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Katiep508
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Date: 10/23/12 2:16 PM

Hi All. I'm not even sure if this should go under embroidery board or sewing machine? I'm guessing here because it is also a sewing machine. To me, it will be my embroidery machine because I will continue to use my bernina 930 record for sewing. Anyway, I just got the memorycraft 8000 at an estate sale and I'm wondering if I got as good a deal as a I think? I know its an old machine but it is light years ahead of my bernina. I got the machine, about 15 memory cards, lots of feet and some other things to go with it and I paid $300. Does that sound like a bargain? Does anyone have this machine? I am so lost with all the things I can do and don't know where to start!

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Date: 10/23/12 2:27 PM

It sounds okay. The memory cards are really expensive in and of themselves. The 8000, as I understand it, was the first embroidery/sewing combo machine released by Janome. It has one of the smaller hoop sizes. You can do a search here for it as there are a number of reviews and conversations.

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Katiep508
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Date: 10/23/12 3:00 PM

thank you. I must have searched funny because I didn't get any results. I will try again.

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Date: 10/23/12 8:47 PM

I have a 8000 and its great for sewing also. You got a good deal because the cards would have cost you around 60 to 70 dollars. I just got a new Babylock Unity but I kept my 8000 and will still use it . Congrats on your good deal.

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Date: 10/24/12 11:58 AM

That's not a bad deal however you probably won't be able to do anymore embroidery then's what on those cards. There used to be a box you could get to read/write cards for so you could use other designs off the internet etc. But I'm not even sure they make them anymore as almost all machine these days have USB or hook directly to computer.

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Date: 10/24/12 5:55 PM

I have a MC 8000 - bought it in 1992 for $2000. It is a wonderful machine. Unfortunately, if you have problems you can no longer get a computer board. All of a sudden mine has had some small problems and when I took it in they told me about the computer board but didn't find any real problem so they didn't service it. I know they were hoping I would buy a new one - but I still haven't and am still using it. Now I can't decide whether to buy a new one or pay to have it cleaned and oiled as it sqeaks sometimes like it needs oil. It does a beautiful job on embroidery as well as regular sewing. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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Date: 10/24/12 5:56 PM

PS I think you have to put in MC or Memory Craft before the 8000 to get the reviews on it.

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Date: 10/24/12 8:00 PM

That's a nice collection of embroidery cards that you received with the machine. The machine is limited in size compared to some of the newer machines but a great way to test the waters of doing embroidery. It's a highly addictive hobby. On the sewing side of the machine it has a 1 step buttonhole, over edging stitches and plenty of decorative stitches. It will sew anything from silk to denim. Enjoy using the machine with the cards you have (cards 1-40 were made for this machine). You may still find the older cards for your machine at some dealers but there is no software for this machine anymore.

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