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    Janome Horizon owners

    I am really considering purchasing a new Horizon. Has anyone had any problems with this machine?
    Linda

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    No problems yet, although I don't use mine all that much... I just keep it on my Little Gracie II - it FMQ's wonderfully.

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    I bought mine in September....Love it!!!
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    No problems, with mine (bought early, this year). Love it, love it, love it!!!
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    No problems with my 7700, I got it last month. I haven't tried all the things it can do --- yet

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    Mine is just wonderful!

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    Love mine...any problems I had were my own fault...so many wonderful people here will help if you have problems...or if you are better than me read the manual ; )

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    Thanks everyone. The 7700 is the one that I am considering.
    Linda

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    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...

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    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

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    Love mine too.
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    i am a very new owner---it sews cottons quilts like a dream ---had problems with satin ruching up---------but i am sure when i read up and do some try outs i will fix it--------i had my pfaff for 15+years so i am on a huge learning curve---i love the feel of this machine it purrs

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    love mine

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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
    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
    Linda

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    I have had mine for over a year. Her name is Lucy and I love her!!!
    SewMomma66 - Janome 7700 named Lucy, Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5 named Ethyl, Babylock serger named Fred, and Janome 9500 named Ricky.

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    I have one.

    We just had to operate on mine tonight--there was a bit of thread stuck on the back side of the tension disks. However, dh got it out. (The thing I don't like is that I can't get easily to the tension disks to get that stuck thread out. I don't know if we invalidate the warranty if we take the cover off, etc. to get to it.)

    It has happened one other time in the two years I've used it--intensely, I'd have to say. My DH observed, "I don't think that they meant the machine to work as if it were in a factory!" as I sometimes put 5-8 hours a day in (if I can--other days 1-2).

    I've had to replace the foot pedal (went out in Feb.--a year and a half of hard, hard use) and just recently I had to replace the plate because the automatic plate converter (for making it wide for zigzag and smaller for straight stitch stitch) broke. Neither of those two things were covered under the Janome 3 year warranty, I was told. ?? (I was a bit bummed by that.)

    But, it normally FMQs so well--til tonight--then I noticed I had no tension --thread was in the disks. As I mentioned before, we operated, so to speak and got it out.

    So, as soon as I pull out all the loose bobbin threads in the quilt I was quilting, I will use it again. It really is a nice machine. I can't fault a machine for having a few problems when I've used mine as much as I have.

    It is my first "higher end" machine as my other ones (since marriage) were $200-300 models. Both were Pfaffs purchased here in Poland. Before coming to Poland, 18 years ago, I had Singers, probably purchased at yard sales. None of them were "fun" to sew on. I think that the Horizon has totally warped me and raised my standard probably for the rest of my life, which is okay (I'm 50). It is a heavy duty machine and you just feel confident in it--it is sturdy and dependable.

    I've used some of the embroidery stitches and they were nice. I haven't used all of the other functions. I did use the applique stitch (as recommended here) for putting on appliques a few days ago. I don't use the knee lifter, but I love the stop/start button and used it for a while before replacing the foot pedal. The needle threader and thread cutter are wonderful. I like all the harp space.

    Lowering the feed dogs is so easy, it seems like it should be harder. The even feed is super easy as well....I really like it for putting on binding or straight line quilting (have started doing that as well.) Mine is not picky about thread.

    That's my opinion...I'm kind of a new quilter, but not a new seamstress.

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    JustFlying, are you threading the machine with the foot down? I'm sure with your experience you know to always thread with the foot up, just asking because of the thread caught in the discs.

    I bought mine when they first came out. There were some lemons then, I think, like microsoft, companies let their customers do the beta testing. I got one of the lemons. I can't remember now what was wrong, but I called the dealer, he said bring it in, and met me at the door with a new boxed machine. This one is a dream. All those lights! That nice harp space. Janome quality.

    My previous machine was a 6600 which I've sold to a cousin
    My machine previous to that was a 9000
    and previous to that a New Home as the company used to be known as, bought used from a neighbor for $25.00 when I was about 15 years old.

    And their feet are Very reasonable and the standard ones fit all their machines
    Some machine's feet are so expensive!!

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    JustFlying, are you threading the machine with the foot down?
    No. If I were threading it with the pressure foot down, the thread wouldn't be caught in the tension disks at all.

    It's probably my "low quality" thread. (It's what we have--and I just work with it!)

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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.

    Hugs

    Caroline
    I can't answer for them, but 2 years ago when everyone was saying in the states they were paying 3K for it, I paid about $1700 here in Poland. Since we normally pay MORE for electronic items than the US for things like computers and digital cameras, I was pleased. Very.

    I think I saw they are now under 2K in the states due to the new release.

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    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
    Sharon

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    I just bought a MC JANOME 8900 QCP on October 29. It is a new model and while I haven't sewed on it to make anything, just practicing, I rreally like it. I got a good deal on it. So far, it hasn't been too difficult to use, with the book in front of me. Going to make a couple of dresses for my great-grandaughter, who is three. Then maybe start on some quilting.

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    I have had the 7700 for more than 2 years and totally love how it runs and works!! The knee-lift is one of my favorite things I use ALL the time to free my hands up as I quilt. My friend has a shop and sells Janome. She told me that the Horizon 7700 is going to be sold as an online machine only in the near future. I don't know exactly what that means. She has the new model that will take the place of the current Horizon in her shop. It has a few, very few, updates and improvements on it. It is not the one with the embroidery also! But it has many more stitch choices.I think she is selling the 7700 for $2300, and the new model more in the $3000 dollar range (I can't remember exactly).
    I couldn't say enough about the performance of my Horizon! Please take all the classes offered if you buy one, it will open the world up to you as you learn to sew on the machine.
    jillnjo

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    I have (cough cough) many machines. (I'm a machine addict and my name is nancy ). I have the 6600 and 12000 very nice lovely machines! No issues outside operator error lol!
    From the heart
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    Just over a couple months ago, I traded my Babylock Ellegante to the Janome MC1200. So far, I like it, but working is overrated and take away my quilting time...hopefully when the Christmas rush is over at Costco, I'll get to really play with it. I have embroidered 72 towels on it and they turned out perfect. The Janome rep for Canada is supposed to be coming here, so hopefully, I'll get some time with her when she does.

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