Janome Memory Craft 500E Review - Reviewboard Magazine

Janome Memory Craft 500E Review

Janome Memory Craft 500E Review

If you know about the MC 350e then you probably know or have heard that Janome has recently upgraded/replaced it with the new MC 500e.  Just like the MC 15000 the MC 500e has a really nice big color touch screen display.  It’s quite a large upgrade from the MC 350e.

The embroidery hoops snap in and out very easily, button placement, even the embroidery arm is all new and improved. It has a really nice bright LED lighting system to see everything. They even threw a floppy disk in it so you could use the software you invested in ages ago on it.  Janome knew how to make you happy!

That said there is a still a USB port so people in this millennium can hook up their computers and edit/transfer/etc LOL!!


  • Maximum embroidery size: 7.9” x 11”
  • 160 built-in designs
  • 6 fonts for monogramming
  • 2 and 3 letter monogramming
  • Auto return post thread break
  • Automatically centers designs
  • On-screen editing
    • Enlarge/Reduce/Rotate
    • Flip
    • Drag and drop
    • Arc
    • Combine
    • Copy and paste
    • Grouping
    • Corner layout
    • Single color sewing
    • Zoom
    • 4 Way mirror imaging
  • Lock out key
  • Ability to edit on a computer and transfer to the machine via USB
  • Advanced needle threader
  • Advanced bobbin threader
  • Programmable stitch skip feature
  • Shift images by .5 degree increments
  • Ability to combine design and borders
  • Enlarge or decrease image size by 20%
  • Digitizer enabled
  • 2 Position presser foot lift
  • Automatically ties off and cuts thread before jumping to another part of the design
  • Ability to convert any embroidery design from multi-color to single color

The MC 500e was pretty simple to use. Out of the box we didn’t have to really refer to the manual much at all.  Once you thread the machine and select your stitch options it’s really straight forward. You touch what you want on the screen and it happens.

You snap the hoop on you want, select the design, and go.  You can sew with the following fabrics:

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Denim
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede

Included accessories:

  • Screw driver
  • Screwdriver key
  • 6 Spool caps [2 large/2 medium/ 2 small]
  • Oil dispenser
  • Lint brush
  • Scissors
  • Extra spool pin
  • Stylus
  • Needles
  • Bobbins
  • 4 Embroidery hoops
    • 2 Rectangle – 7.9″ x 11″ and 5.5” x 7.9”
    • 2 Square – 5.5” x 5.5” and 7.9” x 7.9”
  • USB cable
  • Owner’s manual
  • Instructional DVD
  • Soft dust cover
  • Extra wide extension table
  • Anti-slip sticker
  • 8 Clamps

The Janome MC 500e is a good machine.  It’s a solid starter machine that is capable of putting out some pretty impressive embroidery projects.   The biggest gripe I have with the Janome MC 500e is the size options are pretty limited, and you can’t alter designs that are made for the different sized hoops to interchange them.

I like the MC 500e quite a lot. I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.


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