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Overview and Features
Designed for pro use, this model offers a wide range of computerized features that are designed to boost production speed, making this model a perfect choice for your home business.
The included user’s manual does a great job of explaining each feature and how to adjust the settings.
Some of the machine’s top features include:
- An LED display which shows alerts, stitch numbers, and the low bobbin indicator
- Auto thread cutter
- Four buttonholes
- Sixty-six stitches
- Knee lift
- Drop feed control
- Nine-inch sewing space
- Needle position memory
- Drop feed control
- Black and script monogram stitching
- Independent bobbin winder
- Needle position memory
- Seven-millimeter stitch width
- Five-millimeter stitch length
If you are new to sewing and quilting, and are just learning the ropes using a sewing machine, this machine isn’t exactly what we would call beginner-friendly. If you’re new to sewing, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9980 sewing machine is a much better option.
But the serious seamstress or quilter will love this model by Janome because it’s perfect for both regular sewing projects and free motion quilting.
For an in-depth look at beginner-friendly quilting and sewing machines, read our detailed review and guide to help you find the perfect one for you.
As we mentioned above, this model comes with four buttonholes and sixty-six stitch options, which is more than you’re ever going to need. The machine is equipped with a variety of quilting and decorative stitches, so you won’t be limited to basic up and down stitching. The four buttonholes allow you to take on a wide range of projects, making this model incredibly versatile.
Choosing a new stitch is pretty easy. Right below the section where you’ll find the length and width buttons is the panel called the stitch selector. These buttons allow you to quickly go through the stitch options until you find the one you want. Other models will require you to scroll through several pages in the stitch directory, which can be pretty tedious and time-consuming.
The stitches have been broken down into four categories, which makes it fast and easy to choose the stitch you want.
This model comes with some great automatic features that can speed up the entire sewing and quilting process.
The thread tension control will prevent loose stitches and fabric bunching.
The automatic bobbin winder also makes it easy to breeze through a project.
The automatic thread cutter feature makes completing designs and seams feel effortless and there is also a memory function for the thread cutter, which will come in handy. The memory function allows the machine to remember when and where to cut the thread.
Additionally, there’s also an automatic threader which can help you get started on a new project quickly.
This model is capable of remembering or learning a number of settings, so it will behave exactly the way you want it to.
In addition to the thread cutting memory function, the machine can also remember the user’s preferred needle position.
The Memory Craft has a total of five memory banks and is also able to remember your last stitch, so you’ll be able to continue right where you left off.
Stitch and Speed
With just the touch of a button adjusting the width and length of the stitches is simple. Users are also able to adjust the sewing speed in order to customize their entire sewing experience.
With a seven-millimeter max width and five-millimeter max length, users can find the perfect stitch size for their projects. Adjusting the length and width is very simple. Pressing the plus or minus buttons will allow you to get the right size.
This model also allows users to customize their stitches a step further using the individual and combination stitch editing function.
Like other high-priced models, the machine also comes with a twin guard button that will automatically adjust the width of certain stitches.
The built-in speed slider allows users to select the speed.
Adjusting Foot Pressure
The foot lift is extra high, so users can adjust it until they achieve the preferred pressure. There are four settings in all ranging from zero to three. The first setting is the perfect choice for fine fabrics such as silk, while the third setting is the best choice for regular sewing.
The large LCD display is easy to read and displays important info such as sewing speed, stitching choice, and more.
With this model dropping the feed dog is easy, allowing users to do free motion quilting or sewing without the worry of damaging the fabric.
To use, just push down on the lever, which is found on the base. Sliding the lever to the left raises the feed dog.
When you’re using certain stitches the machine automatically lowers the feed dog.
This model comes with a variety of accessories including:
- Specialized bobbin
- Multiple pressure feet-1/4-inch seam, sliding buttonhole, three-way cording, automatic buttonhole, open toe darning, zig zag, blind hem, open toe satin stitch, zipper, and four overedge feet.
- Customization and memory options
- Wide variety of stitch options
- Highly adjustable
- Large LCD display
- Plenty of automatic features
- Not very beginner-friendly