Janome Memory Craft 9700 Sewing Machine Review

Today we have a special treat– 2 sewing machine reviews in one! Jenn from A Jennuine Life, just bought her little girl her very first machine, and offered to include a review for that machine as well. Read Jenn and Arden’s review below, and then keep scrolling to find out some of our favorite projects from both of them.


 

1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?

I have a Janome Memory Craft 9700, which I’ve had for three years.  I call her Jane.  Here she is – isn’t she pretty?

2. Are there any features that you love about your machine?  Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?

I purchased my machine for the finesse features: a wide variety of stitches and embroidery capabilities, automatic buttonholes, needle up/down position to name a few, but it’s been her ability to power through multiple layers of thick fabrics which has won my undying love.  Examples of Jane’s prowess can be seen in my DIY upholstery sofa rehab and in the leather coat I sewed for the refashion challenge in Project Run & Play.  My standard foot has a leveling button which prevents the needle from getting bound up against the foot which really comes in handy when sewing across a seam with four layers of heavy fabric.

I have a love/hate relationship with the bobbin sensor.  It’s good to be reminded that it’s getting low, but I can usually sew several more yards before it’s completely out and it does get annoying having the beeping and pausing of the machine as it checks the thread level.

3. If your machine suddenly disappeared– what would you look for in a new machine?

I would probably get a very similar machine.  I’m not sure if I would get the embroidery features again.  I haven’t utilized that as much as I had anticipated.

4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?

If my friend sewed nearly daily as I do, then I would recommend this machine to her.  If my friend only sewed on occasion, then this is more than she would need and the price is relative to the features.

I would definitely recommend sewing for more than just a few moments on a machine.  Take a class or a workshop if you can to really get a feel for the function of the machine.  Thread and change threads several times.

5. What is your favorite project that you made with your current sewing machine?  

It would have to be the leather moto jacket I made for the refashion challenge of Project Run & Play.

6. If you and your sewing machine were given a free roundtrip ticket to any city in the world, where would you travel and why?
I think I would take my machine to one of the fashion capitols of the world – Paris or Milan.  How cool would it be to sew surrounded by all that inspiration?


 



I recently purchased a sewing machine for my four year old daughter; another Janome and have been sharing her journey as I teach her to sew in my Tiny Sewists: Teaching Kids to Sew series.  I thought this would be a nice opportunity to give Arden’s and my opinions on her less expensive model.


1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?



Arden has a Janome Hello Kitty 18750 that she received at Christmas this year.  I was planning to purchase the less expensive 15822, but on Cyber Monday, Jo-Ann had all Janome Hello Kitty models on sale for 50% off with free shipping so I was able to upgrade to the much nicer machine for less than the model at which I had been looking.


 


2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?

I’ve sewn on this machine enough to give an opinion.  For the cost, it is a very solid and sturdy machine.  The fabric feeds in smoothly and surely – a feature which has made teaching Arden to guide the fabric so much more easily than some entry level machines I’ve sewn with.  The electronic displays with simple controls are nice without becoming confusing.  The speed selection is probably Arden’s favorite feature, as she likes sewing slowly for the time being.

So far, I can’t find anything worthy of a trip out the window.

3. If your machine suddenly disappeared– what would you look for in a new machine?

I would absolutely get the exact same machine as a replacement.

4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?

Similar to what I said about my machine, I would recommend this to any of my friends who isn’t contemplating a machine which will be used on a daily basis.  I think this machine could handle that level, but if you’re doing that much sewing, you might want a few more features.  This is more than just a basic machine and would handle the needs of probably abut 70% of the general sewing population.  I don’t anticipate Arden outgrowing this machine until she’s an adult.

5. What is your favorite project that you made with your current sewing machine?  

It would be Arden’s first project with her new machine – a pillowcase she made!

6. If your sewing machine was a cupcake, what flavor would it be?


A strawberry cupcake with swirly frosting!

 


Thank you so much Jenn and Arden! Both of these sewists are incredibly talented! To see more of their work you can check out Jenn’s fantastic Tiny Sewist Series, her amazing Project Run and Play entries, and this awesome playhouse.

DIY PVC Playhouse by A Jennuine Life

She’s also releasing her first pattern soon– The Birthday Matinee Dress! Subscribe to her blog, to make sure you don’t miss it!

Birthday Matinee Dress -- Jennuine Design

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