Janome’s new Horizon 8900 QCP Want to know what I think?

How about that new Janome?
How about that new Janome?

Janome has recently releasedย  it’s latestย  Horizon 8900 Q C P.ย  When it’s release was announced apparently many quilters began to form a line.

They haveย  gotten the bugs out from the Horizon 8200 Q C, which some quilters had noticed, and apparently the corporation did as well. While making the changes they, beefed it up as well.

I had the 8200 QC,ย  when I brought home theย  8900 QCPย ย  I was quick to make comparisonsย  between the two machines.ย  My initial reaction?

I Love it!!! Fromย  the moment I took my first stitch, I felt aย  noticeableย  difference. For one thing,ย  it purred, it hummedย  The motor seemed so smooth.

I liked the stitch quality. It now has 2 easy to change needle plates, one for regular stitching, the other for free motion quilting.ย  No more silly screws to unscrew andย  re screw, and drop several times in the clumsy process, if you’re a butterfingers, like myself. Just pull a latch and up pops that needle plate, bim bam boom. Easy!

The previous model’sย  slider thingy[ย  a very technical term ]ย  in the one needle plate,ย  which changed from regular sewing to free-motion was problematicย  to say the least. As I mentioned it’s been replaced with a very convenient solution.

I like the way the free motion quilting went, it seemed that theย  fabric movement was smoother, don’t ask me how this could be accomplished,ย  but it was my impression.

I like the idea of the jog dial,ย  it would be a niceย  little convenience,ย  although I have not used it as yet. So my initial impressions are very favorable thus far.” I like it a lot”.

How about you? If you haveย  any thoughts, share your impressions with us.

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

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23 thoughts on “Janome’s new Horizon 8900 QCP Want to know what I think?

  1. Had this now for about a month and its fantastic. I had a Janome 8000 for twenty years so knew the brand would be good but they have clearly made even more improvements over the years. They say it took the best bits of other machines and I think they did it right as every function I had tried so far is beautifully performed, quietly and tolerantly of all fabrics and demands. I have still to use all if it but so far, well impressed and don’t miss my tried and trusted machine at all. Very easy to follow and really love the needle threader and cutting facility which saves loads of time in reaching for scissors or wasting thread in pulling out to cut. Perfectly stitched buttonholes with more options than I know what to do with. Presser foot lifter with knee is a bit weird but once you get used to it, much better control on pivot work. Big working table really useful, although the trade off is less table space for other stuff! One request Janome….can we have a sensor that puts up a message when the bobbin has run out? There’s always something more you need….but not much. You will not regret buying this machine if you are a sewing fan of any type. Enjoy….. P.s. bought mine from GUR sewing machines who were professional and efficient in delivery and advice.


    1. Tonya
      I have to agree, what a machine!
      I think that a empty bobbin warning would be great too, but as you said, it is so awesome, it’s hard to find a complaint. My friend is buying one at Whitlocks in Salem Or today, that has about $2000 knocked off. for you all who want one but have been put off by price. I am not sure if they ship but they have a website that sells some things.. Thanks for your input that’s the best way for folks to really know the true story of anything . But there is so little before buying, right?


  2. Barbara: It appears you wrote your review last Fall 2012. Now about five months later, how do you feel about the Janome 8900QCP? I looked at it yesterday as well as an Elna which was the same machine but louder.
    Thanks for your input.


    1. Paula I still love, love love my machine. It gets such constant use, day and night. I have to say that although this machine was designed for home usage, mine is definitely getting the usage of a commercial machine. That’s a lot to expect from a domestic machine. But it is such a champ, not a single problem, even put through that kind of a work load.
      The engine has the kind of power to take anything you can throw at it.
      I love the walking foot and dual feed system, it is awesome, moves quilts, multiple layers through without a wrinkle or crease. A quilters dream.
      My favorite little convenience is the easy change plates. No screws to fumble with and drop. Just push a lever and up pops the plate, easy to change out for the quilting plate or access the bobbin. I’m already addicted to this convenience.
      So in answer to your question, a big yes, 2 thumbs up with a snap!
      Oh 1 more thing, it still purrs like a kitten.


  3. I think this is going to be a common story. I thought I would never leave Bernina and go back to Janome (which I had always loved), but this new machine is fabulous. The 8900 feels like a Bernina to sew on, yes, there really is a “feel” to a Bernina, some love it, some dont. I agree, the free motion is outstanding, honestly I feel that it is stitch regulated, because even as I created tight curves, the stitches stayed very even. It is as smooth and firm as any Bernina I’ve sewn on. The stitch quality is absolutely incredible. I too was waiting for the Bernina 750, but the price, the bulky head-size of it and still relatively small throat has put me off. I will now be going back to Janome until Bernina finally bring out the quilting machine that the market is really looking for. Long. Janome got there with the 8900, the only thing I would want for its future is a bigger bobbin. The stitching is absolutely unsurpassed, please go and try one for yourselves. I cannot describe the feel of it and how good it is to sew on, so much better than the previous models, three, four, five times better. I don’t work for Janome or Bernina, I am just a user of both brands and Bernina has lost this two-horse race in my stable for the next few years at least!


  4. I just got my 8900. Came from a bernina which I thought I loved. Wanted more throat space and didnt want to spend as much as the 830 cost. Was thinking about getting a new 7 series but still struggling with price and bad reviews. So decided to go with janome. Oh my goodness! What a difference. Cant think of a bad thing to say. So smooth and easy to use. And perfect fmq. Only have had a couple days but know I haven’t made a mistake.


  5. Thank you for the review. My sewing machine is very old and sometimes I think of getting a new one. I don’t quilt. I would use it to sew clothes. Do you have any recommendations?


    1. I’m sure there are a lot of excellent machines available. I think the Horizon is a all around great machine, but you may not need many of the features it has that were with quilter’s in mind. I know Janome is a good brand, as is Viking. There so many choices out there, maybe go test drive a few different ones at a sewing machine shop near you.


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