Today is my turn in the “Meet: My Machine!” blog hop hosted by Sew at Home Mummy and The Tilted Quilt.
If you’re joining me from a hop link welcome to my blog, it’s really nice to have you here! My name is Jaclyn and I’ve spent the last 12 months at home with my daughter (thank you Canada for 1 year maternity leave). My sewing took a bit of a back seat to baby care but I’ve recently increased my sewing a lot in an effort to carve out more time for myself. Life is about to change again as I prepare to head back to my other life as an accountant during the day and transition Addie to full time daycare. I’m also co-chair of the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild which keeps me very busy.
Here is me and my girl just before Christmas (yep, we’re a little crazy!):
And here she is again approaching her first birthday (which is on the 25th of March):
So I bet you want to learn more about my sewing machine?
This is not the first time I have written about my machine, the Janome Horizon 7700 QCP. I wrote a blog post shortly after I got it two years ago. A lot has changed since then so I thought it would be fun to participate in this blog hop and update my thoughts on my machine. Janome Horizon 7700 is still the #1 search term that lands people on my blog.
So here we go!
My Current Machine: As I said I replaced my 1980s Kenmore with the Janome Horizon 7700 QCP about 2 years ago. After a year of sewing I had proven to myself that it was a hobby I was going to stick with, so I wanted a dedicated quilting machine. There isn’t much to say about why I chose the Horizon, I had heard many great things and it had all the features I wanted (large throat, auto needle down, auto thread cutter and table extension to name a few), so eventually my husband relented and let me buy it.
My Favourite Accessory: Hard to say! I love that this machine comes with a ton of feet including a built in walking foot. I love the extension table for working on large projects, and I love the knee lifter (lifts the presser foot hands free!). In terms of things I bought that did not come with the machine I’d say my favourite is my Queen Supreme Slider, it makes FMQ so much easier (and I am a total FMQ beginner).
Personalization: I am a type A purist. I don’t like mucking things up so I have no stickers or anything on my machine, she’s as clean and perfect as the day I bought her. And she doesn’t have a name either.
Favourite Features: There is some overlap here with accessories. I love the free arm for the little bit of clothing construction I do. Needle down is a MUST in my opinion if you do any quilting, I use it all the time, and can’t imagine not having it. The auto thread cutter is a great feature and saves tons of time and thread. I also love the single hole needle plate. For any straight stitching it really helps stabilize the fabric and keeps things moving smoothly, I use it all the time.
What could be better: Well, a few things actually. For one I am still having problems with the auto thread cutter. I have tried everything to get it to stop bunching and for now I am still running a leader through most of the time (kind of negates the feature I love so much). I have had many people tell me how to fix it, or that I am doing something wrong, but after having multiple people try it I know it is a problem with the machine. I’ve recently been put in contact with a repair guru who should be able to fix it (he agrees it’s a problem with the setting that holds the thread under the needle plate after it’s been cut) – and so I hope when I don’t need my machine for a week or so I can get it fixed. Another small annoyance is that the machine resets to default settings every time it is turned off, I wish it would stay on the setting that I last used so that I can pick up where I left off without a bunch of button pushing.
Sewing Space: I have some updates to come! You can see a preview on the first photo in this post. Regular readers will know my room is a bit of a work in progress and so I hope to share a full update in the coming weeks.
Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about my machine.
Visit the other hoppers or join the link-up party at The Tilted Quilt!
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy
Angela @ Heart of Charnwood
Shannon @ Crafty Turtle
Amy @ Stitchery Dickory Dock
MONDAY, MARCH 18
Ebony @ Love Bug Studios
Jaclyn @ Jaclyn Quilts
Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Kara@ Me and Elna
Beth @ Plum and June
Nerissa @ Nissa Made
Elizabeth @ Don’t Call Me Betsy
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Carly @ Citric Sugar
Celine @ Espritpatch
Patti @ A Yankee in Queen Liz’s Court
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
The Jolly Jabber Staff (Chelsey, Kimberly, Debbie)
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After!
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Erika @ Sews it All
Lisa @ Vintage Modern Quilts
Adrianne @ On the Windy Side