Janome Memory Craft 8200QC
- Product Review (submitted on September 1, 2014):
I just recently bought the Janome 8200 and I tested it today quite thoroughly. I’ve got a serious FMQ project going on, and I can say with pride that I’ve made the right choice! Compared to the MC 10000, a machine I’ve owned and used extensively for the last 10 years, this one feels and is the larger, smarter, more professional choice
Sewing is absolutely flawless with the 8200; plus it has an automatic thread and it’s pretty quiet, you can hardly hear it.
Setting up the tension is done via a manual dial, which I like, and the bulk of all settings are chosen via the touch screen. It has a vertical thread holder that I haven’t used it yet, though it looks like a solid piece.
My main gig with it was using a 9mm stitch. The foot operated AccuFeed system the machine is fitted with is so amazing. It feeds without issues, fast and easy and it gets the job done so nicely.
Now, in terms of extras, I bought my machine along with a two table set, one being an inset table, the other being a flat table. The tables are so sturdy, they inspire you this feeling of durability, as you can use them and not be afraid they’ll come crashing down if you put some pressure on them. The downside is that it may take a while to set up, but this is certainly not the kind of machine that is ultra portable, so some time setting up was to be expected.
Foot pedal control also works smoothly and it compatible with the older Janome model I have, so I changed it with that one. Thus, the slide problem I had is no more. However, I’m pretty sure you can get used to the one the machine comes with without issues; just put it on a non slide surface, like a rug.
So, overall, this is a wonderful machine, solid, compact enough for its class, and it feels like a machine that I’ll use for years without issues. Really recommend it!