I came upon a machine that I hadn’t had an opportunity to review so far – the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC.

The Janome MC 8200QC isn’t a newly released machine. It has actually been on the market for a little while now.

At A Glance

I can’t say that there was any one particular feature that stood out for me when I first saw this computerized sewing and quilting machine.

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC

Perhaps it was the simplicity of the design. It is stark white with black easy to read lettering and a couple of red accents here and there.

Function buttons just above the needle

Function buttons just above the needle

It has a large workspace – about 11 or 12 inches from the needle to the column; a conveniently situated drop feed control on the right side of the machine – just below the power switch and function buttons on the front.

The start/stop, needle up/down, fix, stop, thread cut, and reverse stitch function buttons are on the front of the machine, just above the needle.

There is also an on board stitch selection guide, a backlit LCD screen and a numerical touchpad on the column, a clear bobbin cover and a seam guide etched onto the needle plate along with a detachable accessories tray that when removed gives you access to the free arm.

Features

  • 120 built in decorative and utility stitch options
  • 7 automatic buttonholes
  • 1 alphanumeric font
  • 7 piece feed dog
  • Accufeed fabric feeding system
  • Direct select keys take you to your favorite stitches instantly
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • Adjustable knee lift
  • Change the needle plate in one step
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure
  • Two on board accessory storage compartments
  • Detachable accessories case reveals the free arm

Working on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC

Clearly marked guides for threading the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC and winding the bobbin make these tasks easy enough for a child of 10 or 12 to accomplish with little or no adult supervision.

The on board stitch selection guide simplifies the stitch selection process, making the entire set up procedure almost seem like child’s play.

On board stitch selection guide

On board stitch selection guide

There are six different stitch ‘modes’ or categories… or groupings as I prefer to call them. You must first find the mode where your desired stitch is located then dial up the stitch number on the touch pad.

Touch pad for stitch selection

Touch pad for stitch selection

I couldn’t help but marvel at the extremely light touch of this machine. A mere touch of my fingertip set all the functions in motion.

There was literally no pressure required at all – just a gentle touch engaged all the function buttons as well as the numerical keypad used to make stitch selections.

The lighting is superb. Nearly all of the new sewing machines have LED lighting. The placement of these lights, however, and the fact that there are five LED bulbs on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC not only make it easy to see the workspace, they are placed in such a way that there are no shadows at all.

The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC does not vibrate at all and it is extremely quiet, no doubt, a benefit of its solid construction.

The ergonomic knee lift is an added plus when you want to keep both hands on your work while manipulating it and raising or lowering the presser foot at the same time.

The quality of the stitches produced by the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC are well defined, sturdy and have the appearance that you often see only in work done on much more costly sewing and quilting machines.

Well defined, sturdy stitch quality

Well defined, sturdy stitch quality

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

  • 16 Snap on presser feet
    • Zigzag foot
    • Rolled hem foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Satin stitch foot
    • Open-toe satin stitch foot
    • Blind hemming foot
    • Overcast foot
    • 1/4˝ seam foot
    • Darning foot
    • Convertible free motion quilting foot
    • Close-toe foot
    • Open-toe foot
    • Clear view foot
    • Automatic buttonhole foot
    • Dual feed foot
    • Button sewing foot
  • Quilting guide bar
  • 5 Bobbins
  • Buttonhole stabilizer plate
  • 2 Spool holders (1 large/1 small)
  • Spool supporter
  • Felt
  • Extra spool pin
  • Needle set
  • Screwdriver
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Knee lift
  • Straight stitch needle plate
  • Stylus
  • Instructional DVD
  • Owner’s manual

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

I love this machine. It has everything any serious home sewer could wish for and appreciate. The light touch is awesome.

I can’t say that I can remember having sewn on any other machine that has such a delicate touch. In addition to all the things I talked about earlier in this review, I must add that the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC is one of the easiest to navigate computerized machines I have seen so far.

Very seldom do I see a computerized machine that I can recommend for use by beginners without reservation. This is one of the exceptions.

The function buttons are so easy to use and so clearly marked, I think a person as young as 10 or 12 could easily learn to sew on this machine.

Large workspace

Large workspace

Finding the stitch mode or grouping is as easy as touching the button marked ‘Mode’. There are no confusing icons to decipher and the monochromatic LCD screen does not have a lot of busy details for the user to try to keep track of.

Adjusting the stitch length and width is as simple as touching the plus or minus signs beneath a pair of icons which are very easy to understand.

Sometimes sewing machine manufacturers make things overly complicated in their attempts to make their machines attractive to the end user.

This is not the case here. I ascribe the KISS principle – Keep I Simple Sweetie – and so do the folks at Janome. This is why I am convinced that beginners in almost every age range will be very comfortable learning and sewing on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC.

When you take that into consideration along with the fact that this machine has so many great features and qualities, I honestly believe that the Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC is a great choice for anyone who has a yen to add a sewing and quilting machine to their sewing room.

Not only is this machine a good choice for the person who is new to machine quilting, it will also please the person who has been quilting for a long time but doesn’t have enough space in their sewing room for one of those large quilting frames.

The large workspace – more than 11 inches from needle to column – makes it possible to work on those quilting projects that require a little more space than other machines give you.

In addition, with the Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC, you get the workmanship, reputation and long standing tradition of superlative service that the Janome brand is built up and continues to be known for.

Don’t’ take my word for it. Visit your local Janome dealer and ask for a demonstration. I think you will be just as impressed by this machine’s light touch, solid construction and quiet performance as I was.

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • User friendly
  • Placement of the drop feed control
Cons
  • Sews a bit slower than some machines in its class
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (123 Votes)

13 Responses

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Anne –

      To the best of my knowledge, all Janome presser feet are interchangeable. With this in mind, it stands to reason that any Janome walking foot would work with your 8200 QCP. I do, however, suggest that you verify the information I received with your local Janome dealer before investing in a brand new walking foot.

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      • Lolly

        Vernelle, can you tell me if the Janome 8200 has a drop in bobbin?
        I have a problem with the side loaders.
        thanks

  1. Joan

    The machine comes with an even feed foot that is simple to install or take off. I have owned this machine for 2 years, and can’t recommend it highly enough. I use it 8-10 hours a week, minimum.

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    • Annie

      Do you ever have trouble going over intersecting seams with this machine?
      I did with the 7700 I had and it was a real problem.
      I did like a lot of other point of the 7700 though.

      Reply
  2. Karlyn

    You do great sewing machine reviews. This one on the 8200 was interesting. Hope you can review the 8900 also.

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  3. Lyne

    Your review was very helpful. I was considering buying one & after reading your review & the other comments, I think, that a trip to my local shops is on the cards for tomorrow. The $$$$ deal at the moment is too good to ignore.
    Thank you.

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  4. Charlene

    Other than the table size, I’m not seeing much difference to this machine and the Skyline S5. Am I missing something? Would you recommend one more than the other, if so why? I am into sewing all sorts, home furnishings, kids clothes and applique. Appreciate your insight. Many thanks

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    • Ev

      The Skyline S5 does not have the Accufeed system, as far as I know, I believe it is on the Skyline S7. But the Skylines don’t have the throat space of this one either.

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      • Ev

        I have a Janome Horizon, and I love it (very similar machine to this one)! I love the accufeed system on it and the large throat space. The 8200 is a 9mm machine (the horizon is a 7mm), but other than that is very similar, just has less fancy stitches. I’m a quilter though, so I love the large throat space and I don’t even use the fancy stitches. Guess it depends what you really want. I also love the thread up/down, thread cutter and knee lifter.

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Charlene –

      You are correct. There is very little difference between the Skyline S5 and the 8200QC. The choice as to whether to acquire one over the other is strictly a matter of personal preference. If you think you need more work space, then by all means, go for the machine that offers you that feature.

      Happy stitching.

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  5. Sara

    Hi Vernelle,

    Would this machine be suitable for making interlined curtains and other soft furnishings?
    I have had a look at your other reviews for the Janome 1600p and 6600 along with other forums/review websites and it’s really confusing as to whether it’s best to get a semi-industrial or a heavy duty domestic machine for this kind of work (would I be right in thinking the 8200 Horizon is a heavy duty domestic?)
    While I am not a quilter, I’m trying to figure out whether quilting machines are as or more robust than semi-industrials since the machines can take thick layers of different fabrics?
    Would really appreciate any advice you can give.

    Reply
    • Vernelle

      Hello, Sara –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      While the 8200 is a very good sewing and quilting machine capable of handling multiple layers of thick fabric, I hesitate to classify it as a ‘heavy duty’ domestic machine. My experience is that any sewing machine that can truly bear the title ‘heavy duty’ is one with mostly metal construction and fewer computerized components. In my opinion, if you are in the market for a ‘semi-industrial sewing machine, you would do well with practically any Janome quilting machine, but with the understanding that the more computerized components a machine has, the less likely that it will be a real workhorse when it comes to the real heavy duty work.

      Happy stitching.

      Reply

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