Before I begin my review I wanted to share with you my excitement about this machine. There is good reason why I was soooo happy to get my hands on it. The Janome Memory Craft 7700QCP is actually an updated version of one of the most popular and outstanding sewing and quilting machines (this link) ever made, the Janome Memory Craft 6600.
Janome took all of the features of the 6600p, got feedback from their customers and added many more exciting features to this new version. I never did own a 6600, but did have a chance to try one out and it was a very high quality sewing machine.
Features Galore – Janome 7700 Sewing & Quilting Machine Review
I was so excited to try out my new Janome quilting machine that I went straight home and quickly unpacked the unit. I couldn’t wait to play around with it and see what it could do.
Pulling it out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the weight of the machine. It is sturdy and feels like it is of very high quality. It is made from a die cast metal frame that will last forever and provide you with the steadiness you need when working on larger and heavier projects. The next thing I noticed was the size of the work space. It is large with tons of space: 11 inches by approximately 5 inches and is such a nice luxury to have. In comparison, the Janome 6600p had around 9 by 5 inches of work space.
Once I was all set up I looked over the manual and popped the DVD into my laptop. The videos are very good and are easy to follow. I was able to follow the instructions and thread the machine within a few minutes. These will be an excellent resource as I go through all of the different projects that I want to try out. And, if you are interested in more Janome model reviews, go to this link.
The first sewing project I had in mind was to finish off a quilt I had been meaning to complete for a few months and hadn’t got around to it. I started it up and fed the quilt through and couldn’t believe how fast and smooth this machine was running. I was in sewing heaven. Within the first few minutes of operation I came to the conclusion that this machine easily puts all of my other machines to shame and instantly wanted to add it to my collection :).
The rest of my testing went exactly as I thought it would. Every other task I threw at it was handled with unbelievable ease and the results were fantastic! I hemmed some dress pants, made some doll clothes, fixed a skirt and even did some embroidery on a pillow case. Everything turned out great. So much so that I could not let this machine go back to the store and had to have it for myself! I ended up purchasing it and haven’t regretted it one bit. If you can afford the Janome Memory Craft 7700QCP I can’t recommend it enough.
As I mentioned earlier in this review, there are many excellent features on this machine. It is the most feature-rich machine I have ever owned.
Some of the Outstanding Features:
- A free arm that is one foot long
- 11 inches x 4.7 inches of work space (the 6600 had 9 x 5 inches)
- 250 built-in stitches
- 11 1 step button holes
- 3 Monogramming fonts for your embroidery projects
- Automatic plate converter
- Accufeed – layered fabric feeding system
- Easy to use LCD touchscreen
- Up to 1,000 stitches per minute sewing speed
- Five ultra-bright LED lights
- Superior Plus feed system ensures perfect machine operation
- Thread cutter
- Adjustable knee lifter
- Max stitch width 7mm
- Max stitch length 5mm
- and more!
The included accessories are:
- 1/4 inch seam foot for Accufeed
- Applique foot
- Beading foot set
- Binder foot
- Blind hem foot
- Border guide foot
- Button sewing foot
- Concealed zipper foot
- Ditch quilting foot and another one for the Accufeed feature
- Edge guide foot
- Gathering foot
- Hemmer foot
- Horizon sewing cabinet
- Open toe foot
- Piping foot
- Quilt binder set
- Ribbon sewing guide
- Roller case
- Roller foot
- Side table
- Straight stitch foot
- Zig zag foot
- Lint brush
- Machine cover
- Tutto sewing machine bag
- Spool holder, rest and pin
- Instruction booklet and DVD
- and so much more!
As you can see from the lists above, this machine has it all. If you have been debating whether to purchase this sewing machine or not, I hope this review has put your mind at ease. It really is a wonderful machine. You will not regret it one bit and it is something that you (and I) will be able to pass down the family.
One of my favorite features is what they call their Quilt Piecing System. This feature is perfect for quilters and one that will have you bragging to your friends. What it does is helps you to move layers of thick fabric and batting through the needle and also does a great job controlling your stitches (from any angle) while you maintain a perfect 1/4″ seam.
Other Computerized Sewing Machines
If you think the JNH MC7700QCP may be too much machine for you, then you can check out my list of computerized sewing machines that I recommend here. On that page you will find a list of sewing machines from inexpensive to top of the line. In that list you may find a sewing machine that is more suitable to your needs.
Good luck in your search!