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Now designers can create projects to reflect their personal sense of style with the Memory Craft 500E. It's easy to personalize, embellish and monogram home décor items, garments and accessories. With 160 built-in embroidery designs and 6 fonts for monogramming, the possibilities are endless. The MC500E has a maximum embroidery size of 7.9”x11” and it comes with 4 embroidery hoops; RE28b 7.9" x 11", SQ20b 7.9" x 7.9", RE20b 5.5" x 7.9" and SQ14b 5.5" x 5.5" an extra wide table for expansive workroom. 

Designs are easily imported through a USB and edited through the machine's advanced on-screen editing functions. Navigation through all of these features has become easier with the MC500E’s new LCD color touchscreen.

Compare the 500E to the 350E

Click here to learn how to use Embroidery Editor.

Click here to learn more about the Janome embroidery formats. 

Key Features
Automatic Thread Cutter
Advanced Needle Threader
Full Color Touchscreen On-screen editing functions include enlarge/ reduce, rotate, flip, drag and drop, arc, combine, copy and paste, grouping, corner layout, single color sewing, zoom
  • Maximum embroidery size: 7.9” x 11”
  • 160 built-in designs
  • 6 fonts for monogramming
  • 2 and 3 letter monogramming
  • Embroidery sewing speed: 400-860 SPM
  • Flexible stitch traveling (by units of 1, 10, 100)
  • Auto return post thread break
  • On-screen editing functions include enlarge/ reduce, rotate, flip, drag and drop, arc, combine, copy and paste, grouping, corner layout, single color sewing, zoom
  • RE28b Hoop (7.9" x 11") SQ20b Hoop (7.9" x 7.9") RE20b Hoop (5.5" x 7.9") SQ14b Hoop (5.5" x 5.5") RE10b Hoop (optional) (1.5" x 5.5")
Model Comparison
Memory Craft 500E
Hook Type Top Loading Full Rotary Hook Bobbin
Thread Tension Control Automatic
Maximum Stitch Width Not Applicable
Feed System
Easy Reverse Button No
Bobbin Winding Bobbin Winder with Plate and Cutting Blade
Stitch Selection Touchscreen
Dual Voltage 80v - 240v Yes
Cover Dust Cover
Number of Stitches 0
Number of Buttonholes Not Available
Needle Threader Built-in
Needle Up Down Not Applicable
Free Arm No
Drop Feed No
Needle Position 1
Locking Stitch Button No
Twin Needle Guard No
Number of Stitch Combination
Last Stitch Recall Capability No
Knee Lift No
Machine Size W 23" x H 12.9" x D 17.7"
Machine Weight 11.5 lbs
Work Space W 12" x H 4.7"
Extra High Presser Foot Lift No
Foot Pressure Adjustment No
Maximum Stitch Length Not Applicable
Other Features
Number of Designs 160
Fonts for Monogramming 6
Maximum Embroidery Size 7.9" x 11"
Design Transfer Options USB
Embroidery Sewing Speeds 860
Embroidery Format .JEF
On Screen Editing Functions
On-screen editing functions include enlarge/ reduce, rotate, flip, drag and drop, arc, combine, copy and paste, grouping, corner layout, single color sewing, zoom
Programmable Jump Thread Trimming Yes
Adjustable Speed While Embroidering Yes
Flexible Stitch Travelings units of 1, 10 and 100
Auto Return Post Thread Break Yes
Adjustable Hoop Positioning Yes
Thread Brand Selection
Janome, Robison-Aton, Madeira, Mettler
Available Hoops
RE28b Hoop (200 x 280 mm) (7.9" x 11") SQ20b Hoop (200 x 200 mm) (7.9" x 7.9") RE20b Hoop (140 x 200 mm) (5.5" x 7.9") SQ14b Hoop (140 x 140 mm) (5.5" x 5.5") RE10b Hoop (optional) (40 x 100 mm) (1.5" x 5.5")

Embroidery 500E
Thursday, November 12, 2015

I just purchased this machine, and am generally pleased. One thing I need (since I do a lot of quilting designs by embroidery machine) is a Cloth Setter. I can't seem to hoop the quilt sandwich easily. I also need a vertical spool holder for embroidery designs and quilting with metallic threads. Please consider manufacturing these accessories. Thanks!
Saturday, February 18, 2017

I've had my 500E for over a year and overall I'd say it is a good little machine. I have two questions that I'd appreciate answered. First, why when an embroidery design is saved in the JEF format must I also go through the Embroidery Editor so the machine can access it? Also, is there any chance for an update to a larger embroidery hoop? Thank you.
You gotta get this machine !!! mc500 E
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wow, I can only say wow, and wow again. I sew a lot, but not with an embroidery machine. This is truly a wonderful and friendly machine. I named mine Doozy, because she is that. so easy to use, and simple. But, it really helps to just watch the video, it only lasts a couple of minutes, and sit and read the book. Saves you a whole lot of time. I also got the MBX V5 software. It has been a love hate relationship. But, any new software is. It has now become much easier. It has so much, I still don't know what all I can do. But I am doing a whole lot. The best thing you can do for yourself in regard to the software, is download and print out the pdf manuel. It helps so very much. I go thru the different sections, and always find new things I didn't know I had. But this machine is the best. Not cheap, and I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I have never been sorry I bought this machine. It truly does beautiful work, and so very little is ruined because of a thread break, or bobbin issue, of which there are not many.. You can just go back to where the thread broke, and go from there. No more waste. whooo hoooo. So easy to use and learn. Buy it, I don't think you will be sorry you did. I was up and sewing within 2 hours of brining it home, and that's because I read the book first. I'm a nerd, cant help it.
Friday, August 4, 2017

This is my third embroidery machine, each one giving a larger hoop size. It is awesome to use. Has great features. It is easy to use even if you are a beginner and after owning this for almost a year I am still learning new ways to use it. Each pattern comes out like it should. The thing I don't like or haven't found out how to do yet is turn the hoop when the pattern is sideways and it does not fit. For that you have to enter the design into software or have the maker turn it for you. An inconvenience. That is the only complaint. I would recommend this machine to anyone.
pros/cons of 500E
Monday, January 8, 2018

I've had my 500E for several months now and really love it. I love the quality of the stitching and how easy it is to attach the hoop. There's a few things that I don't like about the 500E and that is having to oil it monthly. The first time I did it my husband had to help me because I am not very mechanical. It's not an easy thing to do. I broke my USB stick because I forgot to remove it. That's my fault. The other thing that I had trouble with was the bobbin threader. It never worked from the start. My solution was to buy pre-wound bobbins. Also I have another Janome sewing machine that I used in case I wanted to use the same color thread in the bobbin. Another thing that didn't work for me was the needle threader. That's okay too because I can thread the needle manually. The last thing is having to transport the machine. It can be tricky with the arm not being able to be removed. I ordered the trolly so I can transport the machine when I need to take it to the dealer.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I LOVE this machine. I looked at a lot of different machines before getting this one. I have had it a little over a year and have done everything from making onsies to quilting a small blanket. If you are looking for an embroidery only machine this is a great choice.
Love this machine!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my machine for over a year now and am very happy with it! Love the larger hoops! Have been having problems lately with the needle threader but not a huge problem yet. Thanks for a wonderful machine!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I purchased the 500e about 9 months ago. This machine is amazing. It has tackled everything and that I threw at it. There was an issue with the motherboard about 4 months after I got my machine but it was replaced and running wonderfully. I have seriously thought about getting a second 500e but have decided to go for one of the multi needle embroidery machines. Thank you Janome for making such wonderful machines I am a loyal Janome embroider and quilter
Embroidery 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Love my machine! Beautiful high quality stitching!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my 500e for about 7 months and have a lot of fun with it. I have made several projects as gifts, I have even done some quilts as gifts, too!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my MC500E for a little over a year. I love it. It was very easy to learn, compared to my first embroidery machine. The stitch quality is very good. Ease of using and connecting the hoops to the machine is very good. The embroidery field size is good, but I still wish that it would embroider a larger area. I am very happy with this machine.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I absolutely love it. The different sizes of hoops are probably my favorite thing. I just wish that I had more time to use it :)
Love my 500e
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have owned my Janome 500e for over a year now. And I love it. It is easy to use and I like the hoop sizes, I wish they would update it though for the magnetic hoops. But I still use it almost everyday.
Love it, but...
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I struggled with an embroidery machine of a different brand for a number of years. The 500 MC is not only easier to use, but much more reliable. My main complaint is that I would like a bigger hoop and/or...........I have purchased a few patterns that ONLY come in a 12" size...thinking I could slightly resize them and use them with the 280/280 hoop. The 500 will not even open the patterns so I could minimize them. C'mon, Janome! Design a bigger hoop, or change the software!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I really enjoy my machine. I know there are many many things this wonderful machine is so capable of. Love It!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Love my machine. Just wish I had more time to use it.
kathy caldwell
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fantastic machine!! My first embroidery machine was the combo, Janome MC 5700. It was over 20 years old and I was still trying to embroider with it. When I was introduced to the 500e, I fell in love. Ten months later, I still love my girl. It's a great machine. Love the big hoop. The needle threader isn't a problem after I learned the trick. LOL The ONLY thing I don't like is the bobbin winder. What a mess. Not once, but twice. You've got to be very careful winding. Looking to buy a new Janome for strictly sewing very soon. Love my Janome's.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Love my 500E. I have it for over a year.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

When I first purchased my 500E, I was very dissatisfied with the machine. Sent it back to the manufacturer for taking a look at the different issues I was having. I now love my machine. I have thoroughly learned and am comfortable embroidering on the 500E. The only downfall is that I would like a larger size hoop, as a lot of projects I have wanted to do use a larger hoop than the largest one that comes with the machine. I would recommend this machine to anyone and take the time to read the instruction book and have patience with learning all the different techniques. Love it!!!
Janome 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I love my 500E. So amazingly simple to use.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I am very happy with my Janome 500. I now have the best embroidery machine available. I use it for many things stand alone embroidery to quilting with patterns on memory sticks. It is far more versatile than I ever imagined, I am still looking for the little purse pattern we made in class with monogram. My granddaughter was so thrilled with it. Thank you Janome America for your dedication to superior products,
Super Machine!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Had the 500E for several months now, and no issues whatsoever. Love the fact we can service this machine ourselves with details in the owner's manual. Virtually every other machine out there must be taken to the dealer for routine service/oiling.
Janome 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Really like my machine. Have had a few issues but managed to fix them without a service call. I do wish the largest hoop was a little larger as their are projects I'd like to do that won't this machine.
Review of 500e
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Things I love - a reasonably priced embroidery only machine with decent sized hoops. Easy to use, included software is easy to use, quiet. And most importantly, the machine creates beautiful stitches. Things that could be better - the needle threader never works for me, but I can thread manually much faster. Hoop envy - most of us always dream of a bigger hoop. BTW, my dealer told me I didn't need to oil the entire machine as the manual showed - just do the more easily accessible parts that have felt. And bring the machine in for servicing as needed. My husband and I followed the entire procedure once and it was hard - especially doing the bottom part when the arm was in the way and vulnerable to damage. I wish Janome provided more support and videos for their machines. For a while Amanda Whitlock was with the company and she had hopes for doing more. Unfortunately, I don't think anything came of it - at least I never found more training and ideas from her.
Love, Lowe, Love my 500e
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my 500e for over 2 years and am so pleased with the quality of the stitching. Every design has sewn out beautifully. I also have the 300e and am still using it but I really love having the thread cutter on 500e. I would love to see a smaller hoop, but not as small as the 10 b. A true 4x4 would be perfect to round out the hoops. Thank you for such quality products. I am a happy embroiderer!
A Pleasure to Use...
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I use my Janome 500E nearly every day for the 8 months that I have owned it. The machine is smart, amazing and pretty much flawless. I am not. So if something is not right, it is due to human error. The included Owners Manual is well written. It shows maintenance I can do myself like oiling. I have not needed any support to keep the machine running well. The only two improvements that would be helpful is larger hoops and a slightly larger screen to see small fonts and designs. Overall I feel the Janome 500E is the best machine available for the money.
Scofield Mom
MC 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

This is the best Janome embroidery machine yet! I'm still using my MC 10001 and 300E. The functionality of the 500E with the larger hoops is definitely a big step up. I love all my Janome machines!
Love this machine!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Upgraded for larger hoop and one my local quilt shop could support and service. Easy to use and embroiders beautifully. So glad I made this decision!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

In late 2013 I started with the MC200e to see if I would enjoy machine embroidery. I was hooked! A few months later I bought the MC350e. When I saw the sneak peeks of the 500e I knew I had to have it! I actually bought two of them so my BFF could have fun embroidering without the frustration her little Brother machine gave her. OMG, the things this machine can do! Who else has 7 standard hoop sizes? I love, love, love the on board editing capabilities, I can do anything right in the machine that the expensive softwares can do. I love playing around with letters and border shapes, arcing them and just playing around. I just can't say enough great things about the built in editing. I also REALLY LOVE that I can service this machine myself. It was one of the big selling points for me. It's so easy to do, really anyone can do it. The manual explains it very well. The manual is better written than many I've seen, and explains things so that anyone who embroiders can understand it. Grab a cuppa something and sit down with it. The first thing I do with any new machine is read the manual from cover to cover then go back and read it again. I downloaded the manual before I even bought the machine so I had a head start. The 500e can do so much that I keep the manual handy when I'm using it. The number of built in designs(and all the different types of designs) is great too. I've done some gorgeous projects from the built in designs. I've never had an issue with any type of thread, I think Janome machines are the least thread picky of any machines I own, though I usually use a separate thread stand instead of the built in one. I've embroidered everything from lace to quilt blocks to towels to heavy vinyl and light leather with no issues what so ever. The 500e does it all and does it beautifully. In short, this is a fantastic machine and I would buy it again in a heart beat. If I could give it 10 stars I would.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I love my Janome 500E. It embroiders so beautifully. I never have any problems with the tension or needles breaking like I have with other brands. The embroidery hoops are large so I can make the items I had been wanting to do. This is a five star machine!
Super machine
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had the machine for almost a year now and I love it. I am taking it with me when I die. I also do some large scale quilting designs on it. I just mark the center mark with a water soluble mark and then jog the needle to that mark. I too thought I would need a cloth setter, but with the ability to jog the needle to the center I have found I do not need the cloth setter.
Embroidery 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my machine about a year and love all that I am learning to do. I love the different size hoops and the look of the finished project. I have had trouble from the beginning with the needle threade and finally just don't try to use it. I am sad that my dealer closed and I have not been able to find another in my area.
LOVE MY 500E!!!!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my machine for 2 years and LOVE it. This is my first embroidery machine. It is very easy to use and I was embroidering within 2 hours of bringing it home and setting it up. Still working on keeping letters from a font that I have downloaded to stay together as words when trying to arrange the word.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

After loving my 9900, I decided to purchase the 500E for larger hoops and b/c I sew on my 9900. I wanted to be able to sew and embroider at the same time. I have not had any problems with either machine and would recommend them to anyone. The shop where I purchased it is always helpful and encourages us to try new things. They have a super guy who I get to service each machine once a year.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

A fabulous machine ! I have nothing but good things to say about it ! It amazes me everyday what all it stitches beautifully.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I love this machine. I’ve had mine for 1 year with no was easy to is not finicky about thread. I use all different brands. Needle threader works 99% of the time. So much fun.
500E - A wonderful machine
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I absolutely love my machine. It is so easy to use. I have had it about 18 months. I love the fact that the hoop attachment is so easy to use and reach. I have had issues with making quilts on the 11000 having to reach back to attach and remove the hoop that put me in therapy for my shoulder. Just finished my Hoopsisters 2018 Mystery Quilt. No shoulder problems. This machine is a workhorse.
Love this machine
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I’ve never had an embroidery machine, however, I love this one. Works beautifully, all designs come out great. My only problem is bobbin winding. For some reason, the thread is ending up 7nder the bobbin, so I fill bobbins on my 8900QCP.
Janome 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have had my machine over a year now and was intimidated to use it for the first few months after purchase but the wonderful people at the dealer's store offered a class to introduce all of its features, now I love my machine. I have done various ITH projects and have done an edge to edge quilt, small, and it turned out beautifully.
Janome Love
Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Memory Craft 500E is an upgrade from my Memory Craft 350E. I had the best of times with my MC350E. Many of my projects include embroidery and specialty techniques. Now with the MC500E my creativity has expanded. I am enamored with the easy transition into using my machine and everything so far has exceeded my expectations. So love my MC500E.
Love my 500e
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I’ve had my machine for about 2 years now and love it! Loving the larger hoops. Just ordered the Acufil Quilt Kit so can’t wait to try that. Only complaint is that the needle threader is not as simple to use
Love the 500e
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I love working with my 500e. I would like a larger hoop to accommodate some of the more current patterns but maybe my next machine😇
enjoying every minute!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I have owned my 500E since February and have used it a great deal. Love the look and ease of the design and the performance is quality!
My MC 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I absolutely love this machine. I’ve had it almost a year now and made lots of beautiful things!
Best Christmas gift ever!
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Went out to buy a sewing machine and saw the MemoryCraft 500E. That ended a new sewing machine. I was hooked. I love my new embroidery machine and have been learning about it and making all kind of wonderful things! My only concern is the size of it as you can't remove the embroidery arm for transporting or storage. Other than that, couldn't be happier. Wonderful machine.
Love, Love my machine
Thursday, July 26, 2018

What do I love about this machine????? Well, I had a 300e and this machine does everything that one didn't do and more. I love that it cuts between MOVES and colors! I love the range of hoop sizes as well. I have fallen in love with "in the hoop embroidery" and the large size hoop helps to make some great projects. Worth every dime.....
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I’ve had my mc500 since they came out. It has been an awesome machine. Works great every time.
MC 500 E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

This is my 3rd Janome, and my first dedicated embroidery machine. I've had it over a year and it is a great machine. The stitches are neat and even, and the software is easy to navigate. I've had NO messy stitch-outs! I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a solid, reliable embroidery machine.
My MC500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

WHAT CAN I SAY I love my 500E I have had it now almost 2 years. I HAVE 4 MACHINES STARTING WITH MY OLD GIRL MC8000. MC9500,MC300E, AND MY BIG GIRL MC500E, I use them all and I do so many things , quilting , sewing, machine embroidery on so many things I love my machines and have even bought some for family and friends , plus some accessories to go with the 500E ,cloth setter, the Aucfit tool love that , I do use the embroidery editor a lot. love all the 4 hoops even though I have many for my mc9500,m300E so I can plan my sewing and machine embroidery for the day.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I LOVE my MC500E It is a great machine. Extremely user friendly, great price and quality. Sews out beautifully!
Janome 500E
Thursday, July 26, 2018

I love my machine, I just think Janome should make it so it doesn't have to be oiled. That is a chore that I don't like. I use the machine almost daily and it has to be oiled more than I like. Other than that it is a really good machine.
Lois jean
A passion of mine
Friday, July 27, 2018

I love having the unlimited possibilities of this machine. The ideas come and the machine stitches them out. It makes my sewing room complete. With it I feel if I dream it, I can achieve it.
Friday, July 27, 2018

It seems to embroider very nicely.
Love my 500E
Friday, July 27, 2018

I’ve had my 500E for little over a year. It is an upgrade from a 300. The selling point for me was the larger hoops. It sews out great. I absolutely love how it clips both the top and bottom threads. No more spider webs on the back of a project. The machine is tricky to carry but my husband does a great job. The needle threader was a minor problem. When it even failed to work for my dealer, he installed a new one that works great. All in all, I recommend this machine as great quality at a reasonable price.
Best machine so far
Friday, July 27, 2018

First I had a 300E embroidery machine. I loved it. But then my local dealer had a class to try out the 500E embroidery machine. I went and found out there is so much more to the 500E than the 300E. I purchased it that day. Traded in the 300E machine. The best move I could have made. I absolutely LOVE this machine. I have done so much from gifts, personal, baby, adults. Most of my designs I buy from an Embroidery Library site, couldn't be any easier. I download the designs to a memory stick, insert the stick in the 500E and away I go. I have another Janome machine that I use for sewing and the 500E for embroidery. Love the Janome brand, have never had an issue with either machine. Would recommend the 500E to anyone who is interested in embroidery.
Embroidery 500E
Friday, July 27, 2018

Have had my 500E for 4 months and absolutely love it. I can use just about any kind of thread and/or pre-wound bobbins. I have two other Pfaff embroidery machines and I found this to be the easiest of them all.
My Workhorse
Friday, July 27, 2018

Bought this machine as my 3rd embroidery machine. It is my favorite and is really the only one I use for embroidery. Love everything about it. I also feel that the finished embroidery stitch is better than the other 2 machines I had previously. Would definitely buy this machine again.
Robin Clark
Friday, July 27, 2018

I was a first time embroidery machine user, I got her when they first came out. LOVE it very easy to learn how to use, Love adding detail to the baby and children clothes I make. Love all my Janomes
Beth Hull
Friday, July 27, 2018

I have so much fun learning my new 500E. I have 2 other Janome machines and love using all 3 making lots of fun projects for my home and also gifts for my friends. The 500e has been a whole new sewing experience for me and I have learned so much. If I could ask one thing of Janome it would be to direct me to more learning materials besides the manual because I am sure the machine can do so much more than I am using it for. My special interest is in learning how to create and assemble quilt blocks.
Best for the money
Saturday, July 28, 2018

I love my machine and am so glad that I updated. At my age,it is so easy to operate with easy directions The staff at the store that I bought it from,is the best and so helpful!!!!Thanks everyone for your help.
krafty 14
Love it!
Saturday, July 28, 2018

I worked my way through 3 or 4 combos until they got too heavy for me. The best thing I ever did was go for the 500e and a Skyline 7. Now I can sew while embroidering. The results are always great. My only con is the oiling of the machine. It takes forever and involves moving the machine a lot. Do any of the dealers offer a deal to just oil the machine? Within reason. Thanks for a great machine!
Janome 500E
Saturday, July 28, 2018

I have been sewing with Janome for many years starting with the mc8000. Cannot beat their quality. I just upgraded from the 300e (kept the 300 though). I am totally impressed with this new machine. I just purchased the acu-quilt program and am looking forward to learning all I can do with it. Love the extension table for larger size embroideries and of course the larger hoops. If you have been using Janome embroidery machines this new one is very intuitive even for a grandma nearing her 80th. Love this machine.
Janome 500e
Sunday, July 29, 2018

I love my 500e. I've had it a year or so and it keeps getting better. The larger hoops are great, and having a color display makes choosing the design and colors so much easier. Everything stitches out so nicely.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Have really enjoyed this machine. We were fortunate to be able to purchase one for school for the coming year! Can't wait to see what the kids are able to do with it! My only personal issue is downloading patterns from on-line and getting them save into the correct place so the machine will read them.
Nice machine
Monday, July 30, 2018

I upgraded from my first embroidery/sewing Brother machine to the Janome MC 500E. I have really enjoyed it. A couple areas and the screws you have to deal with to oil it are a bit tricky, but doable. I really enjoy the larger embroidery field to work with. I would recommend this machine to any embroidery enthusiast!
Monday, July 30, 2018

I have had my 500E for a year and really love it. It is so easy to use and does a great job! Everything looks so professional!
Monday, July 30, 2018

I have never done any embroidery and I simply love this machine. So much fun watching it work for me! Easy setup and easy to design gifts too. I am making my own labels for quilts and they are so much fun and add some charm to the quilts.
I stayed with Janome!
Monday, July 30, 2018

I purchased my MC350E in 2008 and have been very pleased with it. When I decided to upgrade to a machine that has a larger hoop I stuck with Janome. I've had my MC500E for several years now and am very pleased with it. Love the needle threader which is different than the one on the MC350E. I really like that the arm is towards the inside of the machine. It gives me just a bit more room than some other brands. One other thing that has made me a Janome fan is that in all these years with the MC350E and the MC500E (and my Janome Magnolia sewing machine) I haven't needed any servicing other than blowing out the machines and oiling. I have never had to take my machines in for repairs. I love Janome embroidery and sewing machines.
Janome 500e
Monday, July 30, 2018

I really, really love my machine. Am new to embroidery and it has been easy to use and learn. Still have so much more to learn and looking forward to doing a a lot of quilting on the machine. Have purchased the acu-quilt program. Just need to find the time to learn how it all works!!!
Love it, but needs to rotate designs too large
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I love my machine. It is a joy to work with. Mesmerizing watching it embroider. However, I buy a lot of designs online and many times I have to ask the designer to rotate the files for me so they'll fit the hoop. I've never had to do that with my other machines. PLEASE fix this problem. It's embarrassing when the designer says "yeah, we have that problem with JEF files."
Embroidery 500
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I love the machine easy to use and works beautifully.
Best so far!
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Since 2001 I've owned five different embroidery machines (all Janome, naturally) with the 500E being the current machine and it is 'the' best so far. I love the larger hoops and this was the main reason for upgrading. I don't bother digitising my own designs, although have done a few times, but I would prefer to spend my time sewing and/or embroidering designs I've downloaded from the internet. I like to add embroidery to clothing I make and mostly it's quite unobstrusive but that depends on the garment and it's intended use. Sometimes it might be my own logo, which is quite simple but something I like to include for a truly personal touch. I think the maintenance instructions in the manual are a huge bonus and saves a trip to a repair shop for something so simple that we (as owners) can do ourselves. I maintain my other machines and have done for many years, it's not really rocket science and if done on a regular basis, then problems are avoided. My preference is for separate sewing and embroidery machines, rather than a combo...been there and would much prefer to continue sewing while the emb machine is doing her thing, so in future models I would like to see more of the TOL machine emb features brought across to the standalone emb machines. Can't really comment on the included trial copy of the software as due to ongoing PC problems, my trials were exceeded and I was unable to use the software and a request for a workaround were ignored. The 500E produces perfect stitching and I have no complaints in this regard and won't hesitate to upgrade to whatever the next standalone model may be in a few years time.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

This is a very high quality embroidery only machine for a reasonable price. I have a Bernina 700 and a Janome MC 11000SE. The 500E is simple to use -- more so than the Bernina 700 -- so the 500E is my go-to machine to do a quick project. Love my 11000SE too!
MC 500
Thursday, August 2, 2018

I was given my machine for Christmas almost 1-1/2 yrs ago. It is a workhorse of a a machine, but I wish the screen was larger to read. And wireless option could be added.
LOVE my Machine
Friday, August 3, 2018

This has to be the perfect machine, 4 sizes of hoops, easy to use, easy to take to classes, and almost never a problem. I adore my machine.
Janome 500E
Friday, August 3, 2018

Love my Embroidery machine. Janome knows how to build a reliable machine. The large hoops the ease of learning the machine. I stepped out of my comfort zone and embroidered on faux leather. WOW! is all I can say . design came out perfect. If yo are looking for quality and ease look no further Janome 500E is the machine for embroidery.
S. D. Ward
Saturday, August 4, 2018

WOW - just WOW. I have so loved this machine. The part I love the BEST, the ease of down loading designs. It makes it so much fun to find and design so many special things for my self, my family and friends and for paying customers. Thank you for the amazing ease.
Sorbachfarms Designs
Sunday, August 5, 2018

great machine, but has many glitches that I have not had with other machines. Satin Stitch can not o very wide and says thread break a lot when going from one part of embroidery to another, very annoying!
Love this machine!
Friday, December 21, 2018

This embroidery machine is a lot of fun to use and creates beautiful designs. What else can I say? It's a Janome!
hoop sizes
Saturday, June 8, 2019

The 500e is a great machine! The only downside Is that the hoops sizes are not "industry standard". Why a 7.9 x 11 when everyone else has 8 x 12? That small difference keeps 500e users from using the larger digitized designs. I think it also gives the other brands a step up from Janome because of the size difference! A removeable arm would also be nice for transport, but there are ways around that irritation.
Needle Threader not a plus
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Love the machine but the needle threader has virtually never worked. Very annoying and slows me down! Simpler is better!
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Have had this machine since it came out. Only today, when I came to this site, did I realize this machine has to be oiled frequently, and I had no idea we could do that ourselves. Went to the manual. Instructions horrible. Thanks You-Tube!! Great video. oiled my machine, works great!!! Saved me many trips to the dealer. I also broke a USB drive, but that was a learning lesson. Love Janome, but they need to upgrade their embroidery area to at least a 14 x 14 in order to keep up with the competition!!
Sandy Jo
Great Machine
Monday, November 23, 2020

I've had my machine for about three years and it does a great job, however, oiling this machine is not easy. Luckily, there is a video on Youtube to show how to oil it but oh my, you better have patience. Now i know why they charge so much - next time, I'll probably pay to have it done.
Psycho Kitty
Sunday, February 24, 2019

I just bought this machine. The only reason I replaced my last Janome Elna machine is because it wouldn’t quilt large quilts in the hoops. I tried this today and I am in love :) I also tried 1 of the embroidery patterns and it went well. Three things that bug me. 1. I don’t like the new needle threading 2, There isn’t a compartment for storing bobbins, needles, brush, screw driver etc 3. I don’t know if I will like having to oil the machine...will have to talk to my dealer All in all, I am glad I purchased this machine ❤️

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