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What is the best Jamone embroidery/sewing machine on the market today? It is a popular brand and there are a lot of options available. This means choosing the right one for you can be difficult.

To help you in your search we have selected 5 high-quality Janome models and put them through their paces. For our findings at a glance just head to the summary box below.

For full, comprehensive reviews of each of our picks keep on reading. (We have also provided a relevant in-depth, embroidery machine buyer’s guide that can be found here).

Best Jamone Embroidery/Sewing Machines

Top 5 Janome Machines Reviewed

Janome has been designing and manufacturing top quality sewing and embroidery machines for many years now. Their output ranges from rudimentary, low budget sewing machines to large, multi-needle industrial style machines.

Nonetheless, the machines can be appraised based on their design quality, durability, and work-performance. we have used such criteria to provide you with this top 5 review round up.

1. EDITOR’S CHOICE: Janome Horizon Memory Craft 14000

Janome Horizon MC14000 5

This is a combined sewing and embroidery computerized machine that has a single sewing head that carries one needle.

This compactly-built, high-performance, and well-designed model can also be used for quilting, and it features a large throat that is 11inches long and 4.7inches tall, which provides enough space for holding quilted fabrics and backing.

It has a raised-type machine bed that is embossed with a 15-inch long stainless-steel plate, with 11inches of this length being to the right of the needle hence forming part of the machine throat.

This machine comes with 412 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches that have been hardcoded to its computing device, alongside 338 embroidery designs, 13 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 10 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos.

It also features an easy-to-use built-in full-color LCD touchscreen that allows one to switch between sewing and embroidery modes, as well as provide onscreen tutorials and capability to select stitch, embroidery design, or lettering font.

This model also has an automatic AcuGuide cloth guide, built-in needle threader, twin needle guard, automatic thread cutter, horizontal full-rotary type hook, snap-on presser feet, AcuView magnifier, 7-piece feed dog, electronic foot controller, and a magnifier holder with a 20x magnifying lens, as well as an electronic and variable-zigzag knee lifter.

The feed dog features an auto-drop. This model also comes with a presser foot and a dual-feed foot for sewing, as well as a darning foot and an embroidery foot. As a swing machine, this model can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long.

Likewise, it supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via its proprietary Horizon link.

Moreover, it supports a layered fabric(apparel) feeding system called AcuFeed Flex, which allows for smooth feeding of workpiece to be quilted. This dual-function model for sewing and embroidery is part of the Memory Craft series of Janome machines, and its model number is Horizon MC14000.

Janome Horizon MC14000 1

As a dual-function machine, it comes with a convertible flat machine bed, which when fitted with the embroidery unit becomes a raised-type embroidery bed, but when this embroidery module is removed, it remains as a flat sewing machine bed.

If the extension table in this sewing machine bed is removed, then the bed is converted into a free arm bed with a free-arm length of 5.9inches.

When sewing with on the free-arm bed, it is easy to replace the needle plate so as to use the best needle plate for specific stitches, e.g, to make straight stitches, one needs to use a needle plate designed for making straight stitches.

The existing needle plate can be removed easily, and the plate for straight stitching then fitted easily using the one-step plate converter.

To make an embroidery bed, the extension table must be fitted to the free-arm bed so as to create a flat machine bed which the robot arm of the embroidery unit can easily slide into. The embroidery unit features its own dedicated embroidery socket, a carriage arm and a carriage release lever.

With the embroidery unit in place, the flat sewing machine bed is converted into an embroidery bed that can hold embroidery hoops.

The largest embroidery hoop that comes with this model is the GR hoop that is 300mm by 230mm. This machine comes with 4 embroidery hoops, the aforementioned GR hoop, the 230mm by 230mm SQ23 hoop, the 140mm by 140mm SQ14 hoop, and the 100mm by 40mm FA10 hoop.

Janome Horizon MC14000 4

This machine uses a linear-motion embroidery system, and also comes with an extra-wide table for increasing the machine bed size.

The dual-function of this model is also reflected in its range of stitching speed, as it has a wide range of stitching speeds. Its sewing speed range is 60SPM-1000SPM which makes it suited for sewing, quilting, and embroidering apparel.

There are 91 needle positions that this model can accommodate, and there is a USB Type-A port for plugging a USB storage device so as to import embroidery files. The stitch chart (which includes satin stitch patterns) for sewing and design chart for embroidery are drawn on the inside of the top flip cover.

One only needs to flip open this cover at the top of the horizontal arm, and then see which stitch or design one desires and then selects it using the LCD touchscreen. This touchscreen is 2.7inches by 4.5inches in size, which makes it a 5.2inch LCD screen, and it allows the computing device to display information in 11 different languages.

This machine also comes with 2 accessory storage compartments – one in the horizontal arm, and the other in the extension table. The top storage compartment in the horizontal arm is designed for storing the touch panel stylus, overedge foot M, zigzag foot A, overhead foot M, satin stitch foot F, zipper foot E, and the blind hemming foot G.

The bottom storage compartment in the extension table is suitable for storing the latch, spare spool pin, straight stitch needle plate, bobbins, and the automatic buttonhole foot R.

In the top storage compartment, there is an extra spool pin. This extra spool pin is designed to hold the thread spool that is used to wind the bobbin. The bobbin winding mechanism used in this model is the auto declutch type.

This model is suited for surface embroidery and specialist forms of counted-thread embroidery such as canvas work and drawn-thread work.

It comes with a needle set for sewing and embroidery, and the recommended thread brands to be used with this model are Janome, Mettler, Sulky, Madeira, Gutterman, and Robison-Anton. The types of threads that can be used are polyester, rayon, and poly-sheen.

This machine has assigned a brand number to each thread type made these thread brands. The machine bed can be illuminated by 10 white LED lights, which are placed in 5 different locations to ensure that there are no shadows in the work area. Also, if one wants to see great details of the workpiece, there is a magnifying glass, fitted above the needle, that can be slid open.

This machine usually ignores short stitches to minimize the chances of thread breakage, and the stitching speed can be set using a speed control slider at the front face of the horizontal arm. Its embroidery hoop is clipped to the pantograph. This pantograph is then secured to the carriage plate which acts as the embroidery arm.

Janome Horizon MC14000 is shipped in a single box package in an assembled state, along with its instructional book, instructional DVD, and a reference chart for key icons.

This shipping package weighs about 71.6pounds, and it is 30inches long, 28inches wide, and 17inches tall.

The key items in the package are as follows:
  • Horizon MC14000 unit,
  • 4 embroidery hoops (GR, SQ13, SQ14, and FA10),
  • extra-wide table,
  • AcuGuide cloth guide,
  • straight stitch needle plate,
  • needle set,
  • quilting guide bar,
  • embroidery unit case,
  • button shank plate,
  • Horizon Link CD-ROM,
  • and a semi-hard fabric cover.
The package also contains the following standard accessories:
  • 4 magnetic clamps,
  • bobbin holder,
  • bobbin embroidery thread,
  • stabilizers,
  • felts,
  • ]foot control,
  • optical lens,
  • power cable,
  • knee lifter,
  • USB cable,
  • 5 spare bobbins,
  • 2 large and 2 small spool holders,
  • spare spool pin,
  • touch panel stylus,
  • screwdriver,
  • bobbin holder cleaner,
  • seam ripper,
  • lint brush,
  • scissors,
  • embroidery foot P, single and twin dual feed holder,
  • zigzag foot A,
  • satin stitch foot F,
  • open toe satin stitch foot F,
  • zipper foot E,
  • overedge foot M,
  • concealed zipper foot Z,
  • blind hemming foot G,
  • darning foot PD-H,
  • button sewing foot T, ¼-inch seam foot O,
  • rolled hem foot D,
  • and automatic buttonhole foot R with its stabilizer plate.

Also provided are closed-toe foot QC, zigzag foot QV, and open-toe foot QO for free motion quilting; as well as single and twin dual feed holder, single VD and twin AD dual feed feet, and a dual feed (single) zipper foot ED and dual feed (twin) quilt piecing foot OD.

If you purchase the bonus value package, then the following additional items are included:
  • Janome border guide, gathering foot,
  • Acufil quilting kit,
  • ClearView foot,
  • binder foot,
  • ribbon sequin foot,
  • Janome ultra-guide,
  • pack of 10 bobbins,
  • Janome pintucking,
  • Janome free-motion couching,
  • And 2 packs of the following – size 14 universal needles, size 14 topstitch needles, size 14 leather needles, and size 14 denim needles.

The fully-assembled embroidery machine with the embroidery unit is 575mm long, 346mm deep, and 316mm tall; and if the embroidery unit is removed, the depth reduces from 346mm to 230mm.

This shows that the embroidery unit is 575mm long and 116mm wide. This machine features a clamshell skeleton construction, and its color scheme is grayish-white and black.

This machine features automatic thread cutters for cutting embroidery and bobbin threads, and this supports flexible stitch travelling.

It also features a separate bobbin winding system that comes with its own bobbin thread cutter to cut the thread after the bobbin has been wound properly. Moreover, this model supports automatic hoop positioning and auto-return of the hoop after thread breakage.

There is also a tensioning system for ensuring that the embroidery or sewing thread has the right tension during stitching. Also, there is a handwheel on the right-side panel for raising or lowering the needle-bar.

Janome Horizon MC14000

Janome Horizon MC14000 requires 80-240V AC power to run, and it has a servo motor whose (motor) speed can be regulated.

Its main function buttons are the START/STOP button for starting or stopping the machine head, the NEEDLE UP/DOWN button for raising and lowering the needle, the PRESSER FOOT LIFTER button for raising or lowering the presser foot, the THREAD-CUTTER button for initializing automatic thread cutting, the AUTO-LOCK button that causes the machine to lock the stitch and stop stitching, and the REVERSE button that causes the machine to sew in reverse.

Reverse sewing is quite useful when making seams and locking stitches. There is also a PRESSER FOOT LIFTER handle at the bottom rear of the sewing head, and this handle allows one to raise and lower the presser foot, hence making it a substitute of the presser foot lifter button.

Additionally, there is a SPEED CONTROL SLIDER that allows one to set the sewing speed by sliding the slider to the right speed level.

The embroidery files in this machine are stored in the memory module of the inbuilt computing device. The capacity of this built-in memory bank is 4MB and it can store 425 stitches, 338 embroidery designs, and 3 monogramming fonts.

However, this machine only supports embroidery files built in Janome proprietary data formats – the .jef and .jef+ formats. The .jef+ format is editable, and this model supports onscreen editing through is drag-and-drop feature, which allows one to flip, resize, trace, duplicate, group, arc, combine 2 or 3 designs together, and choose a thread color. This shows that this machine can be used for multicolored embroidery.

Janome Horizon MC14000 comes with a limited 1-year warranty, and a 25-year warranty against defective construction. The electrical components also benefit from a 60-month limited warranty.

Pros of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 14000
  • Computer-controlled model that can achieve working speed of 1000SPM.
  • Multi-functional machine for sewing, embroidery, and quilting.
  • Features a convertible machine bed that can be converted into a free-arm bed, a flat sewing bed, and an embroidery bed.
  • Comes pre-installed with 412 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches that have been hardcoded to its computing device, alongside 338 embroidery designs, 13 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 10 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos.
  • Features a full-color 5.2-inch LCD touchscreen that allows for onscreen editing of design files.
  • Comes with a presser foot, dual-feed foot, darning foot, and an embroidery foot.
  • It can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long.
  • Supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via Horizon link.
  • Features a layered feeding system, AcuFeed Flex, which allows for smooth feeding of quilting workpiece.
  • Quilting work space is 11inches long and 4.7inches tall.
  • Retractable magnifying lens.
  • Comes with a 7-piece feed dog supported with an auto-drop feature.
  • Comes with 4 embroidery hoops – the GR, SQ13, SQ14, and FA10 hoops.
  • Maximum embroidery design size is 300mm by 230mm.
  • Adjustable working speed.
  • Working speed range is 60SPM to 1000SPM.
  • Supports USB connectivity.
  • Embroidery area can be illuminated by 10 LED lights.
  • Provides programmable jumps and thread trimming.
  • Comes with a large bobbin.
  • Work are can be increased using an extra-wide table provided in the package.
  • Benefits from a 60-month limited warranty on its electrical parts.
The Cons
  • Requires constant change of thread if one is sewing or embroidering a multicolored stitch pattern.
  • Only supports Janome file formats – jef and jef+.

Bottom-line

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 14000 is a dual-function computerized sewing and embroidery machine that has a single sewing head that carries one needle that operates at working speeds that range from 60SPM (for sewing) to 1000SPM (for embroidery).

This compactly-built, high-performance, and well-designed model can also be used for quilting, and features a raised-type machine bed that is embossed with a 15-inch long stainless-steel plate.

It also features a convertible machine bed that can be converted into a free-arm bed, a flat sewing bed, and an embroidery bed; and also comes with a presser foot, dual-feed foot, darning foot, and an embroidery foot.

Moreover, it comes pre-installed with 412 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches, as well as 338 embroidery designs, 13 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 10 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos. Likewise, it can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long.

Also, it supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via Horizon link.

It also has a USB port that allows one to import designs stored in a USB storage device. Relatedly, it comes with 4 embroidery hoops – the GR, SQ13, SQ14, and FA10 hoops, and the maximum embroidery design size that it can stitch is 300mm by 230mm.

Additionally, it features a full-color 5.2-inch LCD touchscreen that allows for onscreen editing of design files, as well as a layered feeding system called AcuFeed Flex.

Its quilting work space is 11inches long and 4.7inches tall, and the machine work area can be increased using the extra-wide table provided.

Furthermore, it comes with a retractable magnifying lens. These aforementioned features, good build-design, and unmatched performance-to-price ratio makes Janome Horizon Memory Craft 14000 the best Janome sewing and embroidery machine in this review.

2. Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9850

Janome Memory Craft 9850 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

This is a well-designed, dual-function computerized sewing and embroidery machine that has a single machine head that carries 1 needle that operates at working speeds that range from 60SPM to 1000SPM, with the embroidery speed capped at 800SPM while sewing can be done at 1000SPM.

This compactly-built, high-performance Horizon model can also be used for quilting, and features a raised-type machine bed that is embossed with a stainless-steel plate.

This model is similar to Janome Horizon MC14000 in terms of functional design and build features, with the noticeable difference being that the 9850 model has fewer inbuilt stitches and embroidery designs, as well as operates at a lower workload level as compared to MC14000.

Therefore, this Horizon Memory Craft 9850 model can be considered as the medium-duty equivalent of the (heavy-duty) Janome Horizon MC14000.

Even so, this Horizon MC9850 model features a convertible machine bed that can be converted into a free-arm bed, a flat sewing bed, and an embroidery bed; and also comes with a presser foot, dual-feed foot, darning foot, and an embroidery foot.

As expected, this model is part of the Memory Craft series of Janome machines, and its model number is Horizon MC9850.

Janome Horizon MC9850 comes pre-installed with 200 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches, as well as 175 embroidery designs, 6 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 2 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos.

Also, it can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long. It also supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via the Horizon link.

It also has a USB port that allows one to import designs stored in a USB storage device. Additionally, it comes with 2 embroidery hoops – the 140mm by 140mm SQ14a and the RE20a hoop that is 200mm by 170mm.

There is also an optional hoop – the 100mm by 40mm FA10 hoop. As expected, the maximum embroidery design size that it can stitch is 200mm by 170mm.

Janome Memory Craft 9850 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

In addition, it features a full-color LCD touchscreen that allows for onscreen editing of design files, and an AcuGuide cloth guide, as well as the layered feeding system, AcuFeed Flex.

Unlike Horizon MC14000, this model does not come with an extra-wide table nor a retractable magnifying lens. It also lacks a knee lifter and an electronic foot controller, as well as a dual-feed foot for sewing.

This machine has an easy-to-use built-in full-color LCD touchscreen that allows one to switch between sewing and embroidery modes, as well as provide onscreen tutorials and capability to select stitch, embroidery design, or lettering font.

It also features a built-in needle threader, twin needle guard, automatic thread cutter, horizontal full-rotary type hook, snap-on presser feet, and a 7-piece feed dog.

The feed dog features an auto-drop. This model also comes with a presser foot and, as well as a darning foot and an embroidery foot.

Also, it supports quick changing of the needle plate via its one-step plate converter feature. Also, the embroidery unit of this model has its own dedicated embroidery socket, and features a carriage arm and a carriage release lever. Moreover, it uses a linear-motion embroidery system and its quilt space is 8.1inches long and 4.7inches tall.

Horizon MC9850 can accommodate 91 needle positions. The stitch and design charts are drawn on the inside of the top flip cover.

This cover also serves as the top panel of the top accessory storage compartment where the touch panel stylus, overedge foot M, zigzag foot A, overhead foot M, satin stitch foot F, zipper foot E, and the blind hemming foot G are stored.

The items that can be stored in the bottom storage compartment are the latch, spare spool pin, straight stitch needle plate, bobbins, and the automatic buttonhole foot R.

Janome Memory Craft 9850 Sewing and Embroidery Machine

There is also an extra spool pin designed to be used to wind the bobbin. Like in Horizon MC14000, the bobbin winding mechanism used in this model is the auto declutch type.

Just like Horizon MC14000, this model is suited for surface embroidery and specialist forms of counted-thread embroidery such as canvas work and drawn-thread work. It also comes with a needle set for sewing and embroidery, and the recommended thread brands to be used with this model are Janome, Fujix, Mettler, Sulky, Madeira, Gutterman, and Robison-Anton. Likewise, the types of threads that can be used are polyester, rayon, and poly-sheen.

However, unlike Horizon MC14000, the machine bed of Horizon MC9850 can be illuminated by 5 white LED lights that are placed in 3 different locations.

Even so, in Horizon MC9850 short stitches are usually ignored and stitching speed can be set using a speed control slider. Moreover, its embroidery hoop is clipped to the pantograph, and this pantograph is then secured to the carriage plate.

Janome Horizon MC9850 is shipped in a single box package in an assembled state, along with its instructional book, instructional DVD, and a reference chart for key icons.

This shipping package weighs about 23pounds, and it is 19inches long, 9inches wide, and 12.5inches tall. This makes this package lighter and smaller than the Horizon MC14000 package, and as expected it holds fewer items than MC14000 package.

The key items in the package are as follows:
  • Horizon MC9850 unit,
  • RE20a and SQ14a embroidery hoops,
  • needle set, quilting guide bar,
  • Horizon Link CD-ROM,
  • and a semi-hard fabric cover.
  • The straight stitch needle plate,
  • AcuView Magnifier holder,
  • and the 20x lens can be purchased separately.
Also in the package are the following standard accessories:
  • bobbin holder,
  • bobbin embroidery thread,
  • foot control,
  • power cable,
  • USB cable,
  • spare bobbins,
  • 2 large and 2 small spool holders,
  • spare spool pin,
  • touch panel stylus,
  • screwdriver,
  • bobbin holder cleaner,
  • seam ripper,
  • lint brush,
  • scissors,
  • embroidery foot P,
  • zigzag foot A,
  • satin stitch foot F,
  • zipper foot E,
  • overedge foot M,
  • blind hemming foot G,
  • darning foot PD-H,
  • button sewing foot T,
  • ¼-inch seam foot O,
  • rolled hem foot D,
  • and automatic buttonhole foot R with its stabilizer plate.

The fully-assembled embroidery machine with the embroidery unit is 475mm long, 315mm deep, and 224mm tall, and this makes it smaller than Horizon MC14000.

Also, this Horizon MC9850 machine features a clamshell skeleton construction, and its color scheme is white and purple.

Horizon MC9850 features automatic thread cutters for cutting embroidery and bobbin threads, and also supports flexible stitch travelling.

It also features a separate bobbin winding system that comes with its own bobbin thread cutter to cut the thread after the bobbin has been wound.

Moreover, it supports automatic hoop positioning and auto-return of the hoop after thread breakage. There is also a thread tensioning system and a handwheel for raising or lowering the needle-bar.

This computer-controlled machine requires 80-240V AC power to run, and it has a servo motor whose operation speed can be regulated.

Its main function buttons are the START/STOP button, NEEDLE UP/DOWN button, the PRESSER FOOT LIFTER button, the THREAD-CUTTER button, and the REVERSE button.

Also, the embroidery files in this machine are stored in its inbuilt memory whose capacity is 3MB. This internal memory stores 206 stitches, 175 embroidery designs, and 2 monogramming fonts.

Also, like Horizon MC14000, Horizon MC9850 only supports embroidery files created in Janome proprietary data formats – the .jef and .jef+ formats.

Also, it supports onscreen editing through is drag-and-drop feature, and this allows one to flip, resize, trace, duplicate, group, arc, combine multiple designs, and choose a thread color. As expected, it can used for multicolored embroidery.

Janome Horizon MC9850 comes with a limited 1-year warranty, and a 25-year warranty against defective construction. Its electrical parts are covered by a 36-month warranty.

Pros of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9850
  • Computer-controlled model that can achieve working speed of 1000SPM.
  • Multi-functional machine for sewing, embroidery, and quilting.
  • Features a convertible machine bed that can be converted into a free-arm bed, a flat sewing bed, and an embroidery bed.
  • Comes pre-installed with 200 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches that have been hardcoded to its computing device, alongside 175 embroidery designs, 6 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 2 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos.
  • Features a full-color LCD touchscreen that allows for onscreen editing of design files.
  • Comes with a presser foot, darning foot, and an embroidery foot.
  • It can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long.
  • Supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via Horizon link.
  • Features a layered feeding system, the AcuFeed Flex.
  • Quilting work space is 8.1inches long and 4.7inches tall.
    Retractable magnifying lens.
  • Comes with a 7-piece feed dog supported with an auto-drop feature.
  • Comes with 2 embroidery hoops – the RE20a and SQ14a hoops.
  • Maximum embroidery design size is 200mm by 170mm.
  • Adjustable working speed.
  • Working speed range is 60SPM to 1000SPM.
  • Supports USB connectivity.
  • Embroidery area can be illuminated by 5 LED lights.
  • Provides programmable jumps and thread trimming.
  • Comes with a large bobbin.
  • Benefits from a 1-year limited warranty.
The Cons
  • Requires constant change of thread if one is sewing or embroidering a multicolored stitch pattern.
  • Only supports Janome file formats – jef and jef+.
  • Lacks a dual-feed foot.
  • Does not come with an extra-wide table to increase the effective work area.

Bottom-line

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9850 is a well-designed, dual-function computerized machine that has a single machine head that carries 1 needle that operates at working speeds that range from 60SPM to 1000SPM, with the embroidery speed capped at 800SPM while sewing can be done at 1000SPM.

This compactly-built, high-performance Horizon model can also be used for quilting, and features a raised-type machine bed that is embossed with a stainless-steel plate.

It also features a convertible machine bed that can be converted into a free-arm bed, a flat sewing bed, and an embroidery bed; and also comes with a presser foot, darning foot, and an embroidery foot.

Moreover, it comes pre-installed with 200 utility, decorative, and embroidery stitches, as well as 175 embroidery designs, 6 one-step buttonholes stitches, and 2 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letter logos.

Likewise, it can stitch a zigzag stitch that is 9mm wide, and a straight stitch that is 5mm long. Also, it supports pivot sewing, jump thread trimming, top loading of rotary hook bobbin, stitch composer, and direct PC connectivity via Horizon link.

It also has a USB port that allows one to import designs stored in a USB storage device. Relatedly, it comes with 2 embroidery hoops – the RE20a and SQ14a hoops, and the maximum embroidery design size that it can stitch is 200mm by 170mm.

Additionally, it features a full-color LCD touchscreen that allows for onscreen editing of design files, as well as a layered feeding system called AcuFeed Flex. Its quilting workspace is 8.1inches long and 4.7inches tall.

3. BEST PREMIUM: Janome MB-7 Embroidery Machine

Janome MB-7 Seven-Needle Embroidery Machine

This is a heavy-duty, compactly-built, power-efficient and high-performance single-head CCEM whose embroidery head has 7 embroidery needles, each of which can attain a working speed of 800SPM. It has an inbuilt computing device that stores 50 embroidery designs and 10 fonts in its hard-coded digital asset management (DAM) software that stores and retrieves embroidery patterns.

The 10 fonts can be used for monogramming 2-3 letter logos. The maximum design size that can be embroidered in the embroidery hoop is 238mm by 200mm.

It also comes with a Jumbo bobbin, and like Janome MB-4S, it supports USB connectivity which allows the user to import embroidery files into this machine.

The USB port in the machine is a USB Type-B downstream port. In fact, the build and operational designs of this model are the same as that of Janome MB-4S with the main differences being that this MB-7 model has 7 needle bars and 6 LED lights for illuminating the embroidery area, while the MB-4S model comes with 4 needles bars and 4 LED lights.

Janome MB-7 Seven-Needle Embroidery Machine

Just like in Janome MB-4S, the maximum embroidery size in Janome MB-7 is set by the largest hoop which is the M1 hoop that is 238mm by 200mm. This MB-7 embroidery machine comes with 3 embroidery hoops – the M1 hoop, the M2 hoop that is 126mm by 110mm, and the M3 hoop that is 50mm by 50mm. The M3 hoop can be sued in hat embroidery.

Like in Janome MB-4S, each of these hoops comes with 2 setting plates and 2 frames. Fabric tensioning is achieved and maintained by placing the inner frame on the fabric, and then placing them in the outer frame and tightening the inner frame to the outer frame using the quick-release mechanism so that the fabric is held tightly between these 2 frames.

A setting plate is bolted on the left of the inner frame, as well as on the right side. These 2 setting plates allow the frame to be clipped to the pantograph called the hoop supporter. This hoop supporter is bolted to the embroidery arm which is formed by the carriage plate.

This machine can operate at different working speeds, with the lowest speed set at 400SPM, while the highest speed is 800SPM. Relatedly, its embroidery bed is the cylinder bed type, which makes it suitable for embroidering tubular apparel like pants and sleeves, as well as small three-dimensional apparel like caps and hats.

Moreover, placing the M1 embroidery hoop on this bed allows one to embroider large designs on flat fabrics.

This heavy-duty commercial embroidery machine is designed for optimal performance and functionality, and its model number is MB-7.

This MB-7 model is suited for surface embroidery and specialist forms of counted-thread embroidery such as canvas work, cutwork, and drawn-thread work.

It is also compatible with Durkee EZ frames, which are unique embroidery hoops that comes with their own distinct pantograph.

Likewise, it is compatible with Tajima hoops. Janome, Mettler, Madeira, and Robison-Anton are the 4 embroidery thread brands that are recommended for this machine. The types of threads that can be used are polyester, rayon, and poly-sheen.

The machine has assigned a brand number to each thread type made by the 4 thread brands. These threads are recommended as they allow the machine to ignore short stitches, which are known to cause thread breaks.

Moreover, the stitching speed can be set to one of the 5 preset levels: 4000SPM, 500SPM, 600SPM, 700SPM, and 800SPM. Speed selection is done via the LCD touchscreen of the remote computer screen (RCS) or sub-control panel.

Janome MB-7 is shipped in a single box package in a semi-assembled state, along with an instructional manual. This package weighs about 66pounds, and is 30inches long, 25inches wide, and 30inches tall.

In this package are the following items:

  • Janome MB-7 embroidery machine,
  • 3 embroidery hoops (M1, M2, and M3 hoops),
  • DBxK5 Q1-NY needle set,
  • needle threader, RCS, jumbo bobbin, 5 bobbins, and seam ripper.
Also packaged with the machine are these standard accessories:
  • hoop supporter,
  • accessory box, 8 small and 8 large felt rings,
  • tweezers,
  • lint brush,
  • USB cable,
  • power cable,
  • thread guide bar,
  • 8 spool rests,
  • 2 thread guide poles,
  • spool stand,
  • 8 spool caps,
  • 3 setscrews,
  • 2 setscrew A,
  • 2 setscrew B,
  • spool pin B,
  • 15 spool nets,
  • 7 spool pin A,
  • instruction book,
  • and an instructional DVD, as well as large, small, and offset screwdrivers.

Relatedly, if one chose the value package, then (s)he receives a free bonus bundle that includes a support table and a hat hoop.

The RCS is a 5.7-inch backlit LCD touchscreen display. The fully-assembled embroidery machine rests on 4 feet – 2 adjustable feet and 2 standard feet, and needs to be placed on a levelled flat surface, such as that provided by the tabletop of the embroidery cabinet.

This machine features a clamshell skeleton construction, and its color scheme is white, with the feet being black.

The assembly process of this machine is similar to that of Janome MB-4S, and involves setting up of the spool stand and then inserting the thread guide poles onto the stand.

The thread guide bar is then fitted onto these poles. This guide bar holds thread guides, and each guide features a tension leaf for tensioning the thread as it leaves the spool and enters the eye of the embroidery needle.

Also, the spool stand features 8 spool pins – 3 at the frontmost row, 4 in the middle row, and a rear spool pin. This shows that it can hold 8 thread spools, with 7 thread spools being used to thread the embroidery needle, while the rear thread spool is used for threading the bobbin.

Therefore, 7 threads of different colors can be threaded into the embroidery needles. The rear thread spool allows one to draw thread through the rear thread guide on the thread guide bar, and then pass it through the bobbin tension disk and thereafter fit it into the bobbin so that bobbin winding can be done.

The bobbins provided alongside this machine are large, and hence can hold more thread as compared to standard bobbins.

The tension disk also features a tension adjustment screw for manual setting of the thread tension. Upon completion of bobbin winding, a thread cutter cuts the thread and the wound bobbin can be installed under the throat plate.

Janome MB-7 are features automatic thread cutters for cutting embroidery and bobbin threads during stitching, and this automates and streamlines the embroidery process as thread cutting is programmed to synchronize with stitching.

This also allows for automatic thread trimming which is quite useful in monogramming logos in apparel. Moreover, it supports flexible stitch travelling. Likewise, this machine supports automatic hoop positioning which ensures that the embroidery design is stitched on the right place in the apparel.

Additionally, to eliminate kinks in embroidery threads and ensure that the threads are maintained at the right tension in the embroidery needle, this machine provides 7 pre-tension dials (each for each needle) for removing kinks and 7 tension dials for maintaining tension in the embroidery thread.

In the rear panel, there is a handwheel for raising or lowering the needle-bar, which also changes the thread tension. This model also supports automatic color change.

Like in Janome MB-4S, both the embroidery head and embroidery arm in this MB-7 model can move. These movements are coordinated by drive shaft that feature ball-bearings. MB-7 requires 80-240V AC power to run.

It also has a DC servo motor that needs to be replaced after 1000hours of usage. The motor speed can be regulated using the foot pedal.

Also, bobbin winding is done using a small specialized motor, and this winding can be stopped by a bobbin winding stopper.

During threading, a full-rotary type hook in the bobbin case captures the embroidery thread and pulls it to interlace with the bobbin thread.

Also, like in MB-4S model, machine control in MB-7 is achieved using either the inbuilt sub-control panel or the detachable RCS that must first be connected to the machine via the RCS connector port.

The main machine operating push-buttons are the START/STOP button, auto-thread cutter button, and bobbin winder button.

The sub-control panel (SCP) in MB-7 serves as the inbuilt input-output device of the computing device running the logic head that operates the needle bars and embroidery arms.

This panel is fitted on the right face of the machine, just above the RCS mounting arm, and it can operate the machine, though at a limited functionality level.

This SCP features a small rectangular LCD screen, control buttons, and a screen brightness adjustment dial. There are 7 control buttons: the MODE, TRACE, and ENTER buttons, and the 4 (up, left, down, right) ARROW/JOG buttons. These buttons provide the same functions as their equivalent buttons in Janome MB-4S.

If full functionality of the machine is desired, one needs to use the RCS, which automatically takes over functions from the sub-control panel after it has been connected to its RCS port in the machine. The RCS can operate as a standalone controller and has 11 push buttons below the 5.7-inch LCD touch-panel.

The push buttons are the START/STOP button, auto-thread cutter button, bobbin winder button, and the MODE, TRACE, and ENTER buttons, as well as the 4 JOG buttons.

There is also a CARRIAGE CENTERING button that is placed in the middle of the 4 JOG buttons. This RCS also features a USB Type-A downstream port and a bobbin winder indicator light.

As mentioned earlier, the embroidery arm in this model is a carriage plate that holds the hoop supporter and moves it. This plate can automatically return back to its neutral position, or a previous position before the machine was stopped due to thread breakage and this is called auto-return post-thread break.

Thread breakage can also cause the START/STOP button to glow red instead of green (which indicates that the machine is receiving power).

Relatedly, the embroidery files in this machine are stored in the memory module of the inbuilt computing device. This model can use the following data formats as instruction sets: .jef, .jef+, and .dst embroidery files. The .jef+ file is an editable .jef machine format file, while .dst is an embroidery file compatible with Tajima embroidery machines.

This model allows for onscreen editing of machine format files. Editing functions supported include monogram, rotate, resize, duplicate, flip, group, re-edit, zoom, save, and combine. Using the RCS allows for easy drag-and-drop editing of design files.

Janome MB-7 comes with a limited 1-year warranty, and a 25-year warranty against defective construction.

Pros of the Janome MB-7 Embroidery Machine
  • Single-head computer-controlled embroidery machine with 7 needles.
  • Pre-loaded with 50 embroidery designs and 10 fonts for monogramming 2-3 letters logos.
  • Comes with M1, M2, and M3 embroidery hoops.
  • Maximum design size is 238mm by 200mm.
  • Adjustable working speed
  • Working speed range is 400SPM to 800SPM.
  • Features a detachable RCS that optimizes control of machine operations and allows for onscreen editing of design files.
  • Supports USB connectivity through its USB Type- 2 port in the machine, and USB Type-1 port in the RCS.
  • Machine can read .dst Tajima machine format.
  • Allows for tracing and illumination of the embroidery area.
  • Provides programmable jumps and thread trimming.
  • Comes with a jumbo bobbin.