Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Home (Janome) Memory Craft 6000

The title sounds like one of the old Home Improvement shows where Tim the Toolman Taylor would advertise some new Binford tool.

Tim: "Hey Al, what do you suppose we could use for that new awning we need to make?"

Al: "Not sure, Tim. What did you have in mind?"

Tim: "Let's see if this New Nome Memory Craft Binford 6000 sewing machine will do the trick."

Ok, so it's a little lame. I guess that's why I'm not in Hollywood writing for these guys...

So, here we are, my lovely bride and I taking a nice drive out of the area a few days back. I'm telling her that because of the horrendous pile of sewing machines needing attention in the basement, I'm thinking I shouldn't frequent any Goodwills or thrift stores until I whittle down the inventory. She says "let's just go to this one store we haven't been to before". Ok, hon. So we stop in at the Goodwill store in South Tacoma and what do I see but a New Home Memory Craft 6000 sewing machine. I didn't know what it was at the time. I just saw another newer machine. I did notice though that it had a pink 1/2-off price tag, lowering the price to a manageable $10.


Since I could tell it was electronic to some degree, I plugged it in and tried a few rudimentary functions just to make sure I wasn't buying an ugly door stop. It did seem to work. Fast forward a few days to today. The machine looks pretty decent, so I thought I'd try some stitches. Straight stitch works. Zig zag works. On to some fancy stitches that require the feed dogs to go both forward and reverse. Nope - didn't work. I decided to pop a few covers off and see what there was to see...... The innards of this puppy haven't seen the light of day for a while, and this next photo is it's good side. I didn't get shots of the wads of lint removed from the back side.


I again tried some fancy stitches but to no avail, so I poked around inside the machine, trying to reseat every connector that I could find. And let me tell you, there were plenty.




I again tried some fancy stitches and lo, it seemed to be working, at least for now. Ok, now to try my hand at programming something. Here's what I came up with (yes, it does letters - 135 or so different stitches in all):


Hey, look, it works. And even better, I can program it to some degree. I don't have a manual for this thing but I can get by for now. Below are some more shots of interesting features of this machine. The first couple show some LEDs on the bottom that indicate something. LED 1 appears to be lit whenever the machine has been plugged in. It still glows after unplugging the machine, so it must be connected to some big capacitor inside. LED 2 comes on when the machine is on. LED 4 blinks momentarily when the power switch is flipped off. I haven't seen LED 3 come on.


Here is a shot of LEDs 1 & 2 on:


DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!! (see below) - I'd better not even think of taking this cover off... But a label like that will only make me want to take the cover off even more.


I'm sure I'll report more on this sewing machine at some point but that's all for now.

31 comments:

  1. Wow! This is a computer that happens to sew. Great find.
    Wil

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    1. i BOUGHT THIS MACHINE BRAND NEW ABOUT 1985....IT IS STILL MY GO-TO MACHINE OUT OF ALL I OWN...SEWED A MILLION MILES ON HER...AND WITH AN OCCASIONAL TUNE UP BY MY SEWING MACHINE MAN, I'M SURE I CAN GET A MILLION MORE DONE. eMILY DAVLIN HOUSTON TX

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  2. LOL!!!! "But a label like that will only make me want to take the cover off even more." I nearly spewed my coffee all over my key board. Don't worry, when the sewing machine police come to arrest you for taking the cover off, I'll be right there along side you.

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  3. Hi! I have the same machine, bought it new and have sewn on it and loved it for... over 30 years I do believe! Hope you get all the functions to work. It is one great machine!

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  4. I have this same machine. I bought it new in the early eighties. I paid $1200 which was very expensive for a machine in that time. I love it, it has never given me one problem that was not operator error. You have quite a find there, I am sure it has plenty of years left it.

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  5. I have just been given one of these machines with manual. I can't seem to get it to work properly, the first time I turned it on to try it out it sewed a few stitches (straight, zigzag etc 10, 11,12, 13, 14 etc) but the feed dogs didn't work. Now it seems to jamb or lock up with the needle in the down position. Any idea where to start??? How would someone clear the programming back to default??

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    1. My 6000 has stopped working totally. It seems one of the stepper motor circuits has just stopped working. The same (or similar) fate may have come to your machine. I don't have any good ideas, sorry.

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    2. You might check to see if one of the tiny fuses is blown. That's what happened to mine, and I was afraid it was something more serious, but it was just the fuse, which is easily replaced.

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    3. Thank you Carol. I will take a look. Wouldn't that be great if it's just a blown fuse!

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  6. Hi. my 6000. just stopped working,the light bulb comes on though when the machine turned on but it just won't run. I think it's a fuse problem . can you tell me where to locate the fuse and how to change it? thanks

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    1. I don't know if this machine has a fuse. If it did, I'd guess it is on the electronics board under the machine. You may need to find a manual online to see if it calls out a fuse. Sorry I can't be more help.

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    2. Remove the bottom plate from the foot controller.sand lightly with fine paper the points(lift to get paper under) and the curved contact surface.That worked for me

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    3. Yes, it has a 125 Volt 2.5 amp fuse that is about 3/4" long. You can get replacement fuses on Amazon. You can find the fuses if you take the bottom of the machine off, and it's easy to tell if one is blown.
      Your problem sounds just like mine...and it was just the fuse.

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  7. Has anyone had a problem with foot control not working when achine appears to be on and lights are on? tried new foot control and did not correct problem. Thanks

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  8. I have owned this Machine since 1982, bought it new, still have it. It quit once, because I did not clean it in over 10 years. Took it to a authorized Janome dealer, as they make the New Home machines, had it cleaned and she sews like a dream. I love this machine. It is reliable and is one workhorse. Just bought a new Brother Laura Ashley machine, cost a bundle, but the Janome stays here too.

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  9. Just picked up this machine from Craigslist for $50. Machine was complete with all the accessories, accessory box, sewing machine case and instruction manual-- all the fancy features worked out of the box without any encouragement. Machine was in very good condition so I don't know how much it was used. Or it was used a lot but very well cared for. The motor was fast and powerful-- I was so impressed!

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  10. I've misplaced the cable and foot attachment for mine so can't use it, it seems it is so old I can't find a replacement anywhere at the moment. Anyone got a suggestion, please?

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    1. I'm really late in replying, but just in case anyone else has the same question, the power cord for this machine is actually rather universal between many machines. Simply google replacement cord for MC6000 etc. I even saw one online at walmart. Good luck!

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  11. I hope m two servicers in ATL are wrong about my dear MC6000. Plugging in and turning the switch on leaves only the light bulb on; none of the LEDs for the stitches illuminate nor does the machine operate. I hope to tinker and try the sand the foot pedal; or try locating the fuses. Any help is appreciated

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  12. My MC6000 won't remember my needle down. I have to constantly press the needle down button. Everything else works great. Is this normal?

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  13. I have a memory Craft 6000 that I have had for years. It worked great until just recently. I took it into a repair shop and he told me that the motor that runs the feeding of the material is not working. He said you can't get a replacement part so my machine is toast. Everything else is good. Does anyone know where I can get one of these motors or another machine. Thanks

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  14. I recently bought this machine from an elderly couple for my wife who likes to sew things for family and our two little ones. However, due to the elderly woman's health that we purchased it from.. we were not able to get her to show us the ins and outs. Is anyone willing to assist us in how to thread the machine for starters? My email is Colby.l.spencer@gmail.com

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    1. You can get the manual online.

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    2. You can get the manual online.

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    3. The left end of your machine is a door. Open it, and you'll find the threading instructions.

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  15. The left side (end) of your machine is a door. Open it, and you'll find threading instructions.

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  16. I just got this machine from my sister in law. I've been playing around with the different types of stitching, which is very addicting. But I cannot figure out how to program the letters any larger? any suggestions on programming a word such as Tori?

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    1. Sorry, my machine is out of commission, so I haven't messed around with it at all to know how to change letter size. Maybe someone else will chime in with an answer.

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  17. I purchased this same sewing machine in the late eighties second hand for $400. Which was a big some of money for me to come up with back then! Divorced and raising two kids. This machine helped me earn extra money making and selling and doing repairs and alterations. She is still sewing perfectly! Just love her! You can purchase a manual on eBay that is sent to you as a digital download. I could not find my manual recently and needed a refresher on a few things. Thanks to eBay I have a digital copy of the manual on my iPad. It's over eighty pages so I don't want to print.

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  18. My sweetheart bought this machine as a replacement for a smashed Brother machine that made more noise than it sewed. Hands down, it is my favorite and as my daughter has discovered by moving away, it remains amazing in how versatile it remains. If only I could clone it for her in Michigan.

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