Miracle of miracles… Mrs. Stitches is ALIVE!!! I got a call yesterday from the shop where I took her for a second opinion. “Your singer is all fixed and ready to go!” Uhmm… excuse me? Are you messing with me? Confusing me with someone else? I just took her in for an estimate, believing she was dead!
Nope, it really was me he meant to call and she really is all fixed! He has sold over a thousand of that same model and said he knows how to take them apart and put them back together and had no problem fixing her. He has seen that issue before in another 10 or 20 of that model and knew how to get it going again. Sooooo happy!! (And apparently my dad will be happy that I will stop "whining" about my machine being dead... thanks dad, yea, mom told me :-p haha)
My Grandma’s Janome can’t be fixed tho, which was surprising and a bummer. She sews just fine, the reverse button just doesn’t engage anymore and there is nothing he can do for it. He said they made that same model for sears for a few years and he saw a ton of them with that same problem eventually. O well, at least I have her as a backup if I ever need it.
I picked both of the girls up on the way to meet my mom at the Janome/Brother dealer. I should have just gone home… because there I met… Roxanne!
Yes, she already has a name and no I can’t afford her but I am still in love!
(She is one spicy machine with a bit of attitude, she needed a good name to go with it – I got it from El Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge – one of my favorite songs from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx5H-49dgvo&noredirect=1)
If you are in the market for a machine I have only positive things to say about this machine. The extra harp space is wonderful, the built in walking foot is fantastic and you can even get a ¼ foot attachment for it! I never use my walking foot because I like sewing straight lines in ¼ inch intervals on pillows and smaller projects so that would be an awesome upgrade to have! It comes with a ton of feet, way more stitches than I will ever use, and she is just all in all amazing!
One feature that really sold me, other than all of the above, is the fact that I can disengage the foot pedal to free motion quilt. I tried it out and as cool as the Bernina Stitch Regulator is, I agree with other people… you don’t need it. I could def. learn to free motion quilt really well on this machine since I can set the speed and let the machine sew while I just focus on moving the fabric around at an even speed. Love that feature and it was really fun to try out.
I’m going back next week to take a few of my own projects with to try out on her. So nice that the shop manager will let me sew on Roxanne for a few hours to get a good feel for the machine and make sure she really does do all that I’d want her to. I really think this is my 10-20 year machine I’ve been searching for. Even tho I don’t need her now that I have Mrs. Stitches back, I’d want her in a couple years for sure. Unfortunately this model is being phased out and is being replaced by an upgrade… but I’m not interested in that, I want this one! :(
I shouldn’t torture myself by sewing on her more, but I will, and will let you know what I think next week :) So jealous of all you people that already have the Horizon 7700 and appreciate all your information and review you've shared online or through my numerous emails!
I'll be dreaming of Roxanne but tonight I have a date with Mrs. Stitches… I’ve missed her sooooooooooo much :)