21 Nov You’ll never guess…
|Janome Horizon 7700 QCP
or I could have titled this post “It’s about time” because… I bought a new sewing machine!!! It is kind of ironic that just a few days after I participated in Shruti‘s blog hop, Know Thy Machine, about my trusty Kenmore, I finally replaced it 🙂
It really was time. I don’t have a bad word to say about my old Kenmore, but, there are just things a 30 year old 8 stitch machine can’t do that I need to be able to do. I sewed on my Mom’s machine before I received the Kenmore as a wedding gift so, in my entire LONG sewing life, I have never bought a machine.
I had done a fair bit of online research and decided that what I really wanted was the 7700. However, I was kind of ready to get the 6600 instead and save some money. My local Janome dealer didn’t have the 6600 set up and explained all the differences between the two – some of which were important to me. In the end, I took a deep breath, and said “I’ll take it!”
It took me a few minutes to utter those few words because, honestly, it is a lot of money. But, if not now, when? What was the point in waiting? After all, I do sew kind of a lot. So here I am, proud owner of a fantastic new 7700 🙂
I can’t tell you how much I love all 11″ of the throat space and all the “new to me” things like needle down, a walking foot, a quilting guide (OK, my old machine had one of these, but it didn’t work), a needle threader and thread cutter. These last two weren’t even on my wish list, but I’m surprised by how much I like having them.
The one feature that appealed to me but I haven’t used much is the knee lift. I love the idea, but the position of it doesn’t seem to work well with how I sit at the machine. The bar is too far over to the right – maybe I’m just too short.
I can’t wait to try some free motion quilting. Learning how to FMQ was a big reason for getting a new machine. I love my straight line quilting, but, sometimes, the quilt needs something else. I’m sure my first few attempts will be awful, but I’ll get there. Tomorrow I’ll be using the satin stitch for the first time as I work on an applique table runner for the next installment of the Holiday Craft Bash.
BTW, we are taking this week off from the Holiday Craft Bash – the final installment (Table Runners or Placemats) will begin next week.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!