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    Here is the link for the Horizon group. You can get a lot of good information there. Just sign up and then you can access the data files with tons of info.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JanomeHorizon7700/
    Pat

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    This might be a stupid question, but because I'm me, I'll ask it anyway......I realize there are yahoo groups and stuff out there, but would it be something to think about for just this board members to start a Janome group? just askin

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    I traded my 6600 for the 7700 a couple of years ago. I love this machine. I have not had any problems with it at all. Yes it is being discontinued which is great for anyone wanting a new machine since most dealers offer them at reduced prices right now. Hope you get the chance to enjoy this machine

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    I was told a long time ago that a piece of denal floss works well in getting bits out of the tension discs. I use it regularly when I clean and oil my machines (like Glide the best).

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    You will love this machine. I have had mine about a year. I will say if where you are buying it offers classes, take
    them, this machine does just about everything.
    Deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkee View Post
    I was talking to my local dealer and they told me that the 7700 was going to be being discontinued since the 8900 is out so you may be able to find a good deal on one. They also told me that there is an 8200 out but that they won't carry it until they can no longer get the 7700 because it is in between the 6600 and the 7700 as far as features.

    I currently have the 6600 and the 11000 and was thinking about trading my 6600 for the 8900 but my dealer is offering me such a great deal that I am trading my 11000 (that I bought used) for a 12000 and keeping my 6600, which I LOVE
    I was just in to my local dealer and he told me the 7700 would be sold online only. These are the prices I was quoted:
    Memory Craft 6600 - $1999
    Horizon 8200 - $2999
    Horizon 8900 - $3999

    While I would LOVE the 8900, the 6600 is more in my budget.

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    I bought mine in 2010, and unfortunately, I got one of the "lemons" mentioned in an earlier post. In the first 6 mos, I had it in for 3 major repairs. Finally, fed up, I wrote directly to Janome, and they arranged for a replacement. I haven't had a problem since. I really like the huge harp space, the extra lighting and the accufeed system. I wish it was quicker to change among the accufeed/FMQ/normal feet, and also wish it was quicker to get the plate off to clean out the bobbin area, but other than that, I love it.

    I'm quilting a baby quilt now, and decided to use a bunch of the decorative stitches with a variegated thread. Didn't have to touch a thing; tension has been perfect! And my FMQ skills have improved a lot since getting "Sara"!
    Cathy

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    Unhappy Horizon 7700

    Quote Originally Posted by mrsponcho1 View Post
    I am really considering purchasing a new Horizon. Has anyone had any problems with this machine?
    HI
    I just bought one online at Ebay, the seller said it worked perfect
    Well, I cannot get good stitching on " AUTO" which is supposed to
    be working so I have to turn the thread tension to 5- that isn't great
    in my book, I will hopefully learn how to conquor the issues but I wouldn't
    buy it again, I would buy a 6500 or 6600
    Hope this helps
    There is a yahoo site for 7700 buyers and you can read the issues there
    Hugs DI

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    There is a janome yahoo group where you can get lots of opinions of owners. I think it is called Janome 6500 but includes 6600 & 7700
    this is a good site, some really good tips about the Janomes. I read it everyday. (I have the 6600)

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    Bought mine in July at a quilt show and I love it.

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    I have the 7700. I love it. I had trouble with the thread breaking when free motion quilting only to experiment with threads and found that it was the thread. Changed to YLI and love it.

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    I had the 7700 for 2 years, just upgraded to the 8900 Horizon. My dealer took the 7700 in trade and I felt I got a very good deal. If you can afford it or have something to trade in, do take a look at the 8900. It is such an amazing machine, very quiet and so smooth. The walking foot is separate not built in, so that annoying piece of metal is not there by the side of the needle. The throat plate comes off with the push of a button, no wrestling with a screw driver to remove it. It has a 9mm zig zag ( one of the largest) so the embroidered numbers and letters are actually legible--large enough to make quilt labels. I am so in love with this machine. Even makes a welted buttonhole. Same size as the 7700 has a large foot pedal--a nice improvement. It is like they took the 7700 and made everything much better.

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    I've had mine for 2 years and love it. I did have to have the pc board in mine replaced at its first service as the screen had been flickering. It didn't affect the operation but was just annoying. I've never seen anyone else report this problem. It's been fine since they changed it (under warranty). Some folks did have problems with the earlier releases but I haven't seen as many complaints lately so I assume most have been resolved. Would I buy it again? I sure would
    Blessings from Janice

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    You can not go wrong with Janome! I bought the first 6600 our dealer sold several years ago and have never had a problem with it. Also, had a Jem gold and gave it to my grand daughter when she married. Bought a Bernina, and wish I had the old one back. Tried to exchange it for the one I gave away, but she did not want to change!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsponcho1 View Post
    Thanks snipforfun. I looked at the yahoo group but have not joined yet. I noticed they have a sister group for just the 7700. Are you a member of the Janome 6500 group? I have never joined one of yahoo's groups before and always a little hesitant before doing something like that. It took me over a year to join the QB....lol
    I am member of both groups. They are both great groups with lots of information on the machines and extra feet.
    Deb

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    I have the 6600 and love it. the only thing I liked better about the 7700 was the deeper throat and it was not worth the extra $1000. I paid 1175.00 for my 6600 a year and a half ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bataplai View Post
    Glad to see this thread. I stopped into a Janome store today for the first time. The Memory Craft 6600 is my price range, but those Horizons look really nice! Will look forward to seeing the responses...
    I have the 6600 and love it. I bought it just before the 7700 came out. I would like to have the 7700, but can't justify the extra expense this soon after buying the 6600. The 6600 sews and fmq's beautifully.

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    I love my Janome Horizon but I did have a major problem with it. Something went out on the circuit board and it took about 3 months to get it back. Haven't had a problem with it since. Luckily, my dealer loaned me a Horizon while he had mine. I think I was one of the first to get mine so they probably have the problem fixed now on the newer machines. I also like the larger harp (wish it was bigger) and the knee lift. I am going to have to try the stop-go button. One reason I bought the Horizon is because my dealer gave me full value on the 6600 I bought from him a couple years early. I do miss being able to wind my bobbins while sewing - something the 6600 does but not the Horizon.

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    Had mine 2 years and it's awesome. Use it all the time. No problems. They did just come out with a new model though... If I was in the market today, I would cross compare them.
    - Rose

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinePaj View Post
    Hi Guys,

    How much is a Horizon in the USA..... over here they are £1799.00. When I got mine (I pre ordered it so I got it the day after it was released in the UK) I got a fantastic deal from my sewing machine guy........ so I just wondered how much you gals are having to pay.

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    Caroline
    They are running around $1999 here. Last deal I saw they threw in the 3160QDC travel machine - retails around $650 and a bunch of extras like the tote, the table, extra feet. They had a whole dry erase board full of what it included. Needless to say, they were willing to dicker and deal. I paid $2100 for mine two years ago, got the bag and some extras, so I don't feel so bad. I also have the 3160QDC and it's a great travel machine. The Horizon is just too heavy to travel to sew.
    - Rose

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    I traded my 11000SE for the Horizon 12000 and love it. I have had it almost a year and no problems that reading the book didn't solve. The Yahoo 12000 group is great and the Janome website has lots of information and videos on using the different feet. I think you can't go wrong with a Janome. I have a small one for travel and my grand daughters use it when they sew.
    Quilting in the Desert

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    Do any of the new models have a setting where you can set it to automatically lift the presser foot slightly when you stop with the needle down?
    As I do mostly machine appliqué this (and the lock stitches) is the best feature on my Pfaff.
    Would love to know!
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I have had my 7700 for a year and a half. Paid $1999 with an old kenmore trade in, I love the machine, BUT there is one drawback for me, I have a little hard time changing the feet(the screw is very close to the light) BUT even with that I would not trade it. Love the 11" throat. I used to have the 6500, and loved it (kept it) but for FMQ the extra inches are great, I do all my own quilting. Good luck with making a decision. I also sew everyday (in the winter) usually many hours a day. And have not had problems, But I give it a break in the summer t golf.
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    I have the Horizon 7700 and absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!!!!! Never any problems and I sew almost every day except Sundays. Would buy it again without looking at anything else.
    Love to quilt

    Gloria C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    Do any of the new models have a setting where you can set it to automatically lift the presser foot slightly when you stop with the needle down?
    As I do mostly machine appliqué this (and the lock stitches) is the best feature on my Pfaff.
    Would love to know!
    I believe the 8900 has an option to have the presser foot lift automatically when you stop. I use the knee lift on my 7700 to do the same but an automatic lifter would be nice, I think
    Blessings from Janice

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