I need some input from all you Janome owners. I posted a couple of weeks ago when I was thinking about buying the 7700. I called the Janome dealer closest to me (I have close friends who have purchased from them and are 100% happy with their sales and service). We chatted a little while about the 7700 and he did tell me he has had several customers who were not happy with a couple of features. He said the new 8900 seems to have resolved the issues with the 7700. It also has 11 inches of harp space. It is also approximately $4000 versus $2500 for the 7700. He did say they would throw in some nice extras for that price. I had myself talked into getting the 8900. He and I started talking about free motion quilting and he asked me if I had seen or tried the Baby Lock Tiara. It is similar to the Handiquilter Sweet 16....a sit-down semi long-arm with a 16" harp for FMQ, table included, priced around $5300. I read all about the Tiara, watched the demo video, etc. I can see where this machine would be a wonderful investment for anyone who does a lot of free motion quilting. I certainly will not need the 8900 if I decide to go with the Baby Lock Tiara. But, I am still in the market for a great machine for piecing, decorative stitches, binding, stitch-in-the-ditch ..... basically everything related to quilting besides FMQ. I have a friend who has the Janome 6600P and she says she sews and quilts on it every day and loves it. The price on this one is around $1500. I have just about made up my mind to go with the 6600P and then saving for the Baby Lock Tiara after that. That would give me a great Janome for piecing and most quilting and then plenty of room for FMQ with the Baby Lock Tiara. Do any of you have experience with the 6600P or the Baby Lock? Do you think this would be a wise decision versus paying $4000 for the 8900? Any and all input would be greatly appreciated.
bzquiltin aka Rhonda M.
bzquiltin --- Live in the beautiful Bluegrass state, child of God, wife, mother, daughter, quilter, amateur photographer, basket lover, football fan, gardener, and did I mention quilter?