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Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Carole Schneider
 

I have had a 6500 since they first came out. My husband actually won it for me 😊I love,love,love this machine! It is a workhorse! I expect one day it will wear out and finding a replacement will not be fun! I don’t quilt anything bigger than a placemat so not sure how well it will do larger items but it is a great machine!


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Lyn Quine
 

I have the 6600P which is very similar to your 6500, i have quilted on it, but only using the walking foot, not free motion, and it is very good.  Janome machines are easy to use, and i have done free motion on my other machines and they have all worked well.  I have fitted the adjustable foot and attached the ruler foot to it on the 6600, and with rulers is excellent, so I suppose that is similar to free motion, its a guided free motion.  I think you can use the ruler foot for free motion too.  

I find white wine for white and cream fabrics, rose for pastels an red for darks works very well too, relaxes the shoulders........


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

srd.sonborne@...
 

I'm so happy to hear from other 6500 owners - and that it has been a workhorse. I wish I had bought it sooner. But "better late, than never." I saw the 6500 on Amazon at a very good price - but I went to a dealership very close to my home - under 2 miles away - to ask what kind of a deal they could offer. They met the Amazon price - actually it was lower because it was a "used" machine - but with the Warranty, it brought it up to the same price. It was too good a deal to pass up. And I wouldn't have had the same Warranty from Amazon. Anyway, it's done now and I'll be sewing on it a little probably most days of the week. I'm still waiting to hear from quilters, though, and how the free motion quilting works for them on this machine.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Betsy
 

My 6500 is 17 years old and I still use it almost everyday.  It has only needed service once 15 years ago.

It is a true workhorse and I love it for piecing, dress making, and home décor.

 

 

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From: Vikki Youngmeyer
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:02 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

 

I had a 6500 and ran it into the ground! It took a while! Any 6500s out there now are used and the 6600 and 6700 have replaced that model. The older 6600s are a lot better than the 6500s.

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of srd.sonborne@...
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:04 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

 

Good to hear and thank you for responding. Do you use it for machine quilting? That's the main reason I wanted another machine - because the Kenmore was just being strained to its max. I'm hoping this 6500 is a bit sturdier. Anyway, I'm a slow quilter - producing a quilt or two every year or two. I'm also elderly so I'm more methodocial and careful. I've just installed the even feed foot yesterday and it worked great on a sampler quilt I'm using for testing. I'm about to install the darning/quilting foot and see how it performs on free motion quilting. Any tips you may give me would be most appreciated.

 


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

srd.sonborne@...
 

I thought I replied. Maybe it's still under approval. Yes, this 6500 is a "used" machine - but totally refurbished with a 3-year warranty.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Cheryl Alm
 

I bought a brand new 6500 in September.   I owned one several years ago and traded it when I bought my 12000.  This is an awesome machine.  I also owned a 6600 but prefer the 6500.  Just checked Amazon and there are still a few for sale.


On Mar 17, 2019, at 7:02 PM, Vikki Youngmeyer <vikkiy@...> wrote:

I had a 6500 and ran it into the ground! It took a while! Any 6500s out there now are used and the 6600 and 6700 have replaced that model. The older 6600s are a lot better than the 6500s.

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of srd.sonborne@...
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:04 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

 

Good to hear and thank you for responding. Do you use it for machine quilting? That's the main reason I wanted another machine - because the Kenmore was just being strained to its max. I'm hoping this 6500 is a bit sturdier. Anyway, I'm a slow quilter - producing a quilt or two every year or two. I'm also elderly so I'm more methodocial and careful. I've just installed the even feed foot yesterday and it worked great on a sampler quilt I'm using for testing. I'm about to install the darning/quilting foot and see how it performs on free motion quilting. Any tips you may give me would be most appreciated.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

srd.sonborne@...
 

Yes, this 6500 is "used," but refurbished with a 3-year warranty by the dealership. I'm 81 years old - so I may, or may not, outlast the warranty!! LOL

Anyway, for me, it's a huge difference from my old Kenmore - for machine quilting anyway - which is the main reason why I purchased it. I didn't need it for straight stitching or piecing. But it's the machine quilting, especially free motion quilting, which needs a precision machine. And after taking my first free motion stitches today, I already know it's head and shoulders above the old Kenmore. So - it's an excellent buy for me - especially with the warranty.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Vikki Youngmeyer
 

I had a 6500 and ran it into the ground! It took a while! Any 6500s out there now are used and the 6600 and 6700 have replaced that model. The older 6600s are a lot better than the 6500s.

 

Vikki

Houston, TX

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of srd.sonborne@...
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:04 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

 

Good to hear and thank you for responding. Do you use it for machine quilting? That's the main reason I wanted another machine - because the Kenmore was just being strained to its max. I'm hoping this 6500 is a bit sturdier. Anyway, I'm a slow quilter - producing a quilt or two every year or two. I'm also elderly so I'm more methodocial and careful. I've just installed the even feed foot yesterday and it worked great on a sampler quilt I'm using for testing. I'm about to install the darning/quilting foot and see how it performs on free motion quilting. Any tips you may give me would be most appreciated.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

srd.sonborne@...
 

Good to hear and thank you for responding. Do you use it for machine quilting? That's the main reason I wanted another machine - because the Kenmore was just being strained to its max. I'm hoping this 6500 is a bit sturdier. Anyway, I'm a slow quilter - producing a quilt or two every year or two. I'm also elderly so I'm more methodocial and careful. I've just installed the even feed foot yesterday and it worked great on a sampler quilt I'm using for testing. I'm about to install the darning/quilting foot and see how it performs on free motion quilting. Any tips you may give me would be most appreciated.


Quilting on Steam a Seam II Lite

Gail
 

This is a cross post.  I also put it on Janome 15000 virtual guild  on FB.

I need some help. I am trying to quilt a Laura Heine collage quilt. It's a giraffe and I really love it. It is a collage of flowers making up the giraffe. The flowers are stuck to the quilt using Steam a Seam II Lite. I have never used this product before but it was recommended in the pattern. When I quilt the background area of the quilt, everything is ok, but when I go over the flowers with the steam a seam, I get looonnng skipped stitches and/or the thread breaks. I am using a Schmetz super anti stick needle but the needle is still sticky. Don't know what to do . Please help.


Re: New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

Randi Kemper
 


-- I have had mine for years and I love it! Never had a problkem with it,

Randi Kemper
Magical Machine Embroidery


New Owner of a used Janome 6500 Memorycraft - March 2019

srd.sonborne@...
 

Just trying to connect with other sewers who have this machine. I'm a Quilter and purchased a "used" 6500 just 6 months ago. I had been using a computerized Kenmore - but it wasn't performing how I needed it to for machine quilting.
So - I decided this was the edition that would work best for me. I wanted the 1)knee lift, 2) the thread cutter, and 3) needle up/down and wider throat.
I'd appreciate hearing from other 6500 users.
Thanks.


Re: Purchase new computer

Lyn Quine
 

Go to the Janome global website check for any updates and patches to run the version you want to use. Nche k the recommended spec, and make sure that any computer you are interested in meets the spec and/or exceeds it.  If it’s less than the spec, it will be slow and possibly crash.  I’m still running V5 on Windows 7, I have more issues with windows updates with 7 than V5.  I’ve had a few issues with windows 10 and V5 on my PC and with my security software.  


Re: Purchase new computer

Jim Stutsman
 

MBX version 4.0 and later will work with Windows 10, though you may need to install an update from this page:
https://www.janome.co.jp/e/e_downloads/software.html


Purchase new computer

iluvsew2
 

I am thinking of purchasing a new computer as I am running windows 7 and update will be discontinued soon what do I need to do to run MBX with windows10
Thanks for any assistant


Re: Buying a Mac what do I need to run mbx/windows

Lyn Quine
 

 I was thinking about changing to a MAC, and by the time i had added extra RAM, windows, parallels etc., it was very expensive, I also wanted the bigger screen, so I decided to stick with windows and went fo PC with 27” screen, and 8GB memory, and 16GB on board, it was half the price of the MAC.  I do everything I want to do on my ipad and iphone, the omputer is only for digitising.  I still have my laptop and I rarely use it, I’m going to strip everything off the laptop, just leave on there what I need for V5.5, I can use it when I go to workshops etc.  I might investigate to see if I can put more memory in it to get it to run faster.   The difference the 27” screen makes is fantastic, from a 15” laptop screen, I can see so much more detail.


Re: Buying a Mac what do I need to run mbx/windows

Lorrie Gauthier
 

Thanks Lyn. 8 is the default and I was planning on upping it to 16. 

I am am beginning to think I should just keep my laptop that I’m using now just for digitizing. My brain hurts. Lol


Re: Buying a Mac what do I need to run mbx/windows

Lyn Quine
 

You need to check the spec of the program and ensure you MAC has sufficient resources.  My laptop had 6GB of memory (RAM) and it was a bit slow, i now have a P C with 8GB of memory and its much quicker.  The spec says 4GB but in honesty the more you have the better.  Its a powerful program that needs plenty of memory, and you will be putting it on a MAC, parallels will need memory to run windows and V5, plus any other programs you want to run in the background.  I would look at 8GB as a minimum requirement, if you can put 16GB in you might future proof it for further updates.  If youre thinking of upgrading to V5.5 it will help.


Re: Buying a Mac what do I need to run mbx/windows

Lorrie Gauthier
 

Thanks Jim. I looked for posts on the topic before but couldn’t find anything. I’ll read the PDF and wait until the keynote happens. I had one of the tiny macsbooks a few years ago. I’ll make a trip to the apple store and test them all. I’ll look into VMware as well. I just remembered you talking about parallels a long time ago. 


Re: Buying a Mac what do I need to run mbx/windows

Jim Stutsman
 

We pretty well covered that in this document: http://onlinesewing.com/Switch2Mac.pdf
I'm more partial to VMware Fusion than Parallels, though I've used both and started with Parallels. The main gripe I had with Parallels was continual updates that frequently broke my Virtual Machine. Fusion does not benchmark as fast, though it is plenty fast enough and is rock solid reliable.

It won't hurt to hold off until the 26th, in case Apple does release something in their event on the 25th of March, 2019. Rumor has it that the announcement is all about their streaming video service, rumored to be coming for years. I would recommend that you actually go to a store and try the MacBook Pro keyboard before buying. They redesigned the keyboard two years ago. The first version was terrible, due to early and widespread failures. These were cited as being due to dust particles getting into the keyboard and it was redesigned a year later to include a dust barrier. Many still don't like it. Meanwhile the MacBook Air has been redesigned to (finally) have a retina screen for ease on the eyes. Regardless of which MacBook you get, you may still want a large external monitor for digitizing.

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