27 August 2013

Meet My New Sewing Machine!


Look what I've got!!! A shiny new Janome 6600 Professional, courtesy of the good people at Janome themselves. I LOVE this machine!

Up until now, I've sewn at home on a Janome J3-18, a basic cheapo model that I got when I didn't know whether sewing was going to be a passing interest or a long-term love affair. Well, you know the rest of that story. The J3-18 has served me very well for the last few years and has done everything I needed it to do, and I'd still definitely recommend it to others starting out or on a budget. Yet it's great to finally have a professional machine to work on.

So how is the 6600 Professional different? Well, the first thing you notice is the weight. Cripes, this bad boy is heavy! While I can easily swing the J3-18 around and about between surfaces, I've had to give the 6600 a semi-permanent spot to save my back (I'm only little). I consider its heft an asset rather than a hindrance, reassuring me that its guts are strong, and that it can sew through practically anything.


Indeed, the sewing experience is totally different. So smooth! So sturdy! So digital! My older model was a mechanical machine, whereas this one has stronger needle "penetration power" (behave). It includes a crazy number of fancy stitches, comes with a huge set of presser feet (hooray!), and does lots of wizzy things such as memorising stitching sequences and automatically snipping threads. Like, what?! It does feel a bit like cheating, but I'm not complaining. I haven't yet figured out how to programme it to make me a cup of tea... anyone know where that button is?


And did I mention that the Janome 6600 Professional is also a looker? Swoon. I'll still keep my J3-18 as it's good to be familiar with a machine suitable for the beginners that I teach to sew, but right now it's getting a well-deserved rest...

58 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! You lucky lady. Is that programable lettering too?
    Amaze.

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  2. Janome girl here too. I made a similar switch last year... you won't be disappointed! (and no, I have not figured out how to get mine to make me a cup of tea. or fetch a diet pepsi. darn)

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  3. That is so totally fabulous. How lucky are you?! I recently bought a new Janome. It's a fairly basic model (SMD5124), but it's got a metal frame. Very solid and feels like it will last for years. I love my new machine, but I'm drooling over yours!
    Random Crafting Adventures

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  4. Goodness! I wouldn't know where to start with that machine ;) Nice though.

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  5. OH! LUCKY WOMAN! Congratulations! This is a dream!

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  6. Oh lovely! A serious case of machine envy going on right now!

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  7. Wow! Look at all the fancy stitches it can do; I'd be stitching for hours!

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  8. Lucky girl! Look at all those presser feet!

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  9. Wow, congratulations. Looks like a really nice machine with a lot of possibilities.

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  10. Wow, she is a beauty! I have a lovely janome as my machine too and it's great, nowhere near as swish as this though, maybe one day! I look forward to seeing what you create with your new toy!

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  11. As a proud owner of the same machine, you will truly love it! Some bits still intimidate me after 2 years, but I pull my book out and we work it out! I do quilt labels, quilts, clothes, it's an amazing workhorse! Enjoy :)

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  12. Good gawd, it like getting a new car, isn't it?
    You just want to drive it and fiddle with it all day ;)
    Enjoy, and congrats!

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  13. Lucky you! I've got a mid-level digital Janome and I love it too. I haven't even used half the features yet!

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  14. Congratulations! I am sure you will have a lot of fun with it! Look at all these lovely embroidery stitches! I love the hearts and little stars, swoon.

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  15. Janomes are wonderful machines. I have a Bernina which is still going more than strong after 12 heavy years, but my next will definitely be a Janome. I wish you tons of love and fun with your new machine. I love the doors that open to us, don't you?

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  16. Oh.. I am certainly jealous! It is a beautiful machine. There is nothing better than a new sewing machine and all that comes with it. Congratulations!

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  17. I have this exact same sewing machine which was an awesome 17th birthday present I am very lucky (but I'm starting my costume design degree in Sept, so it shall be essential!)

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  18. Congratulations! Aren't you lucky to have received one as a gift. So did I! Mine was a gift from sister. I had to buy a cabinet with an airlift to store it because it was a real pain to lift and carry.

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  19. How lovely! This sounds like an amazing machine! I have a basic mechanical Janome, and I really love it. Janome makes such great machines!

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  20. Wow, it's wonderful! Sure you'll make gorgeous garments with it!

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  21. Ooooh Fancy! Congrats on the new machine Tilly.

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  22. amazing! this makes my red mini John Lewis sewing machine look absolutely ridiculous haha.

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  23. All those feet! I've found a variety of feet to be some of my most useful items with my Bernina - also a digital machine. I love my Bernina and strongly suspect you are going to love your new Janome. Congratulations, Tilly!

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  24. I have the same one! Have had it for almost a year now and still get butterflies when I take the cover off (:

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  25. What a babe! https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  26. Congratulations!!! Always an exciting day when you bring home a new best friend. Have fun!

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  27. Wow, congrats!! I have a Janome Memory Craft 5700, one of their digital models from about 10 years ago and I love it. I love doing monogramming with the embroidery, in addition to all the regular sewing funsies. Enjoy it! Did you name her?!

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  28. Maybe run a competition to name her.

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  29. Am deeply jealous, Tilly. How much does one of those cost?

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  30. Woweee Tilly how fabulous, now you can sew anything in the whole wide world - you could before but now it will be even faster.......Well done, enjoy, you deserve it Tilly. A great post as always
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  31. How fabulous. All my machines are Janome...they are such workhorses. But she is such a beauty!

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  32. How fabulous. All my machines are Janome...they are such workhorses. But she is such a beauty!

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  33. I have a Janome also. My sister in law turned me on to them as well as my local quilt shop. I just LOVE it to death. It's not quite as fancy as yours, however.

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  34. Ooh, it's pretty, lucky you. Good to know you have sewn up until now on a fairly basic model though. It gives me hope! I have a basic Janome and I'm really loving it. But your new machine is fab. I do enjoy the image of you swinging the old one about the place though. Looking forward to seeing what you make next.

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  35. Oh! Love it! I have just a little Singer Prélude right now but I have an old Janome serger I love, plus my mom and grandmother both adore Janomes! Lucky! I'm sure you'll get a tonne of use outta that baby! :D

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  36. Oh! Love it! I have just a little Singer Prélude right now but I have an old Janome serger I love, plus my mom and grandmother both adore Janomes! Lucky! I'm sure you'll get a tonne of use outta that baby! :D

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  37. It looks so shiny and pretty!
    My machine is nearing 20 years old (Bernina) and he sounds like a tank, is very heavy and is covered with crazy stickers from my art student days... I hope you have a long and lasting relationship with your new machine too : )

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  38. That is one of my favorite machines! (I work/teach in a sewing machine shop) You're so lucky!

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  39. Hello!! I am sure you will enjoy your new machine. I have a janome decor 2011 and Janome Horizon 7700,I love both of them. :)

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  40. Lucky girl! I look forward to seeing what you can do on this baby, I am thinking of a new machine so will be interested to see how you get on with this model.

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  41. Congratulations on your new arrival so beautiful.

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  42. lovely!!! I'm sure you two will be very happy together :)

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  43. Wow that's snazzy, look at all those stitches ! I've a Janome J3-18 on my birthday list right now precisely because you and others have said what a good starter machine it is. But you're going to have so much fun with this !!

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  44. Wow..lucky you, the world is your oyster now. My Mum has the Janome and loves it, I have a Brother Innovis-10 which does me fine.
    Look forward to seeing your new creations with your new 'big boy' x

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  45. Grats! This machine is sooooo cool! I have the same since may this year and I never will change again. It's so lovely to sew on it.
    Well, I think Sandra's got the same machine. I watched every part of the sewing bee on youtube (because I'm from germany). Which machine was it you used at the sewing bee? Was'nt it also a Janome? And what is going on with all the others? Stuart, Ann, Sandra,... I just found Laurens homepage today, like yours, but didn't find anything of the others.
    Would be happy to hear from you.
    Greetings
    Charlotte

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  46. Ohhh! Have fun. If Janome have some more spare machines I wouldn't mind trading in my Pfaff...

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  47. Very Jealous!! Although im still in the phase of sewing being a passing interest!

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  48. I had a sewing machine asa gift too!! it's a 1948 Necchi, sixty five years and works like a charm. And looks gorgeus, I'm so in love wuth the way it looks. I's sure you new machine is fab, and I would loooove to have all those stitches!!

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  49. Amazing! That's like the machine I learned on & I've always wanted one just like it. I'm inspired to get sewing :)

    Emma
    www.thesestreets.net
    <3 xx

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  50. Oh my aren't you lucky. She's a beauty. I hope you have fun making things with her :)

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  51. Congratulations and have fun with your new baby! I am still exploring all the possibilities of my new Bernina I got a few weeks ago. I think this will take untill I'm ....80? 82? ;)

    Greetings from Germany

    Andrea

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  52. Oh! what a great sewing machine!! I envy you!

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  53. Be still my heart! It's my dream machine! I've been lusting after it forever it seems. As for the cup of tea, it's 37. Sure everyone thinks its a flower, but really it's a hot cup of tea, just a smidge of steam rising over the top. :D

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  54. congratulations, too. I'm sure it will fire up your imagination and you will come up with some great sewing ideas!

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  55. What a lovely sewing machine! I can't wait to see what you do with the lettering

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