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    When I look at two inches, it doesn't look like that much but I guess it might be for quilting.

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    I decided on the Horizon 8200 @ $1999. because it was everything and more than I needed. The 8900 is very nice, but I didn't want to pay the extra $1,000 for features I didn't really need. Good luck to you - both are great machines.

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    Wow, that's a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyx5 View Post
    I decided on the Horizon 8200 @ $1999. because it was everything and more than I needed. The 8900 is very nice, but I didn't want to pay the extra $1,000 for features I didn't really need. Good luck to you - both are great machines.
    Can you let us know where you got that price? I want to be able to go in to my dealer armed with pricing info. Thanks!

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    I too would be interested in the location for that machine. At my dealer the 7700 is on sale for $2299 and I thought that was pretty good since another place I called it was $2900.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriem View Post
    I too would be interested in the location for that machine. At my dealer the 7700 is on sale for $2299 and I thought that was pretty good since another place I called it was $2900.
    Perhaps the lowered price, is after the inclusion of her trade?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    You have me confused here ...
    **what does the 7700 have that the 6600 does not, for consistent FMQ stitches?
    **you mentioned the 7700 has auto tension and adjustable FMQ feet ... is that the same blue dot bobbin case? and the specialized FMQ feet that you use with the 6600? or are you referenciing something else?

    The auto single hole plate would be nice .... and the 2" extra throat would be amazing.

    If you'd help me sort out my confusion ... I'd sure appreciate it!
    Same goes for me ... ??
    I have the 6600 and love it, haven't seen any reason YET to move to the 7700 or the new 8900 ... ?? My 6600 FMQ's beautifully. I think a lot of people just expect the machine to do FMQ COMPLETELY FOR THEM. It still takes practice !!
    I've tried several friends' 7700 machines and couldn't justify spending more $$, there was little difference IMHO, other than the extra lighting and the throat plate ... but on the plus side, with the new models, Janome will keep reducing the price on the 7700 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyx5 View Post
    I decided on the Horizon 8200 @ $1999. because it was everything and more than I needed. The 8900 is very nice, but I didn't want to pay the extra $1,000 for features I didn't really need. Good luck to you - both are great machines.
    WOW ... can you let us know who and where your dealer is ?? that's an unheard of price !

    I was told FAR more than that on the 8200, the 2 Janome dealers near me are still asking $2499 & 2699 for the 7700 !!?? ... and the 6600 at $15-1600 ...
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    I purchased the Janome 8900 last thursday, 4/25/13. It was $3,995.00 plus extras. The dealer at Sew 'N Save, Jim, spent 2 hours with me as I wanted to go over the machine thoroughly, switching stitch plates, presser feet, using decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and finding the perfect 1/4" seam. He patiently addressed all my inquiries and let me run the machine so that I could learn. I am very comfortable with this machine and love it's lock stitch, thread cutter, and 11" harp space. The decorative stitches are very friendly to use and are 9mm. As my dealer is quite a distance from me, I appreciated greatly, the comprehensive lesson. I have even called with a question already and received immediate response from a technician there. I'm very pleased with Sew 'N Save and the Janome 8900.

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    I'm eyeing the 8900 right now. Quiltsong - how do you like it so far?

    I have a 6600 that I LOVE and it's not even a year old yet but I see some features on the 8900 that I could really use.

    Does the 8900 use the same bobbins as the 6600?

    I think I might stop by the dealer soon and see if they have one set up I can take for a test drive, and find out what sort of trade in I can get for my 6600.

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    I had a 7700 and got the 8900. It works much easier in terms of free motion stitching without the eyelashes or tension issues I had with the 7700. The lighting is better,the motor smoother and quieter. They use new feet that don't fit on the other machine,but use the same bobbins. I really enjoy it.
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    I just purchased a Janome 8900 for $2000. Pricing for this machine is all over the place and seems almost ridiculously random. I'm in NY and one dealer wanted $3600 and another wanted $2999. My mother lives in Florida and both she and a friend wanted the 8900. She was quoted $3400 at one dealer and then another was $2000. Needless to say, she bought from the dealer that priced the machine at $2000, and so did I and her friend. He is shipping it to me for free and since it was out-of-state he didn't charge me sales tax. I've got my tracking number and it's scheduled for delivery on Tuesday (purchased it just this past Thursday).

    The variable pricing on these machines is just outrageous at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madriver View Post
    I just purchased a Janome 8900 for $2000. Pricing for this machine is all over the place and seems almost ridiculously random. I'm in NY and one dealer wanted $3600 and another wanted $2999. My mother lives in Florida and both she and a friend wanted the 8900. She was quoted $3400 at one dealer and then another was $2000. Needless to say, she bought from the dealer that priced the machine at $2000, and so did I and her friend. He is shipping it to me for free and since it was out-of-state he didn't charge me sales tax. I've got my tracking number and it's scheduled for delivery on Tuesday (purchased it just this past Thursday).

    The variable pricing on these machines is just outrageous at this point.
    Congratulations! on your new machine.

    What needs to be remembered in comparing prices is whether they are equal deals when it comes to the price. Eg. Does each pricing have all the same inclusions re the Janome table, feet, other accessories, lessons, servicing, etc. And of course, it there is a trade being factored in.

    Often times, when an apple to apple comparison is made ... they come out pretty close to the same $$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Congratulations! on your new machine.

    What needs to be remembered in comparing prices is whether they are equal deals when it comes to the price. Eg. Does each pricing have all the same inclusions re the Janome table, feet, other accessories, lessons, servicing, etc. And of course, it there is a trade being factored in.

    Often times, when an apple to apple comparison is made ... they come out pretty close to the same $$$
    The $2000 price was for the machine with its standard accessories (16 feet and the extension table). My mother and her friend also got unlimited free lessons and 10 years parts and labor servicing since they're local. Since I'm in New York the lessons and warranty deal doesn't really apply. It was a great deal.

    The prices I was quoted up here didn't include any fancy extras such as the big table or extra feet beyond what comes standard with the machine. I would like to think these things are apple to apple among different dealers but that hasn't been my experience. I think it's more along the lines of they'll take what they can get and you really have to be a savvy shopper to get a fair price.

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    I'd love to know where in FL you got your machine if you don't mind sending me a private message, Madriver.

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    I sent you a PM, lots2do!

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    Thanks! I appreciate it.

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    I bought the 7700 a month ago, have had it now for 3 weeks, love the machine. I got a good deal thru Sewing machines plus, it was financed for a great price, free shipping, NO tax and NO interest.
    They had the 8900 at that finance deal at that time too - purchased mine on tax day.

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    I got the 8200 a couple of weeks ago trading up from the 6500. Love it. Better lighting, more harp space, the 1/4 inch seam setting that is spot on every time, the accufeed system with the wider feet which never slip or slide, the plate change which is just pushing button to lift one off and insert the other one, larger plate so more of the mechanical parts are exposed and can be cleaned easier, the drop stitch function that can be engaged at any point in a decorative stitch but will wait until the end of a design before slowing down and stitching in place...smart machine...and there are probably more that I haven't discovered! My LQS was pricing it at $2900 but had a spring cleaning special where they would give you $820 for ANY machine that you brought in for trade. One thing the 8900 has that the 8200 doesn't is a magnifying glass right over the sewing area and I think a couple more lights. For me, it's the machine that I could afford and have more control over my sewing.

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    Hi Madriver: I was at my local Janome dealer yesterday and am considering purchasing the 8200 for $2,000 and that comes with 5 years maintenance and of course the warranty. I loved the 8900 but couldn't justify the extra $1,000. After reading your post, I am realizing I need to shop around for a better price before I make the plunge. Can you email me the supplier in Florida that you purchased your 8900 from. Thank You

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    $2000 for the 8900 Horizon is a VERY good deal. I was quoted $4000.00 just a few weeks ago. It is a wonderful machine and does everything. The 9 mm feed makes a great difference, and the led lights make you feel like you are on an air line runway!!! The machine I test drove came with unlimited classes forever and a 5 year guarantee. It was a wonderful deal and a fun machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justathought View Post
    Hi Madriver: I was at my local Janome dealer yesterday and am considering purchasing the 8200 for $2,000 and that comes with 5 years maintenance and of course the warranty. I loved the 8900 but couldn't justify the extra $1,000. After reading your post, I am realizing I need to shop around for a better price before I make the plunge. Can you email me the supplier in Florida that you purchased your 8900 from. Thank You
    I sent you a private message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madriver View Post
    I sent you a private message.
    Madriver and others, I would also like a PM with the name of the Florida dealer with the great price on the 8900. Have you ladies actually made the purchase and had a good experience with this dealer online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBX Quilter View Post
    Madriver and others, I would also like a PM with the name of the Florida dealer with the great price on the 8900. Have you ladies actually made the purchase and had a good experience with this dealer online?
    I sent you a private message.

    I haven't had any problems with the dealer. Like I posted, this is my mother's local dealer in Florida. I live in NY and the machine was shipped up to me. The 8900 is awesome!

    In the showroom, the dealer has a $2999 price tag on the 8900. When my mother expressed an interest in the machine, his initial offer was $2499. When her, her two friends and myself (in NY) said we all wanted one he said he'd do it for $2000 each. This was a few weeks prior to the quilt show in Paducah. My mother said she wasn't going to do anything prior to the show and wanted to price the machine there. The dealer said he'd price match Paducah although he doubted very much she'd get a better price there. He was right.

    Once she returned, she went back to the shop. One of her friends backed out of the purchase so it was only 3 people purchasing instead of the original 4. He still (without a peep) sold the three machines for $2000 each. He also gave me free shipping/no tax.

    I'm thrilled with the machine. It was a painless and easy transaction, not to mention a great deal.

    Since his initial offer to my mother (before he realized more than one person would be buying) was $2499 there's NO WAY I'd pay more than that at any dealership.

    Best of luck on getting your machine.

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    I just ordered my machine from Madriver's dealer. $2250 including shipping. He said he can no longer match the $2000 he sold it for to Madriver and her mom. I was fine with the $2250. By the way, other dealers are also selling it for $2199 including shipping. (Found this out 10 minutes too late, but I really like the owner of the company in FL). Also, he shipped it out today and there is no sales tax since I don't live in Florida. That saved me $150 right there. I can hardly stand it, I'm so excited to get my new machine.

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