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151 of 151 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
I've had my Janome for nearly four months and it is a great machine. I started quilting, five months ago, using a very basic machine (another brand). There was nothing wrong with my basic machine. I was able to piece and free-motion (up and down stitches only) quilt finished pieces, but after increased exposure to the world of quilting, I wanted more in my machine. I wanted a thread cutter, a needle up/down setting, a knee lift, different types of feet, and a larger throat space. I also wanted to try other FMQ stitch designs that my basic machine could not handle. For some reason, my basic machine didn't like FMQ unless I used up and down maneuvers only. I had thread tension problems. I was also tired of having to change my front-loading bobbin case. The bobbin case always fell apart.
I researched several machines and my decision came down to this model or the Janome 6500/6600. I didn't need the additional types of stitches, so I chose the 6300. The machine is heavy but setup was a breeze. The manual is very easy to read. I love the top-loading bobbin case. Basically, you just drop the case in and you're ready to sew. I started sewing the day it arrived and I loved the difference I felt. I use the thread cutter and needle down position quite a bit. Oddly, I haven't touched the knee-lifter. I was so enamoured with the other features, that I haven't used it yet. I've used four of the many feet that were included. There are two others that I can see myself using. The extra 3 inches I have in throat space has made a huge difference. I don't have to fight with my pieces as much as I had to before when I quilted. Most importantly, I can now attempt any design of my choosing as I free-motion quilt with this machine. The machine is very sturdy. I've used it almost every day since I purchased it and I haven't had any problems.
There are no negatives with this machine, but if there was something that I wish I could have instead of this, I think I would need to look into buying a mid-arm or long-arm machine. But for everyday quitling and even for sewing fabrics that aren't quilts, I have no remorse about my purchase. I'll be honest and say that I was not expecting to spend this much on a machine when I started looking for a replacement machine. I was hesitant to hit the "Buy" button when I settled on the Janome 6300p, but now that I've had it for four months, I'm glad I did. The machine was well worth what I paid.
I forgot to add that if you want to use this machine for Free Motion quilting, you have to use a bobbin holder made for this purpose. This particular bobbin holder was not included with the machine I ordered. The case is called a "blue dot" bobbin case (part number 200445007). There is actually a blue dot on the top of the case. The tension in the blue dot bobbin case is set for Free Motion Quilting. If you use the case that comes with the machine, you will have problems with tension (thread breaking, nesting, etc.)