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Janome 1600P & Grace Frame SR2+

Janome 1600P & Grace Frame SR2+

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I know it has been a while so these are some of my finished work completed with the Grace SR2 frame.
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I just love quilting on my Grace frame and my JUKI TL 2010 Q.
Good evening, friends. I purchased a Grace SR2+ on Massdrop with a Janome 1600p as a package. I did a whole cloth test, then loaded my first quilt. It is 90 inches long. I am half-way done and can’t raise the take-up rail any higher. I need to do this so the machine can move freely underneath.
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did I assemble it incorrectly? It can’t possibly be that the throat of the recommended machine can’t handle long quilts, can it?
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Princessmaxmama
Hi Princessmaxmama, If you don't get a response here, I suggest reaching out the Grace Frame's customer service department. 1(800) 264-0644. They are wonderful to work with.
Princessmaxmama
Did you ever resolve this issue? I'm just starting to work with mine and am a bit worried that it will not be able to lift up enough for a longer quilt.
Are there two more people planning to order this? I've almost secured the finances, but I don't want to get my hopes up if not enough people buy for it to drop.
legere.paige
I just ordered this.
I wish I had the money to order this!!! I so want to purchase... and I have never seen this for less than this price!
And to boot, I didn’t receive the speed control!
KBD30
The speed control is useless if the machine is on the frame. You will need to order the stitch regulator at $499-599, depending on where you order it from. I found out the hard way. I am still trying to get through a quilt on this thing. I learned on an HQ machine and rack, so this is a lot more labor intensive.
Highly dissappointed that absolutely NO written instructructione came with this drop of the Grace SR2 frame. None, nada, zilch!
KBD30
Hi KBD30, I'm sorry to hear that. I will let the vendor know that this has happened so that they make sure to add instructions going forward. In the meantime. here is a link to them. https://www.graceframe.com/frontend/images/instruction-pdfs/machine-frame/sr-2-assembly-instructions.pdf
If you reach out to Grace Frame directly, they can send you the speed control that is for your machine. Customer Service The Grace Company 1-800-264-0644 info@graceframe.com
SandyLucas
Thank you. I did reach out to Grace Co and they promptly sent me the speed control and and also sent instructions, which are more updated than what was online.
I have assembled the frame and I am working on getting the top plate on the bottom carriage. The top plate I was sent is a dual wheel track system. What I am finding is that all 8 wheels do not touch the track of the bottom carriage. This means the top plate does not sit securely in the bottom carriage. I'll send a picture so you can see what I am talking about. Does anyone else have this issue? Seems like my machine will not be steady with this issue. At any given time only 6 of the 8 wheels are on the track.
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10sGeri
Well my husband figured it out super quick. If you flip the bottom carriage over you see 4 screws for each track. You can loosen them and push the track out a bit to create a better fit.
So, I have received the sewing machine and darning foot/plate. What is the expected delivery date for the frame? @SandyLucas
Princessmaxmama
The expected ship date is 2/26 but I know the vendor is working on getting the order ready so I would guess that it will arrive before the expected ship date.
Princessmaxmama
Thank you!
I was part of the October, 2017 drop for the Grace SR2+. I had some trouble with the directions that other quilters can, hopefully, avoid. The directions that came with the frame were version 3.0, copyright January 1, 2017. (Please be aware that the pdf instructions available on Grace's website are an older version, copyright May 1, 2013, and use different hardware.) The included documentation began with a Parts List (pages 3-4), that I tried to follow while unpacking the 4 boxes. A list of the problems I encountered is below. --1-- The four Table Angle Supports were listed in box 1. They were actually shipped in box 2. --2-- The diagrams in the Parts List for box 2 show the Right Rail Holder Brackets separate from the Ratchet Caps. The caps were shipped already attached to the rail holders. --3-- Also in box 2, the Left Rail Holder Brackets and Right Rail Holder Brackets already had the required M6 Flat Washers and M6 Nylock Nuts screwed onto the protruding bolts. There were also two bags containing more M6 Flat Washers and M6 Nylock Nuts, which I didn't need (unless I assembled it incorrectly, which is entirely possible). --4-- In the Hardware section of the Parts List, there is a type of screw named M5 X 10 SHCS. Later on in Step 2: Table Brace Assembly (page 6), they are referred to as “M5 X 10mm SCHCS” instead of “M5 X 10 SHCS.” The label on the plastic bag they came in reads “SHCS,” not “SCHCS.” --5-- In the Frame Directions, the second Note at the end of Step 4: Tracks Assembly (page 8) should be ignored! The frame was shipped with two long tracks AND two short tracks. Buyers should NOT need to take a sharp knife to the long tracks if assembling the frame in crib size. Hope this helps (and sorry for the terrible formatting)!
Kate_850
Thank you for taking the time to note these details. I will print them in the hopes of saving myself some build time when the frame is delivered.
Kate_850
Thank you for these notes! They applied almost exactly to the frame I was shipped in March, 2018. (I got three boxes instead of four but all parts were there.) Wish I'd taken the time to print them off before assembling my frame. Luckily, my husband is an engineer : )
I really want to order this drop but I am confused on the availability of the darning plate and darning foot. Some say it is not included but the drop says it is. I really would like to know if it is included and if it is will be shipped separately. Thank you.
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Thank you for your quick response. I have one more question. When will my cc be charged at the end of drop or at time of shipment.
Eliz
No problem! Your CC will be charged at the end of the drop.
Would I be able to mount my Bernina 880 on this frame?
Is the track and carriage system part the SR2+ frame package without the Janome machine? This may be a dumb question, but I’m a newbie when it comes to the grace quilting frames.
KBD30
Yes it is.
Hello do you ship to New Zealand and if so what would the shiping costs be.
Thankyou
So excited this is being offered again. Will the darning plate and foot be included with this drop?
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I heard back from the vendor on the assembled dimensions. Assembled dimensions: Height 40 in (101.6 cm)
  • Assembled dimensions: Width 36 in (91.44 cm)
  • Assembled dimensions: Length 103 in (261.62 cm)
SandyLucas
Thank you!
Has anyone started to put this thing together? Still trying to sort out the pieces and parts.
Wish this shipped inside a plain box, getting this for the wife for x-mas and she almost got to the package before I did. So far I got the sewing machine, another small box from Janome (showed up yesterday) no clue what it is, guessing it's the plate and foot that's being mentioned. Got an email with 4 different tracking numbers, guessing that's the frame. Really hope it's not labeled in case she gets to the package before me.
From all you other quilters: this sounded like a complete package, is there anything else I need to make this so she can getup and go right on x-mas day?
Tong
Hi @Tong, First off, what a thoughtful gift! I'm sure your wife will be thrilled. The second box from Janome is in fact the darning plate and foot that you saw in the discussions.
I'm sorry to say that the frame, shipped in four boxes, will not be in plain boxes. Hope this info makes it easier to coordinate with the packages arrival.
When is the Grace Frame SR2 shipping?
I received my sewing machine from this drop on Friday(11-10-17) It is a wonderful machine but it did not include a darning plate or a darning foot. Those items need to be purchased separately I guess. Did anyone else get there machine with the darning plate?
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No, I have not received the frame yet. When is it shipping out?
sunnyrobin
Hi @sunnyrobin, Janome is going to be sending out the darning plate and foot tomorrow. There was a mix up on their end and they are taking care of it for everyone.
So only the sewing machine shipped? Very unclear that it would come in 2 separate shipments at different times???
mstarkman
Hi @mstarkman, Sorry for the confusion. That should have been called out. I have updated the copy for any future drops so your call out will help alleviate confusion for other members. Thank you!
Is it possible to do a drop for the Grace SureStitch regulator?
Where can we get the plate the we need to do the free motion quilting?
HI - could you please confirm the exact model of the Janome 1600P included here. I want to purchase the free motion convertible kit and darning plate. Is it the 1600P, 1600P-DB or 600P-DBX. I also want to make sure I have correct needles and bobbins. Thanks.
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No, I won't have a tracking number but Janome is a great vendor. They always follow through and I'm sure it's being prepared at their warehouse as I type this. :-)
Oh my gosh, of course!
What the what? I could have and sworn that at noon central time, it said there was 14 more hours to the drop. It's 9 now and it's closed!
Can’t wait for mine to arrive!
What footprint does this require for setup. I couldn't find the dimensions in the assembly instructions linked to below?
How does the Janome get attached to the Grace Frame? Are there secure clips to hold it in place?
sunnyrobin
It sits on the carriage and is held in place by a clamp that is locked. I've attached the instruction sheet which may answer other questions. https://www.graceframe.com/frontend/images/instruction-pdfs/machine-frame/sr-2-assembly-instructions.pdf
Does the Janome come with a darning plate or a darning foot for free motion quilting?
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So, to confirm, out of box, this setup will do straight-line quilting but free-motion will require some accessories? Or can you do free-motion with what it has?
Princessmaxmama
No you can't do free motion without a free motion foot. Also you can't lower the feed dogs on the Janome 1600P so you need to purchase a new plate to cover the feed dogs also. It would be better if these came with the drop, since they are selling the set for long arm quiltings :) but right now you have to get them on your own.
Don't see it listed, but must confirming that this drop includes the Speed Control but NOT the Stitch Regulator? Will you make that available as well?
mstarkman
Hi mstarkman, Confirming that the Speed control IS included and the Stitch regulator is not. It won't be available for this drop but you could purchase it from Grace Frame. I'll have to work with the vendor to see if it can be included in future drops but I can't say definitely yes or no at the moment.
Do I need to purchase a quilt foot or any additional equipment for the Janome 1600p? I am interested in joining this drop but would like to know what else I need before I do.
Sher
Hi Sher, The list of included items with the sewing machine are listed below. Hope that helps. Accessory box
  • Bobbins
  • Cloth guide with screw
  • Hemmer foot
  • Instruction book
  • Knee lifter
  • Large and small screwdrivers
  • Lint brush
  • Oil
  • Organ needles: HL x 5-16 (1), HL x 5-14 (1), HL x 5-11 (2), HL x 5-9 (1)
  • Net
  • Spool cap
  • Spool holder
  • Janome’s 25-year warranty
  • Owner’s manual
I have a Janome 6600. would I be able to use it with the frame until I purchase another machine?
fetterchelei
Hi @fetterchelei, If you don't see your machine on this chart, https://s3.amazonaws.com/massdropinc/SCB+Compatibility+2011.pdf I would check in with Grace Company directly. I feel like the 6600 is similar to the 6500 but I am not 100% sure and don't want to provide incorrect info.