Pretty Penny did a good job. I am really surprised how often I meet Janome and Horizon 7700P owners that didn't know about awesome features or can't get something to work (hey- I was one of them!). I had two phone calls this month plus an email asking for Horizon advice.
Did you know there's an extra-high presser foot lift? That's great for stuffing quilts under, or a stabilizer hoop.
Did you also know that there's a little screw to adjust the height of the presser foot for free motion stitching? You don't need a screwdriver. You just use your fingertip to adjust it. You'll want it lower if you are working on scrim or any thinner surface. You'll want it higher if you are quilting a big fat quilt. How high? I tell people to set it at the lowest level you can that will not create any drag at all. You want it somewhat close as it acts to stabilize the fabric at the point of quilting. When the foot is too high, your fabric can bounce while you FMQ or threadpaint, and this will ultimately cause skipped stitches.
Another tips with the Horizon is to get the needle plate engaged for FMQ. Again, this stabilizes the fabric while quilting and will prevent those horrible skipped stitches when you free-motion pretty curls. Read your manual. It's easy to do.
Hands down, the Horizon loves Topstitch needles. I do use a lot of Wonderfil thread, and they also suggest topstitch for nearly all their threads. Maybe that's the variable. So... Topstitch it is. It has a long, long eye and I never get shredded threads ever.
When most people free motion quilt on a domestic machine, they lower the top tension to achieve even stitches that meet-in-the-middle of the quilt sandwich. If the top is too loose or the bottom is too tight, you will get those horrible eyelashes / feathers on the back. With the horizon, you can leave it on auto tension for the top, and change to this alternate 'blue arrow' bobbin case. The blue arrow bobbin case is pre-set with a lower tension and creates PERFECT FMQ stitches. You don't have to fiddle and test on a sample first. I used to get eyelashes all the time no matter how carefully I sewed or how precise I thought I was setting my machine tension manually. I found that when I tightened up the top thread, I would ended up getting my top thread snapping during quilting. Everything was too tight: top and bottom. That's enough to make me cry. This blue arrow case is brilliant, it's only $25, and OMG it fits my old non-computerized Kenmore!! wow.
With that in mind, I popped my other loosely-set 'play' bobbin case (yes - I have another case for bobbin work) into that old 12 stitch Kenmore. It worked!! I marked it green for fun with nail polish. This is the one I play with and set very loose according to the cord / floss I use. I don't want to play around with my other ones because they are perfect and I would like them to stay that way.
|bobbin play sampler|
So I was thinking...
If any other Horizon owners would like to get together to experiment with the machine together, or if you need help troubleshooting, I would love to gather at Creative House in the sewing area. We can set up and sew together for a couple hours. If you are upgrading from a Kenmore to a Janome, the presser feet are the same on the low shank machines FYI. The bobbins & bobbin cases are all the same for high or low shank Janome & Kenmore.
I'm linking this in as a "Tips on Tuesdays". I hope many of you find this helpful. : ) And yes - I drop the dogs, especially when threadpainting on a low, thin piece. On quilts, I don't notice drag if I forget.
Have a great day everyone! I hope this was helpful.