It took years for Janome to come up with a replacement for the Memory Craft 350E. According to Fay Nichol, owner of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida, the 500E is well worth the long wait. She was so excited about this machine that she invited me to review it as soon as it arrived. In my opinion, the Janome Memory Craft 500E is an excellent, well-built embroidery only machine. It has but one limitation that I was able to observe. Unlike many other embroidery only machines that I have been able to review, anyone who invests in the 500E will not have the freedom of adjusting the size of their embroidery designs beyond 20% above or below the original design setting.
Have you ever wondered which sewing machine the owners of sewing machine stores use? I certainly have. When I asked Faye Nicholl, owner and manager of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida, she pointed to the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P. It’s a sewing and quilting machine that is possibly the most solidly built new sewing machine I have seen in a very long time. It has all of the features anyone who enjoys sewing and machine quilting could ask for. It does not, however, have a free arm. That minor inconvenience is a long way from a deal breaker, especially when you consider the fact that Faye has been happy sewing and quilting on this machine for 12 years and told me that she has no plans to change anytime soon.
When it comes to single purpose sewing machines, few are as popular in home sewing rooms as the cover stitch machine. These machines are designed with one thing in mind – to give you professional looking finishes on your garments and accessories. The Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX has taken this idea one step farther with the addition of the new looper tension switching lever. It is an innovative feature that has not only improved the performance of its predecessor, the Cover Pro 1000 CPX, it also saves a lot of time in the sewing room and takes a lot of the guesswork out of making adjustments for multiple layers of fabric or working with different types of fabrics.
If you are in the market for a basic, no frills serger that has all of the essential features … differential feed, adjustable stitch length, on board seam guide and retractable upper knife… you should make a point of visiting your local Janome dealer and asking for a demonstration of the Janome 634D serger. This is an ideal serger for the beginner who has never touched a serger in their lives as well as the seasoned home sewer who just needs a basic serger for finishing seams. It is solid, quiet and affordable.
The folks at Janome have entered into a partnership with the Artistic Quilting Company of Canada. This means that it is now possible to get a dedicated quilting machine at your local Janome dealer. When I reviewed the Artistic Quilter SD 18, I was impressed by the user friendliness of this machine. Its simple design and ergonomic features make this an ideal selection for anyone who loves machine quilting but does not have the space to accommodate a large quilt frame. It is also an excellent choice for anyone who may be challenged by having to stand at a quilt frame for several hours on end. It is easy enough for a child of 12 or 13 to learn to use. With the addition of some optional accessories, the seasoned freehand machine quilting enthusiast will never tire or get bored creating intricate and detailed quilt designs and patterns on this highly customizable dedicated quilter. The Artistic Quilter SD 18 is mounted on a table that features a drop leaf which makes it a great space saver as well… giving machine quilting enthusiasts with space limitations the flexibility of adding a dedicated quilting machine to their sewing rooms as well.
The Janome Skyline S5 is possibly the best designed sewing and quilting machine I have seen in a very long time. This machine is not only easy to operate, it is extremely user friendly. The design and placement of the features combine to make this one of the best machines for sewers of all skill levels that I have reviewed in a very, very long time. The stitch selection process, the ability to change the needle plate with just one hand, and the sturdy ergonomic design are just a few of the features that make the Skyline S5 stand apart from many other sewing and quilting machines in its class.
Before reviewing the Hello Kitty 18750 from Janome, I was totally against teaching children to sew on computerized sewing machines. After doing this review, however, my mind has been changed. If you take away the Hello Kitty name and logo, this machine looks very much like the Janome 3160QDC. It has many of the same features and is one of the most user friendly computerized machines I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing.
If there is a very young sewer in your life, you might be interested in taking a very close look at the Hello Kitty 15822 from Janome. This electronic sewing machine is loaded with kid friendly features like large, easy to understand and use dials and an automatic needle threader and a free arm. I got my first sewing machine when I was eight and never stopped sewing. There are a lot of sewing machines out there that are designed for children. Unfortunately, many of them are mere toys that do not produce good quality stitches and are difficult to use. It’s easy to start a love affair with sewing when a youngster starts out on a good sewing machine, and the Hello Kitty 15822 fills the bill.
This is one of the most well built, user friendly computerized sewing and quilting machines I have had the pleasure of working on. The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC is a solid, quiet machine that can please the most seasoned of home sewers. It’s a great machine for beginners as well because its function buttons and features are so clearly defined and easy to use.
The Janome DC 5100 is a basic computerized sewing machine that brings 167 decorative, utility and alphanumeric stitches and all the features any beginner or experienced home sewer would appreciate to your sewing room. In addition, it also brings with it all of the great Janome quality and workmanship. It is an excellent choice that I believe everyone will be able to appreciate.