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Janome Horizon 7700 & 8900 vs Pfaff 's IDT
...do the 7 feed dogs feed better??
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Date: 5/11/13 11:41 AM

I have a Pfaff QE4 with IDT. I have noticed that when projects get a bit large and heavy (and a few layers), my machine seems to have difficulty feeding it through even with the IDT engaged. I get some tiny stitches and have to pull the fabric at the back to get it to feed through evenly. It also becomes a bit harder to maintain a really straight stitch. I am using new, sharp needles (microtex in the last incidence)

This is with fabric supported front and back. Adjusting the foot pressure makes little difference.

I am wondering if people with the 7700 and 8900 have this problem as well? Am I wrong in thinking that those two little teeth at the front of the Janome machines help reduce / eliminate this problem?

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Date: 5/11/13 3:48 PM

Hi Canaidian Jane
I had the 7700 and the Pfaff EX4. I did not notice the feed being any better.
Have not tried the 8900 which is a 9mm width machine while the 7700 is a 7 mm.

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Date: 5/12/13 9:14 AM

I have the Janome 6600, it is the same feed system as the 7700. It stinks with seams, a big disappointments for me. My Juki 600(1/2 the cost) feeds over thick seams with no problems, keeps its stitch length and keeps strait. It has a box feed system, it is more like an industrial machine feed it also seems to have better piercing power.

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Date: 5/12/13 3:41 PM

Using a levelling plate eliminates the problem. Presser feet and feed dogs don't work well when the presser foot is at an angle going up or down differing thicknesses.

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Date: 5/12/13 7:12 PM

Yeah.. I have used that on some unruly seams and it works great. What I mean is several layers such that the project becomes somewhat heavy/ bulky.

For example, I made a bread maker tote that was microsuede on the outside, flannel liner, and just a simple cotton lining. When I sewed the side flaps to the main body, it was a bit of a struggle for the feed dogs to feed it through such that the stitches remained the right size. I got some really tiny stitches unless I tugged it along at the back. I have had this problem before with other projects that were several different layers of fabric being sewn together.

It seams like the feed dogs are not strong enough, or enough of them to handle this. Not sure though.... hence the question. Would seven feed dogs help feed this type of thing through better - in your experience/humble opinion??

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Date: 5/13/13 3:43 AM

i had a Janome 7700. i did not like the feed. i was only doing quilt piecing, 2 thin pieces of cotton. the feed was always wonky. we never bonded

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