Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Sewing Machine - Sew Mama, Sew! Meme

It's sewing machine month at Sew, Mama, Sew! and I couldn't resist completing their questionnaire and adding it to the list for people who are researching buying a new machine. What a great idea, Sew, Mama, Sew! Go check out their blog for all sorts of cool things about sewing machines this month right here.

What brand and model do you have?

Janome 6600P

How long have you had it?

3 years

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?


What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Quilts, handbags, home dec, mending, and greeting cards.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew almost every day, but I do baby it. I have huge respect for sewing machines, and once I have one I don't want to get rid of it. I have 3 domestic machines in my home. I have a Pfaff my dad purchased for me as a grad gift - I still love it, I have a lower end model Husquavarna which is put aside for my daughter - inherited from Grandma, and my Janome 6600P.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

I like it, but I'm still holding out for my dream machine. I just can't name an object, I try to come up with one both for my domestic and my longarm machine but I am incapable of coming up with names for non-living items.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I love the needle up/down positioner and the cutting threads button.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Sometimes it eats up (pulls my work down into the needle plate) the beginning of my work, and the bobbin winder doesn't wind a completely full bobbin.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

No great story, my Pfaff's computer gave out and at the time I felt it wasn't worth fixing, I was better off buying a machine designed for quilting with a larger throat area. I traded this machine but have always regretted it. I'm still pining for it and have often gone back to see if it is still there and considered buying it back.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

For the price you pay it has a lot of quilting specific features that are really handy and make life easier.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

How does it sew when you sample it, does it feel like a Cadillac or an old clunker?

Do you have a dream machine?

I'm holding out for a Bernina 730. I love Bernina's BSR and when you sew on one it definitely feels like a Cadillac.


  1. I sew on a Janome 6500, which has the same problem of not completely filling the bobbin. I overcome that by holding the little arm away from the bobbin slightly, until I think it's full enough, and then let it snap back in place. Works fine.
    Mine will also sometimes stick the first few stitches down into the platehole. I try to remember to take the first two stitches slowly to avoid that.

  2. Pam from South AustraliaJuly 20, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    I had the same trouble with my machine (grabbing the fabric at the start) sent it in for a warranty service and technician adjusted the cutting blade. Works a treat now. Also, the bobbin winder can be adjusted with the screw on top of the arm. Have a go.

  3. I use tearaway stabilizer at the beginning of a seam if I'm starting at an edge, works very well. Just a little piece will do the trick.