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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I opted for the Janome 6600P over the new Horizon 7700 on: May 03, 2013 04:45:16 AM
I was in the market to upgrade my Janome 6500 and had an opportunity to check out the brand new Janome 7700 last week.  It is a gorgeous machine, but after testing it out I quickly decided the machine as nice as it is wasn't for me.  Aside from the hefty price tag there were a few things I didn't like about it....they eliminated the independent motor bobbin winder - why, I have no idea!  I wasn't crazy about having a stylus to worry about losing.  It doesn't fit the Janome sewing table (ok, so it's bigger, but I love my table and from what I understand the new table for the 7700 is VERY pricey). 

Other than the size and lighting, I really couldn't find a good enough reason to spend a small fortune on it.  OK, the straight stitch plate is a nice option - but not for $1500 more than the 6600!    The free arm is a nice upgrade, but honestly I have gotten used to not having it with my 6500.  If I REALLY need it, I can pull out my old Brother.  It doesn't sew any faster and I really don't need more stitches than what the 6500/6600 offer.  The 6600 HAS the accufeed.....so, what really was I getting for my money?   I ended up purchasing BOTH the Janome 6600 AND a Janome 1600DB (both which fit my Janome sewing table) for significantly less than the Horizon.  I thank the new Horizon for getting me a sweet deal on my "older model" purchases! 

Perhaps a quilter (which I am not, although I require many of the same features a quilter does) will find the Horizon more appealing than I did, but it just wasn't for me.  I have used my 6600 for over a week now and am extremely happy.  The speed of the 1600DB is beyond amazing.  I have no regrets on my decision!   Smiley

Interesting that you upgraded FROM the 6500, as I am currently considering upgrading TO the 6500.

 Smiley

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which Janome sewing machine should I get? on: April 15, 2013 11:00:23 PM
Nobody got any thoughts on this?
Would love to hear some good reviews / horror stories about the 6500P MC before diving in.

 Grin
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which Janome sewing machine should I get? on: April 15, 2013 02:36:02 AM
Hi,
I am thinking of getting the Janome Memery Craft 6500P, but it's been updated with a newer model - the 660.
Is the 6500P still worth the asking price?

I took a Janome 6500p (quilting machine), a 300e (the embroidery only machine), and a Jem Gold (the ultra light portable machine). The quilting machine and the portable will sew through multiple layers.
Before I left I was using the Memory Craft 10,001 at home, but when it came time to buy my own, (as opposed to have a free loaner from work - ahhh the perks!) I thought separate machines for sewing and embroidery would suit me better. It also ended up to be a little cheaper with no loss of function.

I've used the 6500 on everything from my silk crepe wedding dress to canvas window shades. Using the correct needle for the fabric is really helpful.

BTW, I like the older Janome overlockers much better than the newer ones. They are a lot more reliable. The new ones have more functions and are easier to thread, but the older ones *never* mess up.
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