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Thread: Horizon memory craft 9400 qcp

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    Horizon memory craft 9400 qcp

    What do members think of this machine? Is it better than its immediate predecessor, and are either of them better for quilting than the . Juki-TL-2010Q


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    Welcome to the board! You're going to have as many differing opinions as you have responses from folks with tons of experience and talent on here. But it really boils down to what your needs are and then what feels the best for you.

    I happen to have the Juki TL 2200 (just the same for FMQ as the 2010) and I also have the Janome 8900 that I picked up used for a fabulous price. I need/use both for different reasons. I prefer the Juki for FMQ because it's such a sturdy machine but the Janome works fine too. I need/use the Janome for all of the other stitches it offers which is why I decided that I needed to have two machines.

    I did test the 9400 when I was considering the used 8900 and I think it's a superior machine but not enough for the $2,000 cost difference over the gently used 8900 I picked-up.

    No right or wrong choice it just all depends on your budget and needs. Both will FMQ beautifully for you.

    For just FMQ I would take my Juki over either Janome.

    Good Luck!

    Christine
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    Dear Christine
    Thank you for your reply. I already have a Janome 7000, and have even quilted a king sized quilt through its tiny harp, but have had this machine for about 30 years and fear that although I love it, it might be on its last legs. I also have a Singer treadle from about 1908 with a massive harp space, which is still going brilliantly, but have not been able to FMQ on it as of yet. The main problem living in France is that there seems to be a price fixing mechanism, whereby it is difficult to obtain secondhand machines, and sometimes only the latest version of any make is offered by the dealers, who all charge the same price. This is particularly the case with the Juki. If I buy from UK for example, where I could get a secondhand or older model at discount price the warranty on a Janome, and also I think the Juki, would be void once in France. Unless of course, there is anyone in France who has one to sell?
    Thanks for your input. I think I rather hanker after the Juki and just hope the Janome 7000 keeps going.
    Polyxana

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    Had the 8900 and was given full value trade on 9400 when 9400 first came out. Also have juki tl2010q. Stitch quality and sewing over seams...juki wins. With the hp needle plate and foot, Janome comes close....juki has no complaints with any thread or needle. Janome takes any thread or needle when piecing but is picky sewing quilt sandwich...only likes Janome purple tip needles. Lighting on juki is useless...had to add lights...Janome lighting pretty good, especially with pull out light over needle; could still use more. Automatic presser foot lift on Janome is a winner...throat space on Janome has it all over juki....i’m glad I have both and prefer the 9400 over the 8900 if only for the auto foot lift.

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    My 9400 is the first Janome I have ever had. Previously I have had Vikings, specifically Designer 2 and a Singer S16. Having said that I cannot say enough good things about the machine. I LOVE everything about it. Yes, its expensive but I bought it as my forever machine for all of the quilting opportunities it allows.

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    I do hope you find a gently used Juki - I think you'll really appreciate how well it FMQ. I agree with all of gshalom's detailed comments regarding both the Juki and Janome models too.

    Good Luck!

    Christine

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyxana View Post
    Dear Christine
    Thank you for your reply. I already have a Janome 7000, and have even quilted a king sized quilt through its tiny harp, but have had this machine for about 30 years and fear that although I love it, it might be on its last legs. I also have a Singer treadle from about 1908 with a massive harp space, which is still going brilliantly, but have not been able to FMQ on it as of yet. The main problem living in France is that there seems to be a price fixing mechanism, whereby it is difficult to obtain secondhand machines, and sometimes only the latest version of any make is offered by the dealers, who all charge the same price. This is particularly the case with the Juki. If I buy from UK for example, where I could get a secondhand or older model at discount price the warranty on a Janome, and also I think the Juki, would be void once in France. Unless of course, there is anyone in France who has one to sell?
    Thanks for your input. I think I rather hanker after the Juki and just hope the Janome 7000 keeps going.
    Polyxana
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    If money is no object then the 770QE solves every problem

    Quote Originally Posted by lyric girl View Post
    My direct experience is with the predecessor machine, the 8900. I despised the 8900 and gladly traded it on my Bernina 770QE less than a year and a half after I got the 8900. It wound bobbins SO poorly that I was winding bobbins on my 30 year old Bernina. It was also extremely tempermental sewing over quilting intersections. I never sewing anything heavier than quilting cotton on it as I was pretty sure that it wouldn't handle it at all. Read the reviews and trust your gut.
    Christine
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    Thank you everyone for comments on Juki v Janome, particularly the well balanced comparison by gshalom. Interested in lyric girl's thoughts on Janome bobbin winder. This is the one criticism I have had on the 7000. It has poor bobbin winding and have not even been able to get the bobbin to wind at all on my Janome 500e embroidery machine, although it is satisfactory in every other way. The Janome 7000 FMQ's really well, but as stated before the harp space is too small for easy quilting, as I usually make king sized quilts.
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    Polyxana

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