Then last year I got the quilting bug. I did what I could with my machine, but it had it's limitations. So I started looking at other sewing machines. I looked at Consumer Reports (not too helpful, it was out of date), I looked at a lot of sewing and quilting blogs and the one Janome everyone talked about was the Janome 7700. If Bernina machines are the Mercedes-Benz of sewing machines, the Horizon is an Audi. Lower key, less money, but a well-made machine. During last summer's shop hop, I found the Horizon at various stores and looked at it with envy.
What did I like about it? The work area between machine and needle is 7 inches. No more squishing things up. I knew how to use a Janome, I just needed a friendlier environment. A better sewer could handle the DC2007, I'm sure.
It has front wheel drive... that's what I call it. I'm sure it's called something else. The feed dogs just sort of take the fabric and drive it through. It's a wonder.
Isn't it pretty?
So, since last summer I've been looking at this machine from afar. In March, I went down to my favorite Janome dealer and asked about the machine. She showed me the features and I fell in love with it all over again. The bobbin pretty much feeds itself. You have to place it in the holder, secure the thread, but press a button twice, and viola, threaded. I didn't buy it then. I wanted to tell my dear husband about it. DH is fiscally frugal and wanted me to wait. I was disappointed, but determined. I may have to forgo my designer hair, but I was determined to get this machine.
I did. Memorial Day weekend. It's beautiful and has the ability to do more than I'll ever understand. I love my new machine and look forward to using it!
The Janome Horizon doesn't need a foot pedal to sew... press the start button, the machine goes. Press the stop button, it stops. Done, press the scissors button, the threads get cut. I love this machine.