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Hands on with the Janome Memory Craft 12000

The wait is finally over and we are hands on with the Janome Memory Craft 12000 today. After a great night at the Queensland launch dinner Friday night this morning we got to unpack the machine and get sewing.

The first thing you notice about the Janome Memory Craft 12000 is the size. It has so much more room than the Memory Craft 11000 had, you have 11 inches of space to the right of the needle. Which means that we should be able to fit some huge quilts through this machine with ease, (I have just learnt that there is also an extension table that comes with the machine as standard, so we have even more room).

The next thing that I noticed is that we have lost the movable screen that I loved on the Memory Craft 11000, but we have gained storage in the top of the machine. To be fair to the Memory Craft 12000 the screen is quiet a nice size  and very clear and crisp to look at, it should be a delight to work with over long hours.The Memory Craft 12000 also has the best lighting that I have ever seen on a Janome, with 2 banks of lights on either side of the needle and a bank of lights in the throat of the machine, you should have no problems seeing what is going. But Janome didn’t think that was good enough, so there is also a retractable light which pulls out from the top left hand side, which makes things even brighter. As you can see from the picture on the right there is also a great magnifier to help when you are sewing as well.

But enough about what the machine looks like, we all want to know what the machine is like to use.

Smooth, is a word that comes to mind, the machine sews so smoothly and quietly and we were sewing on a collapsable trestle table and you would have thought it was the most stable table in the world. No vibrations, no movement in the table just a wonderful sewing experience.

Easy, this is so easy to select your stitches or embroideries. All the stitches are display in the flip up lid and you can easily see the stitches on the screen. Then all you have to do is simply touch the stitch or pattern that you want on the screen and you are on your way.

We are currently embroidering out some of the built in designs on the machine and I can tell you this is probably the quietest embroidery machine that I have used. Once again we are using a collapsabile trestle table and I can hardly hear it and it is sewing on top speed (1,000 stitches per minute). That is very impressive.

That is all for now, I will keep you all up to date over the next couple of days as we get to use this machine more.

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