Janome 6500P Review In Detail

Janome Memory Craft 6500P Review In Detail

Janome 6500P is feature packed. At the same time, it oozes quality. The machine has excellent stitch quality.

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This is a top end sewing machine from Janome. Janome projects 6500P as a dream machine for all types of sewers. You can call this a computer, it has that many advanced features. It has a lot of buttons and features that need a bit of explanation. We feel it is important to know all the features before investing in a sewing machine that costs a lot of money. It has 135 built-in stitches across different modes. The stitch chart is provided on the top lid of the machine. The mode button lets you select the mode of stitches. Mode 1 is for utility stitches, Mode 2 is for utility and quilting stitches and Mode 3 is for utility and decorative stitches including 7 buttonholes. There is another button for lettering. This machine has lettering in two different styles and sizes, with which you can make good looking quilt labels.

The memory end and memory recall button on Janome 6500P is one feature that really impressed us. You can combine stitches or letters and store it in the memory so that you can stitch it out later. There is a twin needle button which automatically reduces the stitch width to prevent needle breakage (Another good one from Janome ). The elongation key lets you elongate certain stitches up to five times and that too without losing the stitch density ( For us that is a real cool one ). There is an independent motor for bobbin winding, which means you can actually wind a bobbin while you are sewing.

The retractable thread guide is one feature that most people would like on this machine. You can place it up so that it gives good room to place thread cones. There are two large spindles on the machine where you can put large cones of thread, which saves the time spend for placing another spool of thread every time you work on a project. Separate buttons are provided for adjusting stitch width and length. This machine has 71 needle positions, 35 to left, 35 to right and 1 at centre. The Edit button lets you edit program patterns like stitch width, length and elongation. There is a help button with '?' symbol on it.

Janome 6500P has a wonderful backlit LCD screen which tells you all the information about the selected stitch, its width, length,  which foot to use etc etc. The screen will also show the suggested tension. For eg: For a particular stitch, the screen shows the best results can be achieved with the tension ranging from 2~6, you can choose what works the best for you. One thing we noticed about the screen is that, it is very intuitive. You won't have any trouble understanding the settings, even if you are using it for the first time (we are all smartphone literate, aren't we?). The screen brightness can be adjusted.

Upper thread tension can be adjusted by turning the dial. It has one important feature which is essential for quilters and garment makers, which is the adjustable presser foot pressure. The extra-high presser foot lifter comes handy while dealing with bulky fabrics. As a sewer, I really liked the room you can get. The work space is  W 8.8" x H 4.7". A lever is provided for raising or lowering the feed dogs, which can be used for free motion quilting. The knee lift lets you raise and lower the presser foot. It makes pivoting while sewing very easy, you can make sharp corner stitches quite easily.

If you press the thread cutter button, it will cut the upper thread and the bobbin thread at the same time. Programmable needle up/down feature is crucial for quilters. Janome 6500P has separate button for locking stitch. Once you press the button, it will lock off the stitch, also you can lock at the beginning and end of a stitch pattern. There is a reverse stitch button as well. The keypad on the machine lets you select the stitch number. You can also make your own combination stitches by combining different stitches by pressing the corresponding stitch numbers and you can save it in the memory for later use. It has variable speed control which means you can go fast or slow according to your requirements. It can sew at a speed of 1000 stitches/min.

The angle marking on the needle plate lets you pick the right angles. It comes with an extension table with numbered scaling. There is an optional industrial table as well. You will also get an accessory gift box, with lots of accessories. This machine has 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

One thing we noticed is that, you don't need a lot of time to fall in love with Janome 6500P.  This is a workhorse. It is sturdy, reliable and powerful. We have already talked about how intuitive this machine is. If you are looking for a user-friendly machine, I guess this machine is right up there with the best, if not the best. This machine works the best for those who want to use it for their business. Being a sturdy workhorse, it can provide consistent, professional results for a long period without much maintenance or repair. 

It is a heavy machine, weighing 23.4 lbs, which clearly suggests about the build quality of the machine. There is ample space on this machine for large quilts. The adjustable presser foot pressure makes sewing through thicker fabrics a walk in the park. There is no limit for creativity on this machine. You can customize the stitches to any extent. The automatic needle threader and cutter are huge time savers.

Drawbacks

There isn't a lot to hate about this machine. One feature that is lacking on this machine is the free arm capability.

Pros

•    Extremely user-friendly
•    Great power
•    Quality stitches
•    Super heavy-duty
•    Tons of features

Cons

•    No free arm

Review Verdict

According to us, Janome 6500P scores all the points for ease of use and quality. Its smooth and quiet operation really impressed us. If quality is your top priority, then this machine will definitely be a good tool for you.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches135
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles7 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length & WidthYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmNo
Motor Power1000 Stitches/min
Feed Dog5-piece
Included Feet1/4 Inch Seam Foot, 3-way Cording Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Darning Foot Low Shank, Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot
Machine Weight23.4 lbs
Needle Positions71
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Snap-on Presser FeetYes
Twin NeedleYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work SpaceW 8.8" x H 4.7"
Locking Stitch ButtonYes
Independent Bobbin Winding MotorYes
Automatic TensionYes
Extension TableYes
Knee LifterYes
CoverHard Cover

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