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Date: 4/10/14 4:40 PM

I am considering spending a great deal of money on this machine which will cost almost as much as my car! I've read the reviews and am thoroughly impressed with the F600 but I have a couple of questions. Not sure I like how the thread goes in. What if you want to use big cones of thread? Also, with the box feed system, why does one need a walking foot attachment? Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences with the F600 because it really helps people like me who can only make a purchase like this once in a lifetime.

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Date: 4/10/14 4:48 PM

For the larger cones of thread my mom has to use a thread stand like this one.

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Date: 4/10/14 4:58 PM

I'd like to know where to get a car that costs as much as an F600. Most cars these days cost as much as a Bernina 880, a Janome 15000, Pfaff creative sensation™ pro or a Viking Designer Diamond Royale™ or more...

Seriously, though, the Juki is worth your investment.
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Date: 4/10/14 4:58 PM

I must be missing something here - F600 and manual.

This looks pretty much like another modern sewing machine and sells for just under $1,500. I have seen hooptie cars for that price. Some people love their hooptie car.

A thread stand will take care of any issues with using cones instead of spools.

It would appear the box feed systems works only for the bottom layer of fabric and not the top, which the walking foot would do.





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Date: 4/10/14 5:20 PM

You must think of used 10-20 year old cars since that's all I've ever been able to afford. I currently drive a 1998 Buick Skylark which cost me $2,600 including repairs, 3 years ago. It will go another 150,000 miles yet, I'm sure.
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Date: 4/10/14 5:29 PM

I thought of the thread stand idea but it doesn't look like you could get it to stand in a place where it would still line up with the internal threading places and you would have to keep the cover open which might cause friction on the thread. Since I've no chance of seeing a machine like this in person, I'm having trouble picturing it. I guess it I'll figure it out since I just ordered my very own F600 from Ken's.
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Date: 4/10/14 5:38 PM

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I thought of the thread stand idea but it doesn't look like you could get it to stand in a place where it would still line up with the internal threading places and you would have to keep the cover open which might cause friction on the thread. Since I've no chance of seeing a machine like this in person, I'm having trouble picturing it.

The setup is to have the thread stand to the right of the machine so that the thread travels directly over where the spool pin is, and yes, the cover does need to stay open, but that would be the case for a large spool of thread in any case. We haven't had any thread breakage or issues with this setup. Hope that helps! (and I totally get your car comment, I like to run them into the ground myself and consider it a matter of principle not to have car payments)

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Date: 4/10/14 6:06 PM

I use a simple thread stand with my F600, and have no issues with the cover being open. Congrats on ordering your machine...I hope you will like it as much as I like mine.

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Date: 4/10/14 8:09 PM

Congratulations on your new machine! You must let us know what you think of it when it arrives.

Twenty five years ago we bought a 10 year old Cadillac. Three days after we bought it some fool without insurance crossed our path while driving and it was repaired though it should have been totaled(insurance thing). I drove it for another 10 years until my children were growing out of car seats and this car did not have shoulder belts in back and shims were falling out of the bodywork when I opened the passenger door. I would have loved to restored the car and still be driving if it had been perfect. I'm lucky to have a husband who can do anything mechanically-related with cars. He's not ready to give up the Mazda pickup we bought in 1986!

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Date: 4/11/14 7:05 AM

I always win "oldest car in the parking lot" wherever I go. Can't afford car payments and accompanying insurance costs. It costs enough for plates, tires, general maintenance and gas these days! I have a White 3100 Stylemaker sewing machine that I bought in about 2006 and it has some very cool features for the price I paid for it. (under $300.) I make a lot of blue-jean quilts and like to topstitch over all the seams to make them durable for the grandkids. I've probably made at least 20 of them with the White machine, a few of them Queen and King size. I've made several upholstery weight totes, sewn many cushion covers, tops, and jean hems. The machine has served me well and it still works! Another reason why I was hesitant to spend the money. However, my stitch quality has decreased on this machine and I really like the time-saving features of the automatic thread cutter, needle threader, and knee lift of the F-600. I still have a ton of projects I want to do and I do mending and alterations for others on almost weekly basis while still working full time. I'll get my money's worth out of the F600, no doubt, but it's scary to spend that much money on one thing and have the resulting credit card debt for it in today's economy. It feels like a very big step for me. The reviews here were really helpful in making my final decision to take the plunge and I really appreciate that everyone took the time to record their thoughts. I figure I can't really go wrong!

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