Janome 350E Memory Craft Embroidery Machine Bundle Review
When we think of sewing machines, Janome is a name that really stands out because they were actually the first company to introduce machine embroidery to households throughout the world. The Janome Memory Craft 350 is a viable option if you are searching for an embroidery only machine to use in the comfort of your home.
At first glance, it may appear as if the Janome 350e isn’t like the other “sewing” machines on the market. However, if you take time to really dig in and take a close look, you’ll see that it’s on the same path. The bright LED lights, nice backlit LCD screen and a ruler decal that is stamped on the front cover of the machine, all three, are this machines gifts.
There’s a strange looking metal protrusion that can be found behind the needle – this is the point where you will be attaching the embroidery hoop. This machine doesn’t have a bulky embroidery arm or a large extension table, which are features that are commonly found on home embroidery machines.
Instead, in order to lock the embroidery hoop into place, it snaps on and then all you have to do is tighten a black knob. Yes, it really is as easy as that.
In this section of the review, we’re going to point out the features of this sewing machine. After reading the features, you may find that this isn’t the standard kids sewing machine – the Janome 350e is more so aimed at adults.
- 3 built in fonts
- 3 embroidery frame designs
- 100 built-in embroidery designed
- 3 letter designs
- Memory Key
- Ports in order to accommodate PC Design car, USB connectivity and ATA Card
- Memory capacity to hold up to a total of 100 designs
- Built-in Folder System
- Ball bearing precision
- Upper thread and presser foot sensors
- Manual thread tension control
- Zoom in and Out
- Stitch out time indicator
- MY SET screen controls for contrast
- Stitch counter
- Flip vertically and horizontally
- Measurement scale in inches or centimeters
- Other customization options
- Rotate in 1 and 45 degree increments
- Drag and Drop editing, which makes for easy placement
Working with the Machine
When you first use the Janome 350e in order to do some embroidery work, at first, if you have never used machines like this before, you may be a bit confused. However, in due time, with some practice, you will get used to the machine and before you know it, you’ll be able to do it all with your eyes closed.
Threading and Winding the Bobbin
Let’s start with threading the machine – while threading and winding the bobbin are sometimes a problem with certain machines, when it comes to this machine, it’s a simple task. In fact, it’s so simple that even a beginner will be able to do it with minimal guidance. However, that aspect is where the similarity between a traditional sewing machine and this one stops. Before you continue to the next steps, you will be required to select an embroider design, which is fun.
A Lot of Embroidery Designs
There’s a large array of designs to choose from – you have 100 on board designs, to be exact. However, here’s the good news – with the Janome 350e machine, you have the option to select an unlimited amount of designs vita USB memory sticks or ATA cards. Therefore, with this machine, your possibilities are limitless as far as embroidery goes. Slots for both the ATA card and the USB memory stick can be found on the right hand side of the embroidery machine.
The embroidery arm is a bit different from the rest, but the embroidery hoop can easily be accomplished.
Come to think of it, we have reviewed quite a few embroidery machines currently on the market and we’re going to be honest with you the Janome 350e just so happens to be one of the easiest home embroidery machines you’re going to find. This may be due to the fact that the company focused on creating an embroidery machine that could be used by the traditional home sewing enthusiast.
On the working table of the machine, the company has put decals that show exactly how the hoop needs to be attached, which is very helpful.
Here’s a picture of the decals:
During the review, a three letter monogram was chosen. When it came to keying the selected monogram into the touch screen, it only involved a couple of easy steps. With this machine, there’s three basic monogram frames that are included in the on-board designs. When it comes to figuring out the right one for the job at hand, it will only take a touch.
Adjusting the size and position of the chosen design is easy to do – all you have to do is toggle through a couple of clearly defined instructions that are on the touch screen, then save it in the memory. Let’s say you want to monogram a batch of hand towels. This feature is useful for this type of project as you probably aren’t going to finish the whole job in one session.
Once you have all of the settings chosen, all you have to do is push the “start” button. Afterwards, you don’t really have to do anything else as the machine will do all of the work for you.
If you chose a multi-color embroidery design, the machine will pause at the end of each color and send a signal to you in order to indicate that it’s time to change the color of the thread. During the review process, we used a color design that is one color, so all we had to do was sit back and watch as the frame and letters formed right in front of us – as we watched this entire process, it almost felt magical. Once the design is complete, the machine automatically cuts the thread. There’s an option of stopping the machine in order to snip threads between letters and frame elements of allowing the machine to finish the whole design and snipping the thread after the design has finished.
Here’s a picture of the top of the machine:
In this section of the review, we’re going to tell you about the types of fabric you can use, and the type of fabric you cannot use.
- Fine fabrics/silk-taffeta-satin/velvet
- Natural fibers/cotton-wool-linen
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics
- Fabrics that are in multiple layers
Here’s a picture of the side of the machine
No embroidery machine review would be complete, without learning about the different accessories that come with the machine. In this case, the Janome Memory Craft 350E comes with a variety of standard accessories that have been designed to make the experience as enjoyable and efficient as possible.
Here’s a list of the accessories the machine comes with:
- Spool felt
- Extra spool pin
- Extra needles
- 4 bobbins
- 2 embroidery hoops: Standard 5”x 4.3” and Large 5.5” x 7.9”
- 2 spool holders
- Instructional DVD, which comes in handy
- Owner’s manual that is easy to follow
- Instruction book
- Vinyl cover to protect the machine
- Template sheets for all built-in designs
Is the Janome 350e a Good Option?
This machine right here, like the brother xl2600i is a great special purpose machine, and to be honest, that is the only drawback we could find at the time of writing this machine. If you have limited space in your sewing area, or if you like having a variety of home sewing machines, and you do not have space for more than one machine, then, unfortunately, this one right here wouldn’t be a great machine for you.
However, if you are a machine embroidery enthusiast and you are lucky enough to have room for multiple sewing machine or you have a large sewing room that can fit a special purpose machine, then this one would definitely be worth looking into.
At the time of writing this review, the suggested retail price was $1999 and we admit, many may not have that amount to put towards an embroidery machine. However, if you do have that amount of money to spare, the machine is well worth it. Of course, before you consider putting this amount of money up front, we suggest that you are 100% certain that this is the type of embroidery machine you have been looking for and we hope this review has helped you figure it all out. One thing is for sure, if you get this sewing machine, it’s going to be a part of your life for a long time.