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How to remove a foot on a janome memory craft 6500
March 25, 2019 Books 4 comments

You can try this test, but be aware that I am not a Janome technician and you do so at your own risk. However I know someone who performed the test and it worked perfectly, not saying this will/won't happen in your case but if it was my machine I would give it a try. YMMV and that's Ok too!

While this has been a fantastic model it is getting quite old now, and depending on usage, electronics may/may not start to give up the ghost....hopefully, I'm wrong about though!
Janome model: MC6500
Elna model: 7200
Singer model: Studio I S18

To Diagnose if the Fuse has Blown

Perform the following step for the following errors: “BM INIT”, “FM INIT”, and “FM INIT” before doing anything else.

Put the needle in the highest position and then turn the machine on. If you get “E1”, turn the machine off, put the needle in the lowest position, and then turn it back on. If you get “E2”, the customer jammed the machine and it blew the 3.15A, 250V, white thermo fuse (#000182904) on the back of the 'A' board. “E3” and “E5” can also mean the fuse has blown.

BM INIT: Zigzag Motor.
A. Check the connections.
B. With the machine off, push the needle bar to the left & right several times. You should just feel the friction of the step motor. C. Check for thread caught in the gears and clean zigzag motor sensor.
D. Replace the zigzag motor if necessary.

  • 04-25-2016, 09:10 AM#1


    Janome Memory Craft 6500 walking/even feed foot help

    Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this site but came for help.
    I'm trying to attach my walking foot to my Jamone Memory craft 6500 and it seems that the screw/hole on the presser bar doesn't line up with the middle of the walking foot "U" shaped attachment area. I can't move the foot any lower and it just doesn't line up.
    Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how did you resolve it?
    ( I had tried to attach a photo but it keeps uploading upside down.)

    Last edited by kimagine; 04-25-2016 at 09:15 AM. Reason: photo uploaded upside down :S

  • 04-25-2016, 09:17 AM#2


    Nancy in western NY
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    welcome to the board. sorry, can't help with your foot. if you are viewing your picture on a phone or other device that automatically turns your pic right side up, it won't load that way here. either the picture has to be taken with your camera right side up, or you have to edit the picture to the upright position.

  • 04-25-2016, 09:18 AM#3

    Power Poster

    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

    I have an older Bernina and it takes some wiggling to get it into place. You can always call Janome customer service and they can walk you thru the process. Welcome to the board.

  • 04-25-2016, 10:01 AM#4

    Super Member

    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

    It is a bugger to line up. If you take out the needle,you have a little more room to wiggle. Go to your dealer and have them show you. Good luck

  • 04-25-2016, 10:17 AM#5

    Super Member

    I don't remove the screw all the way..almost all the way. I have a janome and i think it's the same. Have to wiggle it on but it goes!

  • 04-25-2016, 10:30 AM#6

    Super Member

    Silly question perhaps, do you have your presser foot up? And the bar of the walking foot over the needle bar?


  • 04-25-2016, 12:02 PM#7


    ha, not silly. I do have the presser foot up. The bar doesn't move though, I've tried to move it up further. I'll try a picture. It's a good 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch out on lining up.

  • 04-25-2016, 12:07 PM#8

    this is my picture. The presser foot is up and the presser bar won't budge. The walking foot won't go any lower

  • 04-25-2016, 01:38 PM#9

    Power Poster

    Last edited by nativetexan; 04-25-2016 at 01:44 PM.

    Oh! is it the correct foot for your machine? If so, something else is wrong. Have you tried looking on Janome site for your machine. It may show pics of this, i would hope. I have a janome MC4800 and mine fits, has a bar that moves up and down that go onto the screw.
    found this pic-
    Good luck.

  • 04-25-2016, 02:20 PM#10

    Super Member

    The Janome is a low shank machine and it looks as though your attachment is for a high shank. My Janome book has several walking foot attachments that are marked "excluding MC6500P" so check the Janome website for the correct attachment product number. My walking foot is specifically labelled for low shank and is part no. 214-874-024 but I don't know if this number would be relevant to you as it is about 10 years old and purchased in Australia.

    I have never had any issues getting my walking foot on, it is a little bit of a fiddle, but easily done.

  • 04-25-2016, 03:44 PM#11

    Super Member


    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

    I used to have the 6500 and while I would use the knee lift to raise the presser foot so I could install the walking foot, it looks like your foot may be for a high shank machine. I also agree that I never (on any of my Janomes) have fully removed the screw. It is way to hard to put back in -- so said my dealer when I bought the machine, so I have not removed it.

  • 04-25-2016, 05:14 PM#12

    Super Member
    i have the janome 6600 and it has the accu feed system, these are my walking feet. I thought the 6500 had the same...but I'm not sure.

  • 04-25-2016, 08:19 PM#13


    okay, thank you, everyone! This is all very helpful! I'll take it in and let the pros explain whats up.

  • 04-26-2016, 03:38 AM#14

    Super Member

    The 6500 does not have ascu feed... It was the reason I purchased the 6600 instead...

  • 04-26-2016, 04:38 AM#15

    Super Member

    yep, wrong foot, You need the low shank foot. there are two different ones and I agree with Deecee it looks like you have a high shank foot.

  • 04-26-2016, 10:48 AM#16

    Super Member

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  • 04-26-2016, 03:25 PM#17

    Super Member

    I Have a Janome 6600. On mine you can lift the presser foot even more if your lift the lever higher. Mine will lift higher than what you would normally lift it for sewing. Hope this makes sense.

  • 04-26-2016, 03:43 PM#18

    Power Poster
    I have this machine. Did the foot come with it? If you push the knee lifter bar does it go up more so you can install the walking foot? I do not remove the screw either. It looks like the right foot.
    Originally Posted by kimagine
    this is my picture. The presser foot is up and the presser bar won't budge. The walking foot won't go any lower

  • 04-26-2016, 09:11 PM#19

    Super Member

    Try this website: [email protected]. You will be surprised there will be someone on there that will answer your question.

  • 04-26-2016, 09:33 PM#20

    Super Member

    Not the right one. you need the low shank walking foot. one that fits a singer will work. you shouldn't have to take the screw out to put it into place.

  • 04-27-2016, 03:57 AM#21

    Super Member

    Hi, Kimagine, I'm glad that I'm not the only person that has bother attaching a walking foot. I have a Janome DHL603 and it is a super machine, but every time I try to attach walking foot I have a terrible job.
    If I magnetise a screwdriver I can just about manage to put the screw in. Someone suggested to me to partially loosen the screw and this does help. Hope this information helps. Welcome to the site.

  • 04-28-2016, 09:26 AM#22

    I had that happen with my Janome 6500 too. I bought a walking foot at a quilt show after looking to see if it would fit my machine. I must have read wrong, because, just as your problem, I had the same issue. It was the wrong foot for my machine. I went to my dealer to have them explain to me why it wouldn't fit after I read which machines it would fit. Not only did they explain how I got confused (sorry, so long ago I can't remember why), they actually exchanged it for the correct size foot, even tho I didn't buy it from them. Love my dealer! Anyway, check to see if you accidentally bought the wrong size for the 6500. Hope you have as good of luck as I had!
    Originally Posted by kimagine

    Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this site but came for help.
    I'm trying to attach my walking foot to my Jamone Memory craft 6500 and it seems that the screw/hole on the presser bar doesn't line up with the middle of the walking foot "U" shaped attachment area. I can't move the foot any lower and it just doesn't line up.
    Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how did you resolve it? ( I had tried to attach a photo but it keeps uploading upside down.)

  • Every so often I get a Janome in for an annual service that has a presser foot lifter that doesn't want to stay up. Once that screw is loosened and removed, the lifter comes right out. . It is a Janome Memory Craft






    Changing the Presser Foot


    Turn OFF the power switch before changing the foot.

    Always use the proper foot for the selected pattern. Wrong


    foot can cause the needle to break.


    To snap off:

    Raise the needle and presser foot.

    Press the red button on the back of the foot holder and the

    foot will drop.

    To snap on:

    Place the presser foot so the pin on the foot lies just under


    the groove of the foot holder.

    Lower the foot holder to lock the foot in place.

    Each foot is marked with a letter for identification.

    Detaching and Attaching the Foot Holder


    Turn OFF the power switch before detaching or attaching


    the foot holder.

    To detach:

    Raise the presser bar and turn the thumbscrew

    counterclockwise to remove the foot holder.

    To attach:


    Align the hole in the foot holder with the threaded hole in

    the presser bar and insert the thumbscrew through the



    Tighten the thumbscrew by turning it clockwise.



    Red Button


    Foot Holder


    Presser Foot






    Identification Letter




    Foot holder


    Presser Bar

    Need a Foot? Shank Type is Important

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    Every so often I get a Janome 6500 in for an annual service that has a presser foot lifter that doesn’t want to stay up. If I try really hard I can get it to stay up, but it’s not easy, and it’s certainly not the way the presser foot lifter was designed to work. It’s very frustrating, even during the short sew-off portion of the annual service, to cope with the presser foot slamming down when I try to raise it up. If you have a Janome 6500 with this problem, then you know just what I’m talking about.

    In the image to the right I am showing the presser foot lifter. It is quite easily removed from the machine. A large screw goes through the hole at the top of the lifter. Once that screw is loosened and removed, the lifter comes right out. The screw isn’t accessible without removing the “Front Plate Unit”, but this part comes off easily because it is only held on with one spring and two screws.

    How to Fix the Presser Foot Lifter

    I use a razor blade to score the holding surface of the presser foot lifter. This is the area that would be responsible for holding the presser foot up, and in my image is the upper left portion of the lifter. It takes less than a minute to score this surface and make it rough enough to do the job. Once properly scored, I put it back in the machine. It works every time!

    I'm trying to attach my walking foot to my Jamone Memory craft and it seems I don't remove the screw all the all the way.

    Janome Sewing Machine Memory Craft 6500 MC6500P Computerized Sewing Machine

    The Janome Memory Craft 6500 P is a sewing and quilting machine that has definitely stood the test of time. If you are like me, you often wonder what people who own sewing machine stores use for their own personal use.

    I got an answer one day… at least from one store owner… while talking with Faye Nicholl, owner and manager of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida. Her machine of choice for the last 12 years has been and continues to be the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P.

    Faye likes this machine so much, she has two that she uses in the store when making quilts for customers, making display items and working on any other sewing other project that requires her attention during the work day.

    At A Glance

    Janome Memory Craft 6500 P

    A series of function and control buttons

    You know there is something special about the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P by its construction. You could immediately tell that both of the machines in the store were special by the slightly worn paint on the metal work surface.

    Any sewing machine that is used so much that the paint begins to wear off is one that is used quite a bit.

    The Janome Memory Craft 6500 P has an on board needle threader, a retractable chrome thread guide, a monochromatic LCD screen, on board seam guides etched onto the needle plate, adjustable stitch length and width controls and a series of function and control buttons, including edit and memory buttons, stitch selection buttons and a series of function buttons above the needle: start/stop; needle up/down; reverse/lock stitch; and tie off/thread cut.

    Stitch selection buttons

    There is also a presser foot adjustment control with a window which allows the user to see the precise setting at a glance, a variable speed control slider and a knee lift. The drop feed control lever is located on the very front of the Memory Craft 6500 P, on the lower right hand side.


    • 135 decorative and utility stitch options
      • 7 One-step buttonholes
      • 4 Alphanumeric fonts (block or script – with or without European accents)
    • Automatic thread tension control
    • On board needle threader
    • Needle up/down
    • 5 Piece feed dog
    • Drop feed
    • Automatic thread cutter
    • Start/stop button
    • Locking stitch button
    • Reverse button
    • Twin needle guard
    • Variable speed control slider
    • 5 Memory banks
    • Individual and combination stitch editing
    • Last stitch recall
    • Knee lift
    • Auto declutch bobbin winding
    • Extra high presser foot lift
    • Monochromatic LCD screen
    • Presser foot pressure adjustment
    • Horizontal full rotary hook bobbin system
    • Adjustable stitch length and width
    • Vertical thread delivery system with dual thread guide bar
    • On board cone thread guides
    • On board stitch selection guide
    • On board help

    Needle up/down

    Working on the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P

    While it might at first appear as though threading the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P might be a challenge, the on board thread guides simplify the process for you.

    In addition, the owner’s manual does a very good job of giving a detailed written description of each step. There are also guides which take you through the steps necessary to winding the bobbin and its proper insertion as well.

    On board stitch selection guide

    Once the machine is threaded and the bobbin is in place, the steps involved in selecting the desired stitch starts with referring to the on board stitch selection guide and identifying the mode or the menu where the desired stitch is located.

    There are four different modes: 1) frequently used utility stitches; 2) patchwork and quilting stitches; 3) buttonholes and additional utility stitches; 4) alphanumeric fonts.

    Spectacular results

    For this review, I sampled several of the utility and decorative stitches in the quilt mode, simulating a real quilting situation with quilt batting sandwiched between two layers of fabric.

    I even toyed with one of the applique stitch options to attach an applique. The results were spectacular. It didn’t matter which stitch option I sampled, every one of them came out with precision. The Janome Memory Craft 6500 P is solid, quiet and does no vibrate at all.


    Although I didn’t use it during this review, I was genuinely impressed by the fact that the drop feed control is on front of the machine, right at your fingertips.


    • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
    • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
    • Knits
    • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
    • Denim
    • Upholstery
    • Leather/suede
    • Fur
    • Reptile skin
    • Canvas/Twill
    • Plastic/Rubber
    • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers


    Standard accessories:

    • 13 Snap on presser feet
      • Zigzag foot
      • Overedge foot
      • Rolled hem foot
      • Zipper foot
      • Satin stitch foot
      • Blind hem foot
      • Cording foot
      • Overcasting foot
      • Automatic buttonhole foot
      • Basting/darning foot
      • ¼ ” Seam foot
      • Even feed foot
      • Open toe satin stitch foot
    • Flathead screwdriver
    • 4 Sided screwdriver tool
    • Extra needles
    • Lint brush
    • Seam ripper
    • 2 Spool holders (1 large/1 small)
    • Extra bobbins
    • Standard quilting bar
    • Quilting bar for even feed foot
    • Cloth guide with screw
    • Owner’s manual
    • Accessory storage case with presser foot storage compartment
    • Knee lifter

    Optional accessories:

    • Ruffler
    • Ribbon sewing guide
    • Quilting attachment kit
    • Pintucking cord guide
    • Horizontal spool holder
    • Extra-large foot controller
    • Buttonhole stabilizer plate
    • Optional Presser Feet
    • Piping foot
    • 3-way cording foot
    • Applique foot
    • Beading foot
    • Binder foot
    • Adjustable blind hem foot
    • Blind hem foot
    • Border guide foot
    • Button sewing foot
    • Invisible zipper foot
    • Edge guide foot
    • Fringing foot
    • Gathering foot
    • Set of hemmer feet
    • Pintucking foot
    • Ribbon/sequin foot
    • Roller foot
    • Rotary even foot
    • Satin stitch foot
    • Sliding buttonhole foot
    • Sliding guide foot
    • Straight stitch foot
    • Ultraglide foot
    • Screw on zipper foot
    • Open toe satin stitch foot
    • Low shank free motion quilting foot
    • Ditch quilting foot
    • Open toe satin stitch foot
    • Low shank open toe darning foot
    • Open toe foot with attached quilting guide


    After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
    Clean race hook and feed dogs
    Wipe head with soft dry cloth
    Wipe head with soft damp cloth
    Service by sewing machine repair professional

    Tying Off The Loose Ends

    It was very easy for me to understand why the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P is a favorite of this sewing machine store owner. The P stands for ‘Professional’.

    Some might mistakenly believe it is made for industrial use only. While the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P feels like an industrial machine and is excellent for use in a tailor shop or for professional alterations, it is designed for home use.

    This sewing and quilting workhorse reminds me of the sewing machines made before the middle to late 1980s… the ones that were handed down from generation to generation.

    The Janome Memory Craft 6500 P has just enough features to make sewing a major source of enjoyment and pleasure for anyone who appreciates a well-built sewing machine.

    It does not have a free arm, but since it is designated as a quilting machine, a free arm is really not all that necessary. Besides, if you want to use it as a straight sewing machine, there are ways to achieve all of the tasks one performs with a free arm with just a few minor adjustments in technique.

    A well-built sewing machine

    I recommend the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P for anyone above the age of 10 years of age who sews. With this in mind, I concede that some, but not all children younger than 10 will be able to use this machine as well.

    However, because of the extra steps required to make a stitch selection, I think younger children would get bored or frustrated.

    The Janome Memory Craft 6500 P is so easy to work with, so sturdy and such a reliable sewing and quilting machine, I do not hesitate in recommending it for anyone who wants a machine that can do just about anything and is not concerned that it is not ‘the latest model’.

    I have often said that the true test of a sewing machine is not how it operates when it is brand spanking new, but how it stands up after several years of constant heavy use.

    The mere fact that for 21 years it has served the owner of a sewing machine store and she continues to be a dedicated user is enough testimony to convince me that the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P stands heads and shoulders above all other sewing and quilting machines in its class.

    This is no lightweight or portable sewing machine. While it is not made with all metal parts, every one of the critical components are made of metal, not plastic.

    Like all other sewing machines with computerized components, the Memory Craft 6500 P requires servicing by an authorized Janome service and repair specialist at least once a year – more often if it is used heavily.

    No doubt, because it works so great, you might be tempted to forego the annual visit to the shop, but this is the only way to assure that all of the components work at optimum capacity for the life of the machine.

    The particular machine that I reviewed has been in use for 12 years. I have no doubt that 24 years from now and beyond, the Janome Memory Craft 6500 will still be in service, providing many hours of flawless sewing and quilting.

    Its performance and handling actually remind me of the sewing machines of days gone by. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Faye’s grandchildren inherit these Memory Craft 6500 P’s and when they do, they will still be in perfect working condition.

    The good news is you can purchase a brand new Janome Memory Craft 6500 P from your local authorized Janome dealer for a very reasonable financial investment.

    If you are in the market for a reliable sewing and quilting machine that has a proven track record for being an excellent addition to any sewing room, you owe it to yourself to take a long hard look at the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P.

    Janome Memory Craft 6500 P Review


    Stitch quality


    Ease of use



    • Stands the test of time
    • More than 130 on board utility and decorative stitch options


    4.9Overall Score

    Reader Rating: (34 Votes)

    Link To Official Website

    Skill Level:

    Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
    Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
    Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

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