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    Janome Horizon sewing machine

    does anyone else have this machine...I thought it would be my dream machine but am kinda disappoint in the feed dogs.....lots of jamming and skipped stitches and find myself changing needles alot. I have tried various settings but mostly keep it on the factory setting...fussy about thread also...I have a janome 2030 and have absolutely no problems....am I doing something wrong????
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    Which Janome Horizon do you have? I have both the 12000 and the 8900 and lve both of them. No problems whatsoever.

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    Did you buy it from a dealer? That is the only advantage of paying a higher price to get the service which sounds like you need. I only use to use Mettler thread on my Bernina (dealer recommended) but just recently tried Aurifil which is also running great. It is not worth the hassle when using the lower grade threads.
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    I have the 7700 and apart that it is fussy with thread (mine likes Guttermann) I love it. It has sewn everything from denim to chiffon without missing a stitch.
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    I had similar problems with my 8900 when I was top stitching some table runners. I took it in for service; in addition to a thorough cleaning (I had done several projects with flannel and always use insulbright in my runners so there was lint in places I wouldn't even try to reach) the dealer recommended Purple Tip needles for some of the sewing I do. No more problems with the machine so you may want to try a different size/type of needle.

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    I have a 7700. Found that it was skipping stitches and found that I had not wound the bobbin correctly. I find that if I wind the bobbin too fast that the skipping stitches problems reappears.
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    I have the horizon 8900 and am disappointed at having to change needles often, but otherwise I like it, especially the free motion quilting foot. I had it at the dealer several times because of skipped stitches and they always told me that I need to change the needle. I never really know what needle to use, and just wait for the machine to act up, than I change the needle , I hope you can make friends with it.

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    I have a Janome 7700 and had a Janome 6500P. Had some problems with the 6500P and the dealer suggested using their needles with purple tips. Had
    no other problems with it and use the purple needles with my 7700. Now if I can just remember to unthread the machine when I leave it so my cat would not eat my thread in two at the spool. LOL.

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    i havee a 7700 horizon and no problems i just love it

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    I bought a Janome 7700 in June and I am finally getting used to the quirks of my machine. I had some tension issues with mine in the beginning and I had to fiddle with my top tension a lot.

    If by jamming, you mean that the fabric doesn't catch at the feed dogs and it jams under the presser foot, I found that I need to have lots of material under the presser foot and the feed dogs need to covered with material before they will move the fabric. I would suggest using a leader and ender when you are sewing, especially small pieces of fabric that don't cover the feed dogs.

    No problems with thread at all. Been using Connecting Threads cotton in it and it works great.

    The 7700 is a great machine and has lots of cool features and stitches. Don't give up.
    Last edited by IrishgalfromNJ; 12-20-2015 at 05:17 AM. Reason: to add more info.

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    What Janome are you referring to? Feed dogs don't cause skipped stitches. The wrong needle match to your thread can. Try a 90/14 top stitch...that may fix your problem. I have seven Janome machines ..love them all....partial to my 6600 and 8900. The all work best with the 90/14 topstitch needle when quilting.....please post your model number...perhaps we can help more...there are numerous "horizon" models in the Janome line.

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    what brand are the "purple tip" needles???/ I am going to start using leaders and see if that will help....also I use a wide variety of thread and can't really tell which is the problem...will pay attention LOL BTW...I just checked my needles and have none with purple tip??? my horizon is the 8900
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    I have the 7700 and apart that it is fussy with thread (mine likes Guttermann) I love it. It has sewn everything from denim to chiffon without missing a stitch.
    I have a 7700 and have never had a problem with any thread. Although I usually use Superior threads, I also use C&C, when I just need a small amount of a certain color for topstitching. If your machine seems picky about thread, the problem may be your needle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR View Post
    what brand are the "purple tip" needles???/ I am going to start using leaders and see if that will help....also I use a wide variety of thread and can't really tell which is the problem...will pay attention LOL BTW...I just checked my needles and have none with purple tip??? my horizon is the 8900
    The purple tip needles are Janome brand. You can get them at the dealer and on line. I have a 8900 and found that micortex needles work better than universal because they have a sharper point. I always use them when working with batik. I have not tried the purple tip needles yet but when I need to buy needles I'll give them a try. I want to use up what I have first.

    I have had a few quirks with mine but mostly it was me getting used to the machine. My other machine was a 39 year old Viking so lots of changes between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishgalfromNJ View Post
    I bought a Janome 7700 in June and I am finally getting used to the quirks of my machine. I had some tension issues with mine in the beginning and I had to fiddle with my top tension a lot.

    If by jamming, you mean that the fabric doesn't catch at the feed dogs and it jams under the presser foot, I found that I need to have lots of material under the presser foot and the feed dogs need to covered with material before they will move the fabric. I would suggest using a leader and ender when you are sewing, especially small pieces of fabric that don't cover the feed dogs.

    No problems with thread at all. Been using Connecting Threads cotton in it and it works great.

    The 7700 is a great machine and has lots of cool features and stitches. Don't give up.
    I find that the feed dogs need to be ON the fabric too....my old kenmore would grab it and away it would go...nothing like the older machines, such work horses, new ones I find to be tempermental LOL
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    I have the 12000 and have had nothing but trouble with it shredding thread somewhere from the needle and the up and down arm. In 70 minutes of sewing it shredded 3 times. I changed needle, changed thread, checked for something close to the up and down arm but nothing helped.

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    I have had an 8900 since November 30. Honestly, I think my problems have simply been a learning curve thing. Compared to hell I used to put up with with my Pfaff Expression, this is a breeze.

    That being said, I'm currently looking at a vintage Bernina on my local Kijiji which I am going to check out on Saturday.

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    i have had a low end Janome that I had no problems with other than I did have to have a leader/ender . My 8200 Horizon also prefers it with decorative stitches. Not needle picky or thread fussy. I bought a pack of 100 Organ needles for about $10 on Amazon and they're just great--90/14. The local dealers likes Schmetz but really the problem you're having sounds like the needle needs to take a bite of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid View Post
    I have the 12000 and have had nothing but trouble with it shredding thread somewhere from the needle and the up and down arm. In 70 minutes of sewing it shredded 3 times. I changed needle, changed thread, checked for something close to the up and down arm but nothing helped.
    which brand of needle do you use?
    once i switched from schmetz to organ brand, i had no thread shred problems with my 8900 [during free motion quilting.]

    not knocking schmetz at all. great needles.
    it's only that my horizon works better when i use organ - which is the company that also manufactures the needles that carry the janome brand.
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    I don't understand how a sewing machine " knows" what kind of thread one is using.......I personally use whatever color I need at the moment........not the brand...at least for general sewing, piecing.--and I'm talking sewing threads only.... Needles, yes, there one must know when to change out for particular purpose. Also, it is a good practice to replace needle after each large project....or several small ones.....and clean that "lint trap" often! When things really go haywire and my little tracks can't fix it, I pack that monster up (BL) and off to techie it goes.....and I have found that one takes that trip so much more often than my Viking ( older one)... Do you think all that extra technology causes these "sewing machines" to be more touchy?

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    PatriceJ do use schmetz I will change and see if that helps. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid View Post
    I have the 12000 and have had nothing but trouble with it shredding thread somewhere from the needle and the up and down arm. In 70 minutes of sewing it shredded 3 times. I changed needle, changed thread, checked for something close to the up and down arm but nothing helped.
    this is retorical but have you tried taking the cover off the first thing the tread goes thru....I ran a piece of dentafloss thru that and the swing arm to see if it was catching somewhere.. it was...piece of thread inbedded in the arm...just a tiny piece but really chewed up and sticking. the 8900 is a very touchy b....ch LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid View Post
    PatriceJ do use schmetz I will change and see if that helps. Thanks
    I have switched to using only Organ brand needles in my Janome Horizon 8900. the Organ brand lines up better with the "automatic" needle threader AND my thread doesn't shred when i do free motion. (my free motion stinks out loud, so i need all the help i can get. LOL)

    I can use either organ or schmetz in my brother.

    I haven't really tested to see whether there is a difference between brands when i'm embroidering with my Janome MC 11000. since i have soooooo many schmetz brand needles for emroidery, and since i haven't had any problems using them in the 11000, and since i don't want to spend another pile of money collection organ brand for embroidery, i might never know. LOL
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    I quilt with a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2. I use a Superior 14/90 or 16/100 titanium top stitch needle for quilting, it gives me great results. I've been machine quilting since 1994, used a Bernina 1031 also.
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