Friday, July 17, 2015
Preliminary Review of my Janome Memory Craft 7700 QCP, Magnolia
I took Magnolia out the same day my company left last week. I rearranged all my furniture so I could put my sewing studio back into the living room, and I put her in a nice spot right in front of the windows. I love sewing in the living room, there is lots of light and lots of room.
This is a preliminary review because I have only been piecing my disappearing hourglass blocks with her. I haven't done any speciality sewing or used any of the various feet that came with her other than the 1/4" patchwork foot that I need for my piecing. I haven't even used the knee lift yet, I keep forgetting to put it on. I love the big acrylic table I bought for her. It gives me lots of space to set my pieces up for sewing.
I have to say I love the size of the machine and the sturdy feel when I'm sewing. She's a big one. The machine is super easy to thread. I used the needle threader a couple of times, but I don't use it every time I have to thread the machine because I find them to be too time consuming. Her straight stitch is perfect. I did adjust the presser foot pressure because I found my fabric wasn't feeding through like the presser foot was too tight for my cotton seams. I lowered it to 5 from 7. The manual says 7 is normal. It may be because the machine is new and I have to break it in, Bobbin winding is easy. The drop in bobbin is under a clear cover, but there is a glare on the cover and I'm using black thread so it's hard for me to see how much thread is left on the bobbin before I run out unless I lift the cover up. Other than that, I am enjoying the lighting on the machine, there are lights in the throat area and over the needle.
I plan to quilt my current quilt project with this machine so I'll let you know how the dual feed foot works.