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Janome DC5100 Computerized Sewing Machine Review


We have read only the best things about this particular sewing machine, and we were delighted to finally get to test it out ourselves.

One of the things that initially caught our eye after seeing the machine for the first time with the accent color – A bright fuchsia pink. This certain shade of pink never really stood out when used for other sewing machines. Personally, as long as the machine is pink, it’s not that much of an issue. The pink accents found on the Janome DC 5100 do call your attention since it stands out against the stark white shade. You won’t even realize that it’s a Janome machine at first.

Apart from the pink accents, the DC 5100’s features contain an on-board stitching guide, a needle that goes in a straight upwards and downwards motion, an automated design stop, a set of reverse buttons, a variable speed control slider, a drop-in bobbin, a numerical touchpad screen, as well as a brightly-lit LCD screen with changeable lighting.

The seam guide could go beyond the standard needle playing with an extended seam marking, which has been etched right onto the bed of the sewing machine itself. There’s also an on-board accessories case that comes with the machine itself. You can detach this casing to provide yourself with pure access to the DC 5100’s large free arm.


Here are just a couple of the Janome DC 5100’s features: Five one-step buttonholes, one alphanumeric foot, 167 kinds of built-in stitches, a built-in needle threader, an automated thread tension control, a snap-on presser foot, a memorized needle that goes in an upwards and downwards direction, and a drop feed. There’s also a seven-piece feed dog, a locking stitch button, reverse stitches, a variable speed control slider, and an additional presser foot lift. You can adjust both the width and length of the stitch. Also equipped with the machine is a hard cover case meant for taking the machine everywhere with you.


Winding up that bobbin and threading the machine is both easy and simple for experts and beginners, no matter how old they are. You can easily learn and accomplish this certain task with much ease.

Sometimes, even the ones who have been sewing for decades might require a little bit of help in regards to the sewing machine’s basic functions. The DC 5100 contains some simple board guides which are easy to read and understand. The guides will be able to lead you through the whole process of winding up that bobbin. You can also learn how to thread the machine easily no matter what your skill level might be at the moment.

After the machine’s bobbin has been put into place, and properly threaded, the next step here is to pick the desired stitch that you want for your project. The DC 5100 contains a menu selection button found on the LCD screen’s rightmost side.


The DC 5100 contains three kinds of menu settings. The initial setting is purely meant for utility stitches, the second one is for decorative stitching purposes, while the third one is solely for alphanumeric fonts.

To choose your very own utility stitch, you have to press down on the menu button to be able to access the utility stitch icon in the window.

The next step is to refer to the stitch selection guide, then place in the chosen stitch number on the machine’s numerical touchpad. You can do this process as many times as you want, in case you have to utilize an alphanumeric stitch or a decorative stitch.

Regarding this review, we have decided to sample a couple of decorative and utility stitching options. And one would expect, each of these stitches came out with the best kinds of results. This just proves that Janome has some very high standards in regards to both excellence and performance in their machines. The stitches created here were all sturdy, tight, and well-formed. The tension and the balance were both excellent each time it happened.


You can use the Janome DC 5100 on the following fabrics: Knits, leather, suede, upholstery, synthetic fabrics such as polyester or rayon, fabrics crafted from natural fibers like linen cotton and wool, and fine fabrics (ex. silk, taffeta, velvet, and satin).


The DC 5100 comes with the following accessories: 10 variants of snap on presser feet, (examples include straight stitch foot, satin stitch foot, zigzag foot, satin stitch foot, zipper foot, an automatic buttonhole foot, an overedge foot, a darning foot, and a blind hem foot), a quilting guide, four types of bobbins, a spool pin felt, an extra spool pin, an assorted set of needles, a buttonhole opener and seam ripper, a lint brush, a giant screwdriver, two types of spool handlers (one small and one large), and a spool stand. Also included here is an owner’s manual in case you’re having trouble with your machine.

This is one of those sewing machines that truly embodies the Janome brand. The machine itself is very sturdy, and not only that, it’s a completely well-made computerized sewing machine that is just surpasses everyone’s own expectations.


The quality of the stitches is just excellent. The machine is easy to use, contains easy to follow boarding guides, and, is just the perfect sewing machine for rookies. Pre-teens and teenagers alike can also use the machine.

However, there’s still one small factor that could probably prevent parents from giving this type of sewing machine to their children: The stitch selection process itself. We’re pretty sure that children below the age of ten will require the close supervision of an adult thanks to the extra steps required to gain access to the dozens of other stitching types. But this shouldn’t make you think that the Janome DC 5100 is only made for rookies.

Anyone, no matter if they’re a beginner or an expert, can still appreciate the DC 5100, along with its many features and power. There’s a kind of workmanship that goes into building this machine from scratch, as well as producing top-notch stitch quality.


Among all of the DC 5100’s features, we’re certain that one of the features that we like the most is the machine’s changeable light, which you can find on its LCD screen. This plain feature is just perfect since it lets the user handle the changes in regards to the amount of lighting found inside your sewing room.

Sometimes there are people who love to work on their sewing machines all day long. If you’re the type of person who likes to work on their sewing projects until the wee hours of the morning, then you will know that the lighting in your room at 1:00 in the morning is very much different from the lighting at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Switching on the DC 5100’s main machine and lighting is one thing. Modifying the room lighting on the machine’s LCD screen can actually make a big difference in regards to the amount of eye strain that you will experience day by day – Especially if you like to sew past midnight.

You can purchase the Janome DC 5100 through an authorized Janome sewing machine dealer. However, if you really want to purchase this particular model or if you want to add a secondary sewing machine to your roster then the machine’s pricing shouldn’t stop you from buying it.

There are dozens of Janome sewing machines out there that carry the same features but are priced at less than $999, which is the average pricing of the DC 5100. However, those who were lucky enough to have already purchased the 5100 have said the same thing – You will truly get what you pay for.

If you find the machine a tad bit expensive and unable to suit your average budget, then a lot of authorized Janome sewing machine sellers have reasonable financing terms. Aside from that, people who want to purchase this machine are advised to keep in touch with their Janome dealers so that they’ll end up receiving some really amazing deals and sales – Janome is pretty fond of conducting those.

Another piece of advice we can give you is this: If you really want to purchase a DC 5100 for your home or business, but are willing to save enough cash to be able to buy it, then you must make a point of subscribing to the official Janome mailing list and let them know which one of their sewing machines is the one you want for your home. You might just be surprised to know at how completely accessible your dream machine really is.


  • The DC 5100 contains a rather large free arm
  • LCD touch screen comes with adjustable lighting
  • The machine’s memory can hold up to over 50 different sorts of stage patterns


  • Motor runs a tad bit slower as compared to its fellow Janome machines

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