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|Janome:9900 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About Sandygirl |
|Member since: 8/18/10 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||12/9/13 9:34 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$4000|
|Had this machine for:||1 weeek|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Embroidery Machine
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I bought the Janome 9900 to replace/upgrade from the Janome 9700 I purchased in 2005. I love my Janome 9700 but I was getting frustrated with the embroidery function which I felt that I had outgrown. I rarely used it (embroidery) anymore. Earlier this year I set a goal to replace my machine with a machine with more current features. Janome 9900 was introduced earlier this year. Originally, when I first saw it at a dealer, I also saw the Brother Dreamweaver combo. For a few months I was smitten by the DW but eventually came back to reality in regard to the price of one and the fact that I really do love the Janome brand. Comparing the features of the 9700 to the 9900 to the Horizon 12000 (also beyond my budget), on the Janome site, I came to the conclusion that I could get a new Janome combo in my general price range while enjoying the features I craved. Color screen, on screen editing, USB port, auto thread clipper, needle-down; just a few of the features I wanted my next machine to have. I do feel that I had to compromise on getting a longer harp space in order to keep my budget in check. The Janome 9900 harp is about an inch longer than my 9700 and also taller. Since I rarely FMQ on my machines, I could live with not getting the larger space. Getting back to machine embroidery was my goal over FMQ.
What I love is that I have a machine that fits my current sewing table. I did not want to have to buy a new table to fit the larger TOL machines. The Janome 9900 operates similarly to my 9700 so the learning curve is shorter. I was not sure that I would like the removable embroidery unit which is one reason I chose Janome over other brands when I purchased my 9700. I did not want to deal with the large embroidery unit that the other brands are so fond of offering. The one for my 9900 just slides on the back of the machine and it can stay there if I choose to do so. Otherwise, it is compact and has a storage case for it for when I remove it allowing me to drop the machine into the table hole that allows it to be flush with the table top. I LOVE the embroidery hoops with the magnetic clamps. Wow! I really feel that it is a more solid, stable hoop. I did one test design and loved the result. The auto thread cutter works great and snips the jump stitches. No more having to go back to snip them. That is a pain! The embroidery is beautiful. I canít wait to work with it for my next project.
The sewing quality is very nice, as I expected with Janome. It has plenty of decorative stitches. 9mm too! The bobbin winder operates separate from the threading. No need to unthread the machine to wind the bobbin. The color screen is very nice and the categories of stitches, designs, and monograms is esp. helpful. What I find fun are the removable screen faceplates. There are three; teal, red and standard white. Just slide your favorite color on!
I realize that my review is based on having this machine just over a week. But so far I am very happy with my decision to buy the Janome 9900. If anything comes up that I find to be a negative, I will update my review. For now, I am happy.
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