Mahwah, NJ - For a quilter, there's no such thing as too much bed space on a sewing machine. When you're stitching a full-size quilt, you appreciate every inch of room to the right of needle. On a standard machine it's about 7". On a mid-range model, supposedly designed for quilting, it might be up to 9". But if you want more room, you have to move up to one of the top-of-the line models, which can have up to 11" or more. But for this premium amount of room, you could expect to pay a premium price. Until now.
The Janome Sewing Machine Company has introduced a quilting machine with the space of a top-of-the-line model at a mid-range price. The Horizon Memory Craft 8200 QC (Quilter's Companion) not only has 11"+ of workspace to the right of the needle, it has a 9 mm stitch width, and it is compatible with Janome's patented AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system.
The MC8200 is equipped with the same size quilting bed as the flagship Horizon Memory Craft 12000, as well as the MC8200's sister model, the newly released Horizon Memory Craft 8900 Quilter's Companion Professional – a quilting dream machine. Also, like these machines, the MC8200 has Janome's exclusive structural frame design, which enables the machines to deliver excellent stitch quality despite the the extra long bed length.
Another challenge for a quilter with a standard machine and standard feed dogs is stitching through multiple layers of various weights of fabric and batting. Even if the regular machine can send the needle through all that thickness, it will likely not be able to feed those layers without shifting. It's not unusual for the bottom layer to get slightly ahead, giving the finished quilt an unintended twist. To prevent this, Janome gave the MC8200 the option of using the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system. This quilting breakthrough was first introduced on the MC12000. Using a patented upper feed dog, AcuFeed Flex™ works in conjunction with Janome's exclusive 7-piece lower feed dog to ensure even the thickest, multi-layer quilt is moved under the needle with precision and ease. When it's not being used, the optional AcuFeed Flex™ unit is easily removed.
Another favorite feature the MC8200 has inherited from the MC12000 is a 9 mm stitch width. More than 25% larger than 7 mm stitching, 9 mm zigzag and appliqué stitches are wider and decorative stitches are bolder and much more dramatic. The 9 mm width also gives the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system a wider stance for better traction.
One of the most important accessories for a quilter is the straight stitch needle plate. This plate has a smaller needle hole to better support the fine, cotton fabrics used in quilting as the needle goes through. With a smaller hole, the fabric moves less with each penetration and the stitch quality is better. On a regular machine, changing to the straight stitch needle plate usually involves a little screwdriver and a lot of patience. On the MC8200 the needle plate can be switched from Standard to Straight Stitch in seconds with just the press of a button to pop out the existing plate and snap in the new one.
For easier viewing of fine work under the needle, the machine has a five-point LED lighting system. The light is bright, even and easy on the eyes. For a really close look there's an optional magnifier that swings into place near the needle area.
The MC8900 has a long list of time-saving features quilters will love: an adjustable knee lifter, and Needle Up/Down with Down as the default setting, and an automatic thread cutter. And it comes complete with 16 presser feet in the new 9 mm width.
The Horizon Memory Craft 8200 QC allows serious quilters the enjoy an extra-large-workspace and premium features without the premium price. It's available only at participating Janome dealerships. Complete information on the machine can be found at Janome America is one of the largest sales subsidiaries of the Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan. Janome is a category leader in innovation and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.
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