Christmas comes early.

I’m so excited that Janome is sponsoring me with a Horizon Memory Craft 7700 machine.

Janome Horizon

Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I mean, let’s be honest here – I did a veeeery long happy dance when the UPS man pulled up with it.

I’ve been sewing on the same machine (my first machine) since I started quilting about three years ago. I can’t knock the lil’ lady because I’ve made over 50 quilts, large and small, on her. But for a long time now, I’ve known that my machine was holding me back, with quilting in particular. I have spent a bit of time with my new Horizon and let me tell you – it’s like a door opening. Everything just looks so much better. The stitches, the smoothness, it’s just clearly a quality machine. I am going to be a straight line quilting addict for a bit I think. It all just comes out so pretty and NOT shifty on this machine. I’m thrilled.

This machine is so much faster than my old one. I’m zipping through my tasks and getting things done so quickly! And the space! Just look at the space!


There is SO much room in the throat of the machine. Seriously – so. much. I’m in the middle of quilting a queen right now, and it’s not even a squeeze to get it through the machine.

And so far, in first place for “best feature I didn’t have but now do”: The Automatic Thread Cutter!

Automatic Thread Cutter

This upgrade has been a long time coming for me and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint! I am amazed at what a difference it makes to have the right tool.

Now you’ll have to excuse me – I’m going to go spend lot and lots of quality time with the new machine.

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  • Becky M

    December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply

    ooh, so jealous. She’s so pretty. My machine is currently waiting to be serviced again. 🙁 This one looks so snazzy. Enjoy!

  • Em

    December 21, 2010 at 10:56 am | Reply

    OOOOOO!!! I love my Janome, it’s the DC3050.. but my mom has the 6600 and it is AWESOME, has that auto thread cutter, plus the sit in table, for quilting ease. love love love Janome! enjoy.

  • Melissa P

    December 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS! Congratulations, I am soooo happy for you. Yipee!

  • Emily

    December 21, 2010 at 11:08 am | Reply

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!!!! I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!!!!! I just did a happy dance INSIDE for you1!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You need to get your Hands free foot thing going, it is my favorite thing about my bernina lately…. you will be amazed at how much more efficient it is to use your knee to lift your foot. I’m SO happy for you!!!!

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski

    December 21, 2010 at 11:15 am | Reply

    Wow! Enjoy Alissa! Merry Christmas.

  • Amber

    December 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply

    Wow – wow! Merry Christmas – how exciting – I definitely need a bigger throat on my machine!

  • Ruth

    December 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Reply

    oooo, enjoy it!!!!

  • Liz Harvatine

    December 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Reply

    Ahhh! You got it! Congratulations, that’s so awesome. I’m jealous!

  • Meg

    December 21, 2010 at 11:51 am | Reply

    Oh wow, Alissa! You lucky devil! I’m six different greens with envy, but I can’t wait to hear all about it! That’s my dream machine!!

  • krista

    December 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply

    Yay! Congrats!

    I absolutely love, love, love my Horizon and sew on it every single day. It’s an awesome machine!

  • Megan

    December 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply

    Lucky, lucky! Isn’t that automatic thread cutter awesome! I have one on my Brother and could never go back.

  • Monica

    December 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Reply

    oh well done!! that looks amazing…

    Merry Christmas.

  • Audrie

    December 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Reply

    I have a Horizon and I looooooove it! Just yesterday my husband asked me if it was worth getting… Yes. Hell yes 🙂

  • Abi

    December 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply

    Not only a new machine, but a SPONSORED one!!! Wowzers! Merry Christmas is right – congrats!

  • Trisha

    December 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Reply

    Awesome! Enjoy your new machine!

  • Kim

    December 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    It is an amazing machine! I just got the 6600 in October and I LOVE it! I agree, that thread cutter is life changing! Plus the speed controls, the memory functions, so fun! Can’t wait to see what new stuff you will be working on! Merry Christmas!

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply

    I didn’t even know such a machine existed. From the specs, it’s AMAZING! I just wish there was somewhere online that you could look at prices…

    • Alissa

      December 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply

      Thanks everyone – I’m so so happy with the machine and 100% recommend it. And Rachel, You can find prices at Janome dealerships but the machine retails at $3000. You get A LOT of machine for the price!

  • Judith

    December 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply

    I recently bought the exact same machine after some long deliberations and while I haven’t had the chance to do much sewing but what I did made me very happy. Everything seems to be so much easier with this machine and the Space is just wonderful.

  • Jean

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  • CBH

    December 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply

    WoW! It looks like to be a great machine. I am starting to think about a new machine.

  • Melissa

    December 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply

    And the angels sang the Hallelujah Chorus! :-). You deserve to have a wonderful machine. It makes all the difference in theworld, doesn’t it? I’m so happy for you.

  • Kate

    December 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply

    Thanks Alissa! I am on the look out for a new machine, will check out Janome.

  • Ashley

    December 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply

    Oooh! Lucky you! I’m so happy for you – what a beautiful machine. I’ve had my eye on that one for a while, so I can’t wait to see how you like it!

  • Karmen

    December 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply

    Freaking awesome!

  • Sarah

    December 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    oh man I’m turning green what a nice machine!

  • Bonnie

    December 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply

    Wow, I’m so happy for you! I also just got a new machine (and had been sewing on a very basic machine for years) and have been thrilled with the difference. I agree about the automatic thread cutter – what did I ever do without it?? = )

  • Jude

    December 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    Congratulations!!! I bought a Janome DC2010 less than a year ago for general sewing and I LOVE it. It took weeks of reading customer reviews to find exactly what I wanted, and now I am a huge Janome fan. But I love the colors on your machine even better. Mine has some sort of teal/aqua color that I am not crazy about. Is your machine also really quiet?

  • Asiyah

    December 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply

    You are going to make me lose my mind! Must…resist…urge…to…buy.

    Have fun!

  • PioneerValleyGirl

    December 22, 2010 at 6:45 am | Reply

    Lucky you! Enjoy, it looks like a great machine.

  • jeanettesquiltin

    December 22, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply

    OMG! Enjoy, looks like an exceptional machine. I have a Janome, just a basic one, from Sears, but I do love it, it has served me well. When I finish some of my old projects I hope to find one of those maybe under the tree one year. Congrats Again!!!

  • Sarah

    December 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Reply

    O M G
    Some kinda wonderful there! You lucky, lucky girl. Huge congratulations xx

  • Munaiba

    December 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply

    Now that’s a real sponsorship. Well done!

  • Bee

    December 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Reply

    Hey Alissa,

    I am so pleased you LOVE your new machine! It was great to meet you last week and I am so happy your machine seems to be everything you wished for! You must have been a very good girl this year!

  • Andy

    December 23, 2010 at 8:58 am | Reply

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family! I’ve been sewing on the same small machine for years now too. She’s a workhorse, but boy the space you have with that Janome is lookin mighty nice.

  • Allison

    December 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply

    As a long time Janome owner – I know you will love this machine. It just keeps getting better:)

    Congratulations and use it in good health in the New Year.

  • Laura

    December 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply

    ooooh, i’d be doing a happy dance too! i have an automatic thread cutter on my machine, and let me tell you, i DO love it. so glad i have it. thanks for sharing, looks like fun!

  • Kathy

    December 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply

    How in the world do you get sponsored with a machine like that??? I would love to know how to do that. I am sewing on an older Bernina and I do love my machine but I love all that space that you have on the Janome. Perhaps in my next life……

  • Tanya Heldman

    December 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply

    You said you were getting a new machine, but I did not picture a throat quite so roomy. What a perfect time for you to get a new machine. Happy sewing and merry x-mas!

  • Terri

    December 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply

    Santa was very, very good to you this year! I’m so jealous! Can’t wait to hear more about this beautiful machine! If I had a sewing machine like that I don’t think I would ever leave my chair 🙂

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    December 27, 2010 at 6:25 am | Reply

    Congratulations on the new machine! I have serious throat envy!

    I understand how you feel about your old machine – my old Kenmore has been a trooper for over 28 years, but I’d so love some bells and whistles 🙂

  • Frauke

    December 28, 2010 at 7:21 am | Reply

    Congrats to a beautiful workhorse !! I have one, too – and I just LOVE that machine! So much, that a non-quilty friend asked (imagine a slight hint of edgniness in her voice) whether I have an erotical relationship with my sewing machine Of course, I have not – but what this machine can do and how it does the jobs is AMAZING. have fun !!

  • Shawna

    December 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply

    It’s gorgeous!!! What kind of machine did you use before?

  • Nikki

    January 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply

    I have a Horizon too, and I love it! Before “Betty”, I had 2 Berninas. I’m really glad I made the switch, now I just wish I had more time to sew! When I first bought my machine I was in a rush to finish Christmas gifts, and now I’ve been sick for the last few weeks. 🙁
    So far I love everything that I’ve done on it, though! And I can’t wait to quilt a large quilt!

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