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Janome Memory Craft 9000

by D. Reed
(Muncie, IN)

Purchased in 2000 and used infrequently because I have another Elna SU.

In 2009, upon my retirement, it began to malfunction, in which case, I took it to the repair shop. I was told that it was one of the circuit boards which cost $500.00. The cost of all 4 new circuit boards would be $1500.00 which I cannot afford. I am very disappointed in the service and longevity of such an expensive toy.

My Elna SU is about 30 yrs old and never had any problems.

Note from the Editor: This has got to be so frustrating for you. To finally have the time to enjoy sewing and quilting, and then have the machine go KAPUT! like that. I know I had to replace a cracked foot pedal on my Viking Design I and it was over $100.

Have you written to Janome to see if they can offer some alternatives? Or maybe take the machine in in trade?

Readers, if you have experience with this machine you are invited to share them using the 'Comment' link found just below.

Thank you!


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Apr 01, 2019
Janome Memory Craft 9000
by: Mark

I have the MC 9000 and it is by far THE best machine I have out of 15! Everything works so beautifully I have no complaints.

The embroidery is limited because of the technology but I'm not into a lot of embroidery anyway. I monogram towels and maybe some pillowcases or something. But even with the software and scanner, I'm just not that interested in scanning and all that.

As far as sewing and quilting, I love this machine.

The knee lift is great. I have a bunch of memory cards for stitches and embroidery. I would definitely buy one for a backup machine. I use mine hardcore and I am so happy with it.

So smooth and very easy to use.

Even free motion quilting is great.

Feb 23, 2019
Amazing machine
by: Anonymous

I traded my MC8000 for the MC9000 when it came out 25+ years ago. The MC9000 is still going strong. Great machine, smooth sewing, no problems.

Feb 18, 2019
Just bought and not tried out yet
by: Anonymous

I read and ask all questions before I sit down to it. I’m a quilter and have a long arm for the quilting part. How is the best way to get 1/4 inch sewing on this machine

Nov 24, 2018
Janine lover
by: Grandma Deb

I bought the MC9000 as a back up the machine for my 9900 when my MC8000 finally died.

I don't expect it to last a long time, I bought it along with a Viking and a serger for $500 at an estate sale. She also threw in several other goodies from the sewing room, memory cards, scan n sew, threads and rolls of stabilizer.

It's a good machine, but it is a 30-year-old machine.

From the Editor: Sounds like you made a good bargain! There's a lot to be said for an older machine...a lot less to break.

Happy Quilting!


Apr 12, 2018
Older Computerized Machine that Will fail at some point
by: Joyce

I purchased this machine for 400 dollars at a dealer to use while I was in Florida. I used it only for 4 to 6 months a year until this year 2018.

The one motherboard went on it.

These things happen with computerized machines. I was told by a Bernina dealer that they usually start failing around the 10th year in most brands of machines. I have decided not to fix it. It still can sew but will often continue the sewing motion after I stop sewing. This machine was made in the 1990s and you need to think long and hard before buying one at anything but a very bottom price.

The embroidery portion of the machine is so outdated it should not be factored into the price.

Sep 03, 2012
Janome MC9000
by: Anonymous

My Janome MC 9000 is the best machine EVER! The smoothness of the stitches and ease of use cannot be beat by any of other machine. I have looked to upgrade and even test drove many other machines. No Can Do, none of them can even compare. If you get the chance to get one GET IT.

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