What if you wanted a sewing machine that was not as humongous as industrial sewing machines, but which is still equally good for sewing as well as quilting?
What if you wanted a portable sewing machine that wasn’t as “impotent” as most of the highly portable sewing machines are?
What if you have used Janome sewing machines like 1050 for example and now you want to up the game because you wanna be able to sew layers and thick fabrics?
Well, if that is the case then you must need a sewing and quilting machine like MC6650 from Janome.
Janome’s MC6650 is a sewing and quilting duo is a fully functional sewing and quilting machine – irrespective of its compact size and lightweight. The LCD alone was made keeping in mind the user who’d use this machine for professional, day to day, sewing and quilting.
Apart from its good looks, its this machine’s clarity and simplicity that attracts every seamstress and seamster.
Review Janome MC6650
This is a review of Janome’s MC6650. It is based on a three-fold frame: the features, pros and cons and FAQs.
For reviews, I rely on hands-on testing, expert opinions and the reviews given on Amazon by the verified customers of a particular product.
Let’s start with the amazing features of this product.
- 10” All-Metal Sewing Bed – This machine is a quilting + sewing machine. They knew that you’d use it for big projects (even if its only sewing) so they provided you a big and flat sewing space with a 10” x 4” all-metal bed. This means maximum ease, comfort and control while sewing.
- Start/Stop Button – The start/stop button is a must have especially in case you are working on a big project that needs less tweaking and more sewing. You can use this button to have the control of this machine on your finger tip. Also, the favorite/default stitch setting means that whenever you want to work on your project, you can just switch on the machine and start working with your favorite settings.
- 170 Built-in Stitches – Now beat this. Unlike Janome 7730 and 1050, this big sewing + quilting machine has 170 built-in stitches. This number is way bigger than any Singer or Brother machine with similar specs and nature. Included in these 170 built-in stitches are 2 alphabets. Although I wished that with this big number of stitches, they offered at least 10 different alphabets.
- 1000 Stitches/Minute Maximum Speed – When it comes to the maximum sewing machine that you can achieve on this machine, that is 1000 stitches/minute. This speed is actually a proof that this is a 100% professional sewing and quilting machine, because the speed limit for professional sewing/quilting machine starts from roughly 800-850 stitches per minute.
- Memorized Needle Up/Down Position – Just like other Janome machines, this one also has the option for you to make the machine memorize the sewing needle up and down position. This means that machine will remember where you normally want the needle to end up whether it’s up or down and it would apply the same setting every time.
- Needle Threader – The manual and built-in needle threader makes it possible for you to thread the needle with one hand and in no time.
- 6 LEDs in 3 Locations – How about this one? Since this machine has a big sewing space, they sort of overkilled the sewing space illumination thing. However, we cannot say that more light is bad. There are 6 LEDs in 3 locations on this sewing and quilting machine; I bet that even with lights off you can flawlessly sew and quilt on this machine.
- Stitch Length and Width Adjustment – This machine also allows you to enjoy adjustable stitch length and width. In terms of stitch length, the maximum you can do is 5mm which is the same in most of the Janome machines, but in terms of width adjustment, this machine is better than likes of 1050 and 7730. The maximum stitch width on this thing is 9mm (compared with 7mm on the mentioned sewing machines).
- Big Control Panel with a Big LCD – Not only in terms of number of stitches and a few other features, but in terms of the LCD’s size and quality too, this machine is way better than 1050 and many other Janome machines. It has a big and bright and backlit LCD screen. The red colored control panel has many different buttons for settings, stitch selection, reverse sewing, cutting, locking and whatnot.
- Reverse Stitching – Speaking of reverse stitching, with a push on that button you can reverse stitch and thus reinforce the thread with reverse stitching. You can also use the same feature to stop a pattern before it ends.
- Speed Control – While the maximum speed that you can achieve on this machine is 1000 stitches/minute, you definitely do not have to sew at that speed. The speed is adjustable and a simple to use speed control on the front let you go from normal to fast to maximum speed.
- Locking Stitch Button – You do not have to use reverse stitching to reinforce the seams. You can press this button and the thread will be tied off then and there.
- 1000 Stitches/Minute
- 170 Built-in Stitches
- 6 LED Lights
- Big LCD Screen
- Only Two Alphabets
Here are the most frequently asked questions about this machine and answers to those questions:
Is this heavy enough to sew leather?
Yes. This is a quilting machine and it can sew thick leather or layers of thin leather. It is almost as powerful as your typical industrial sewing machines.
Does this machine have the ability to do free motion quilting?
Yes. This machine has the ability to do free motion and as per the account of one or two customers, this machine is better at that when compared with some other high-quality machines such as Pfaff.
Is this a free arm sewing machine?
Unfortunately, no! These machines can be turned into free arm ones only when there is an accessory box that can be removed to turn the bed into free arm thing. This machine has no such accessory box so it cannot be turned into a free arm one.
What is the throat length?
It is 10” long and 4” wide.
Does this machine come with a feed foot or walking foot?
Yes. This machine comes with a Janome walking foot.
What is the warranty?
Since Janome puts so much trust in its product, it offers a 25 years warranty on the mechanical parts and as far as electronic parts are concerned, you get a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase.
Is this model self-oiling?
Unfortunately, no. All Janome machines have to be oiled properly.
Does this machine have a bobbin alarm?
Unfortunately, no. This machine does not have any such advanced feature, but the bobbin’s container is covered with a transparent lid so you can see when it is about to run out.
Does this machine have an automatic thread cutter?
Yes, it does.
Does this machine come with top-loading/jam-proof bobbin?
The answer to both of these questions is yes.