While visiting Stuart Sew and Vac in Jensen Beach, Florida, I had an opportunity to review the Janome DC5100.
After reading a lot of very good things about this computerized sewing machine, I was truly pleased to finally be able to actually work on it myself.
At A Glance
Believe it or not, the first thing that caught my eye was the accent color. For almost as long as I can remember, pink has been one of my signature colors.
The particular shade of pink never seemed to matter. As long as it is pink, it is all right with me. The pink accents on the Janome DC5100 somehow called out to me. It wasn’t until I actually walked up on the machine did I even notice that it was a Janome.
In addition to the pink accents, the Janome DC5100 has an on board stitch guide, needle up/down, auto design stop and reverse buttons, a drop in bobbin, a variable speed control slider, a numerical touchpad and a backlit LCD screen with adjustable lighting.
The seam guide extends beyond the needle plate with extended seam markings etched onto the bed of the machine itself and an on board accessories case that comes off to give users access to the large free arm.
- 167 built-in stitches
- 1 alphanumeric font
- 5 one-step buttonholes
- Automatic thread tension control
- Built-in needle threader
- Snap-on presser feet
- Memorized needle up/down
- 7-piece feed dog
- Drop feed
- Locking stitch button
- Variable speed control slider
- Reverse stitch
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Adjustable stitch length and width
- Hard Cover
Working on the Janome DC 5100
Winding the bobbin and threading the Janome DC 5100 is easy enough for any beginner, regardless of age, to accomplish with ease.
Even people who have been sewing for many years might sometimes need a little assistance when it comes to these essential functions and the easy to follow on board guides that lead you through the entire process or winding the bobbin and threading the machine come in handy regardless of your skill level.
Once the machine is threaded and the bobbin is in place, the next step is to select the desired stitch. The Janome DC 5100 has a menu selection button on the immediate right side of the LCD screen.
There are three different menu settings. The first setting is for utility stitches; the second for decorative and the third position for the alphanumeric font.
To select a utility stitch, press the menu button once in order for the utility stitch icon to appear in the window.
Then refer to the stitch selection guide and dial up the desired stitch number on the numerical touchpad. When you want to use a decorative or alphanumeric stitch, follow the same process.
For this review, I sampled several utility and decorative stitch options. As expected, each stitch came out with perfect results, maintaining the Janome high standards of performance and excellence.
All of the stitches were perfectly formed, tight and sturdy. The balance and tension were perfect each and every time.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
- 10 Snap on presser feet
- Straight stitch foot
- Zigzag foot
- Satin stitch foot
- Zipper foot
- Automatic buttonhole foot
- Overedge foot
- Blind hem foot
- Darning foot
- ¼” seam foot
- Walking foot
- Quilt guide
- 4 bobbins
- Spool pin felt
- Assorted needle set
- Additional spool pin
- Seam ripper/Buttonhole opener
- Large screwdriver
- Lint brush
- 2 spool holders (1 large/1 small)
- Spool stand
- Owner’s manual
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
The Janome DC 5100 is one of those sewing machines that truly stands up to the name and reputation of its manufacturer. It is a sturdy, well made computerized sewing machine that performs great.
The stitch quality is excellent. It is easy to use, has easy to follow on board guides and is, in my opinion, a great choice for beginners above the age of 10 or 12.
The only hesitation I have about recommending the Janome DC 5100 for use by younger children is the stitch selection process.
I believe children younger than 10 will need lots and lots of supervision because of the additional steps needed to access the different stitch types. But, don’t for a minute believe that the Janome DC 5100 is just for beginners.
Anyone, regardless of how long they may have been sewing, will be able to appreciate the Janome DC 5100 for its many features, the workmanship that went into making this machine and the stitch quality.
Of all its features, I believe one of my favorites is the adjustable light on the LCD screen. This simple feature is ideal because it allows the user to accommodate for changes in the level of lighting in your sewing room.
If you are like me, you are likely to find yourself at the sewing machine any time of day or night. If you’re sewing at 1:00AM, the room light is much different than it is at 1:00PM.
Turning on the main machine light is one thing. Adjusting for the change in room lighting on the LCD screen can make a big difference when it comes to the amount of eye strain you experience – especially when you’re sewing late at night.
The Janome DC 5100 is available only through authorized Janome dealers. If you want to add one to your sewing room the $999 MSRP should not cause you to hesitate.
Yes. There are less costly basic computerized sewing machines on the market, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”
If the MSRP does not fit in your budget, most dealers have reasonable financing terms. In addition, I advise you to stay in touch with your local Janome dealer so you will get advance notice of sales that they all have from time to time.
My advice is if you really want to add the Janome DC 5100 to your sewing room and are not in a position to run out and get one right away, make a point of getting on the mailing list of your local Janome dealer and let them know which machine you are interested in. You might just be surprised at how accessible the machine of your dreams really is.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- 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 – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- Extra large free arm
- LCD touch screen with adjustable lighting
- Memory holds up to 50 different stitch patterns
- A bit slower than some machines in its class