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OK ladies.....my MC1100 is acting up again (3rd time) when embroidering until this time.  Now it sounds like an old Ford choking!  I'm thinking of trading this in and get an enbroidery machine and a sewing/quilting machine.  I would like to stay with the Janome for the sewing one.  I thought I would upgrade to the new Janome Horizon MC12000 but not sure if I want a combination again.  I'll find out more about then tomorrow when I go online and also call my quilt shop.   I'm just not sure what I want to do!!!!   What are your opinions and recommendations! 

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Comment by Norma/IL on September 7, 2011 at 7:29am
Thanks all for the comments.  Songnstitcher - what Horizon do you have?  the MC7700?  I saw that one yesterday....  I do have a Janome DC2007 that I take to class and is a straight stitcher.  I really do love my Janone's - I just wish the MC11000 wasn't having trouble.  After 3 times of being in the shop - I hestitate to go again - it is beginning to nickle and dime me!!!   I did look at an Elissimo (combination) that looks pretty good and has some great embroidery features.  My dealer/friend guarantees me that it'll do what I want for quilting.  I'm going to think on it for a few days.  I have to be sure that it will sit in my cabinet!!!! 
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on September 6, 2011 at 9:21pm
I have the Horizon and I love it!  For embroidery, I have the Janome 350E. I don't particularly like to have a combination machine, as I can't sew/embroider if I'm doing the other. I can do both at the same time with separate stand-alone machines.  As for the 12,000, take your time. I wouldn't get in a hurry until the initial bugs are discovered & worked out. The dealers don't even get much advance information before they are released.  Your dealer should offer a free test drive soon.  Try to get in on one of those.
Comment by karenthequilter on September 6, 2011 at 9:58am
I second Aida's comments.  I test drove the Janome Horizon when it first came out - my only hesitation was that my retailer didn't seem very familiar with it and couldn't tell me much about it.  I went a different way (Pfaff), but it really made a difference to sit at sew at it, and try all the features you need.  See if it feels right.  I thought I'd be overwhelmed by the choices, but when I sat at the machines, I think they spoke to me and the answers were clear :)
Comment by Norma/IL on September 6, 2011 at 6:55am

Good questions!  I am sewing usually everyday on quilt piecing so I know that I want a really good machine for that....   On the embroidery, I do my own quilt labels with a butterfly.  I also do gifts but probably not using the embroidery as much.  I go in spurts!  I'm pretty sure that I need to trade in my MC11000 because of the now 3 times in the shop for varied reasons.  I just don't know if I want two machines or one - nor do I want to give up what I do have on the MC11000. 

Thanks for your comment.  It helps to have other quilters/sewers input.  Have a quilty day! 

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on September 5, 2011 at 4:57pm
Two questions I usually ask myself when considering a major purchase: (1) Will I use this product to justify its cost, (2) will this product do at least 90% of what I expect to accomplish.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on September 5, 2011 at 4:55pm
Your budget and sewing preferences will dictate what you should get.

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