Janome sewing machines are known for their precision and workmanship. The new Janome Memory Craft 6600 is no exception.
This quilting, patchwork and appliqué machine puts state of the art functionality at your fingertips at an incredibly affordable cost.
At A Glance
Two things immediately stood out when we first saw the Janome Memory Craft 6600. First of all, there is a wonderful reference guide that not only displays all of the 99 stitch options, the reverse side shows the threading guide in a detailed graphic.
When mounted to the back of the machine, the guide stands just above the machine head, making it as easy as possible to look simply glance up for quick access.
The other thing that jumps out is the fact that there is no free arm. While the presence of a free arm is especially desirable for small things like pant cuffs, sleeve hems, children’s clothes and other very small sewing tasks, but when it comes to working on quilting and patchwork projects, the free arm really isn’t necessary.
Since the Memory Craft 6600 is built for quilting, patchwork and appliqué work, a free arm is not a requirement.
The easy to understand threading guide and reference guides make this machine an excellent option for beginners.
However, its many other features and accessories mean that the Janome MC 6600 is not just for the person who is just starting to get involved with machine quilting, but for the intermediate and expert machine quilter as well.
The Janome Memory Craft 6600 is equipped with an extensive list of standard features that are often reserved for more costly machines in this class. Those features include:
- 99 utility and decorative stitches
- 7 automatic one step buttonholes
- 2 alphanumeric fonts
- Built in needle threader
- Knee lift
- Twin needle guard
- 5 memory banks
- 2 bright on board LED sewing lights
- External dual feed adjuster
- Adjustable speed control
- Numerical touchpad
- Help button
- Mode button
Working on the Janome Memory Craft 6600
In our opinion, the highly detailed on board threading reference guide is only necessary for the person who is almost totally inexperienced at threading a sewing machine.
The on board thread guides make threading the Memory Craft 6600 so simple, we believe they are all that are necessary for a sewer at any level to thread the machine properly on the very first attempt.
Winding and loading the drop in bobbin is just as uncomplicated, and the separate bobbin winding motor makes it possible for users to wind the bobbin while sewing.
This is one of the greatest time-savers any home sewer could ask for, especially when working on very large projects.
It is always an advantage when you are able to sew and wind a cache of bobbins simultaneously.
We were really impressed with the adjustable contrast dial on the Janome MC 6600.
When working in a brightly lit area or working with lots of natural sunlight, the user is able to dim the backlit LCD screen and brighten it as the amount of natural light diminishes.
As with practically all other reviews, we sampled several different stitch options. The stitches available on the Memory Craft 6600 are grouped together … utility… pictograph… decorative.
Selecting a specific stitch was as simple is selecting the mode and then dialing in the stitch number on the numerical touchpad.
Once the stitch is identified, the display in the LCD screen tells you which presser foot to use and helps guide you through any required adjustments and settings to execute the perfect stitch.
In addition to the reference guide, the on board thread cutter, drop feed button, auto lock, needle up/down button, knee lift and functional controls like the dual feed adjuster, stitch balance adjusting screw, speed control slider, stitch elongation, length and width controls are all conveniently located, and easy to access.
They all work together to ensure that sewing on the Janome Memory Craft 6600 is not only enjoyable, but comfortable as well.
No doubt, after working on this machine for a significant length of time, the user could conceivably engage any one of these functions without even looking away from their work.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
When it comes to standard accessories, the Janome MC 6600 outpaces practically every other quilting machine in its price range.
The standard accessories included with this machine include:
- 14 presser feet
- Rolled hem
- Satin stitch (2)
- Blind hem
- Standard buttonhole
- Automatic buttonhole
- ¼ inch seam
- Dual feed
- Extra needles
- Screwdrivers (2)
- Seam ripper
- Bobbins (4)
- Quilting bar
- Fabric guide
- Extension table
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean loopers and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
The Janome Memory Craft 6600 is an exceptional workhorse. This is one of the most dependable sewing, quilting, patchwork and appliqué machines we have had the pleasure of reviewing.
Not only is it capable of working with thick layers of fabric, natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and wool, you can also work with those heavy fabrics on this one. So get out your denim, twill and upholstery fabric.
Regardless of whether you are working with the most delicate of silk or the heaviest twill, your results will be the same.
The Memory Craft 6600 gets the job done with equal efficiency and ease. we are particularly impressed by the fact that this one comes with built in spindles to accommodate cone thread, not standard spools of thread.
The ease with which this machine is threaded and operated makes it an ideal option for the person who is learning the art of machine quilting.
The extension table, large workspace, dual LED lights, visual presser foot pressure gage and adjustable contrast LCD screen not only make it a joy to work with, it is one of the most ergonomically designed sewing machines of its type.
When working on the Memory Craft 6600 we found that selecting stitches, adjusting stitch length and width, stitch elongation and manipulating the drop feed feature were made easier simply by the design of the machine.
The on board reference guide is a major plus when it comes to identifying and selecting stitch options.
In addition, the ability to edit individual and combination stitch patterns further enhances the pleasure of sewing on this machine.
The lack of a free arm, the manual tension adjustment, dual feed adjuster and slide balance adjuster are only very minor inconveniences.
While there are machines on the market that offer a free arm as well as automatic adjustment features, these controls on the Janome MC 6600 are easy to execute.
If there is any question about tension, feed or balance settings, the guide in the owner’s manual takes you through each function with clearly written step by step directions.
The Janome Memory Craft 6600 is a great machine for learners. Its reference guides, easy to use LCD screen, touch pad and easy to understand function controls make learning to sew a pleasure.
We do not, however, recommend this machine for use by anyone younger than 16 years of age. Although this machine is very easy to learn and operate, we believe it is a bit challenging for children.
This sewing machine however, is not just for beginners. It is an ideal addition to any sewing room. The advanced machine quilting enthusiast would love the Memory Craft 6600’s features and charm.
This machine is fast, quiet and gives you perfect results every time. You can even get French knots with the MC 6600 – an option that is not available on many more costly machines in its class.
The accessories box is the perfect size – about 6” x 6”. It is compact, easy to store and it is designed to comfortably hold all of the machine’s accessories.
Although it has a carrying handle, the Janome MC 6600 is no lightweight. Unless you are accustomed to lifting 30-40 pound weights on a regular basis, do not plan on moving this one around a lot.
A machine as sturdy as this one is ideal for a permanent location in a cabinet. After all, this is not one of those machines that you will be taking on vacation or to sewing class.
If you want really want to take the Memory Craft 6600 you will need a rolling cart or bag in order to do so without straining your back or shoulder.
To sum it all up in a nutshell, the Janome Memory Craft 6600 is functional, economical and dependable. With a manufacturers suggested retail price of $1199, we believe it is one of the best deals available today.
If you are a machine quilter who is in the market for a new addition to your sewing room, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this machine before making a final decision.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
- Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- Dual feed
- Quick reference guide mounted on machine head
- French knot capability
- No free arm