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Created On: 05/24/2008 11:58 PM
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 05/24/2008 11:58 PM
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Honni

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I have heard conflicting reports and wish to find out what is the correct answer. Can the new FMQ foot be used with the 6500P. Some say it is for the 6600 only. I would like to get one as I use my 6500 mainly on my quilting frame. I have heard that this foot does not jump and gives a better stitch result. Is there anyone that has this combination of machine and foot. I would really like a definitive answer.



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 05/25/2008 08:18 PM
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Warbler

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Hello Honni,

The new all-metal Free Motion Quilting Foot is for the Janome 6600 and 11000 machines only. The reason is that both these machines are high shank and the new foot is designed for high shank machines. Unfortunately it will not fit the Janome 6500 because it is a low shank machine. It is one of the key differences between the 6500 and 6600. I understand how confusing it must be.

I believe their exists a fmq foot that will fit the 6500 but it is not a Janome brand foot. I don't know if you are a member of the Yahoo group but they are a wonderful resource for such questions. Here is a link just in case.

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 05/25/2008 10:22 PM
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Honni

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Thank you Warbler, I thought this was the case. I think I might have to look for a generic brand to fit my machine.

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 05/27/2008 08:57 PM
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Helen

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Good morning members. I live in down under land and have just heard about your forum and joined with you. I have the Janome 300E which I love the the Janome 6600P which I love even more. I have just purchased the special free motion foot and the bobbin case but I can't get any information on using them. Our state office advised me to just put them on and experiment. I wondered if any members here can give me any advice. I have done free motion quilting but wondered what you do to get the 'hand look quilting stitch' that they say can be obtained with these attachments. Can anyone please help me.
Kindest regards and I hope to learn lots more about my machine here. Helen V
 05/28/2008 08:25 PM
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Warbler

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Hello Helen, You have asked great questions! To use the FMQ foot I drop the feed dogs and set the stitch length to zero. You may have to play with upper thread tension but I started with standard setting then adjusted from there. (generally upward) I can not give you are recommended tension setting (although I went up to 6) because each machine may be slightly different in this regard. Be sure that you are using the correct needle type and thread appropriate for the needle size and job at hand. If you dont already have the straight stitch plate, I also recommend it to use along with the FMQ foot and bobbin holder; it will improve the quality of stitches and eliminate some potental problems. I also recommend making sandwiches of muslin and batting to test your stitching before trying it on a quilt. It may take a couple attempts to get everything right. Other than that, practicing is the most important teaching tool. Don't be afraid to make mistakes because that is how we learn.

I do not know how to form the quilting look a like stitches but it is not done with the free motion quilting foot. I recommend that you go back to the Janome 6500 Group files and search for instructions there.

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Edited: 05/28/2008 at 08:28 PM by Warbler
 05/30/2008 09:51 AM
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DandDThornton

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the only thing that I would add is to make a practice quilt sandwich with fabric similar to what you want to quilt on.

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 05/30/2008 07:49 PM
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Warbler

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As I recommended earlier...
I also recommend making sandwiches of muslin and batting to test your stitching before trying it on a quilt. It may take a couple attempts to get everything right. Other than that, practicing is the most important teaching tool. Don't be afraid to make mistakes because that is how we learn.
Sorry I felt so compelled to point that out but saying it again along with your recommendation for a practice sandwich only emphasizes the importance of it!

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 06/13/2008 03:18 PM
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cbhusman

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My local dealer told me that she has been advising customers to just buy the new bobbin case and use it with their darning foot. She feels that the FMQ foot is more durable than the darning foot, but isn't really needed unless you do a lot of free motion quilting. Does anyone have an opinion on this? She was out of the bobbin cases so I haven't experimented yet.
 06/14/2008 08:42 PM
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Warbler

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I really like the FMQ foot as it does not jump up and down as the darning foot moves. It remains stationary. Although the FMQ foot has a height adjustment so that the round foot can be moved so that it "floats" above the quilt top, depending on the thickness of batting or the complexity of piecing with heavy seams.

The new bobbin case is great as it can be used on both 6500/6600 machines and with any darning foot that fits our machines.

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 07/11/2008 09:44 AM
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quilterlynn

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I have just put in my new FMQ foot and notice that everyone says it's 'adjustable' and I notice that it is supposed to be adjustable. OK............exactly HOW to I do that? I can't see a place to 'adjust' it! Mine seems to be quite low and actually makes the sandwich move too slowly under the presser foot.

Thanks in advance.


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 07/12/2008 09:07 PM
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Warbler

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Quilterlynn, There is a screw head at the top of the foot above the spring; when you twist it, that will raise and lower the foot. I have mine set so that it barely touches the quilt top and glides over the surface. The only adjustment you will need to watch for are seams where the top is slightly thicker. As long as the foot can freely move over the seams, you sould be good to go. If the foot set too high above the quilt, it can lead to skipped stitches.

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Janome MC6600, Bernina 240, Juki MO735 serger, 1948 221-1, 1951 201-2

Edited: 07/12/2008 at 09:08 PM by Warbler
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