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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.

UPDATE (3/11/13):
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.)
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
I ordered this sewing machine after having to return the Singer Sewing Machine that I ordered a few days before. I wrote a long review on why the Singer machine was returned, so I won't bother with that here.
I already have one Janome Machine, a Magnolia. It's a great machine and I haven't had any problems with it but I sew everyday and I wanted a machine with more features. Specifically a faster machine, an automatic thread cutter and a knee lift. This machine has delivered all those items and more. I love this machine. I have had no problems with it and have sewen three quilts and several other projects since I received it. I love that it came with and extension table (they cost around $100 to buy separately). It also comes with alot of different feet and a nice case to organize everything in.
I love the automatic thread cutter and the knee lift, they save me tons of time. This machine is very fast and not too loud. The bobbin winder works very well and you can wind bobbins while sewing as there is a separate motor. I was able to unpack and set it up quickly. It is very easy to use, I flipped through the instruction booklet to make sure I threaded it correctly and I was able to sew with it right away. This machine is kinda heavy, so If you want a machine you can cart around with you then take that into consideration, also this is not a free arm machine, I don't sew clothing so that doesn't bother me but it might bother someone who does sew clothing. I would highly recommend this machine!!
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
Lots and lots of things I want to say about this machine .. and they are all good, well great really! I had a Simplicity machine that was over 20 years old, worked fine but had it's faults. My sweet husband gave me "free rein" for my birthday/Christmas to get a new machine and this is what I settled on (at my local quilt shop). I was going after the 11000 but the price was an issue I hadn't expected :( So, I have this awesome machine and, like the other reviews, have had zero problems with it. I'm not a proficient enough quilter to run the thing as fast as it will go, don't really know who would need to go as fast as this thing appears that it will go, as I can barely get past the first arrow, but it sails nicely. The bobbin winder works so well, so fast, it scares me :) But it works, unlike the one on my Janome 350e! Love the auto thread cutter, the knee-lifter, the extension table, all the additonal feet that came with it ... the drop in bobbin was a real treat for me too (from the 'old way') ... and all the stitches, some of which I have used more than once already. Made a Bible Cover for my Mom and put a pocket inside and attached the pocket with one of the dressy stitches :)

** OH, the very BEST part ... the 11" sewing area !! I've got an ACRE now compared my 8" Simplicity! **

The one thing I don't like is the lack of the free-arm .. I do not sew clothing, but I don't like being limited either. If I don't want to be in free-arm 'mode', I want that to be MY choice, I don't want to be forced into it, you know ? I didn't realize that when I got the machine, but there are so many other goodies, they pretty well make up for that 'one' thing. Well, one other thing, kinda minor .. I thought there were more lights on board. There is only the light above the needle .. at least it's an LED. I took care of that problem with one of those flexible lights from WalMart (a pink one ;). Stuck it to the back of the machine, works like a charm.

Overall, this Janome 6300P gets an A from me .. points off for the free-arm situation and the lights, otherwise an A+ (takes more than this to take points off .. remember what I'm coming from .. a 20-year old plug-n-go machine !)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
The Janome MC6300P is a machine with all the sturdiness and most of the versatility of the Janome MC6500P and the Janome MC6600P. The body and physical attributes are almost identical with these machines, and the footprint is the same. The 6300 however, isn't burdened with the couple of hundred stitches more the other machines have built in. My needs were mostly for a wide harp, and a knee lift, and a few stitches that would give me some wider parameters for use than buying the Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine which is also a terrific machine. I wanted a machine for mainly free motion quilting, but I also sew garments, so wanted to be able to use the machine I was to purchase for that as well if I wanted to do so. I do have other machines. In the end I did get a terrific deal on this machine on another site, but would have ordered from AMAZON for the Brother without concern since AMAZON has always given excellent service, and I did buy my serger here on AMAZON some years ago. In any case, the Janome MC6300P does excellent FMQ, and also regular sewing - so far I have done a few projects, none extremely large, but the machine sews flawlessly and easily, and the lighting, though it could be better, is adequate. The stitches have a surprising delicacy about them which I really like - I do have another Janome at a much lower price point, and it does a really nice job as well of both regular sewing and FMQ. When I got close and personal to this machine I saw a very nice stitch package - it would be fine as an only machine. It hasn't a free arm, but that isn't something I use very often. The KNEE LIFT, and the larger harp are great, as is the auto thread cutter - I had previously thought that an auto thread cutter - meaning you press a button and built-in scissors clip your threads - would be something I wouldn't care for, but I am already sold. But the best feature whatsoever is the knee lift - and combined with the other features and the solid build, this machine is far more than a good price at the 1199 it sells for now. Choosing stitches is easy and learning the easy settings is not too much of a learning curve, although the threading is a bit different and more complex than a lot of normal smaller machines these days, but again, using the manual - all can be learned quite easily. I highly recommend this machine. :)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
I waited for a while to review this because I wanted to use it a lot first. I made a fleece bathrobe and a small quilt It sews like a dream--all stitches are even--including the decorative ones. The fabric feeds very evenly as well. I am a novice with Free Motion Quilting and have given up on other machines--either I am getting more accustomed to FMQ--or this machine makes it easy--I even made free motion trees with branches on my quilt. The bobbin fills up in seconds--fastest I have ever seen. I left the legs off the really nice extension table that comes with it--and it fits in my SewEZi table without having to buy another insert. I used pliers and pulled the fabric guide blade off the quarter inch foot--and like it much better for piecing, as it did not sew over pins very well with the guide blade in place. The standard foot can be used as a quarter inch quide by moving the needle position to the right.
Things I wish were different: you cannot change the width of the blind hem stitch--you have to move the needle position--I can live with it--but whoever heard of not being able to change the width on a basic sitch? Although the bobbin fills up fast--it does not fill up the edge of the bobbin--so you have to fill it more often. The manual is very cryptic--it does not explain all of the stitches or tell you how to use the hand look quilt stitch. It does not tell you how to adjust the eveness of the bobbin winding either. It also does not tell you about the blue dot bobbin case--a bobbin case that you have to purchase separately that has a loose tension for FMQ and the Hand Look stitch . I have had to find out this stuff by googling--and looking at the Janome website. The Hand Look Quilt stitch does work pretty well once you change the bobbin case and use 50 WT thread in the bobbin and Sulky invisibile thread in the top.
My dislikes are pretty minor--this is a great solidly built machine without all the fancy stuff I rarely use and in my price range. How many decorative stitches do you really need? It is very much like an old fashioned mechanical sewing machine--with just a teensy hint of computer techno geek added.
Addtional note one month later regarding bobbin winding--I discovered that you can hold your finger lightly on the bobbin winding sensor to fill it that teensy bit further; it will beep and autostop again when completely full so do not press too hard. Still loving this machine for its old-school sturdiness.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
I absolutely love my new Janome MC-6300p. It has everything. It runs very smoothly, threads its own thread, and cuts it at the end. It is so easy to make bobbins. This product came with every foot I could imagine and the quilting board, all at a great price. It was my Christmas gift to myself and I couldn't be happier.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2014
I’ve been sewing garments and home décor since I was a child using primarily Singer machines which were great. Problem was I wanted to sew thick fabric for winter coats and do some upholstery work and my machine was just too weak to handle it. I needed a professional weight machine. After a lot of research I bought the Janome MC6300P one year ago and have been thrilled with the results. Strong and didn’t bog down when handling multiple layers of upholstery fabric. I’m an old time sewist so not having a free-arm machine is not an issue.

That led to quilting. In the last year I’ve made over a dozen quilts – the largest of which is an oversized king (120” square). I was able to FMQ this piece which says a lot for the large throat area on the machine. It may be cumbersome and a bit awkward – but can be done. The knee-lift has been a real time saver. The only accessory I would recommend is the straight needle plate. Great for avoiding those fabric snags.

This machine is not loaded with a bunch of embroidery stitches so if that’s what you do or plan to do, rethink buying this. It certainly has enough for me. I use the blanket or satin stitches for applique work so I’m happy. All in all – a tremendous machine which I plan on enjoying for years to come.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2013
I've been sewing since I was a teenager and I'm now 66. I have gone through my share of machines and liked some features on some machines and some on other machines. This one has it ALL!! I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and IT IS A DREAM COME TRUE! It sews so quietly and smoothly. Every stitch is perfect. Easy stop/go. Needle up/down choice. Speed control. Top loading bobbin. I also LOVE the extra space between throat and needle, great for quilters (which I happen to be). I'm in love with this machine and should I ever need a new one, nothing but Janomes for me from now on!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
I bought this to replace my 30 year old Singer that was very basic. My sewing consists of making quilts and I wanted something that would also do machine quilting since I cannot hand quilt any longer. This machine does a wonderful job at machine quilting and straight quilting with 2 special feet. It also has a special 1/4 inch seam allowance foot for piecing and the knee lift is great. Excellent upgrade for quilters using an older, basic machine.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
I have now owned the Janome 6300P for 2 weeks and I can't say enough about it. I am an average quilter at best and thought it was me. It was not, it was my old machine. My quilt blocks are 100% on point. The knee lifter has saved me alot of time. This machine was absolutely the best purchase I have ever made.
If you're thinking about it...do it, you will never regret it.
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