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96.4 The Janome Jem Gold 660 is another Janome sewing machine that gets very good consumer ratings.  This unit can be found online for under $200 (at some outlets) and owners really like it for its simple and straightforward design, ease-of-use and very light weight. [REF Janome Sewing Machine Reviews]

There are a limited number of consumer ratings and reviews for the Janome Jem Gold but some were found (over 10).  Of these the overwhelming majority are very positive.  The machine is clearly well liked by owners and most have rated it 5 stars out of 5.  Ratings are shown in the following table:

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  5 stars out of 5  6
 Epinions  4.5 stars out of 5  4
 Mr Vac & Mrs Sew  5 stars out of 5  1

Consumer comments indicate that this sewing machine is predominantly well liked for its compact design, light weight (and thus portability) and ease of operation.  Many owners write about taking this machine to sewing classes or workshops - and even on vacations or to the summer house/cabin.  At about 12 lbs it is quite a bit lighter than most other sewing machines.  Janome also describe this as a ¾ size machine.

Due to its relatively basic set of features it is also a good fit for those learning to sew and for those who only need/want the essentials.  There are several positive comments about the fact that this unit is uncomplicated and very reliable, and also that the stitches are very even.  The only downside brought up by owners is the inability to lower the feed dogs.
 
A list of common Janome Jem Gold 660 likes and dislikes is provided below:

PROS
- Lightweight and portable
- Easy to operate
- Very even and accurate stitches
- Easy to thread
- Sturdy machine
- Manual is easy to understand

CONS
- The feed dogs cannot be lowered

You can read more customer reviews for the Janome Jem Gold 660 on Amazon.

Key Sewing Machine Features
- 8 stitches (controlled by a dial on the machine – 2 stretch stitches included)
- 1 four-step buttonhole
- Stitch indication windows displays the stitch in use
- Automatic needle threader
- Free arm
- Top loading bobbin (jam proof with see-through cover)
- Auto-declutch bobbinwinder
- Stitch reverse lever (helpful if you want to reinforce stitches)
- Presser feet snap on and off
- Built in storage compartment for accessories
- Built in thread cutter
- Measurement markings on the needle plate
- Lay-in tension control
- Light to illuminate the sewing area
- Extra high presser foot lift capability
- Foot controller

The 660 includes a host of accessories such as bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, screwdriver, both large and small spoolholders, and a spool pin.  Also, a buttonhole foot and an overedge foot are provided.  In addition, a diagram on the front of the machine shows all the stitches which makes stitch selection easier.  It should be noted that the stitch width and length on this machine cannot be adjusted.  The Janome Jem Gold 660 carries a manufacturer’s warranty that includes 25-years on the machine’s mechanics, 5-years on electronics and 1-year on labor.

Sewing Machine Manual
For more details you may wish to check out the Janome Jem Gold 660 Manual.

Sewing Machine Brochure
A short 2 page sales brochure that shows the stitches and some of the sewing machine features can also be found here.

 

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