The funny thing about this trade in is my new machine looks almost identical to my old machine! When we pulled the machine out of the box, the first thing I commented on was the red face. Kelley, my dealer, was just as surprised as I was to see it.
Apparently Janome has produced a limited quantity of 8900 machines with a red front (they usually come in gray). I just happened to be lucky enough to nab this one, which is great because my favorite color is this exact color of bright red.
As far as the machine itself goes, it's really very similar to the 7700. A few things I like a lot is the detachable even feed system. While I like how easy it was to use the even feed, the little teeth poking out the back of the machine would often catch on my quilts, especially if it was large and bulky. It was a minor annoyance, nothing more, but it's nice to see the improvement with the new fully detachable even feed foot.
|The 8900 does not have the little teeth for the even feed system hanging on the back.|
But boy does it stitch beautifully!
Because I was stitching from basically an older to a newer version of a very similar machine, the adjustment to the 8900 was very easy. This machine has a quieter motor and bigger foot pedal, so I've just had to remember that difference whenever I sit down to quilt. Other than a few big accidental stitches, it's been a wonderful transition.
As for WHY I traded and got this newer machine, really there's a whole host of reasons, but probably the biggest is that I like to stay with the current model these days. The 7700 is still a great machine, but the 8900 did fix a few small annoying issues and is an improved model overall.
I should also say that I did get a fantastic deal on this red beauty and it worked out perfectly to pick up a new machine rather than wait for the 7700 to get tuned up. Because this machine looks so similar to my older one, Josh couldn't even tell the difference! Had the machine been out of the box, I could probably have slipped it into the truck without him being the wiser!
Now if you live in NC or the surrounding area, I would highly recommend swinging by Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop in Greensboro, NC if you're wanting to test drive any Janome sewing machine. Right now if you purchase a Janome Horizon 8900 from Kelley and Joanne Jones, you'll also get a free copy of my book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs.
Let's go quilt!