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As Unique As You: The Brand New Memory Craft 9900 from Janome Debuts Today

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We're proud to be an all-Janome studio here at Sew4Home. They have been sponsors since day one, and we literally wouldn't be able to do much of what we do without their generous support. We're always happy to shout from the mountaintops (if piles of fabric count as mountaintops) about the power and precision packed into every Janome we've ever used. But today... we've climbed even higher to raise our voices in amazement at their latest model. It's "As Unique As You" and it debuts today: the Memory Craft 9900: Sewing, Embroidery & Beyond.

Similar to my uncertainty about exactly what the "beyond" of Bed, Bath & Beyond covers, I had my initial suspicions this new model could live up to its slogan. Even when you love a product line as we love Janome, you still approach the new machines needing to be convinced. 

We're convinced.

Janome America sent us a prototype to test right before the holidays. It was fun right out of the box. The Memory Craft 9900 is the rare machine that lets you take your creative expression in any direction you can imagine. 

You can even express your mood by changing the face panel. It comes with three quick change face panels: red, teal and white. We understand there are more optional sets coming soon, and they are even thinking about taking suggestions from owners for additional color options. 

Even though we don't do a ton of embroidery on our projects here at Sew4Home, that doesn't mean we don't love the option. We've worked with the top-of-the-line Janome embroidery models down to their embroidery-only machines, so we've seen the full spectrum of embroidery features. The new MC9900 has an almost perfect balance of form and function. There are plenty of built-in designs, a full-range of on-screen editing options to manipulate and combine designs, and it has the most stable embroidery unit Janome has ever produced. It's enough to do everything I want to do without overwhelming me with options I may never use. 

There are 175 built-in designs, many of them brand new, including a number of exclusive designs from Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry. These choices are awesome, but your creativity isn't limited to what's built-in to the machine. It's super easy to bring in other designs. Just load them onto a memory stick – the MC9900 has a USB port. Oh yeah... this baby is smarter than me!

In addition to amazing embroidery, there are also 200 built-in stitches, many of them able to stitch up to 9mm in width. You can customize and combine stitches, and once you get a pattern you are particularly fond of, you can even save it, using the Favorite Stitch setting, to the machine's memory banks or to a memory stick. Look at these cute thread spool and needle designs below... they are part of the included "Play" stitches.

They are some new little things on this model I haven't seen before, like a bobbin winder plate with its own built-in cutting blades...

... an easy-threading bobbin case and cover plate, and an updated on-screen Sewing Assistant - help "videos" that provide step-by-step instructions for popular techniques, like inserting a zipper or creating a blind hem. It's like having your own personal sewing teacher standing by to help. 

There are also some great features you normally only get on top-of-the-line models, like extra bright lighting from multiple sources, a super fast internal processor so every touch screen command happens almost instantly, and a quick change needle plate to go from zig zag to straight stitching in seconds.

The Janome Memory Craft 9900 is considered to be a "mid-range embroidery model" but it felt like a high-end package to me. The best thing, as with all Janome machines, is how easy it is to use right out of the box. Very intuitive - no need to have a stack of manuals at your elbow. You can literally just thread and go – even if you've not done machine embroidery before.

You can see complete specifications and feature details at Janome America's website. There's also a free online Flip Book with instructions for many of projects I've shown today as well as other cool projects from their brochure. 

As always, we recommend a visit to your local sewing machine dealer in order to test this or any other model you are considering.

Because the machine is just starting to arrive at participating Janome America dealers across the US, specific pricing information wasn't available prior to our posting deadline. We encourage you to visit your local Janome Dealer to try the new machine for yourself and find out about any introductory specials.

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Comments (52)

Bee Smith said:
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I bought the 9900 as my retirement gift to myself.  I haven't done much sewing, other than mending, in many years.  However, I've completed several projects since getting this machine and I love it!  If you're thinking about it but you're not sure, go to your nearest dealer and try one out.  After purchasing, I signed up for one class, but plan to take more classes so I can take advantage of all this machine will do.

Debbie Wilson said:
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Update on the 9900. This is TRULY a dream machine. I have the Babylock Ellisimo Gold and love it. This machine is like sewing on a smaller version. Just as intuitive and the embroidery is gorgeous.

Debbie Wilson said:
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Between the 9900 and any Bernina -- it would be the 9900. Between a TOL Bernina dn the 15000 I'd get the 15000. Bernina is getting very finicky and not supportive.

Debbie Wilson said:
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I am seriously considering this machine. I have a Babylock Ellisimo Gold II which I love using. I wanted a smaller machine for classes and I didn't like the Ellure Plus at all -- the only smaller Babylock Alternative. I loved this machine. I hope the quality is there.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Debbie Wilson - we really did like working with and reviewing this machine. It's a great affordable option for embroidery plus sewing - very flexible. We do not work with the Babylock line at all, so I cannot provide a comparison. My reccomendation is always to "test stitch" any model you're interested in at your local dealer. 

Debbie Wilson said:
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I actually had a demo and was blown away with this machine and how intuitive it is. I meant I hope long term the quality is there. If so I will adore this machine. I have NEVER seen a machine that I like better and I have sewn on Bernina TOL and have a Babylock EGII. When I go back I will insist that I not be shown how to do things but supervised enough for me to get the feel of how it would be to work with it. I am reviewing the video on the machine operation I found on U tube. I hope they come out with the additional faceplates. I would LOVE to have one in PURPLE.

Ruth age 85 said:
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I have had janome sewing machines since the 9000 first came out in two thousand i purchased a 10000 machine i love my 9000 i have some 42 memory cards so i hate parting with this machine just started using my 10000 machine this past april i love it also would neve r have another machineIi have made at least 40 or more square dance outfits for a friend on my 9000 machine and it still works like a charm. Ilove sewing but have not seen a demonstration of the 9900 I am going this coming monday to see this beauty. I hope that I can afford anew one . If the price is wright its a go.   Thanks for listening Ruth

Kingston's grandma said:
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I took my Janome Memory Craft 9700 to my local Hood River,  Ore dealer so I could purchase the 9900.  She gave me a full trade in value.  I ended up with my trade in paying $4500.00, which is kind of expensive.   I didn't want to add more than a grand, but with her giving full trade in I went ahead and agreed on another $1500.00.  I was not in love with my Janome 9700 anymore it started sewing very croocked and would gum up on some embroidery projects.  If my new machine does the same, I will give up on Janome and move to another brand.  I sew to sell, and I need a great machine in order to do so.  So far I love the machine.  I loved the fact that my old designs transfer from my flash directly to my new machine, via usb cord.  

Dony said:
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This is the machine I want. Been looking a long time,  the prices are so different anywhere from $4500 to $2999.

i wish the prices were controlled a little better. HIgh in my area some I am forced to look out of town to be able to afford a fair price.  Would like to know the shop in Dallas TX that's selling them for an affordable price. And will ship. Any helpout there?

Kimberly Carroccia said:
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Dear Dony,

I am an individual in the Dallas area and I am selling my Janome Memory Craft 9900 if you are interested. I just purchased this machine which retails for $4999. I have had it for 2 months. I am upgrading to a larger machine. So this one is "Like New". I have everything included as well as extra needles, extra prethreaded bobbins and a rolling sewing machine carrier. Please email me at carroccia.k@gmail.com if you are interested. I am selling for $3500.

Thank you.

Cshields said:
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I just bought mine new in the box at my local dealer in Shelby Twp., MI for $2500 out the door. There is definitely room to negotiate on these machines.  

Pat G said:
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Great price.....What is the name of your local dealer?  I live in Toledo OH, would be willing to make the drive. Thx!!

Lynda Laver said:
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I will be picking mine up this week, has anyone freemotion quilted on it yet? I love to quilt and embroidrey ones are so beautiful.

Pam said:
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 I also own  a bernina and in my opinion, dare I say it, this janome 9900 is better for fmq. Wonderful stitches top and back.

Rita Davis said:
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Does anyone know of a place on the web that accepts trade-ins?  That's the only way I could afford it.  I have a Janome 9500 with all of the attachments, feet, case, hoops, etc to trade in.

aunty daisy said:
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this machine looks great ,im afraid way out of my price range . I have owended Janome machines all my life ,

          but im a little swaided by BERNIA ???CAN you give me your ADVISE of what you think between these 2 machines many thanks anne

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ aunty daisy - Sew4Home is sponsored by Janome and the brand is what we use in our studios. Janome would always be our first recommendation. Their machines are precise, super easy to use, and unbelievably reliable. I've yet to meet a Janome I didn't like. 

Jo B said:
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My local dealer has priced the 9900 for $3499 which is cheaper than the Mc8900QCP. I'm just waiting for it to come into stock so I can purchase. Very excited as I'm replacing a Janome that is 30 years old!!

Angela S. Pitt said:
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Hi 

I am looking at this machine, who is your local dealer? What city, state?

Roger said:
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Jo

give me a call can sell to you at a special price

0417 522 718

Chris said:
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Where did you buy it for 3299 in Dallas? What's the name of the store? 

Rho said:
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Hello, what city /state are you?  That's the best price I've seen for the 9900.  what's your dealers name?

thanks

rho in Texas

Jo B said:
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I'm in victoria, Australia. Dealers expecting it this week. 

Linda a said:
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It's not out in Australia yet, but I would love to own it

Gwenyth said:
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Saw it last week at the AQC Exibition in Melbourne last week. If I had the money I would buy one But only a pensioner. I think it was Aus $3899 without show special or maybe $3999

Wishfairy said:
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My mums just bought one and can't wait for delivery!!! Had a demonstration and looks fantastic. I am now saving to buy one.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Bobev - I'm sorry but we don't have the pricing information. Each dealership is independently operated and controls his/her inventory and pricing. The Janome site has a Dealer Locator so you can find one in your area. As we mentioned, the machines are delivering to stores this month, but your local dealer should have all the info you need.

Wishfairy said:
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My mums just bought one and can't wait for delivery!!! Had a demonstration and looks fantastic. I am now saving to buy one.

bamagal65 said:
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Best decision I ever made was switching to Janome machines.  I have a MC9700 and a Janome serger.  Love to do machine embroidery but am limited by the hoop size of the MC9700 so I will definately check out the hoop size on this new machine.  Sounds fantastic especially since it has a USB port.  Thanks for the article. It is always great to get a preview of new machines.

Sally M. said:
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It would be so wonderful to have a sewing machine like this.  I have a Singer with several different stitches but having a Janome that could do embroidery and everything else it does would be fantastic.  I'd be sewing more for sure. 

TimelessKreations said:
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That is nice, another add to my wish list, How much or what ball park is this going to sale at? I love it!!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ TimelessKreations - I'm sorry but we don't have the pricing information. Each dealership is independently operated and controls his/her inventory and pricing. The Janome site has a Dealer Locator so you can find one in your area. As we mentioned, the machines are delivering to stores this month, but your local dealer should have all the info you need.

Annie George said:
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Hi Liz,

This machine looks great.... I've been using a Singer and I am wanting to upgrade . I basically love to sew curtains, removable slip covers for furniture, cushion covers and sew costumes as well. Quilting is my new found hobby and I am looking for a Janome Sewing machine that can do all this. Can you recommend a few models you have tested and found excellent for sewing all these lovely designs you have on your website.I see that that you have recommended different machines for all your projects but I really need to shortlist them so I can make a decision. Thanks in advance. :)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Annie George - Our recommendation is ALWAYS to visit a local dealer and test out the machines for yourself. Everyone's needs are different. I've linked to two summary tutorials we did below (one on general machine shopping and one on embroidery machine shopping). If you love the ability to add embroidery to your work, this new MC9900 model is certainly one to "test-drive." If you are getting into quilting, take a look at the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP. You can find out more online about both models (visit janome.com), but using the machine(s) and talking with a dealer just can't be beat. The Janome site does have a dealer locator for the US.

Here are our links - the articles are from awhile back, and so some of the models have newer options, but the general information is still good:

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/buying-guide/monogram-week-what-s...

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/buying-guide/top-five-things-reme...

Maria Maese said:
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How big is the usable embroidery field? How many hoopings would it take to make a pillow?, or the jacket back that was shown?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Maria Maese - Click through to the MC9900 website for the answers to these questions and many more. The jacket back design was done in one hooping. There is an online project book with instructions for the jacket as well as the pillow and a full specifications chart showing the embroidery field for all the hoops. 

http://www.janomespecials.com/mc9900/

Whitney said:
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Could you please tell us what this model uses as a walking foot? Is it the new accufeed, or a regular walking foot? That's the one thing I can't figure out.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Whitney - It does not use the AcuFeed found on some of their other models. However, their standard (and really awesome) Walking attachment will be available very soon in the 9mm size. Follow-up with your local Janome dealer for more details on pricing and availability. 

gale65 said:
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I wish they would just tell us the price. I don't have a local shop to go see it. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ gale65 - I'm sorry but we don't have the pricing information. There is a dealer locator on the Janome site; perhaps their in a dealer in your surrounding area. Each dealership is independtly operated and contorls his/her inventory and pricing. 

kittyklaws65 said:
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 Yep that's me drooling! LOL How wonderful that you get to 'play' with such an amazing machine! The pillow is gorgeous. I don't have an embroidery machine so I'm jealous. The new up-to-date features are so amazing to me esp the 9 mm wide stitches! Wow.... The lighting is wonderful as we all know some machines are horrible. I've bought extra lights and unless they are under the throat plate as new ones are it's not helpful. 

I notice you have a knee lift also that's wonderful. One option I would love to have!!!!

Enjoy and please show off your embroidery so we can drool some more! LOL Janome surely rocks!! 

CSietz said:
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What a silly statement. The article says its a mid-range embroidery machine. I'll wait and see. Looks and sounds fantastic. 

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