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Thread: Janome Horizon instruction class today. WOW!

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    Janome Horizon instruction class today. WOW!

    I arrived early...I always do and Cindy said we can start right away. Cindy said she does the classes on every brand and model of the machines the shop sells. She even carried my machine back to the classroom for me and when it was over she carried it out to my SUV and put it inside for me. Talk about service...lol.

    Since I never had a computerized machine before and really never used any of the "extra" stitches on my old machine I didn't bother looking at or even reading about all of the stitches you can do on the Horizon. Well...she showed me some today and I was amazed. She explained how to do the letters and said...would you like to sew your first name. I said sure...I said...OMG...this is really neat. Then she said...let's make a pattern. So she saved the little car, helicopter and sailboat and had me sew those. Again...OMG this is neat. She gave me all kinds of great ideas since she is a quilter too. She brought 3 Janome feet in the room to show me and I ended up buying the Stitch in the Ditch AcuFeed foot. So many great tips and techniques...I could go forever.

    Another lady was supposed to be there but she didn't show so it was just myself and Cindy. The class was supposed to be 2 hours...it ended up being almost 2 1/2 hours because we talked like we've been friends for years. I told her I've never done FMQ but eventually want to start. So...I did buy one of those sheets to slide the fabric on...she also mentioned the gloves but I said I'm really not ready for FMQ yet so I will wait to buy the gloves.

    I am so glad I took advantage of this free class. I told her my long story of walking in the shop just to look and had my heart set on the 6600 etc. and of course the rest is history. She told me she has a 6600 but will soon be trading up to the Horizon. We were talking prices and of course I told her about the great deal that I got. She said that the new price for their 6600 will be $1,500. I have no clue what the price is right now...should have asked her.

    Anyway...I just had to share my fun 2 1/2 hour class.

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    Sounds like you learned a lot. I bought a Horizon in Dec. I need to take it to one of the classes the sewing center offers! It is a rather heavy machine! I may see if my husband could take me and help carry it in.

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    A great investment of your time. Learning and having fun too Happy you had a great day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baslp View Post
    Sounds like you learned a lot. I bought a Horizon in Dec. I need to take it to one of the classes the sewing center offers! It is a rather heavy machine! I may see if my husband could take me and help carry it in.
    The day I bought it the salesman told me it weighs about 50lbs. I really don't have much of a problem carrying it...with 2 hands. The problem was holding it in my left hand to open the door to the store. The other problem is getting it back up in the air to put it on the table. I should have started weightlifting before I bought this machine. LOL

    I do have a cart that I use for craft shows to move my boxes of candles from the car to my booth space and then back to the car when it's over. I just didn't trust myself wheeling a brand new machine across the parking lot and then up over the curb/sidewalk. With my luck it would have bounced off the cart....or I wouldn't have had the strength to pull it up over the curb.

    I had called yesterday to ask if I needed to take the extension table and the lady I spoke with said no...and I didn't need to take the knee thingie or the large acrylic fabric guide.

    Hope you get to one of the classes and yes it would be nice to have hubby carry it in for you. My class was scheduled from 11-1 so my hubby was at work.

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    this machine realy appeals to me as a quilting /sewing machine--i will need to play with it first---i would appreciate all the opinions pros+cons it all helps

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    Sounds like a great day and you are liking your new machine, that is wonderful!
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    This machine is on my wish list !!!
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    Yay! It sounds like a good day for you!

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    I recently got one of the slidy sheets and I absoultely love it. My first project was a table runner and i FMQed it and that slidy thing made it so easy. For once I was really pleased at how it came out.

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    I got my Horizon right at the end of the year, and let me tell you, I am loving it! I had a Babylock Quest prior to this. I liked the bobbins way better on the Babylock. The Horizon winds them too loose. In my opinion it wastes far too much thread on the bobbin when embrodiering. I have about half a spool left, and it tells me I need more thread on the bobbin. But love the thread cutter. I guess that the two are supposed to compensate for each other. lol

    Hubby is building me a new sewing cabinet for the Horizon. It will not fit in most cabinets. This is good, though; because he is making the work surface extra large for me. I'm in Heaven!
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