Quilting & general machine
I am interested in a good general and quilting machine, with a bigger bed, not much interested in embroidery or hi tech digital. Some recommendations are Janome 6600 and brothers NX 450 what are your thoughts
You might want to check out the new Viking Sapphire models. You may have seen the press releases on these large machines or seen them on the Husqvarna web site. They have a free arm where the Janome 6600 does not and they have a huge bed that is 10 inches of space to the right of the needle. They have a sensor foot that floats over the fabric with automatic foot pressure that adjusts to the type and thickness of fabric. There is no presser foot lifter and no knee lift is needed. The foot lowers and raises with the foot control as does the needle. You can lower the needle and raise the foot with the tap of the foot control to pivot a corner. There are also buttons to raise and lower the needle and also the foot if you prefer it that way. The foot button also gives an extra high lift when pressing it a 2nd time.
Babylock is coming out with a new Quest machine this summer. It can be seen on the Babylock site but not much info is given yet about it. It will have a dual feed. I don't know how similar it is to the Pfaff IDT or the Janome 6600 Acufeed, we shall have to wait and see I guess.
Good luck, I hope you find a machine you like.
Thanks for the info. I have an option on a Janome 6600 that was being used as a floor demonstrator, at a local fabric store, The price is really great and has full warrantee & lessons if wanted. I want to get a little my info and comparrison before I buy tho.
The Janome 6600 is a nice machine having both the Acufeed and the 7 piece feed dog system. Two of my machines are a Pfaff with dual feed and a computerized Janome made Kenmore with the 7 pc. feed system. I always thought the 2 machines blended into one would be great and the 6600 seems to be that blend plus having the great size and quilting features. If you also get a great price, that is a nice deal indeed. You might wish to check out the reviews on line by owners at PatternReview, and there might be more reviews at QuiltersReview and there is a Yahoo site for the owners of Janome 6500/6600 models where you could really get some info. Good luck on your purchase.
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