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Date: 6/13/14 12:58 PM

Hi everyone, I happened upon this site while trying to find reviews on the Janome MC6500P. I am broadening my skills to include heirloom sewing techniques and incorporate them into my quilting and other sewn projects. I have two Brother machines that just don't measure up to the stitch quality I would like to see in using the specialty stitches. I am seeing excellent reviews for the MC6500P, but cannot find any that pertain to the decorative stitches. I upgraded machine embroidery to the Brother PR650 and am using my old Brother ULT2003D embroidery machine for decorative stitch sewing as that machine seems to be the best, but it is picky about threads and tension. I am also using a Brother NX600 for my quilting and want to upgrade to a more professional use machine, hence the good reviews on the MC6500P for this use, but would also like to know quality of the decorative stitches. Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions.
Jan aka luvstostitch

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Date: 6/13/14 2:26 PM

You know what you want from the machine, so it may be best if you do the test drives with samples of the fabric most used.

If this will be a new-to-you dealer, "test" the owner and staff as well. A stinker of a dealer can negate the best of machines if the quality of service after the sale is not there.

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Date: 6/13/14 9:10 PM

I would think the 6500 would not be that different from your nx600. I agree with test driving. If you are looking heirloom, you might want to look at vikings, i hear their stitches are very delicate

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Date: 6/13/14 9:28 PM

When I did lots of heirloom garments, my favorite was my Viking SE. When I need to make anything with rolled hems, lace & decorative stitches I still get it out. The embroidery designs were excellent as well. HTH

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Date: 6/14/14 12:26 PM

Pfaffs do wonder heirloom embroidery.
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Date: 6/14/14 1:27 PM

Hi Jan,

Have you tried searching on You Tube? You may have already done that, in which case please ignore the info below.

There's one video of someone demo-ing their new MC6500P, which shows some of the decorative stitches being stitched out. Its quite long video at 46 mins, the basics go on for a while, but he starts doing decorative stitches at about 21.3 minutes to about 32 mins, with close ups of the quality of the stitches both front and back.
Janome MC6500P demo
there are also a few other videos, but I haven't checked them out.

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Date: 6/14/14 1:45 PM

Thank you all for your help. I will check out the Viking and Pfaff models and watch the video. It is a 2 hour plus drive to get to the closest dealer I would trust and 4 hours to my preferred dealer, so I am trying to do as much on the Internet before making the drive for test sewing. The Janome model happens to be on sale and I was just wondering.
Thank you, again.
Jan

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Date: 6/17/14 9:33 AM

Janome 6500 is a great machine! You will not go wrong if purchasing the 6500. The precision of the stitches on all my Janome machines (including the 6500) are outstanding and perfection. There is nothing that will or should go wrong with the machine so do not worry about it being defective, that would be highly unlikely. The Viking machine is a good machine as well. If the machine meets your needs and provides the quality of stitch desired, either machine would be a good investment. Whatever you decide to purchase, recommend using it as soon as you get it home, you will know immediately if there are problems and can return to the dealer for adjustments or replacement. The 6500 will last you a life time, if you keep it serviced regularly, use good quality thread, change the needle after every project, thread it correctly, use a good power serge protector, keep it away from water or steam (laundry rooms and the like) and out of the outdoor elements, that would include barns (don't laugh) bugs and hay can cause havoc with your machine - sewing rooms are everywhere you know. Hope this helps and Happy Sewing!!

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Subject: Janome mc6500p Date: 7/22/14 11:52 PM

I am love heirloom sewing, too. My experience so far is the finer thread and a sharp (microtex) needle, not universal do a much better job. During my endless new machine quest using batiste and the finer thread with a 60/10 sharp or embroidery needle, the Janome 8900 I tested did a nice job. What surprised me,too, was how much difference an extended bed (like Bernina's) made. Those delicate fabrics do not like any pull.

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Date: 7/24/14 11:09 AM

For heirloom sewing, I prefer a machine that has 5mm or 5.5mm wide feed dogs.
The Bernina #10 foot is great for joining lace to batiste, and similar type techniques.
The Janome "Stitch-In-The-Ditch" foot is not. IMO, that foot was a waste of my money for my Janome machines.

I hated trying to sew 1/4" seam allowances on my Janome 6500 for quilt block piecing, and went back to my Bernina with 5.5mm feed dogs for that. I absolutely hate trying to do heirloom sewing on batiste on my Bernina with 9mm feed dogs, and won't try ever again. My machine with 5.5mm feed dogs sews beautifully on batiste, so I use that one for heirloom sewing.

There are people who do lovely heirloom sewing on their Janomes, but personally I suggest Bernina, Viking and Pfaff. They have the best feet for heirloom sewing, IMO.
Then consider the dealer you'll have, because dealer guide lessons and support are very important.

Definitely take your fabrics & laces, and do a thorough test drive with all stitch types on any machine in which you're interested, with their feet for the technique.

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