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From: JohnBoy
Date: 08-13-2006, 12:13 PM (1 of 9)
Hi all, just wanted to let you know, I buckled and PURCHASED!!!

Long story short my current machine started sewing SIDEWAYS!!!! LoL Basically you started to sew and the fabric would creep, so you couldnt sew a straight line.

I went to the store this weekend to try out some machines and was actually not that impressed with the Bernina 1008, that i mentioned i was looking at in an earlier thread. It was VERY basic. Whilst I am a very simple and traditional man, the shop assistand made me sit in front of a computerized machine and WOW I HAD TO GET ONE. Seriously if your ever invited to sit in front of a massive display and play with all the machines you want DONT cos youll end up BUYING!!!!

Anyway the features on this machine blew me away, end sewing with needle down, high presser foot, amazing and beautiful stitches, the snowflake was amazing to watch sew!

Anyway, I kinda dropped my idea of a manual machine and have just bought the Janome 6260QC.

I would be real interested if anyone else has this machine, to let me know what they think. I got it for a bargin deal, well I HOPE so, It cost me 299, including 75 worth of thread, the free quilting pack (walking foot, quilt table, darning foot, clothguide 1/4" seam foot in addition to the normal accessories included. Also got free scissors and a 15 year parts and labour gauranteel, with free collection , repair and delivery again if it goes wrong. (as long as I keep my box)!!

I seem to see this machine for such varying prices but I do not think I have seen it any cheaper.

Anyway now I have a quilting machine, i am thinking of looking into this quilting stuff and seeing what it is all about. Seriously I have NO idea what it is, what it entails , or what to do, Im assuming you make bed spreads???

So some research into that is due. Carnt wait to try it out on my normal hobby of making my own clothes tho!
User: JohnBoy
Member since: 07-18-2006
Total posts: 21
From: Magot
Date: 08-13-2006, 03:57 PM (2 of 9)
Good price John boy and a machine that you will have fun with (I have the 6025QC - less stitches but I am not keen on too many stitches so fine for me)
I use it for garment making and quilting - mostly I have to admit - bedspreads - but there are many other things you can do as well.

I made this on it for a stocking competition here on SWN as I wanted to try something a little more pictorial - use lots of different coloured threads and drop the feed dogs and you are away!
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: DorothyL
Date: 08-13-2006, 04:02 PM (3 of 9)
Very Cool Jan.
And, John, I hope you have many, many happy times sewing on your new machine.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: JohnBoy
Date: 08-13-2006, 04:38 PM (4 of 9)
Thanks guys for your kind words. Jan I have to say that is WONDERFUL!!!!! How did you make it?

You have started me wanting to attempt something like that now!

Glad to hear we have the same family of machines, and that there ok, I was VERY worried about Janome, since my last machine was a basic Janome and it sews TERRIBLE. Im hoping that they are a good make, thats why i am giving it another chance!!!!
User: JohnBoy
Member since: 07-18-2006
Total posts: 21
From: lendube
Date: 08-13-2006, 04:53 PM (5 of 9)
Hey John, I'm new here too. I was compelled by your enthusiasm to say hi and wish you all the best with your new machine. It sounds awesome. I'm too lazy to do the math so I'll just take Jan's word that you got a good deal. :bg:

Have a blast and hope to see you around soon asking questions. I haven't tried quilting but am about to take a class (fingers crossed it's not full) and learn a few things. I do machine embroidery and regular sewing. You know, one just leads to the other.........

Have fun and Jan, very cool design - beautiful, artsy and Picasso-ish! (Missed an extra nose or boob or something!) :bluewink:

c'ya, Lennie
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: paroper
Date: 08-13-2006, 07:08 PM (6 of 9)
My first love is Bernina machines (although I haven't looked at the 1008). Many people are pretty caught up on the mechanical machines and that is one...I would have probably started looking at around the 240-430 range..but that is me.

I don't think I would hesitate if I found a Janome in the mid-upper range that I liked. They have an excellent reputation and should give you many years of excellent sewing time.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: Magot
Date: 08-13-2006, 07:52 PM (7 of 9)
Thanks Johnboy -it was my first and only attempt at something like that and I really should try something again - very simple to do really. I am especially pleased with how the babys face worked out.

I sketched out the design and reduced it to blocks of tonal colour eg mid blue, dark blue,mid brown, reddy brown , light brown, fawn etc

rummage through the stash cut out crescents of material in the appropriate colours

stick em down a la paint by numbers with a pritt stick or pva glue (not so good for the needle probably as it could gum up the works...)

using a running or zig zag stitch re draw your original design over the blocks of colour in toning thread - feed dogs dropped.

Build up the picture gradually - it helps to squint at it. Interestingly the result comes out with your own characteristics - I tend to draw in that sketchy kind of way and it show in the sewing.

My juices are flowing again now - you could do a great Monets garden type thing.....
I got a fantastic book out of the library to read on holiday about using all sorts of media to make a background upon which to apply machine embroiidery. There are some amazing textile artists out there to inspire it does us all good to thnk outside of the box every now and then.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-17-2006, 08:04 PM (8 of 9)
I am sure you will love your Janome.. I bought mine in 1993 or 94 in anticipation of my retirement (in 1999).. I have never regretted it.. Mine is a memory craft 4000 model.. I had to purchase my 1/4 in foot for quilting separate, but I finally got one, and it is a great help.. I have never had to have any repair work done to my machine.. I do try to take good care of it, but It is a good work horse..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: mommydionne
Date: 08-24-2006, 09:28 PM (9 of 9)
Enjoy the janome, they make great machines, I had a mechanical one for years till I upgraded to my Bernina, You will have a lot of fun with the one you have.
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
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