My newest sewing machine

I always think it’s interesting to see what machines other people sew with, especially because when it’s time to get a new machine it can be an agonizing decision. When I bought my last one I knew it was between Janome and Pfaff because I have a relationship with a shop close by, but that still doesn’t narrow things down very much. So I haunted blogs and forums reading everything anyone had to say about the machines I was interested in. And still, I ended up buying one I didn’t like the first time.

Janome Memory Craft 11000SE

The machine I purchased was a Janome MC11000SE all in one for garments/home dec, quilting and embroidery. Within about a day of bringing it home I started in with major buyers remorse. It’s a very complicated machine, and I was having a very hard time using it. I’m self taught, and I haven’t been doing this for very long. I got excited because it had so many features, but I honestly think there were too many for me at this point. Also, I quickly found that I didn’t like that it was an all in one machine. (I had decided to trade in my embroidery machine when I bought this one.) I’m used to having something running on the embroidery machine while I work on constructing other pieces.

It took a lot of coercion on my part, but I was able to return it for a different machine. It helped that I had already bought a couple of machines from them, and promised to come back when I was ready for another machine. (Some day I will have my dream embroidery machine, the Pfaff Creative Vision.)

So the machine I stepped back to is still no slouch. I got the Janome Memory Craft 6600p, and if it’s possible to be in love with an inanimate object, I absolutely am. You know how they always say you need the right tools to do the job right? I never realized that it was because my basic little Husqvarna Emerald 116 wasn’t quite up to the tasks I was asking it to perform. I still have it as a backup though, because it is a good machine. It’s sturdy and quiet, and for basic stitching it’s great.

Janome Memory Craft 6600p sewing machine
Janome Memory Craft 6600p

So here are some of the features that make it such a dream to work with:

-Very bright natural lighting
-Accufeed fabric feeding system
-Knee lift bar
-Needle up/down button
-Automatic thread cutter
-Tons of specialty feet
-163 stitches with the ability to program sequences
-7 different one step buttonholes
-Several stitches that do a serger’s job
-large extension table

There are really only two drawbacks I’ve discovered – first, there is no free arm, so smaller areas like sleeves are a little finicky to sew. Second – this machine is a beast! (Which can also be a benefit, as it’s very sturdy.) But lugging it to classes, or just moving it around the house is difficult, since it weighs a whopping 27 pounds.

I haven’t had the 6600p very long, but the few projects I’ve completed were quick and easy. Sewing sheer fabrics using the accu-feed system was amazing. No puckering, no skipped stitches, no problems! I’ve also started using all of the specialty feet, and its amazing how helpful they are. I’m sure all of you experienced sewers already know this, but it was a revelation for me! I’m taking classes on the machine, so if I learn anything new and great about the machine, I will share it here.

Since this post is running long, I’ll discuss the embroidery machine I use, which is the Janome 350e at a later date.

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