The best sewing machine for advanced sewists
Janome Memory Craft 6600 P

It’s hard to believe that I learned to sew on a hand-crank (what a word, sounds like “junk”) sewing machine that I inherited from my grandmother. It could only do a straight stitch, and didn’t have a motor – it was from days when electrical sewing machines weren’t popular.

Still, I could sew clothes for my dolls very well and I thought the machine was very good at what it did. And I couldn’t even dream about the machine I have right now: all I was hoping to get was a zigzag stitch for finishing raw edges and making buttonholes. 

The machine was looking exactly like one of these machines I found on display in one of the stores in Seattle.

 

Our life changed so much in the last 30-40 years. And what sewing machine I have now? It’s Janome Memory Craft 6600 P (P is for Professional). Let me tell you all about this sewing machine – it’s my favorite and I consider it the best sewing machine for advanced sewers. 

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I’ve had this machine for a little more than 5 years now, it is very solid, I have not had one single problem with it and I use it quite a bit every week.

The machine is a real workhorse with lots of bells and whistles. It does everything with the speed and precision critical to advanced sewing.

Let me show you why I love my Janome Memory Craft 6600P. 

If you prefer to watch the tutorial GO TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO SEE THE VIDEO

1.  AcuFeed Fabric Feeding System

First of all, I bought this machine because it has AcuFeed fabric feeding system

The machine comes with this AcuFeed foot (or Dual Feed foot) which I use all the time. The AcuFeed foot is integrated with a unique seven-point feed dog system. 

This foot is excellent for preventing  hard to feed materials, like leather or vinyl, and also stretchy fabrics,  fabrics with nap, fur from slipping or puckering. The fabric is fed very well no matter how many layers you have or how thick.

It works similar to a walking foot. 

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Features

  • The Memory Craft 6600 Professional has the speed and precision critical to advanced sewing. The 6600 contains loads of features created especially for quilters, including the AcuFeed system.
  • AcuFeed: Layered Fabric Feeding System ensures your sewing and quilting are even, smooth and precise on all types of fabric.
  • The AcuFeed foot is integrated with a unique seven-point feed dog system, so your fabric is guided perfectly from the top and the bottom. AcuFeed is a unique and innovative feature - once you try it you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Janome Memory Craft 6600P (6600) Sewing Machine w/Built-in AcuFeed Feeding Sytem + Extension Table + Trolley + AcuFeed 1/4" Seam Foot + AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot + AcuFeed Open Toe Foot + Much More

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Features

  • The Janome Memory Craft 6600P has a Built-In ACUFEED Superior Feeding System - This Allows For Superior Feeding of Both the Top and Bottom Layer of Fabric - Perfect For Large Quilts, Fine Fabric and More! / Built-In Automatic Needle Threader - No More Eye Strain! Simply Pull Down the Needle Threader, Place Your Thread in the Hook and Pull Back
  • 163 Built-In Sewing Stitches with a Built-In Alphabet - Your Possibilities are Endless! Sew Quilt Labels and More with the Built-In Alphabet! / Jam Proof Easy-Set Top-Loading Bobbin System - Simply Follow the Track and the Machine will Automatically Bring the Bobbin Thread Up For You. There is No Need to Worry About Running Off the Edge of Your Project Because the Bobbin System is Jam-Proof / Easy to Use Control Panel with LCD Panel - The Easy-to-Use Control Panel makes Sewing a Cinch
  • Handy Function Buttons - The Thread Cutter Button will Cut Both the Top and Bottom Thread with the Touch of a Button. The Reverse Stitch Button will Have Your Machine Sew in Reverse for Reinforced Stitching. The Lock Stitch Button Finishes the Stitch You are Sewing so You Don't End Up with Half a Stitch Pattern. The Needle Up/Down Button will Bring the Needle Up or Down with the Touch of a Button and the Start/Stop Button will Start the Machine without the Need for a Foot Control!
  • Comes With an Incredible Amount of Accessories - Black Roller Machine Trolley Case w/ Storage Pocket, Large Extension Table, ACUFEED 1/4" Seam Sewing Foot, ACUFEED Ditch Quilting Sewing Foot, ACUFEED Open Toe Sewing Foot, 10-Pack of Sewing Bobbins, ZigZag "A" Sewing Foot, Overcasting "C" Sewing Foot, Rolled Hem "D" Sewing Foot, Zipper "E" Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch "F" Sewing Foot, Blind Hem "G" Sewing Foot, Cording "H" Sewing Foot, Overedge "M" Sewing Foot, Automatic Buttonhole "R" Sewing Foot
  • Also Comes With - 1/4" Seam "O" Sewing Foot, Open Toe Satin Stitch "F2" Sewing Foot, Dual Feed "AD" Sewing Foot, Free Motion Quilting "P-2" Sewing Foot, Accessory Box, Quick Reference Chart, Knee Lifter, Foot Control, Screwdriver, Plate Screwdriver, Pack of Needles, Lint Brush, Seam Ripper, Large Spool Holder, Small Spool Holder, Cloth Guide, Bobbins and Quilter Bar

Janome Memory Craft 6600P Professional Computerized Sewing Machine

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Features

  • LCD Screen & Navigation The Janome Memory Craft 6600P's bright LCD display and easy to use stitch selection buttons allow the user to quickly and easily change settings. The speed control slider makes changing speeds simple.
  • AcuFeed System The Janome Memory Craft 660P features the AcuFeed layered fabric feeding system that makes sewing through thick material a breeze, as well as a seven piece feed dog system. As well as an extra high presser foot lift.
  • Built-in Needle Threader With it's built-in needle threader and number thread guide, threading your machine has never been easier! The Memory Craft 6600P also features a start/stop button, needle up/down button, an auto locking off stitch and an automatic thread cutter that makes completing projects faster.

2. Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment

The next feature I like very much is Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment.

It allows you to adjust foot pressure for optimal performance when sewing chiffon-like or heavyweight fabrics. I have sewn silk gowns, tailored wool coats, denim jackets, leather skirts and purses and all weights of knits and cottons with perfect stitches.

I think this feature adds value to the machine. It’s simply a must when sewing a wide variety of fabrics. It’s really easy to adjust depending on the fabric type. The right pressure at which the fabric advances well but does not pucker is of course dependent on the type and thickness of the material.

3. Automatic thread cutter

When I started to use the machine I found other very useful features I love and use every time I sew.

For example, check this button  with scissors on it – it’s an automatic thread cutter. It cuts both the top and bobbin thread – just press the button. It can’t be easier. 

You don’t need to reach for your scissors, or as the joke goes, reach for the scissors, drop them, overturn the box with pins, get up to turn on the light, take the pin out of your foot, go to the washroom and get the alcohol – you get the idea. Having the thread cut with one push of a button is something else that saves time and aggravation. 

4.  Needle up/down button

I like very much that the machine has a needle up/down button.

It’s a very useful function which I use all the time. It controls the position of the needle when the machine stops. If I put the needle position down when I stop the machine, the needle will be down in the fabric, and I can easily turn the corner and start the stitch again. 

5.  Adjustable needle drop position

The machine also offers multiple needle positions which IS very useful. The needle position can be adjusted from leftmost to rightmost (with a range of 7mm,  about 9/32“) in 0.1mm steps (~1/250”) and the actual needle position is shown on the LCD screen.

Let me show you how I use this for example for topstitching (see the video clip below)

If I keep the needle in the center now it’s too far from the fabric edge. But I want this mark on the foot to align with the fabric edge. So I move the needle to the right as close to the edge as I want and stitch. The needle will never go out of the fabric edge because I keep the mark aligned with it, right? 

6. 7 types of 1-step buttonholes

The next feature you don’t want to miss — 7 types of 1-step buttonholes!  And the buttonhole presser foot that is a standard accessory is very solid, it’s sturdier than other buttnhole feet I had from Brother and Singer. It’s so easy to make beautiful buttonholes with my Janome.  

The foot measures the actual size of your button each time is sews a buttonhole. This means that every new buttonhole you stitch will look exactly the same as the previous one and you will have professional results every time you sew buttonholes.

I had problems making buttonholes with my other sewing machines. I made a tutorial (and YouTube video also) “Sewing machine buttonholes troubleshoooting”  – check it out here. I never have any problem with my Janome – it sews any type of buttonholes beautifully.

7. Big variety of utility and decorative stitches

The variety of stitches is also impressive. 

For example, the machine has 7 types of straight stitches. I was wondering myself from the beginning – why do I need all of them? But I do – believe me.

Number 1 is the main type, number 2 is the straight stitch with left needle position, number 3 is the straight stitch that secures the beginning and the end of a seam with backstitching. The machine will sew 4 reverse stitches, 4 forward stitches and then stop sewing automatically. Number 4 is a unique stitch that is used where an invisible locking stitch is needed. The machine will sew several locking stitches in place. Number 5 and 6 are designed for sewing stretch fabrics and number 7 is a basting stitch. 

There are 163 built-in stitches – and I have used probably 80% of them in the 5  years since I own the machine. There is also a built-in utility alphabet stitches.  So the possibilities are endless!

Want to finish your raw edges? It’s possible – you have a choice of overcasting and serger-like stitches. Need to sew stretch fabric? No problem, the machine does it. 

There are too many stitches to mention it here, but one thing must be mentioned: the guide that shows all stitches and their numbers at a glance is very useful and I found it invaluable. Yes, I memorized most of the usual stitch codes, but there are 163 of them, I will never be able to remember them all. The guide is easy to read, well placed, sturdy (no problem yet with cracks) and in my opinion very useful. 

I have not personally used the alphabet, I rely on my embroidery machine for this and other embroidery tasks, but for a quick job, it’s nice to have it available.

8.  Adjustable presser foot height

The next awesome feature is an adjustable presser foot height for various fabric thicknesses. Stitching bulky projects is no longer a challenge because the machine allows the extra high lift of  presser feet. It allows for thick fabrics to go underneath easily. 

9.  Built-in needle threader

Simply pull down the needle threader, place your thread in the hook and pull back.

It saves so much time! I never realized how much time one spends threading and rethreading when changing threads and needles. Not all threads are equal, and some are really, really difficult to thread – think about the invisible thread – where is it ?!? – and the wooly nylon thread. Yes, I know, there are small manual devices for threading, but it’s so nice to have the automatic threader. 

I have a detailed tutorial on my blog and a YouTube video on many different ways to thread a sewing machine needle. Check it out here. 

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Features

  • Size 90/14 is perfect for medium weight fabrics.
  • 5 packs of needles. Each pack contains 5 needles, for a grand total of 25 needles.
  • Made especially for piecing and machine quilting
  • The shank(top part) of these needles have one flat side and one rounded side.
  • These will fit all "household" models of Brother, Janome, Singer, Pfaff, Bernina, Viking, Elna, Kenmore, Baby Lock, Simplicity, Necchi, White and many others.

25 Schmetz Assorted Universal Sewing Machine Needles 130/705H 15x1H Sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16

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Features

  • 5 needles size 70/10 for fine fabrics, 10 needles size 80/12 for lightweight fabrics, 5 needles size 90/14 for medium weight fabrics, 5 needles size 100/16 for heavy weight fabrics
  • 5 packs of needles. Each pack contains 5 needles, for a grand total of 25 needles.
  • A general purpose needle that can be used on knit or woven fabrics.
  • The shank(top part) of these needles have one flat side and one rounded side.
  • These will fit all "household" models of Brother, Janome, Singer, Pfaff, Bernina, Viking, Elna, Kenmore, Baby Lock, Simplicity, Necchi, White and many others.

50 Schmetz Assorted Universal Sewing Machine Needles 130/705H 15x1H Sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16 (5)

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Features

  • 10 needles size 70/10 for fine fabrics, 15 needles size 80/12 for lightweight fabrics, 15 needles size 90/14 for medium weight fabrics, 10 needles size 100/16 for heavy weight fabrics
  • 5 packs of needles. Each pack contains 10 needles, for a grand total of 50 needles.
  • A general purpose needle that can be used on knit or woven fabrics.
  • The shank(top part) of these needles have one flat side and one rounded side.
  • These will fit all "household" models of Brother, Janome, Singer, Pfaff, Bernina, Viking, Elna, Kenmore, Baby Lock, Simplicity, Necchi, White and many others.

SCHMETZ Universal (130/705 H) Household Sewing Machine Needles - Bulk - Size 80/12

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Features

  • 130/705H (15x1) Universal Household Sewing Machine Needles
  • Manufactured by SCHMETZ
  • Size 80/12
  • Bulk Packaging
  • 100 Needles/box

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Features

  • Perfect purchase for a gift
  • Schmitz universal sewing machine needles
  • Manufactured in united states

10. Top-Loading Bobbin System

Let’s talk a little about the bobbin now. The machine comes with Jam Proof Easy-Set Top-Loading Bobbin System. This is the machine where you can actually see the bobbin (it has a clear cover) so you can estimate easily when you will be running out of thread. Add to this the fact that the bobbin is loaded from the top, no need to go under or take out parts. 

Check out my tutorial on sewing machine bobbin problems and solutions. 

11. Well-designed set of manual controls

The machine has a very well designed set of manual controls, all easily available without taking your eyes from the sewing area. 

If you did watch my videos you may have noticed that I don’t normally use the pedal, I am mostly using the start/stop button on the machine. This is a personal preference but for me the start/stop button was also a must. The reverse stitch button is also great! The machine will sew in reverse to secure stitches.

12. Adjustable speed

I love the fact that I can set the machine to sew from very fast to very slow depending on what I am sewing.The adjustable speed is really handy for different types of projects. I think it can sew 1000 stitches per minute so you can sew really fast.

13. Easy stitches selection

I like the machine’s control panel with LCD screen – easy to follow and understand, easy to select the program/stitch you need and the warning lights are also helpful. You can see a stitch number, suggested presser foot, even recommended tension, the foot pressure, also the stitch length and the stitch width.

14.  Large wide work surface

The machine has a large wide work surface. It has no free arm, but there is  a long neck with 9 inches to the right of the needle. I like that it’s a solid machine, heavy enough so it doesn’t bounce around while sewing. It’s very sturdy when I use it –  no roaming around on the table. I think it has a vibration suppression system to ensure smooth sewing.

15.  Feed dogs drop

A feature which I didn’t use very much (but I wanted available) is the feed dogs drop which allows for the free movement of the fabric under manual control. This is used mostly in free motion quilting. For a quilter, this is a must though, and the machine offers it.

16.  Extra large extension table 

I personally don’t use the extra large extension table but I have friends that can’t live without it. A matter of preference, really, but again it’s nice to know that if I need it, it’s there, available for use.

17.  Easy set up and also great manual

Set up of the machine wasn’t an issue. I read the manual first  because there were so many features that I was eager to test out!

I love the English instruction manual, the company offers it as a download in .pdf format (https://www.janome.com/siteassets/support/manuals/professional-series/inst-book-mc6600p.pdf ) which I found useful when searching for a certain function. But I prefer the printed one for reading, I can lay it flat on the table while I use the machine.

The instructions are clear and easy to understand, the diagrams and images are also easy to follow. It was also easy to learn, not overly complicated, the machine is very user friendly.

18.  Great accessories

The machine came with a very useful set of feet (rolled hem, blind hem, zigzag, buttonhole, etc.).It was 13 of them!

19.  Knee lifter

The knee lifter allows you to handle the fabric while your knee controls the presser foot. Extremely helpful for quiters  but to date my quilting was limited so I didn’t get too much use out of it. It works well and it did happen that I had complex projects where both my hands were busy and I used it. 

Buy Janome Memory Craft 6600 P here

Janome Memory Craft 6600P Professional Computerized Sewing Machine With Exclusive Bonus Bundle

$2,199.00  in stock
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as of October 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Features

  • The Memory Craft 6600 Professional has the speed and precision critical to advanced sewing. The 6600 contains loads of features created especially for quilters, including the AcuFeed system.
  • AcuFeed: Layered Fabric Feeding System ensures your sewing and quilting are even, smooth and precise on all types of fabric.
  • The AcuFeed foot is integrated with a unique seven-point feed dog system, so your fabric is guided perfectly from the top and the bottom. AcuFeed is a unique and innovative feature - once you try it you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Janome Memory Craft 6600P (6600) Sewing Machine w/Built-in AcuFeed Feeding Sytem + Extension Table + Trolley + AcuFeed 1/4" Seam Foot + AcuFeed Ditch Quilting Foot + AcuFeed Open Toe Foot + Much More

$2,199.00  in stock
4 new from $2,199.00
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Get more info
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as of October 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Features

  • The Janome Memory Craft 6600P has a Built-In ACUFEED Superior Feeding System - This Allows For Superior Feeding of Both the Top and Bottom Layer of Fabric - Perfect For Large Quilts, Fine Fabric and More! / Built-In Automatic Needle Threader - No More Eye Strain! Simply Pull Down the Needle Threader, Place Your Thread in the Hook and Pull Back
  • 163 Built-In Sewing Stitches with a Built-In Alphabet - Your Possibilities are Endless! Sew Quilt Labels and More with the Built-In Alphabet! / Jam Proof Easy-Set Top-Loading Bobbin System - Simply Follow the Track and the Machine will Automatically Bring the Bobbin Thread Up For You. There is No Need to Worry About Running Off the Edge of Your Project Because the Bobbin System is Jam-Proof / Easy to Use Control Panel with LCD Panel - The Easy-to-Use Control Panel makes Sewing a Cinch
  • Handy Function Buttons - The Thread Cutter Button will Cut Both the Top and Bottom Thread with the Touch of a Button. The Reverse Stitch Button will Have Your Machine Sew in Reverse for Reinforced Stitching. The Lock Stitch Button Finishes the Stitch You are Sewing so You Don't End Up with Half a Stitch Pattern. The Needle Up/Down Button will Bring the Needle Up or Down with the Touch of a Button and the Start/Stop Button will Start the Machine without the Need for a Foot Control!
  • Comes With an Incredible Amount of Accessories - Black Roller Machine Trolley Case w/ Storage Pocket, Large Extension Table, ACUFEED 1/4" Seam Sewing Foot, ACUFEED Ditch Quilting Sewing Foot, ACUFEED Open Toe Sewing Foot, 10-Pack of Sewing Bobbins, ZigZag "A" Sewing Foot, Overcasting "C" Sewing Foot, Rolled Hem "D" Sewing Foot, Zipper "E" Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch "F" Sewing Foot, Blind Hem "G" Sewing Foot, Cording "H" Sewing Foot, Overedge "M" Sewing Foot, Automatic Buttonhole "R" Sewing Foot
  • Also Comes With - 1/4" Seam "O" Sewing Foot, Open Toe Satin Stitch "F2" Sewing Foot, Dual Feed "AD" Sewing Foot, Free Motion Quilting "P-2" Sewing Foot, Accessory Box, Quick Reference Chart, Knee Lifter, Foot Control, Screwdriver, Plate Screwdriver, Pack of Needles, Lint Brush, Seam Ripper, Large Spool Holder, Small Spool Holder, Cloth Guide, Bobbins and Quilter Bar

Janome Memory Craft 6600P Professional Computerized Sewing Machine

$2,199.00  out of stock
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Features

  • LCD Screen & Navigation The Janome Memory Craft 6600P's bright LCD display and easy to use stitch selection buttons allow the user to quickly and easily change settings. The speed control slider makes changing speeds simple.
  • AcuFeed System The Janome Memory Craft 660P features the AcuFeed layered fabric feeding system that makes sewing through thick material a breeze, as well as a seven piece feed dog system. As well as an extra high presser foot lift.
  • Built-in Needle Threader With it's built-in needle threader and number thread guide, threading your machine has never been easier! The Memory Craft 6600P also features a start/stop button, needle up/down button, an auto locking off stitch and an automatic thread cutter that makes completing projects faster.

I can easily find another 20 things I love about this machine. But I guess I have to stop now. I really, really tried to find a bad thing (or else the review looks slanted maybe), but I could not!

Did you find this tutorial helpful? If so, save this pin (see below) on your sewing board so you can come to this tutorial later when you need it and follow me on Pinterest for more tips, tutorials, and inspiration! 

Ready to take the next step in your sewing journey? Check out more step-by-step tutorials from my blog and don’t forget to share on Facebook or Twitter! Some of these projects are made from the same silk fabric!

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