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    For those who had a 7700 and upgraded to 8900

    I am debating upgrading my Janome 7700 to an 8900 and would love feedback from those that have. Pro vs. cons. Was it worth the trade in...what makes it better? Are the advantages for quilting or reg. sewing? I would love to hear what you have to say. I really wish they had sewing lessons in our area and if they did not cost a fontune to take.

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    Don't know about the 7700, but I have the 8900 and love it. I call it my workhorse. It just keeps on going, quilting, piecing or whatever. I also love the long throat on it too. IMHO you can't go wrong with this machine.

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    Carol, Doesn't your dealer give you a few lessons when you purchase a machine?
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    I went from the 6600 to the 7700 to the 8900. I loved the 6600, regretted buying the 7700, and LOVE the 8900. I love the basics - how it sounds, how it reacts, how much space and light I have, how easy it is to use. The major improvement over the 7700 that I appreciate are:
    1. You can change the needle plate with just a press of a button instead of screws.
    2. Snap on Acufeed feet - standard, 1/4 inch, stitch in the ditch
    3. 9mm stitch width
    4. More alphabet options.
    I do piecing, free motion quilting, stitch in the ditch, and machine applique. I can make the changes on this machine quickly to go from one to the other. I have had no problems with the tension for free motion quilting - even with metallics and monofilaments. The stitches I use for applique lay flat and tight. I have used the fine Bottom Line threads to the coarser/heavier quilting threads and the automatic tension seems to adapt.

    Hope this helps.

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    Luana gave a great description of the improvements of the 8900. I just traded in my 7700 and I am so glad that I did! My first thought while sewing on the 8900 was that she purrs!

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    I just traded mine in as well and agree with Luana. I love it!

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    This is vey helpful. Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    I went from the 6600 to the 7700 to the 8900. I loved the 6600, regretted buying the 7700, and LOVE the 8900. I love the basics - how it sounds, how it reacts, how much space and light I have, how easy it is to use. The major improvement over the 7700 that I appreciate are:
    1. You can change the needle plate with just a press of a button instead of screws.
    2. Snap on Acufeed feet - standard, 1/4 inch, stitch in the ditch
    3. 9mm stitch width
    4. More alphabet options.
    I do piecing, free motion quilting, stitch in the ditch, and machine applique. I can make the changes on this machine quickly to go from one to the other. I have had no problems with the tension for free motion quilting - even with metallics and monofilaments. The stitches I use for applique lay flat and tight. I have used the fine Bottom Line threads to the coarser/heavier quilting threads and the automatic tension seems to adapt.

    Hope this helps.

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    I've upgraded from 6600 to 7700,now to 8900. I think it's a big improvement in terms of FMQing without eyelashes and the necessity for "quilting words". I like the improved lighting,smooth and quiet operation,ease of use of quilting foot,the options for needle position,the improved 1/4 inch foot. It is a real work horse.
    Since I got it,I have breezed through a variety of projects,including easily quilting a queen size quilt.
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    Hi Carol - I loved my 7700, but upgraded to the 8900 to get the better (taller - 9mm) lettering for projects with kids. The downside if you have had the 7700 is that your extra AccuFeed presser feet (1/4", SID, Open Toe) don't fit the new 9mm machine. If you use those (I really do) you have to buy all new ones to fit the new style and wider, AcuFeed on the 8900. Just an unanticipated expense for me. I do love the easier 1/4" seams on the 8900, and everything else I've tried is at least as good as the 7700. I love that I can use the magnifier for my tired eyes, and the remote foot-powered thread cutter makes me feel so efficient. (Those were anticipated extra expenses!)
    Tecla in Kingston, WA

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    I recently "test drove" the 8900, it was wonderful. I loved everything about it, except the cost. I couldn't buy it at that time, but can't get it out of my mind. One thing that had me worried was all the new learning I would have to do. That seemed too hard. Another good thing was the shop offered unlimited lessons for lifetime. That seemed like a good thing. The 9mm stitch width seemed like a good thing. This shop (my favorite) seems to know that I'm dying to get this machine, this week they are offering no interest financing for 36 months. Very tempting.
    Sue

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    Great input! Thanks!
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    No...its a sewing machine repair shop. they are not sewers ; ( they do know how to fix a machine though and many times same day turn around. Wonderful people.
    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl View Post
    Carol, Doesn't your dealer give you a few lessons when you purchase a machine?

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    Thank-you this really helps. I am debating on upgrading or getting a HQ Sweet Sixteen. I am thining upgrading may be a better choice. Now the debate is it worth trading it in or just buying one.
    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    I went from the 6600 to the 7700 to the 8900. I loved the 6600, regretted buying the 7700, and LOVE the 8900. I love the basics - how it sounds, how it reacts, how much space and light I have, how easy it is to use. The major improvement over the 7700 that I appreciate are:
    1. You can change the needle plate with just a press of a button instead of screws.
    2. Snap on Acufeed feet - standard, 1/4 inch, stitch in the ditch
    3. 9mm stitch width
    4. More alphabet options.
    I do piecing, free motion quilting, stitch in the ditch, and machine applique. I can make the changes on this machine quickly to go from one to the other. I have had no problems with the tension for free motion quilting - even with metallics and monofilaments. The stitches I use for applique lay flat and tight. I have used the fine Bottom Line threads to the coarser/heavier quilting threads and the automatic tension seems to adapt.

    Hope this helps.

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    I never had the 7700. I went from sewing on a small Janome DC2010 to the Janome 8900. Talk about an upgrade!! It is a fabulous machine, and I am busy piecing a California King Quilt for my daughter and her husband. I have kept my DC2010 as it is in great shape and a perfect size to take to guild sewing events. I have only had the new machine about three weeks so I am still learning all it can do. I paid $2999 for the machine and besides the warranty, I got two years free maintenance and free lessons for life. My Janome dealer is local and has an in-house service department so my machine doesn't have to be shipped anywhere should it need attention. All-in-all I am one happy gal! Now if I could just get someone to clean my house so I had more time to sew. LOL....

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    Hey Lady...that was a great price for the 8900! Around here I think they are more in the $5k area. I got a 8200 about 2 months ago and it's a wonderful machine too. Not quite as many bells and whistles as the 8900 but the performance is wonderful.

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    For those of you that have the 8900 or 8200---are the decorative stitches adjustable in length? I have the 6500 and hate the fact that all these stitches are 2.2 in length---much too tight for children's quilts. And God help me if I have to do some un-sewing!

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    Hi. I have the 7700 and it has been a disaster. So much so that I don't think I could buy another Janome. Really sad because my machine prior to the 7700 was a Janome too. The downside was that the guarantee was with the retailer not the manufacturer and I bought at a show so the retailer was miles away. Expensive mistake!

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