The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is a really solid machine. It’s been around for several years and up until recently was the steadfast go to for consumer embroidery. Their new machine the MC15000 was just released, and while it is an improved and modernized version of the MC 12000, a lot of you will be taking advantage of the price drop that happens when the king gets toppled off the hill and pick up the MC 12000 for a steep discount. That said I wanted to get a fresh review up for you so you could make your buying decision.
One of the really nice features of the MC 12000 is the ability to hook it up to a laptop or a PC and use the monitor to see the finite details of your design. You can also download embroidery designs from the Internet and load them into your MC 12000 for easy peasy results.
The MC 12000 has a feeding system called AcuFeed Flex. It is a system that prevents the bottom layer of the fabric you quilt from feeding at the same speed as the top layers. This is system was improved upon from previous iterations of the AcuFeed Flex so the operation is smooth and more streamlined whether you are using it in Dual Feed, Single or Twin Type mode.
The MC 12000 comes with a Stitch Composer so you can design your own stuff (rather than downloading from the net and using pre-made designs). Stitch Composer makes it simple and you can adjust each stitch to your liking quickly and copy and paste stitches… then make a visual animation to watch how the stitch will be embroidered before you do it. That’s pretty slick and saves you a lot of time on wasted and failed stitch patterns.
A new Linear Motion Embroidery System was introduced in the MC 12000 and is something to get really worked up about. It comes on and off, makes transport a breeze and lets you do some pretty top notch embroidery.
The MC 12000 also had some new hoops intro’d that really take advantage of the Linear Motion System. There is a free arm hoop that lets you do perfect cuffs and sleeves, a standard square one, a big square hoop (9″x9″) and a huge (almost 12″ x 9″) hoop for quilts.
Another thing that is really nice about the MC 12000 is the needle plates. They are designed to snap in and out without screws so it’s a breeze.
They have a lot of stitch patterns, but the ZigZag width changing really stands out and lets you do some variable ZigZag patterns that you can change with your knee as you are running the fabric through without taking your hands off the fabric. Makes doing on the fly design work a snap.
All in all it was designed with modern functionality that is still relevant today and with the price dropping because of the release of the MC 15000… it might just drop into a price range that is worth it for those of you who couldn’t afford to get it when it was the Janome Flagship model. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.