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Janome's largest stand-alone embroidery machine, the Memory Craft 550E, is a perfect companion to your sewing machine. Personalizing your projects has never been easier or faster now that you can use the new RE36b hoop that provides an embroidery field of 7.9" x 14.2" with magnetic clips. Your built-in embroidery library contains 180 embroidery designs, that include classic designs, floral alphabets, in-the-hoop monsters and Sashiko designs. Add in 6 fonts, and the possibilities are endless. The MC550E comes with an extra wide extension table, four embroidery hoops, the already mentioned RE36b hoop, SQ20b 7.9" x 7.9", RE20b 5.5" x 7.9" and SQ14b 5.5" x 5.5". 

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 MC550E’s LCD color touchscreen.

Key Features
Automatic Thread Cutter
Superior 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 14.2” with magnetic clips
  • 180 built-in designs
  • 6 fonts for monogramming
  • Anti-kink thread guide
  • Patent pending hoop levers on RE36b hoop
  • 2 and 3 letter monogramming
  • Embroidery sewing speed: 400-860 SPM
  • Flexible stitch traveling (by units of 1, 10, 100, 500)
  • 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
Model Comparison
Memory Craft 550E
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 Superior Needle Threader
Needle Up Down Not Available
Free Arm No
Drop Feed No
Needle Position Not Applicable
Locking Stitch Button No
Twin Needle Guard No
Number of Stitch Combination Not Available
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 180
Fonts for Monogramming 6
Maximum Embroidery Size 7.9" x 14.2"
Design Transfer Options USB
Embroidery Sewing Speeds 860
Embroidery Format .JEF, .JEF+, .JPX
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, 100 and 500
Auto Return Post Thread Break Yes
Adjustable Hoop Positioning Yes
Thread Brand Selection
Janome, Robison-Aton, Madeira, Mettler
Available Hoops
RE36b Hoop (7.9" x 14.2") SQ20b Hoop (7.9" x 7.9") RE20b Hoop (5.5" x 7.9") SQ14b Hoop (5.5" x 5.5") RE28b Hoop (optional) (7.9" x 11") RE10b Hoop (optional) (1.5" x 5.5") HH10b Hoop (optional) (1.5" x 3.5") ASQ18b Hoop (optional) (7.2" x 7.2")

Compare the ease of embroidering on the MC15000 before purchasing this machine
Thursday, November 14, 2019

I have the MC15000 and in hindsight wished I had purchased a separate sewing machine and embroidery machine or so I thought. Because I embroider a lot it reduces available sewing time. Wanting to stay with Janome brand I purchased the 550E instead of another sewing machine as there is no better model for sewing than the MC15000. I admit I did not do my homework very well. This machine does not have a lot of the features in the MC15000 sewing/embroidery machine- those differences are: 1) uses a different software program for editing designs, 2) does not use the ipad technology - that is amazing on the MC15000 3)changing the bobbin holder involves removing the plate with a screw (MC15000 is a very quick process) 4) no automatic foot raise 5) screen is much smaller 6) needle threader is not automatic and the manual one does not work very well. The one thing I do like is the embroidery frame access on the side instead of behind the machine. What I would like to see is the Janome MC15000 technology that only does embroidery and one that only sews - split the MC15000 into two separate machines.
Superior Machine
Friday, February 5, 2021

I am new to machine embroidery. This machine is easy to use and provides for perfect stitching every time. Love that it comes with larger sized hoops for every project.
Fabulous machine
Thursday, February 18, 2021

I absolutely love machine embroidery on my Janome 550e. The machine stitches out beautifully! Plus the "on screen" editing software in the actual machine is fabulous!!!
Embroidery Only - the perfect companion machine
Friday, February 19, 2021

My mom always said you should focus on being good at one thing. The 550E's mom must have told her the same thing :-) -- this is a great option if you are already in love with your existing sewing machine, but still want the fun and functionality of embroidery. Here in the S4H studios, we like to be able to switch over the 550E and let it do its thing while continuing to sew on another model. And.... that giant hoop is fantastic. We used it to design our stunning set of Peace Pillows.
Designing Woman
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

This is a wonderful embroidery machine. It's often under-estimated over-looked because of its boxy shape but it's just as capable of precise stitching as other more expensive top-of-the-line machines and has a huge embroidery field. Only criticism I have is that the motor is unnecessary loud but that's only when the arm is moving into position.
Love it!
Saturday, August 28, 2021

I am really enjoying this machine. I’ve had Berninas and Brothers, this is my first Janome. It has enough features to make it user friendly and easy, and not so many to complicate things. I love the hoops! It comes with 4 hoops that are sized just enough bigger than the other brands that they are easy to use for in the hoop appliqué projects. That is what I do primarily. The big one is really big enough for most projects and has nice quick release corners. Included is some rubber stick on tape that adds non slip to the hoop, and magnets as an extra hold on the large ones. It doesn’t come with the RE28b so I added it to complete the set. It is perfect for 6X10 in the hoop. I had bought another brand embroidery only machine and hated it enough to want to trade it in. The dealer pointed me toward this one and I am glad she did!

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