Well the day has finally arrived! After sewing for a year and being fully convinced that quilting is a hobby I will continue for years, my husband agreed that I could get a brand new, much better quality sewing machine!
I read hundreds of reviews online and finally settled on the Janome Horizon 7700 QCP for a combination of price, good reviews and features. It truly does have every feature I’ve been wishing for in a machine.
I spent a lot of time tonight unpacking the box and reading the manual. Because I am actually new to sewing and have only ever used my previous machine I wanted to make sure I wasn’t breaking anything. My old machine has zero features compared to the Horizon.
The Horizon also came with a ton of feet, this is only half of them, the other half are stored in the bottom.
Eventually I worked up the courage to wind a bobbin and thread the machine and test out some of the features.
I sews like a dream! It is really quiet and smooth. I love the needle down option. I worked a little with the automatic threader (love!) and the automatic thread cutter (still reserved).
I was hoping this machine would start stitching without bunching up the thread but it seems just as bad as my old machine. Sewing veterans, help a girl out, is this normal?
Unless I sent a scrap through first this happened at the start every single time, both using the automatic cutter and pulling the threads longer. Looks like I might have to continue using scraps to start every row of stitches.
The knee lifter is amazing! I still don’t have it positioned quite right partially because my chair is too low compared to the table but I’ll continue to fiddle with it. It is really great not having to use your hands to lift the presser foot.
Overall I’m really happy so far. Obviously the true test will be the months and years to come. I’ll be sure to keep posting my thoughts as I learn more about the machine (and sewing in general).
It even came with a goodnight cover (and a rolling travel case).