Remember I mentioned I made 2 purchases while I was away at the National Juried Show? The Electric Quilt 7 software was one...... and this baby was the second! The Janome Horizon 7700.
This is my first purchase of a brand new machine ever. Yes, I really did go all out, top of the line, the big shebang. My most recent machine was a Janome and was 14 years old. It still works like a top, but boy was it a pain to get a quilt under it to do free motion quilting. But I love Janome. I know, everyone has their own preference, and that is great. Mine just happens to be the big J.
I just finished putting my latest quilt for Riley Blake fabrics under it and quilting it. There was so much room, it was ridiculous. And this machine runs amazing. Of course, I haven't gotten through the whole manual yet, nor tried out all the feet that come with it. I wanted this machine for the space and free motion quilting and I am not disappointed, more like over the moon elated!
It has the 'start/stop' button instead of the foot pedal. It has that too, along with a knee controller, but I like the start/stop button for now. And it has the wonderful needle down/up position. I get to pick how my needle will stop when I finish. Trust me when I say, I have had many a loose stitch while free motion quilting because my old machine always had the needle come up.
This baby even has a tie and cut the thread button! Yep, that is pretty cool. I won't be using that when I am doing my art quilts for show, but for just quilting up some quick ones, it is a great feature.
I also got the table that the machine sits into. And that is very nice. It is covered with a super slippery surface so my quilts glide on it. I put my other big super slippery table behind it and things are working well.
I think I better do up a post of my studio soon, so you can see just how I create.
One last thing, I am reading that everyone names their machines. Anyone have a great name for me? There might be a little surprise for whomever comes up with the best name!