Does a nice job
Monday, December 26, 2022
As one of the most reasonably priced mid-arms is does a good job. I bought it for the stitch regulator and am happy with the result. There are a couple of issues, however. You are supposed to oil the hook every two bobbin changes. While it may be a good idea this is a job that requires getting under the machine and the use of a flashlight. It is almost impossible to lube he machine from the topside. Doing so requires pulling the table insert out and removing the needle plate. This is the only machine I've had that didn't have easily accessible oil ports. Another issue is inserting the bobbin. Once again it can't be done from the topside. Doing so requires reaching into a narrow tunnel about 10" under the table. This is very cumbersome. Then there is the instruction manual. I have both a Horizon 8200 and Continental M7. Their manuals are quite extensive and lengthy covering every operational detail. The Versa 18 manual is much briefer and skims over every feature making the assumption that you are already familiar with the long arm concept. I wonder if Janome actually makes this machine since a recent conversation with the support department made reference to "the manufacturer". Janome has joined other manufacturers in eliminating their phone numbers from their website opting for email conversations instead. I've often viewed this as "give your money and don't bother me". Other than that the machine's performance is good.