|What Grandma52 likes about this machine|
I’ve been waiting to review my Janome 12,000 until I had plenty of time to use it and really get to know it more in depth. It’s hard when you work 40 hours a week, just not as much time as I would like to have to sew and embroider.
Choosing a machine is such a personal thing. I would never diminish anyone’s machine choice. What is right for me may not be right for someone else and my review reflects what I was looking for and how I made my decision.
Now, I must admit, when I was at the unveiling of the 12,000, I was really disappointed in the look of it, but as soon as I got to sit down and experience it, I was hooked.
The thing that I wanted most of all were large hoops and this machine does not disappoint. The largest hoop is 9.1 x 11.8 inches. I also bought the after market quilting hoop which is 8.7 x 8.7 with strong magnets. This is my favorite hoop I use for most things.
I compared the straight stitch to my Bernina and the Janome was just as good as my Bernina stitch.
It has 91 needle positions, when I heard this I think I must have rolled my eyes thinking it was kind of excessive, until I needed it. I had been to a quilting workshop and had been piecing on my Elna Carina and when I came home I wanted to finish it on the 12,000, it was easily done very accurately by just nudging the needle position ever so slightly until it was right on top of the Elna’s stitch line. When I shut the machine down it asks me if I want to go back to the previous stitch, which is really nice. Of course this is in emb mode also.
I was also looking for a machine that would have ease of use and that I would not have to go through 4 or 5 steps just to do one thing because the older I have gotten the worse my memory is. The 12,000 has been very easy for me to learn.
I wanted a solid feel to the machine and I got it, this thing is built like a tank. There is NOTHING flimsy about it. My husband calls it the beast.
Since I had the Janome 350E previously, I knew the embroidery arm was in the back which I just loved, this machine has an even better embroidery arm that is detachable and came with the most extraordinary case for storing and travel. I did not have to pay extra for that, but I usually just sew with it on.
I was also amazed that it came with an acrylic table that I did not have to pay extra for. I can even use the table in embroidery mode.
It has a hoop for FREE ARM embroidery that I am planning on using to do my husband’s initials on his white shirts.
When I was looking at TOL machines 18 months ago, I just did not want to focus on embroidery only, to then just bring it home and find the sewing side was lacking. I wanted a machine that would sew well, through ANYTHING, this baby does it effortlessly. The Accu-Feed system is so amazing and I can adjust the dual feed quite easily on it if any adjustments are needed. It’s AWESOME!
There are so many sewing stitches I did not want to keep going to the manual and find the stitch I needed. With this I just open the lid and I can find the stitch immediately. This is such a small thing really, but I tell you, I love it.
Buttonholes, It has 13 buttonholes. I can adjust the inside width smaller or larger. It has a buttonhole foot with a sensor. Very nice.
On the embroidery side, it is truly lovely, I think all the TOL machines I looked at and compared had very nice embroidery. There is just nothing I do not like about it. The machine tells me the stitch count, how long it will take to sew out, the width and length of the design, which hoop I am using, etc, just like the others I compared.
It also has many thread companies to choose from for thread color.
It comes with two bobbin cases, one for regular sewing and one for using embroidery thread. No changing the tension on these babies. If I happen to wind my own color emb thread onto a bobbin I use the sewing bobbin case. If I use bobbin emb thread, then I use that case. Very, Very Nice.
The machine comes with “Horizon Link” software that I loaded onto my PC and tablet. It is just a very basic, basic software program. I can see designs, do some editing, print a template, add multiple designs, save what I have done, choose hoops, monogram and edit the monograms like an arc, mirror image, place a design in all four corners etc., but I do not use this very much as I have the MBX software, and let me say this, I think the MBX has a brain all its own. I think Janome added the Horizon Link software for those who just want to do simple things and have a way to either hook up to the machine directly via the included cord or transfer to a flash drive, just something simple.
After my experience with my first embroidery machine with no software, which I bought after the fact, when I got the 12,000 I was just a little bit wiser. I went into the dealer and told her I wanted the machine and I wanted the software included, I would not buy it without the software and this was what I could spend. Since I am so shy, I took my husband with me for support, we negotiated a little bit but I got what I wanted. She was happy and I was happy. The MBX is more than I will really need as I have no desire to digitize, yet I wanted the capability of everything else it had to offer and it offers A LOT. I can bring any design in any format except ART. and it will change it to JEF. I can also save in any hoop size in another machine and have it format to that machine. This is really awesome.
After doing my research, going to dealers and test driving each machine; each had something I wished it had that it did not.
Before I bought it I spoke with several repair techs friends. It was a long process of about 8 months. No machine had absolutely everything and so my decision came down to the things I mentioned above and I am very happy with the 12,000. So far, it does everything I want it to and more. I am not disappointed at all.
What Grandma52 does not like about this machine
No automatic needle threader, it has a manual one. I did hesitate and came and read reviews of other machines with automatic threaders and after reading so many stories where it either stopped working and the dealer could not fix it, I decided this would not be a factor in my decision. It has a manual needle threader just like my 350E and I was okay with that.
No 5 x 7 hoop, it has a 5.5 x 5.5 square hoop and if my design is larger I will use the quilting hoop, but I do think they should have included a 5 x 7 hoop. But again, this was not a deal breaker for me.
No color manual. You will see from my review of the 350E I mentioned I felt the manual was lacking. Janome is not the only company where I felt this was a problem and I did send Janome a note saying it sure would have been nice to have a color manual on thicker paper. But at least this manual is more informative than the 350E was and does go into greater depth on subjects.