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Old 06-23-2018, 12:29 PM
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I am looking at buying a used model of this machine. I would appreciate feedback from anyone with this machine. Thanks
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:59 PM
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there were a few early lemons with this model, a feed dog problem which made it quite difficult to sew through the sort of multiple seams quilters routinely do. Just take some fabric and make a few blocks and you'll know fairly quickly if this machine might have this early problem.
otherwise Janomes are wonderful machines, and the harp space on the 7700, and the aditional lighting is wonderful.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:32 PM
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I had the 7700 for about 3 years before I upgraded to the 15000. I loved it. The sewing over multiple layers was solved with a new 1/4 foot called the "O2" (the "O" was included with the machine). So if you are testing the machine with multiple layers, make certain you are using this foot.

Like many machines there were reports of some that had issues, but I would say there have been many owners that truly enjoyed this machine (and may still, but I no longer keep up with the Yahoo group).

I agree - if you can test the machine, do!
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:43 AM
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I've had mine for 5 years with no problems and use it solely for quilts plus I sew on the bindings by machine. I have only made 6 quilts, but I quilt them myself - sizes from king to twin - and no issues at all. It's a fun machine with plenty of harp space and lighting. I've used quite a few of the specialty stitches. The 7700 yahoo group has just about died out, but hopefully you can search the discussions.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:59 AM
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i have had mine for 7 years and i just love it. i am thinking of up grading but haven't yet. sews beautiful
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:42 PM
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I've had my 7700 for 8+ years. It is a great machine. I've quilted large quilts on my 7700 without problems. I sewed together vinyl when reupholstering a chair. I also have a Janome 3160 QDC, which is a great light machine to take for sew days and classes. I previously had a Janome 6500. I have had no problems with my Janomes. Love them!!!!
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:43 AM
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Do your home work. Dealers stopped taking this model as trade in on a new machine for a reason. Janome also stopped making it long before they normally phase out machines. The sole plate was a big problem, malfunction and broke needles. They suggested a replacement, but don't remember the outcome of all of that. There are other Janomes, gently used out there, that have better reviews. I had a 6600 when the 7700 came out and I was so tempted, but thought I would wait since it had a lot of new features not tested well......I felt like I made the right decision. I purchased the 8900 SE when it came out. Great machine, no problems. Loved it for free motion, still do. But now have the 15000. Wonderful machine as well.....still have the 6600, what a workhorse.
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:45 AM
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I love my 7700. I've had it for several years and sew mostly quilts, but also clothing and home dec. I have a wonderful mechanic to tune it up every 2 or 3 years.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:00 PM
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Donít! Get a 6700 instead
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Old 06-29-2018, 09:08 AM
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I owed a 7700 for 5+ years. I told my husband this is the last machine I will ever buy! Turns out that was a lie. I really liked my 7700. I taught myself how to machine quilt on it. It was reliable and did everything I needed it to do. I didn't love the "jog" dial, but after a bit, I got very used to it and it was not problem. I really was ok with that machine. Then, I went to a quilt show and ended up buying a Janome 9400. It was a crazy good deal and in the end, I just could not pass it up. I sold my Janome for $1,000 (asked $1,200). So my advice would be that they are a good machine and if the price is right, you would have a good machine.
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