My new Janome Memory Craft 14000

The UPS man brought me something super exciting this week… a new sewing machine! This whole story begins a couple weeks ago when 2 things happened about exactly the same time: my little sister got an embroidery machine and my Bernina 1530 broke. Well, it turns out that the Bernina can be fixed. But during that in-between period when I was thinking that I might need a new sewing machine I started looking at sewing/embroidery combination machines because, well, why not? My sister has one! LOL. Do we ever really change?

UPDATE: I love this sewing machine so much, I put it on my list of the best Sewing Machines to Buy on Amazon.

Unfortunately, the people at my Bernina dealership have always come off as snobby when I took my 1530 in for cleaning. And the lady didn’t even offer to show me her newer models when I was there with a possibly broken, unfixable machine. I know they have wonderful machines, but I want to feel comfortable in the shop. Is that too much to ask?

So I drove over to the Janome quilt shop – where the owner has always treated me like a friend. I fell in love with the Janome Memory Craft 1500 because it was big (lots of room for quilts), the Accufeed dual-feed feature is amazing (so many options!), and it stitched out beautiful embroidery! But the price tag was over my budget.

Then I discovered that the Janome Memory Craft 14000 is almost the same sewing machine as the 15000 (less the wireless capability and some of the included stitches and embroidery designs), but at a much lower price! 

Now I take you to the photo above which was right after I separated the two boxes and hefted them up 15 stairs to my sewing room. I was all alone and so excited to share the moment with someone that I recorded a Facebook live video. I’m almost too embarrassed to share it with you. I had no make up on, and obviously this is my first ‘unboxing’ video because I didn’t cut open the boxes beforehand and I’m sure I look like an idiot trying to hold the phone and open them at the same time. So maybe you shouldn’t watch it. 🙂

But I did eventually get it open and look how beautiful she is! There are so many accessories and extra little ‘toys’ that came with this sewing machine, it was like Christmas for me.

Here she is all set up in my work space and let me tell you, this is truly a dream machine!

I have my first real sewing project all cut out and ready to sew, but I couldn’t wait one minute more to try the embroidery module.

These are my first 3 embroideries! They are designs that came with the Janome 14000, stitched out in one color of thread on some red fabric that I happen to have a lot of. You can see in the one on the left I just kept stitching designs until the hoop was full!

I was up until 2 am playing, he he.

And then the next day I pulled out some black linen and stitched these roses (another included design) with my favorite colors of Aurifil 50wt thread (I got them from Fat Quarter Shop).

I can hardly wait to try the Accufil hoop that lets you actually quilt quilts with it.

My kids’ spring break is next week so that means I won’t get nearly as much time as I want to keep learning about my new Janome 14000. But you can expect updates from me as I time goes on. 🙂

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.


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  1. You can never go wrong with Nedra helping you! I am a satisfied & returning Sewingmachinesplus customer. Have fun with your new baby!

  2. I just purchased a Janome Memory Craft 9900. I was just looking for a low end embroidery machine to see if I would do enough embroidery to get a bigger machine. Well, long story short, my local quilt store had this sewing/embroidery machine on a very good closeout sale because Janome changed some things on the new 9900 so she could cut the price. Yippee for me but not so yippee for my pocket book! 🙂

    My previous back up machine and a cabinet that it fits in ok are going to my sister in law. She is thrilled to get a free machine to replace her old one.

    Win, win situation!

    Enjoy your new machine.


    1. Yay! I think I might have enough readers who do machine embroidery to start a monthly post or two about it. What do you think?

  3. I broke down and got the 14000 as well although not from the same vendor. It arrived a few weeks ago and I’m in awe of all it can do. A bit perplexed, however, that there’s not my "hype" about this model. Most of the 15000 You Tube videos apply and even some from th 12000. Just wish there was more about this specific machine.

  4. Please tell me your thoughts on the Janome 14000 – now that you have had almost a year! Thanks Susan

    1. Hi Susan – I absolutely love it. The dual feed feet are wonderful for all kinds of sewing and I’m so happy there is a narrow dual feed foot too. The embroidery functionality is fabulous and has some of the largest hoops around, plus a tiny free arm one for tricky spots. I only wish that I hadn’t waited so long to get it. 🙂

  5. Hi Caroline I’ve had my machine for a week now, bought it sight unseen after researching on the net and watching your review video. Some things aren’t new to me because I have a 6600, good thing as there is a lot to learn about the embroidery functions on the 14000. I live in a very rural district and ordered it from the "local" quilt shop which deals in Janomes. The dealer drove four hours to pick up the machine and then I drove two hours to get to her shop. I spent the day learning with her, packed it up again and brought it home. I have so far embroidered a snowflake and programmed a quilt label (a lot of the reason for looking at another machine) and now am planning to sew the label – and then make the cot quilt to put it on. The manual is good, but limited, and I agree that not all the material on the net which pertains to the 15000 is useful, and some dedicated information would be lovely.
    Cheers – Janet in New Zealand

  6. Hi Caroline,

    I love your videos.
    I see you got Bernina 770 nice maschine. My question is if you would need to keep only one maschine which one would you choose – janome mc14000 or bernina 770 and why?


    1. They are both wonderful sewing machines!
      The Janome MC14000 is excellent at embroidery (big hoops!) and I love the wide and narrow even feed feet with different foot attachments. Accessories are affordable.
      The Bernina is fast and precise and wonderful at quilting. Accessories are very expensive.
      I can’t pick a favorite – you really need to try both to compare. 🙂

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