I'm kinda of in the same boat - I owned TWO 11K and then, this
past March, at the Dallas Quilt Show, put my toe in the water, so to
speak, and started the "to Own it" process.
Once I brought it home - I put it on my sewing table - but still
continue to use the 11K. I have embroidered one design on the
12K and it did beautifully. I'm piecing a quilt top
on the 11K, simple because I can use the 1/4 foot without changing
feet back and forth.
I did purchase both DVDs and it has lessened the learning curve
immensely. I have taken baby steps into making the 12K my BFF,
but I'm sure it will come to that.
I traded in one 11K on the 12K, but kept one because it's still
the machine I love AND it has the 5x7 hoop - an embroidery
standard. Why they would release a machine without a 5x7
hoop is a total mystery to me - we fought long and hard for that hoop
for the 11k, you'd THINK the folks at Janome would "GET
IT." Every embroidery house in the WORLD makes 5x7
designs - why have to use a 9.1 square hoop to get that size is beyond
me and my stabilizer size..........
I, too am in the DFW area - and belong to TWO embroidery
clubs. One, specifically Janome - the other - an "all brands"
group which started out as a Babylock group. We've all traded up
to other machines and others have joined since then - so we have
a wide variety of machine interest in our group.
Since no classes have ever been offered for strictly this 12K
machine - the DVD's have been a treasure to own and watch at my
leisure, and I thank you SO much for their thorough
Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [janome12000] Stumbling &
Do not say never, because that is what I have been saying and I
found out a few things today which I cannot pass on but might make me
change my mind. I will admit the wireless does not mean a whole
lot to me like some, but keep on listening, because there is more to
come. And an upgrade to MBX5 I have my first name on the
In a message dated 8/30/2013 5:32:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Maybe it is because I have had other Janome's starting with the
9000 and working up.... I am puzzled as to why this machine seems so
difficult for some. Now to me a Bernina TOL is more
complicated than this and from what I have read not nearly as
I hope you can get it
figured out using those good DVDs because no other company has
anything on the market like Diane and Jim's DVDs and they can get
you through instructions to make this machine sing and dance..
( well almost but you will love it).
I am never sorry that I bought the 12000; I have no
buyers remorse. But I doubt I will be moving up to the 15000
because the way my sewing/computer room is set up, wireless is
really rather useless to me. A faster processor doesn't interest me;
I am not that rushed that I can't wait to find a design. That
wheel on the screen doesn't bother me at all... I am just
disappointed that there is no apparent upgrade that I have heard of
yet that would increase the stitch count for us and offer a 5 x 7
hoop. Other than those two things I am perfectly happy with my
12000 and can't justify the money to move up because of a new super
Now when the next TOL comes out
if they offer a built in stitch regulator for quilting...
hmmmmm I will be the first in line.
On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM, <chatterbox.jb@...>
Well, so happy to hear that there are others who have bought
the wonderful 12000 and felt lost and out in the wilderness when
taking the machine home. I opened the boxes, set the machine on
the kitchen table and observed it for a week. Since it did nothing
on its own I figured I'd run the cords to it and flip the on/off
switch. It came alive. Holy Crappppp !!! Now what do I do. I
opened the book and read, turned pages, read some more and closed
the book and ran into the livingroom. What had I gotten myself
into?? My last machine was a TOL Pfaff 1229 purchased in 1982.
YIKES. I refer to it as the "workhorse".
Well, it has been nearly two months with the 12000 and we have
made friends. Not BFF's yet but it is coming along. Taken a
private class on how to manage her and one class on beginning
Early on I joined this website and purchased Jim & Diane's
videos. I have to say that I would not be a happy camper without
them. Short of having someone sit next to me and say, "now push
that button" "scroll forward to the next page", those videos have
actually taught me what's what on the 12000. I am still working my
way thru the embroidery video. I still have dozens of questions
and some so elementary that I am embare-assed but I will charge
forward and I will be the old dog who can learn new tricks.
Sure wish those of us in N. Dallas could form a get together
and figure this machine out.
- Jeannie B aka Chatterbox