A little known fact in the world of home sewing is that Janome was the first to bring machine embroidery out of the factory and into the home.
The Janome Memory Craft 350E is a classic embroidery only machine for the home.
At A Glance
To look at it, the Janome MC 350E looks like any other sewing machine… until you examine it more closely. The grayscale backlit LCD screen, bright LED lights and ruler decal stamped on front of the machine belie its true gifts.
The only hint is the odd looking metal protrusion behind the needle. In actuality, this odd appendage is the point where the embroidery hoop is attached.
The MC 350E does not have the large extension table or bulky embroidery arm that is found on many home embroidery machines.
Instead, the embroidery hoop snaps on and is locked into place by simply tightening a small black knob.
The standard features available on the Janome Memory Craft 350E include:
- 100 built-in embroidery designs
- 3 built in fonts
- 2 or 3 letter designs
- 3 embroidery frame designs
- Multi Combination on Edit Screen
- Ports to accommodate PC Design card, ATA Card and USB connectivity
- Memory Key
- Built-in Folder System
- Memory capacity to hold up to 100 Designs
- Drag & Drop editing for easy placement
- Embroidery design resize 90% – 110% by 1%
- Rotate in 1 and 45 degree increments
- Flip vertically and horizontally
- Embroidery area tracing
- MY SET screen controls for contrast
- Measurement scale in inches or centimeters
- Other customization options
- Zoom in and out
- Stitch-out time indicator
- Stitch counter
- Upper thread and presser foot sensors
- Manual thread tension control
- Ball bearing precision
Working on the Janome Memory Craft 350E
Threading the Janome Memory Craft 350E and winding the bobbin are simple enough for the rank beginner to accomplish with only minimal guidance.
That, however, is where the similarity between working on a regular sewing machine and the Memory Craft 350E stops. Before going any farther, you must select an embroider design.
In addition to the 100 on board designs, people who use the Janome MC 350E have the option of selecting from an almost unlimited number of designs via ATA cards or USB memory sticks.
Slots for both are located on the right hand side of the machine.
Although the Janome embroidery arm is radically different from all the rest, positioning the embroidery hoop is very easily accomplished.
The truth of the matter is the Janome Memory Craft 350E is possibly one of the most user friendly home embroidery machines I have reviewed to date.
Perhaps this is because Janome pioneered machine embroidery for the home sewer.
It even has decals on the work table showing exactly how the hoop is to be attached.
For this review, I chose a three letter monogram.
Keying our monogram into the touch screen only involved a few easy steps.
There are three standard monogram frames included in Memory Craft 350E on-board designs.
Identifying the right one for the job required only one more touch of the fingertip.
I was able to adjust the size and position of our design by toggling through a few clearly defined instructions on the touch screen and then save it in the memory.
This is especially useful for tasks like monogramming a set of hand towels when I do not intend to finish the entire job in one sitting.
Once all of the settings were locked in, the only thing left to do was push ‘Start’.
From that point until the design is finished, the machine does all of the work.
If you choose a multi-color embroidery design, the Janome Memory Craft 350E stops at the end of each color run signaling the user that it is time for a change of thread color.
Since our monogram was a one color design, I sat back and watched as my letters and frame materialized before our very eyes.
When the design is finished, the Janome MC 350E cuts the threads automatically.
I had the option of stopping the machine to snip threads between frame elements and letters or allowing the machine to complete the entire design and snipping the threads when the design is finished.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
The Janome Memory Craft 350E comes with a set of standard accessories specifically designed to make the home machine embroidery experience as efficient and enjoyable as possible.
- 2 embroidery hoops:
- Large 5.5″ x 7.9″ (140mm x 200mm)
- Standard 5″ x 4.3″ (126mm x 110mm)
- 4 bobbins
- 2 spool holders (1 large and 1 small)
- Spool felt
- Extra spool pin
- Extra needles
- Instructional DVD
- Owner’s manual
- Instruction book
- Template sheets for all built in designs
- Vinyl cover
|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 Memory Craft 350E is an excellent special purpose machine. And, that is its only drawback.
If your sewing room has limited space, or if like many home sewers, you do not have space for more than one machine, then this is not the machine for you.
If, however, you are a machine embroidery enthusiast and have the luxury of a sewing room large enough to accommodate a special purpose machine, then you definitely should take a very close look at this one.
The mere fact that the Janome MC 350E is designed to do one thing and one thing only is a major asset because the workmanship and stitch quality are superior to all of those machines that can do everything.
By performing just one function – embroidery – the Memory Craft 350E does its job better than all the rest.
The $1999 manufacturer’s suggested retail price is nothing to sneeze at. An investment like this for a single purpose machine is one that is not taken lightly.
Before considering spending that kind of money for a machine that does only one thing, I strongly recommend that you are absolutely certain that machine embroidery is going to be a part of your life for a very long time.
This is why I do not believe the Janome MC 350E is for anyone who is new to machine embroidery or new to sewing at all.
If, however, machine embroidery is your passion, if you find yourself doing more and more machine embroidery projects and if you are committed to this specialized art for the long haul, then by all means, I urge you to give the Janome 350e Memory Craft serious consideration. I do not believe you will be disappointed.
- 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.
- Space saving quilter
- Snap on embroidery hoop
- Screen saver
- Embroidery only machine