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Re: reviews of the M7

Cheryl Paul
 

Welcome to the group.

I purchased the Continental M7 Before Christmas best purchase I’ve made in a long long time. I’ve been with Janome machines for over 35 years and loved each and every one of the 10 or so I’ve owned in that time. This one is the best if the best. I got to try it when taking a Bra Class in November. Bra fabric can be tricky sewing, especially all the short seams and stretching elastic on to the fabric. I’ve never had issues with any of my Janome’s and bra sewing but this machine was comfortable from the very first seam. I had my mind made up within the first hour of sewing in that class that the M7 was for me. I sealed the deal right after the second class a week later and picked it up the next day.

Since Covid 19 hit I’ve been spending more time sewing - quilting specifically. I decided to really give the new HP system on this machine a test.
I’ve always been “about ¼ in” seam sewer but the new HP foot makes me more right on with those ¼” seam allowances. It also sewed up a sweater knit beautifully, sweatshirt fleece and a t-shirt as well. What I haven’t done yet is a dress but I will soon and I know I’ll be equally happy with results with that too.

I think you should go and try this machine for yourself. It will be different than your Bernina but I think you’ll like it and find it easy to use.

Cheryl


Re: reviews of the M7

Pam Davison
 

Accidentally pressed sent before I was finished what I was saying is don't believe the hype about all the layers that it goes through I do think it's a a good machine but it's started choking at about the 6th layer of rolled up denim I asked Janome what their settings were for going through all those layers they never responded but they did respond to other post that I had put on Instagram so I know they didn't miss it they just never responded


From: Pam Davison <pamyjo2001@...>
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 7:46:09 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] reviews of the M7
 
I have the M7 I've had it now for about six or seven months it's a pretty good machine that has more penetration power than the 15000 but don't believe the hype about all the layers that it Goes Pro


From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> on behalf of Deb K. <dekay929@...>
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 5:17:20 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] reviews of the M7
 
Hello,
Nice to see new “faces” welcome, this is a great place for things Janome. I am a long time Janome user and a new M7 owner. I really like the new machine and as a quilter it’s a great fit. I also own a Janome 15000 a combo sewing, embroidery machine. I’d been using the 15000 mostly for quilting and occasionally embroidery. When I sat down at the M7 I really felt it was different and I loved the way it sounded and felt. I have never owned a Bernina but I have friends that wouldn’t switch so that’s all up to you. The harp space is WONDERFUL. The M7 does have a low bobbin sensor, a top thread breakage sensor as well; both can be turned off. The machine has everything that a quilter or garment sewist could want AND MORE. I give it very high marks.


Re: reviews of the M7

Pam Davison
 

I have the M7 I've had it now for about six or seven months it's a pretty good machine that has more penetration power than the 15000 but don't believe the hype about all the layers that it Goes Pro


From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> on behalf of Deb K. <dekay929@...>
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 5:17:20 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] reviews of the M7
 
Hello,
Nice to see new “faces” welcome, this is a great place for things Janome. I am a long time Janome user and a new M7 owner. I really like the new machine and as a quilter it’s a great fit. I also own a Janome 15000 a combo sewing, embroidery machine. I’d been using the 15000 mostly for quilting and occasionally embroidery. When I sat down at the M7 I really felt it was different and I loved the way it sounded and felt. I have never owned a Bernina but I have friends that wouldn’t switch so that’s all up to you. The harp space is WONDERFUL. The M7 does have a low bobbin sensor, a top thread breakage sensor as well; both can be turned off. The machine has everything that a quilter or garment sewist could want AND MORE. I give it very high marks.


Re: S9 tension issue

Jim Stutsman
 

Overly tight bobbin tension can cause the symptom you describe, but it's more likely to be insufficient top tension. Fold a piece of fabric in half (denim is good for this) and slide it in the rightmost slot at the top. Work it back and forth like dental floss. This will dislodge anything that may be caught in there. If that has no effect I would suggest having the machine looked at by a technician. It is VERY rare for a machine to come out of the factory with bad bobbin case tension. Trying to fix that will just about always make things worse.


Re: reviews of the M7

Deb K.
 

Hello,
Nice to see new “faces” welcome, this is a great place for things Janome. I am a long time Janome user and a new M7 owner. I really like the new machine and as a quilter it’s a great fit. I also own a Janome 15000 a combo sewing, embroidery machine. I’d been using the 15000 mostly for quilting and occasionally embroidery. When I sat down at the M7 I really felt it was different and I loved the way it sounded and felt. I have never owned a Bernina but I have friends that wouldn’t switch so that’s all up to you. The harp space is WONDERFUL. The M7 does have a low bobbin sensor, a top thread breakage sensor as well; both can be turned off. The machine has everything that a quilter or garment sewist could want AND MORE. I give it very high marks.


Re: S9 tension issue

Toni Valenstein
 

I tried lengthening the stitch.  Same results!  Look at the pics I've added.  If I run my finger along the bobbin thread it feels like a ridge.  I think it's pulling the top thread thru too tightly.  Should I give the screw on the side of the bobbin, near the metal piece that catches the thread a tiny bit to the left.  Using the tensions on the maching did nothing.  They are both set back to "Auto".


Re: S9 tension issue

Toni Valenstein
 

Thank you.  I viewed the video and did that.  Didn't help.


Re: 12000 horizon

Jim Stutsman
 

If it is truly new, i.e. you are the first owner, then it does not need servicing. If it's previously owned, then a cleaning might be worthwhile.


Re: Lubricating an older machine...

Jim Stutsman
 

Tri-Flo grease is fine, but it's important to CLEAN the gears first. Embedded dried lint and old grease can actually break them. I also like Tri-Flo spray lubricant as well as oil.


Re: Diane's work book for the 12000

Jim Stutsman
 

It's not a workbook, but an app for iPhone or iPad. If you don't have either of those you can find lots of videos on YouTube, but we do not do Android.


Re: Lubricating an older machine...

ZKazmi <zskazmi@...>
 

I had the same question about lubricating gears.  I have a newer mechancial Janome machine that has been sitting in my closet for a few years. It's hardly been used. I bought it five years ago and made some stitch samples but never used it to actually sew anything. When I took it out and sewed on it yesterday, I noticed that it is sewing slower. I have oiled the machine and cleaned it but I'm wondering if the gears need to be greased. The foot pedal and bobbin winder seem to be working at full speed but the machine is not sewing at full speed. Would Tri-Flo grease be fine to use on the gears?


Diane's work book for the 12000

sewnice@...
 

Hello again,
I'm just full of questions... What is the name of the workbook Diane Stutsman has for the mc12000, and where can I purchase it?

Thank you
Sharon


reviews of the M7

janeo51
 

Hello, first time posting! I am in the market for a new machine and am impressed with the media info on the M7, I am hoping some owners can tell me their experiences and if they feel this machine is all it claims to be and more! I am mostly a quilter but also do sew garments, some home dec and craft sewing. I love the larger space but am also interested in great tension and ease of use is important as well! Does this machine have a low bobbin sensor, I just am hoping for experiences and feelings about how happy you are with your machines, if you wish you had picked a different machine or any helpful info as a new buyer to Janome! I have been sewing on a Bernina 440 for the last 10 years and have loved it but would like to upgrade, I have looked at the 7 series but am feeling like Janome has so much to offer at much better prices! thank you so much for your time!


12000 horizon

sewnice@...
 

Hi,
I am just purchasing a new MC 12000.  My question is since it is an older model, should I take it to my local dealer for an "oil and Lube?"  :)  or will it be OK right out of the box?

Thank you
Sharon


Re: S9 tension issue

Tracy
 

Toni-

Try lengthening your stitch length a little.  That should help with the puckering.  

I'm not sure what it is about the bobbin thread that you think the tension there is too tight.  It's much easier to adjust the upper tension.  If top thread is being pulled to the bottom, increase the upper tension number to make it a bit tighter and it should pull the bobbin thread more into the middle of the fabric layers.  If bobbin thread is showing on the top, decrease the top thension so that it won't pull as tightly and will relax the thread into the fabric layers.  Do not be afraid to change thread tension.  Sometimes it's what makes the stitches look like they should.  And- like someone else mentioned- there are many things that can cause stitches to not be "right".  I won't list them all again.

Tracy in Nashville, TN

Martha Pullen Licensed Educator


Re: S9 tension issue

blue_lak
 

I had no idea there were actual discs in there. I thought that path was for the take up lever.


Re: 12000 horizon

Jim Stutsman
 

Yes, it's fine.


12000 horizon

sewnice@...
 

can the embroidery link be used with windows 10?

Thank you


Re: S9 tension issue

Marsha_Comcast
 

The tension disks for your upper thread is where your thread goes between when you loop it down and up then through your take-up arm.
The video link is for a Husqvarna but it's the same place. I know pictures or videos always help me. Hope you find a fix, it's so frustrating when you can't just sew.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GRrj1-QqMnk


Re: S9 tension issue

blue_lak
 

The Skyline series does not have tension disks, but the HD9 does so I think that's the confusion.
There is a tiny wick in the center where bobbin case sits. Touch it with your pinky tip and see if any oil shows on your finger. If yes, it's fine. If no, you can carefully put a drop of oil there. Being a bit dry though, shouldn't have any real effect on the sewing tension.

Is this is a new problem, or a new to you machine?
Are you using the same weight top thread as the Janome bobbin thread?
Have you tried a different spool of thread?
Have you tried a different bobbin thread?
Are you making sure the top thread is snapping under the guide plate (see step 2, p 16 of manual)?
If the guide cover is removable, lift to check for any dust bunnies. If not removable, use a piece of dental floss as thread to guide through the slot for cleaning.
Have you tried a different size needle?
Have you tested other fabrics, eg plain weave cotton and batik?
Last but not least, have you tried a heavier foot pressure?
There are so many things on the machine that can affect thread tension, but different fabrics will also.

Hopefully you'll find an answer. If not, it might need tech adjustment. It's not unknown for them to be too tight coming from the factory.
Jan in MD

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