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Thread: Janome 7700 Horizon machine

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    I bought one a month ago. I love it. However I find the built in/on walking foot interferes with changing the needle. I would suggest they make it removable. The automatic plate converter,(changes the throat plate from wide to a single small hole) is great. Keeps your fabric from being eaten at the start of a seam. Other great features are the push button thread cutter and the four LED lights over the sewing area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    The needleplate converter on the Horizon had some problems at the beginning. Something with the spring. I would ask the deal if your machine was one of the ones that was issued a replacement needleplate converter.

    My LQS's demo machine had that issue and they were given by Janome a free redesigned needleplate.

    If your question is just about the converter itself and how and when to hit the button depending on where the bobbin thread is, I've had the same issue, it's operator error. LOL. I just keep hitting the button until it clicks into place.
    Janome Horizon Owner: My APC converter has been replaced once and now the new one is not working properly. I am steamed!!! Put out a lot of $$$ for this machine. Mine is also getting noisy.

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    "Janome Horizon Owner: My APC converter has been replaced once and now the new one is not working properly. I am steamed!!! Put out a lot of $$$ for this machine. Mine is also getting noisy."

    Janome said take it to the dealer and they will make it right. They are going to work on it Monday--after Black Friday sales are over. Gave me new thread and needles. Made a difference. There are actually three generations of APC converters. I've had one and two now should get three.

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    I bought one at the Houston Quilt Festival. I have been a devoted Janome fan for more than 15 years, but I was VERY disappointed in the 7700. So disappointed that I took it back today and exchanged it for a Babylock. There are just too many problems and in my (never to be humble) opinion it does not sew as well as the Janome MC 4000, which is what I had first. The 7700 would NOT sew over the OBW center seams even with the new/improved O2 foot. So it is history, and I am thrilled with the Babylock.

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    Showing my ignorance here - what is OBW seam? I have had two replacement needle plates and even the machine replaced by Janome here in UK, and yet another needle plate replaced on new machine! I too have had Janomes for more than 2o years and am very disappointed in the 7700 which was advertised as the ' be all and end all'

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    Quote Originally Posted by anngi
    Showing my ignorance here - what is OBW seam? I have had two replacement needle plates and even the machine replaced by Janome here in UK, and yet another needle plate replaced on new machine! I too have had Janomes for more than 2o years and am very disappointed in the 7700 which was advertised as the ' be all and end all'
    OBW stands for One Block Wonder. Each block is a hexagon consisting of six sixty degree triangles, which makes the center point have about eight layers coming together. Kind of like a star point. The 7700 sewed fine over two layers, but when it got to the center bulky part, wouldn't go over without major tugging, even with the new redesigned foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    "Janome Horizon Owner: My APC converter has been replaced once and now the new one is not working properly. I am steamed!!! Put out a lot of $$$ for this machine. Mine is also getting noisy."

    Janome said take it to the dealer and they will make it right. They are going to work on it Monday--after Black Friday sales are over. Gave me new thread and needles. Made a difference. There are actually three generations of APC converters. I've had one and two now should get three.
    Also having a problem with the thread raveling in the needle. Dealer said no C&C and gve me Mettler cotton and Schmetz quilting needles. Worked great on FM on and old potholder. Tried a cotton, low loft poly batting sandwich--Mettler thread raveling in the quilting needle.

    I see everyones beautiful work and am so frustrated. I can't even make a junk sample.!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    Also having a problem with the thread raveling in the needle. Dealer said no C&C and gve me Mettler cotton and Schmetz quilting needles. Worked great on FM on and old potholder. Tried a cotton, low loft poly batting sandwich--Mettler thread raveling in the quilting needle.

    I see everyones beautiful work and am so frustrated. I can't even make a junk sample.!!!!
    My Janome dealer (who is a very smart guy) said that all cotton thread is not the best to use, that you should use wrapped cotton or polyester thread. He also said that it is AN OLD WIVES TALE that polyester thread would cut cotton cloth, that it is not true. So try the poly thread and see if that works. And change needles often. Sometimes they have a burr, and every other one in the package will have the same burr.

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    My Janome dealer (who is a very smart guy) said that all cotton thread is not the best to use, that you should use wrapped cotton or polyester thread. He also said that it is AN OLD WIVES TALE that polyester thread would cut cotton cloth, that it is not true. So try the poly thread and see if that works. And change needles often. Sometimes they have a burr, and every other one in the package will have the same burr.

    Had the same problem with a different needle and cotton wrapped poly. And the 'new' Mettler cotton and quilting needle worked on one fabric and not on the next. 50 years sewing on any cheap machine I never saw this before. FINALLY got a 'good' machine and it is too finicky for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy17
    50 years sewing on any cheap machine I never saw this before. FINALLY got a 'good' machine and it is too finicky for me.
    That's exactly how I felt! I loved my cheap little MC4000 and it sewed like a dream! I thought I was getting such a great machine in the 7700, but was EXTREMELY disappointed.

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