Press Release: Janome Invites Quilters To "Come Away" With The New Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP Sewing Machine

Mahwah, NJ - The Janome Sewing Machine Company has given quilters a great way to escape into a world of pure creativity. It's a new machine that allows them to pursue the ambitious projects their old machine just couldn't handle because of lack of bed space, insufficient power, an inadequate feeding system, or other limitations. Janome took the most popular quilting features from two of their best-selling Horizon machines and combined them to make the ultimate quilting and sewing machine: Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP (Quilter's Companion Professional).

A full size quilt can measure 8' x 10' or larger, making it difficult to stitch on a standard size sewing bed; it becomes a wrestling match to stuff all that fabric through the space to the right of the needle. So the new Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP was given the same wide-open sewing space found on the top-of-the-line Horizon Memory Craft 12000. It has a full 11" of bed space to the right of the needle. For techniques like free motion quilting, quilters can forget about whether or not their quilt is going to fit and instead just enjoy the machine's smooth, powerful stitching.

Big quilt dimensions also mean long seams. Chugging along at 520 stitches per minute on a straight stitch can seem like slow motion. So the MC8900 can cruise at up to 1,000 stitches per minute on a straight stitch. And quilters can relax their pedal foot by using the Start/Stop button, setting the machine into an auto-pilot mode.

Depending on its style, a quilt can have multiple layers of various weights of fabric with batting sandwiched in between. Trying to stitch through this kind of thickness on a machine with standard feed dogs is like trying to climb a mountain in roller skates. Even if the regular machine can send the needle through all those layers, it usually does not have the ability to feed the multiple 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 engineered the MC8900 with the AcuFeed Flex™ fabric feeding system. This quilting breakthrough was first introduced on the MC12000. Using a patented upper feed dog, it 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. And when it's not being used, the AcuFeed Flex™ unit is easily removed.

Another favorite feature the MC8900 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.

The Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP comes with 270 built-in stitches, including hundreds of 9 mm wide decorative stitches. These include more of the popular Pictograph stitches, Heirloom stitches, and a brand new Serpentine stitch quilters will love. The eleven buttonholes can be customized for stitch width, stitch density and buttonhole opening. And, the three alphabets also go up to a 9 mm width with a revised letter size and shape for increased realism and balance. Navigation through all these choices is sped along using a combination of jog-dial and button selection, including six Direct Select buttons to take you immediately to high-use stitches.

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 fine, cotton fabrics as the needle penetrates. With a smaller hole, the fabric moves less with each penetration, improving stitch quality. On a regular machine, changing to the straight stitch needle plate usually involves a little screwdriver and a lot of patience. But neither is necessary on the MC8900. The needle plate can be switched from Standard to Straight Stitch in seconds. Simply press a button to pop out the existing plate and snap in the new one. This makes a big difference when a quilt requires switching back and forth between straight and decorative stitching.

With hundreds of pieces in a quilt top, tiny errors add up quickly. It's important to be able to place stitches exactly where they need to go. The MC8900's patented needle placement accuracy includes special plate markings that indicate needle drop position, provide angle marks, and act as front-of-the-foot guides. And, the needle can be moved into 91 unique positions in order to get pinpoint accuracy for decorative stitching, appliqué and free motion quilting.
The ultimate set up for large-scale quilting is on a frame, which holds a quilt in place while the machine moves. These frames are becoming more affordable for the hobby quilter, and the MC8900 has several features that make it a great machine for frame quilting. Already mentioned is the large bed space and the Start/Stop button, which eliminates the need to control the machine with a foot pedal. The machine also comes with a remote thread cutter port, so the machine can be used on a quilt frame with the optional remote thread cutting pedal.

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 super closeup look, there's also an optional magnifier that swings into place right over the needle area.

The MC8900 has a long list of time-saving features all sewing enthusiasts will love: a larger foot control pedal, an adjustable knee lifter, and Needle Up/Down with Down as the default setting. And it comes complete with numerous standard accessories, such as a large extension table, a manual Cloth Guide, a semi-hard case, and the 16 presser feet essential for quilting and more.

The Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP is the perfect way to escape into quilting for a few hours or days at a time. It's available only at participating Janome dealerships. Complete information on the machine can be found at www.Janome.com.

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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