Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine Package
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- Backlit LCD screen with touchpad for easy navigation
- Memory up to 50 patterns
- Superior feed system (SFS)
- Automatic thread tension control
- Built-in needle threader
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The Janome DC5100 computerized sewing machine has the features you want, the features you need. Complete any project with ease: home decor, garment sewing, scrapbooking, or quilting. 167 built in stitches, including 5 automatic one step buttonholes, locking stitch button, memory for up to 50 patterns, backlit LCD touchscreen with touchpad for easy navigation and so much more. The DC5100 provides a large variety of stitches for your diverse sewing needs. The Janome DC 5100 includes all of the features you expect only from a high end Janome Decor machine, allowing you to sew with precision and confidence.
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I LOVE the walking foot that came with it (FABulous for sewing multiple/thick layers, knits, or slippery fabrics like minky, etc.) (It also has an extra-high needle/foot position for getting thick/layers under the foot - just push up on the lever harder when it stops, and it will go up another step!) I am also very happy with the other feet, accessories, and the owners manual - very complete, detailed, and clear. Be sure to read through the entire manual, it has a lot of good info, especially if you are anything other than an expert sewer.
The variety of stitches is wonderful - especially as I am working on some decorative projects ("Stupendous Stitching" Craftsy class) and learning free-motion embroidery with the free-motion/quilting/darning foot and the feed-dogs dropped (another great feature I did not have on my previous machine) I've been sewing baby items by the dozen (literally!) and this machine has made it a breeze - just delightful to sew with! The alphas are not large, but are nice to have, and the memory function is SO nice, really excellent! The control panel is easy to work - very clear instructions in manual. Even with 100 stitches plus the alphas, it is not hard at all to select stitches (or program combinations of stitches) and adjust width/length etc. The automatic threader was a little tricky to learn (I have not had that before either) but now that I know how it works, I NEVER do it "the hard way" anymore... my old eyes just don't see the holes in the needles like they used to! :)
It is much more quiet than my old machine. I think this is the PERFECT machine for someone who has moved just a bit past beginner and knows that they will put it to good use and get their money's worth out of the investment... It has a lot of great features, not overly complicated, but is one that will grow with you and most likely continue to meet your needs for many years. I did a LOT of research, comparing, and talking to other sewers before deciding on Janome, and this machine in particular - great quality and a lot of "bang for my buck" in a superb machine that will probably be passed on to my daughter someday. Because I purchased from a local dealer, I also was able to attend 2 free classes to learn about all the features, and that was **really** helpful. Be sure to use quality thread and ONLY Janome bobbins (and NO metal bobbins!) for perfect stitch results. It really does make a difference - Janome makes their bobbins out of a special material and the machines are calibrated specially to work perfectly with those bobbins. Also be sure to clean feed-dogs and bobbin case, etc.,as directed in manual. The machine is "self-oiling" so does not need oiling when you clean.
I try to remember to come back and update certain reviews now and then, and this is one I will try to do that with, as I know people (including me!) like to see reviews after longer use as well... If you happen to read this review and it's been over 9-12 months since I wrote this, please reply/comment and I'll come back and update! :)
UPDATE - January 24, 2016 - Still LOVE this machine! I use it often (though not daily right now, been doing more knitting) and it works better than ANY other machine I have used, ever! Love it so much I bought a serger from same company (also love that one! 1100-something DC or some other letters - it's only available through Janome dealers, not online, I was told). I am totally sold on Janome quality! I am still amazed every time it sails right through multiple layers of heavy material - other machines I've used in the past would never do what this one can! Have not had a single problem with any part of this machine - it's super-reliable and a pleasure to sew with.
UPDATE #2 - August 27, 2016 - I still use this machine frequently, and still absolutely adore it. Have not had a single problem. I'm probably about due to bring it in for it's first yearly servicing, but I hate to give it up for the 3-4 days it will be gone! My Janome serger is still working just as well... If I should ever need to replace either machine, I can't imagine choosing anything other than another Janome. :)
I can only compare it to my Brother, but the Janome is a lot more powerful and smooth. It also feeds the fabric much more accurately without drifting. The stitch quality is great, and the control panel and screen are easy to understand and use. When loading a bobbin, I have had to get used to bringing up the thread (the Brother has a quick-set bobbin that automatically brings the thread up when you start sewing). There are only two slight annoyances about the Janome that I'm dealing with right now, and they are probably only negative to me because I had gotten used to something different with the Brother. First, the needle threader isn't working that well for me and I actually have to push the needle to the side with my fingers in order to get the little hook from the threader to go through the eye of the needle. Otherwise, the hook misses the needle eye and it doesn't work. The needle threader on my Brother was a lot more accurate and reliable. Second, the needle up/down feature on the Janome is really just a button that toggles between needle up/down whenever you stop sewing. There is no way to set an overall default up/down setting that will remain in effect even if the machine is switched off. In general, for the type of sewing I do with a lot of curves and pivoting corners, I always want the needle to stop down in the fabric, but every time I turn on the machine I have to reactivate the DOWN setting once I start sewing. In contrast, my Brother would allow me to set a default up/down setting that would stay active no matter if the machine was turned off. I could then use the needle up/down button to raise or lower the needle as needed without affecting my overall default needle DOWN setting. I've searched through the Janome manual a couple of times to see if there's any way to change the way this feature is working on my machine, but so far there doesn't seem to be a way.
Despite these small inconveniences, I'm very pleased with my new Janome and the quality of its stitching. The machine weighs twice as much as my Brother and feels like a solidly built machine that will last me a very long time.
UPDATE (June 2015):
This machine is a real work horse for me. I have a home sewing business and I use it very frequently. I can honestly say that I don't think it's ever skipped a stitch, and I rarely have to adjust the tension for perfect stitches. There are only a couple of features I wish it had: an adjustable presser foot (I have recently added the Janome HD3000 to my machine line-up and have discovered how useful this feature can be in certain circumstances) and, as I mentioned previously in my review, a way to set an overall default up/down setting for the needle that wouldn't have to be reactivated every time I switch on the machine.
Also, I have been informed by the sewing machine dealer where I purchased this from that the needle threader on this model is known for being a bit delicate. I almost ordered a replacement, but I ended up tinkering with it a bit to readjust the position of the tiny hook that passes through the needle eye, and it's been working great ever since.
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