I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to run out of room for my sewing machines. I looked around the other day and found leather machines in the garage, sergers and sewers in the attic–it’s getting a tad ridiculous. But I use them all, and couldn’t bear to get rid of a single one (kind of like my computers.) So, short of buying a bigger house, the only thing left to do is start buying combination machines. That’s why this Janome Memory Craft 9500 is such a great tool. It’s an amazing sewing machine and embroidery machine all in one small package. Don’t be fooled though, just because it’s a small, portable machine doesn’t mean it lacks for power.
Sewing and Quilting Perfection
All the Memory Craft models are great, but this updated version of the 9000 model runs twice as fast. The regular sewing speed is 820 stitches per minute with variable speed control, in case you need to slow down a little around those tricky corners.
You get superior stitch quality from the sewing machine with 98 decorative and utility stitches built in. These range from simple embellishment to heirloom quality work. Of course, since this is a sewing machine it also doubles as a quilting machine. Piecing is a breeze. Freeform quilters appreciate the specially created electronic system that feeds the fabric smoothly and evenly for stunning results.
As if you didn’t get enough stitches to choose from, you can also modify the stitches slightly and save your favorite stitch combinations with the built in memory. A nice feature if you do production work on a variety of pieces. Variety is a thing of beauty!
It can sew, but how does it handle embroidery?
You’re going to love how easy it is to add names to Christmas stockings and make those fancy blouses you see in the mall. There’s an instant switchover button from sewing to embroidery work. No embroidery attachments to fiddle with like other combination machines. So, you save time converting between the two functions. Feel free to let your imagination run wild as you embellish and embroider everything from your daughter’s wedding dress, personalized children’s and baby clothing to sports jackets to T-shirts. This fully computerized sewing machine comes with everything you need, including embroidery feet, PC-link via ATA card, 90 builtin designs, monogramming fonts, embroidery area tracing an easy drag-and-drop editing placement. You can flip your designs vertically or horizontally, which is cool for making symmetrical designs.
The machine embroiders at a speed of 400-650 stitches per minute. The maximum embroidery size is 5.5″ x 7.9″ (140mm x 200mm) and the machine comes with large and standard size hoops. While you may want to use preprogrammed Janome PC design cards, you also have the option of programming your own designs using a compact flash memory card (the kind you use in a digital camera.)
The backlit LCD touch screen is great for easy viewing. It comes with easy menus and instructions for onscreen editing. All you have to do is point, drag-and-drop the digital controls to resize, flip and automatically create your own designs. The settings let you resize to 90%, 100%, 110%, or 120%. And all directions are available in lots of different languages.
So, exactly what comes with the machine?
Glad you asked. There are a ton of included accessories. Here are the details:
- Embroidery Hoop (A) (With Template) Embroidery area 5″ × 4.3″
- Embroidery Hoop (B) (With Template) Embroidery area 5.5″ × 7.9″
- Foot Control
- Template Sheets (for Built-in Designs)
- Hard Cover (Carrying Case)
- Automatic Buttonhole Foot R
- Satin Stitch Foot F
- Embroidery Foot P
- Zigzag Foot A
- Blind Hem Foot G
- Overedge Foot C
- Zipper Foot E
- Overcasting Foot M
- Button Sewing Foot T
- Screwdrivers (2)
- Set of Needles
- Spool Pin Felt
- Lint Brush
- Additional Spool Pin
- Seam Ripper
- Spool Holders (Large and Small)
- Basting/Darning Foot P-2
- Quilting Bar
- Foot Control
- Power Cord
- Instruction Manual
Janome quality is second to none.
Janome was the first to develop a computerized machine for home use in 1979, and the first to introduce a professional style embroidery machine to the home market in 1990. Their goal is to provide powerful, sophisticated technology that inspires, but never intimidates. They strive to make all their products versatile enough for the professional and intuitive enough for the beginner. They believe the better your tools, the more inventive, artistic and pleasurable your sewing experience. You never have to worry about a quality issue when you buy a Janome machine.
What actual users are saying about the Janome Memory Craft 9500:
This computerized sewing and embroidery machine has been getting great customer reviews online for many years, usually rating 5 out of 5 stars. One reviewer states she purchased the machine from an online company after much research and was so glad she did. She enjoys the fact that she can tackle fancy sewing, mend blue jeans, and put her grandkids’ names on quilts, shirts and bags for birthday gifts. She was also thrilled to find out that if there is a thread jam or other error, the solution is displayed on the computerized touch screen. Janome makes it so simple to just keep sewing.
Other reviewers have said they enjoy the flexibility of being able to purchase one model and upgrade with software downloads. They praise the smooth quiet movement and the easy bobbin threading. It’s also nice to know that many reviewers who were not familiar with computerized sewing machines found it easy to follow the instructions and had no problem learning how to use this machine.
Here’s a review from Sewing Pattern Reviews.com
“I use this machine mostly to embroider but it is a great sewing machine as well. I love that switching between sewing and embroidery mode happens at the push of a button and foot change. I had to turn my old machine off then attach the embroidery arm then turn it back on.
The needle threader is a real time-saver (and eye-saver).
This machine also has a nice number of decorative stiches built-in which are great for making pretty borders without hooping, I particularly like the french-knot.
The mechanism that drives the needle is smooth and relatively quiet.
The touch-screen is great for navigation. I read through the manual briefly but most everything is pretty obvious on the machine and on the screen.
The start/stop button is in a prominent place on the front of the machine. Combined with the machine speed slider, I almost never use my foot control anymore.The foot control has a retractable cord so it stores neatly.
The machine comes with a nice plastic cover with a storage compartment built-in for your hoops and the pedal – nice and neat.
The machine has great storage built-in and stores most of the feet in labeled molded slots.
The machine has a handy stitch sticker on the inside of the top lid for quick reference.
These are just a few things that rock on this machine – overall, the it is wonderful and I would highly recommend it.
Additional comment on 5/11/2008 – I just wanted to leave a note to all that read this that I still love this machine. I have owned it now for well over a year. I’ve had it serviced once and the dealer indicated that the machine had no issues with it. It has turned out to be quite the work horse. It works reliably and still does a beautiful job on my embroidery designs.”
Are there any drawbacks to this machine?
Comments in some blog posts mention a few minor complaints such as an unusual basting stitch, and the lack of a knee lift. Some also wish the accessories didn’t cost so much, but they’re happy that so many do come with the machine.
How much should you pay for this machine?
Some online stores are advertising the list price as $2699, with a sale price around $1499. Makes me wonder if they just made up the “list price” so they could look cheaper. Anyway, you should expect to pay between $1500 and $2000 for this model.
While you can get good stitch quality from just about any high-end sewing machine, embroidery machines vary greatly. It’s important to find the highest quality machine in your price range, if you want to enjoy the immense satisfaction that comes from creative embroidery projects. The Janome Memory Craft MC9500 compares to machines five or six times more expensive. It may be the only sewing/embroidery combo machine you ever need.