Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine with Exclusive Bonus Bundle
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The Janome DC5100 is a gem among the computerized sewing machines of today. One of the high end, feature-packed machines that the brand offers, the DC5100 really packs a punch and lets you very easily complete your projects whatever they may be.
The DC5100 lets you create home décor, garments, quilts, and even lets you work on material for your scrapbooking needs. With the amount of built-in stitch options this machine has - one hundred and sixty seven! - you definitely won’t be lacking choices for your projects. There are also 5 auto 1-step buttonholes, a button for locking stitch, and enough in-built memory to let you save up to fifty patterns.
To control the Janome DC5100, there is a backlit LCD touch screen that makes on-screen navigation easier. To control stitching speed, there is a sliding control. The 7-piece system for the feed dog makes your sewing consistent and precise, while the presser foot can be lifted extra high to allow for thicker projects and layered fabrics. There is an automatic tension dial for ease of use, and Janome has built the machine with an included threader.
24 accessories are included upon purchase, but optional accessories may also be purchased if you need them. A hard cover is included to help you protect your machine while moving or storing it.
Janome also includes their usual generous warranty plan of 25 yr mechanical/5 yr electric/1 yr labor cost coverage. The DC5100 is sold in a bonus bundle that includes a 5-year extension on your nationwide warranty plan.
The Janome DC5100 - Loaded With Automatic Features!
Bonus Bundle Includes: Purple Tote, Pack of 25 Janome Cherry Blossom Bobbbins, 5 Year Nationwide Extended Warranty Plan
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I graduated to this from an old singer and it is like butter. I love this machine so much. I really enjoy using it, and it doesn't ever give me any problems. I use this machine for household stitching, crafts, quilting, hemming, etc. I'd say I use it about 6-30 hours a month depending on what I'm into. I have used just about every stitch and function it offers, and I'm still pleasantly surprised at what a nice job it does. I bought this at a local quilt shop for about the same price here, and I was able to try out a variety of machines, which I recommend everyone does before purchasing a machine you'll have for years. I considered lower and higher models, and this was a mid-level choice. For me, it was worth spending a little extra for more features & stitches. There are many higher end machines, but this one could easily last me the rest of my life. These machines do hold their value, so I figure I can sell it and upgrade if I outgrow this one's capabilities. There are some less expensive Janome's that are also excellent. Good luck and happy stitching!
This is a wonderful sewing machine. I've had it for almost a year now and love sewing on it.
I started sewing one year ago on a $180 computerized Brother, and after doing a lot of home decor projects with thicker fabrics and seams, I decided to upgrade to something more powerful. I bought the Janome DC5100 about one month ago from Sewing Machines Plus, and so far I've been very happy with it. Set up was very easy and straightforward. There are so many presser feet included with this machine, although so far I've only made use of the standard zigzag foot, zipper foot, and overcasting foot.
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.
I purchased this machine to replace a 1980s Kenmore sewing machine. Honestly I have not yet sewn on the machine since I am between houses. I plan to make all my new curtains, draperies, shower curtain, etc. in my new home. I have read through the entire manual and cannot wait to use the Janome DC5100!!! It can do everything I struggled with on the old machine - such as hemming denim jeans and mitering corners of thick fabric.
I purchased this machine locally, about 3 months ago, and have been sewing like mad ever since! This replaced my 22yo "White" machine, a basic, cheap machine which got me by for a while, but was nothing special. This one sews like a DREAM! It delivers perfect, even stitches on every fabric I've sewn (many!), goes right through several layers of denim as if it were 2 layers of thin cotton calico (with a heavy-duty denim needle). I *RARELY* have to adjust the tension, it seems to always get it right without my help.
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! :)