I have been on the phone for what seems like a week with different dealers and most of them have quoted me $1699 for a new Janome 6600. Is that the going rate? I have a friend that has the Janome 6600 and mentioned that she does not think the Janome handles thick layers as well as the Pfaff. Since so many of you quilt on a Janome 6600 would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks Much!

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Date: 9/17/13 8:22 PM

I bought the 6600 earlier in the year, I have mine for sale now.

It's a wonderful machine but I was also disappointed in how badly it handles even mid weight seams or humps in fabric.

I bought my machine from a quilter, who owned 2. This was the machine from her summer home. She loved it for quilting.

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1968 Kenmore 158. (AKA The Hulk)
Bernina 230
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 7700
Juki 600
Elna serger
Kenmore serger
Janome 1000 CoverStitch
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Date: 9/18/13 4:59 AM

Not real good for FMQ..even my sewing shop won't recommend it for FMQ..I was using mine for dressmaking and craft but have now changed to another brand😏



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Date: 9/18/13 7:25 AM

I sold my Janome 6600 to purchase a Pfaff Performance 5.0. Never like the 6600 for FMQ - liked it for other features.

My Juki TL98E does beautiful FMQ - I can control the speed well with foot pedal and stitches are always perfect. I think it might be due to the vertical bobbin.

The Pfaff 5.0 has IDT which is much easier to use than the Accufeed on the Janome.

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Date: 9/18/13 7:37 AM

Hey there - your pfaff is a very nice machine.

There are lots of videos about fmq with small harp machines. Maybe buy an extension table for the current machine and play with it?

Here are some video's made by Patsy T.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39I5A3iyCtw

She uses a Pfaff machine with a bed size like yours.

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Date: 9/18/13 7:44 AM

double post.
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Date: 9/18/13 8:44 AM

The 6600 is made for quilters. I bought mine over a year ago so that I could get into quilting. There are several people on here who use it for that purpose and several owners of the 6300 that have talked about using it for quilting. I don't know what to say about it handling thick seams-I have not had a problem at all. I recently made a bag that had at least 10 layers of canvas and interfacing in places and it handled it without hesitation. Check the Janome thread under sewing machines. I am just getting into quilting and bought it with that in mind. Hopefully some of the folks that use it will jump in here. On another note $1700 seems high-I paid $1500 a year ago but I think Janome raised all their prices.

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Date: 9/18/13 9:11 AM

Thank you all for your feedback! One of the explanations for the price increase on the Janome 6600 I heard from a dealer was this; the price was raised on the Janome 6600 due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan a few years ago. This was true for many products coming out of Japan; delays and higher costs Back to fabric handling, I do love my Pfaff and I have constructed a few crib quilts and FMQ really was a breeze. My plan is to put together some sample sandwiched quilt pieces and go test out the fabric handling on the Janome 6600. The large harp/throat is what is appealing to me and the stitch quality is quite nice. I have also looked at the Pfaff Expression 4.0, which I tested and did like. However, upon doing some research on this model the reviews did mention a few common issues. You can't beat the IDT on Pfaff, it just plain works! This really is their signature feature. It is part of the sewing journey going through all the testing and thought you put into a purchase. And of course, I have a budget.

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Date: 9/18/13 9:42 AM

I love my 6600, and it would take quite a bit to talk me into changing.

I do tailoring, upholstery, dance costumes,quilting...it is not a perfect straight stitch..., but that is not a problem when quilting unless you are making something for very close scrutiny.

The large harp was the selling feacher that first got me to look at the 6600, and I LOVE IT!!!

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Date: 9/18/13 10:12 AM

In fairness to the 6600, I have had mine since 2006, just shortly after thy came out, I love this machine, and quit with it regularly. It makes beautiful stitches... I have stuffed large quilts under it withou too much trouble... If I had to make a choice today, it would have to be a machine that has all the features the6600 has with a larger harp.

All that said, I've been pining after a Bernina for years. I would be extremely hard pressed to sell my Janome because it has never had problems. Period!!

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