- Wow! Review by Heidi
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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! (Posted on 14-09-01)
- Exceeded my expectations! Review by Ivy
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So this is a Janome from the get go: looks amazing, is solid, is state of the art. It doesn’t even bother to have a keypad like some other models, the controls and settings are all selected via a touchscreen. But, to turn back to the build, the machine has a lot of extras, tools for maintenance, a foot plate and even bobbins (5 of them).
All of those extras are neatly boxed in a compartment of the machine so you don’t have to worry about having to create a whole world of mess in your studio, home or anywhere else. The feet have labeled slots, so that is really neat. IN one of the slots you’ll find a DVD and the instructions book, and I feel it’s a good idea to actually give these a read or a watch, even if after just a few minutes of work with it, the machines shows how well designed it actually is.
Feeding is also pretty easy to do, the bobbins are easy to load and the feeder dogs feed the material with precision and so smoothly. The tension adjustment is the only one that is not controlled electronically, but it’s so easy to do and not even once did I have an issue getting the tension right (nor does it lose the tension).
Foot control or by a button press, you can control when the machine starts and when it stops, but with the foot pedal it’s much neater. It’s also got a needle position (on or off) adjustment, a stitch lock and even an automatic lock setting, which is so useful.
Overall, it’s a professional machine for the home user or for small businesses. It’s just brilliantly designed. (Posted on 14-08-04)