Janome is one of the most popular names in both professional embroidery fields and for those who embroider for a hobby. This offering from them does not disappoint.
It’s a combined sewing and embroidery machine, and switching between the two is a breeze. Although aimed at the slightly more experienced or intermediate-level embroidery market, it is also suitable for beginners. Let’s see what this machine has to offer.
At a glance this might look pretty much like any other sewing/embroidery machine. However, it does have some very useful features.
New to embroidery and sewing? This machine offers on-screen tutorials and guidance through the sewing and embroidery functions.
Intermediate and experienced embroiderers and quilters will also appreciate the large bed space. It has a 15 inch stainless steel embossed bed. Of this, 11 inches is available to the right of the needle. Quilting and larger embroidery projects can be easily accommodated.
The machine has 425 built in decorative, utility, and embroidery stitches. It has 338 built in embroidery designs, 13 variations of one-step buttonholes, 10 fonts which include European characters, and a 2- and 3-letter monogramming function.
The full color LCD touchscreen is clear, easy to use, and navigate around. If the stitch you want is not on the screen, there is a red circle at the bottom of the screen. You move your finger around this circle until your desired stitch is found.
One of the features we particularly like is the ability to use a laptop and link it to the machine. This means you can use the laptop screen to view the intricate details of your design.
An added bonus is that you can create your own designs on your laptop. These can then be downloaded to the machine’s built-in memory. This can be done direct from the PC or by using a USB memory stick. Create your designs anytime, anywhere, and then transfer them to your machine.
If like us your eyes aren’t quite what they used to be, this machine has a handy magnifying glass built in just above the needle. Couple this with the 10 built in LED lights, one of which is adjustable, as well as the built in needle threader, and you might not need your specs.
The Acufeed system allows for a smooth feed of your fabric when quilting. With the amount of precision stitches and decorative ideas, as well as the automatic pressure height adjuster, one-step plate converter, and ability to create stitches up to 9 mm wide, quilters are well catered for.
Mentioning the 9 mm stitch facility, this can be easily controlled while you’re stitching with your knee. It has a special arm you can attach to the machine so your hands don’t need to leave your fabric.
This machine also comes with some new hoops. There is a free arm hoop for sleeves and cuffs, a standard square, a large square, and a very large (just short of 12” by 9”), hoop for quilting.
Add to these functions the 20 feet, most of which accommodate the new 9mm stitch function, 91 needle positions, one-step needle plate converter, automatic thread cutter with memory function, and auto-declutch bobbin winder.
This YouTube video highlights some of the features of this machine:
Stitch Quality and Fabric
Even operating at 1000 stitches per minute, the quality produced by this machine is not compromised. The detail looks as though you could have hand stitched it yourself. The machine is also very quiet in operation.
It is also capable of stitching almost any fabric from flimsy lace and silk, to leather, canvas, and rubber. Think of the scope that gives for personalizing your favorite jacket, or making the cheapest lingerie looking like it came from a designer brand.
Is it all Good?
As with anything, there are always setbacks. Earlier models of this machine came with a smaller 5” by 7” hoop, which some miss. Some customers have found that the ability to store 100,000 stitches is insufficient, although we can’t ever imagine using that many stitches.
Is the Horizon Memory Craft 12000 a Good Investment?
This versatile machine seems to be able to complete most tasks any enthusiastic embroiderer or quilter would want. The four hoops, 20 feet, large working area, and one-step needle plate change are all aimed to make life easier.
The fully-computerized system is easy to navigate. There is the added bonus of being able to link it up to your laptop, so you can design and create new works of embroidery art wherever you are and then download them to your machine.
The built-in magnifying glass, adjustable light and auto needle thread are helpful additional features.
Weighing a solid 32 lbs., this machine will remain stable, no matter what you are working on.
The Janome Horizon memory embroidery machine appears to offer all the features anyone would need in an embroidery/sewing machine, being suitable for everyone from the absolute novice through to the small home business user.