Ever since I purchased my used Memory Craft 6500 Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-mee) about a year ago I became a huge fan. The machine is sleek, precise, offers a nice size bed and offers more stitches than you will ever need. The machine is heavy – it is meant to be a workhorse….it’s a professional grade machine. You can see my original review here. I have used my 6500 for over a year now, and it was time to get it serviced. When you use a machine as much as I do, it’s a good idea to get it serviced at least once a year, besides, I have noticed a bit of a drag on it’s speed the last few weeks. So I called my local Sew Vac Center (who is also a Janome dealer) to get it serviced. I also wanted to take a look at the Janome 6600, since I really should have a back up machine. Handing over my main machine for a few days can put me behind on my orders! The dealer informed me about a brand new model that came out in the beginning of May. The Janome 7700. I of course, immediately started researching.
Wow – this machine offers the best of the best. I was drooling just reading about it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this thing to try it out – so off I went to the dealer with my Janome 6500 and credit card in hand and my husband shaking his head at me. I was ready to trade in my faithful 6500 for this beauty.
And a beauty it is. It offers a huge work area, a free arm (which my 6500 and the 6600 do not have). It has fantastic lighting, a built in accufeed system (similar to a walking foot). A gorgeous touchscreen display, a foot plate that changes to a straight stitch plate with the touch of a button. Wow. It was super nice AND it had a super high price tag on it for well over $2000.
This forced me to be a bit more critical about the machine. For some reason Janome got rid of the independent motor for bobbin winding. I LOVE and rely on that – I would really miss it. This machine is also bigger – great for working, but then what do I do with my brand new Janome Sewing Table? I just purchased it and it would be useless with this machine. The machine has a ton of bells and whistles which honestly, since I am not a quilter, I really wouldn’t use. I started thinking that I really didn’t need this.
I focused my attention to the Memory Craft 6600P, which is the updated version of my 6500.
With a price tag less than half that of the 7700, this machine offered all the great things of my 6500, with the addition of the accufeed system, a 7pt feed dog and it runs much, much quieter.
For me, the most important things a machine can offer is high quality stitches, speed and great buttonholes. The 6600 offers it all. All of these high end machines offer a top speed of 1000 stitches per second. For the average home sewer this is more than enough. I however, crave and need more – so, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the Janome 1600DB.
This is an industrial strength straight stitch machine that boasts a top speed of 1600 stitches per second. I’ve been dying to try one of these. I should not have sat down – this thing is fast! And, the stitches are absolutely perfect. The dealer must have seen the light in my eye because he quickly informed me that he had an
“open stock” machine that he would sell me at a discounted price.
I walked out of that shop with TWO new machines. The dealer cut me a deal I could not resist. I purchased both the 6600 AND the 1600 for a total significantly less than the Horizon by itself, AND my tried and true 6500 is getting serviced for free. I also got a very cool “B” foot thrown in to help keep my button holes perfect! Best part – BOTH machines fit my Janome Sewing Table!
I was up and running within 30 minutes of getting home and I just adore these machines. Sorry Horizon, you may be the dream machine for many, but this girl is happy with her less expensive workhorses!
Needless to say, I’m an official Janome Junkie. I plan on keeping these machines for a very, very long time. With a 25 yr warranty, who wouldn’t?
Do you have a Janome? Are you a Junkie like me? I’d love to hear from you!