Janome MC 15000 Review in Details


Janome MC 15000

About Janome

 Janome is a well-established and reputable brand in the sewing machine industry. Janome produces a wide range of sewing machines, including those designed for sewing, embroidery, and quilting. The company has a history dating back to the early 1920s and has since been known for its innovation and commitment to providing high-quality machines for various sewing applications.

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Below you will find the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine hand-picked by us to highlight both the good and bad points

Review of: Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine


Our Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Why is it Better?

  • 510 built-in stitches for versatile sewing.
  • 480 built-in embroidery designs for creative projects.
  • 13 one-step buttonholes for easy button sewing.
  • 7-piece feed dog for optimal fabric control.
  • Easy reverse button for reinforcing stitches.
  • Up to 4MB storage capability for design storage.
  • Adjustable knee lift for hands-free control.
  • Independent bobbin winding motor for multitasking.
  • Extra high presser foot lift for thick fabrics.
  • LCD Full-color touchscreen 7.7” x 4.7” for easy navigation.
  • Foot pressure and height adjustments for various fabrics.
  • Maximum stitch width: 9mm, Maximum stitch length: 5mm.
  • On-screen help for sewing applications.
  • Full intensity lighting system with 10 white LED lamps.
  • 15” Embossed stainless steel bed for ample workspace.
  • Retractable High Light and AcuView Magnifier for detailed work.
  • iPad apps: AcuDesign, AcuMonitor, and AcuEdit for creative control.
  • Semi Hard Cover and DVD included for protection and guidance.
  • Available hoops: GR, SQ23, SQ14, Free Arm FA10 for diverse embroidery options.

If you are considering  purchasing this excellent Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine, we have also included our standard diagram of ratings and lists of pros-cons



  • Versatile Embroidery and Stitching: With 510 built-in stitches and 480 embroidery designs, the machine offers a wide variety of creative options.

  • Large Embroidery Size: The maximum embroidery size of 9.1” x 11.8” allows for the creation of sizable and intricate designs.

  • Wireless Connectivity: The machine can connect wirelessly to iPad apps, providing convenience and flexibility in design transfer and editing.

  • AcuFeed Flex System: This layered fabric feeding system ensures smooth and precise fabric movement, particularly beneficial for quilting.

  • User-Friendly Touchscreen: The LCD full-color touchscreen (7.7” x 4.7”) and on-screen help make navigation and operation intuitive.

  • Diverse Editing Functions: The machine offers a variety of editing functions such as resize, combine, duplicate, and more, providing customization options.

  • Robust Construction: The heavy metal frame provides stability, and the machine weighs 34.6 lbs, striking a balance between portability and stability.



  • Price: High-end features often come with a higher price tag, making this machine a significant investment.
  • Complexity for Beginners: The abundance of features and options may be overwhelming for beginners, requiring time to learn and master.
  • Size and Weight: While the machine’s size and weight contribute to stability, they may be a drawback for users with limited space or those who prioritize portability.

 Heavy Metal Frame for Stability

The machine’s foundation lies in its robust heavy metal frame, ensuring stability and durability during intense sewing and quilting projects. This feature not only contributes to the machine’s longevity but also provides a stable platform for precise stitching.

 Portable at 34.6 lbs (15.7 kg)

Despite its sturdy build, the Janome MC 15000 is surprisingly portable, weighing in at 34.6 lbs (15.7 kg). This makes it easy to transport and set up in various crafting spaces, allowing you to pursue your creative endeavors wherever inspiration strikes.

 Compact Design with or without Embroidery Unit

The Janome MC 15000 boasts a versatile design, offering both compactness and flexibility. Whether with or without the embroidery unit attached, its ergonomic design ensures convenience and ease of use, adapting seamlessly to different project requirements.

 Generous Work and Bed Space

With a spacious work area and bed space, the Janome MC 15000 provides ample room for large projects. This expansive layout not only accommodates sizeable fabric pieces but also enhances visibility and accessibility, making every sewing and quilting task a breeze.

Free Arm and Flat Bed Convertible

The Janome MC 15000 Sewing machine’s adaptable nature allows it to transform effortlessly from a free arm configuration, ideal for cylindrical items like sleeves, to a flat bed for larger and more straightforward sewing tasks. This convertible feature adds versatility to your crafting experience.

Maximum Embroidery Size of 9.1″ x 11.8″

Embark on ambitious embroidery projects with the Janome MC 15000’s impressive maximum embroidery size of 9.1″ x 11.8″. This expansive workspace provides the canvas for intricate and detailed embroidery designs, allowing your creativity to flourish.

Embroidery Sewing Speed: 400 – 1,000 SPM

Craft with efficiency using the variable embroidery sewing speed feature of Janome MC 15000. Adjust the speed to your preference, ranging from 400 to 1,000 stitches per minute, catering to different embroidery intricacies and allowing for optimal customization.

 Embroidery Formats: .JEF, .JEF+, .JPX

The Janome MC 15000 supports various embroidery formats, including .JEF, .JEF+, and .JPX. This compatibility ensures seamless design transfer and broadens your creative horizons by allowing you to explore an extensive library of embroidery designs.

Maximum Stitch Width: 9mm

Experience versatility in stitch width with the Janome MC 15000, offering a maximum stitch width of 9mm. This feature allows for broader and more decorative stitches, enhancing the creative possibilities for your sewing and quilting projects.

Extensive Library of 480 Built-in Embroidery Designs

Fuel your embroidery inspiration with a vast library of 480 built-in designs. From intricate patterns to playful motifs, the Janome MC 15000 provides an expansive array of embroidery options to suit your creative vision.

Automatic Built-in Needle Threader

Save time and eliminate eye strain with the automatic built-in needle threader. This convenient feature effortlessly threads the needle, allowing you to focus more on your creative projects and less on tedious setup tasks.

AcuGuide Automatic Cloth Guide for Precision

Achieve impeccable seams and accurate fabric alignment with the AcuGuide automatic cloth guide. This precision tool ensures that your stitches are straight and even, contributing to the overall professional finish of your projects.

Snap-on Presser Feet for Easy Changes

Simplify the presser foot changing process with the snap-on presser feet feature. This user-friendly mechanism allows for quick and easy transitions between different presser feet, enhancing the machine’s adaptability to various sewing techniques.

Memorized Needle Up/Down Positioning

Enhance your sewing efficiency with the memorized needle up/down positioning feature. Choose whether the needle stops in the up or down position when you pause, providing flexibility for pivoting and fabric manipulation.

 Automatic Presser Foot Lift

Experience seamless sewing with the automatic presser foot lift feature. The Janome MC 15000 raises the presser foot automatically, allowing for easy fabric placement and reducing the need for manual adjustments during your sewing projects.

One-step Needle Plate Conversion

Streamline your sewing tasks with the one-step needle plate conversion feature of Janome MC 15000. Effortlessly switch between needle plates to accommodate different fabrics and techniques, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted workflow.

AcuFeed Flex Layered Fabric Feeding System

Elevate your quilting experience with the AcuFeed Flex Layered Fabric Feeding System of Janome MC 15000. This advanced feeding mechanism ensures precise fabric control and even feeding, especially beneficial for quilting projects with multiple layers.

7-piece Feed Dog for Control

Achieve superior fabric control with the 7-piece feed dog feature. This mechanism ensures that the fabric is fed consistently, preventing uneven stitches and promoting overall sewing accuracy.

Stitch Composer Stitch Creation Program

Unleash your inner designer with the Stitch Composer stitch creation program. This innovative tool allows you to create and customize your stitches, adding a personalized touch to your sewing projects.

Locking Stitch Button for Secure Seams

Ensure the security of your seams with the locking stitch button. This feature reinforces stitches at the beginning and end of seams, preventing unraveling and adding durability to your sewing projects.

Automatic Thread Cutter with Memory Function

Streamline your sewing process with the automatic thread cutter featuring a memory function. This convenient tool trims threads automatically, and its memory function remembers the cutting sequence for efficient operation.

Twin Needle Guard for Safety

Prioritize safety during your sewing endeavors with the twin needle guard feature. This ensures that the machine is in the appropriate mode when using a twin needle, preventing potential issues and promoting a safer sewing experience.

Easy Reverse Button for Quick Reinforcement

Reinforce your stitches quickly with the easy reverse button. This feature simplifies the process of backstitching, ensuring the integrity of your seams and contributing to the overall durability of your projects.

 Adjustable Knee Lift for Hands-free Control

Enjoy hands-free control over the presser foot with the adjustable knee lift feature. This convenient mechanism allows you to lift the presser foot with your knee, leaving your hands free to manage fabric placement and guide your project.

Independent Bobbin Winding Motor

Boost your efficiency with the independent bobbin winding motor. This feature enables simultaneous bobbin winding while sewing or embroidering, allowing you to prepare for your next project without interruption.

Extra High Presser Foot Lift

Accommodate thick fabrics or multiple layers effortlessly with the extra high presser foot lift. This feature ensures that the presser foot can be raised to a sufficient height, facilitating the smooth feeding of bulky materials.

 Foot Pressure and Height Adjustments

Tailor your sewing experience with the foot pressure and height adjustments. These customizable settings allow you to adapt the machine to different fabric types, ensuring optimal stitching results.

Top-loading Full Rotary Hook Bobbin

Experience hassle-free bobbin handling with the top-loading full rotary hook bobbin. This design ensures easy access, simplifying the process of changing or checking the bobbin during your sewing projects.

AcuFil Quilting System in Horizon Link Suite

Enter the world of quilting with the AcuFil Quilting System, seamlessly integrated into the Horizon Link Suite. This comprehensive system offers support and customization options for your quilting projects.

Auto Return Post Thread Break

Experience uninterrupted embroidery with the auto return post thread break feature. This ensures the machine automatically resumes embroidery after a thread break, saving time and minimizing disruptions.



DimensionsSize with Embroidery UnitSize without Embroidery Unit
Width (W)24.6” (624 mm)24.6” (624 mm)
Height (H)12.7” (322 mm)12.7” (322 mm)
Depth (D)14.6” (370 mm)10.1” (257 mm)
Work Space  
Length (L)17.25” (438 mm)
Height (H)10” (254 mm)
Bed Space To Right Of Needle  
Length (L)11” (280 mm)
Height (H)4.7” (120 mm)
Weight34.6 lbs (15.7 kg)
Maximum Embroidery Size9.1” x 11.8” (230 x 300 mm)


FeatureJanome MC 15000Memory Craft 9900Horizon MC 12000Memory Craft 9850
Hook TypeTop Loading Full Rotary Hook BobbinTop Loading Full Rotary Hook BobbinTop Loading Full Rotary Hook BobbinTop Loading Full Rotary Hook Bobbin
Thread Tension ControlAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Maximum Stitch Width9mm9mm9mm9mm
Feed SystemAcuFeed7 piece feed dogAcuFeed7 piece feed dog
Easy Reverse ButtonYesBuilt-inYesBuilt-in
Bobbin WindingIndependent MotorBobbin Winder with Plate and Cutting BladeIndependent MotorBobbin Winder with Plate and Cutting Blade
Stitch SelectionTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreenTouchscreen
Dual Voltage 80v – 240vYesNoYesNo
CoverSemi-Hard CoverSemi-Hard CoverSemi-Hard CoverSemi-Hard Cover
Number of Stitches510200425200
Number of Buttonholes13 One-step Buttonholes6 One-Step Buttonholes13 One-Step Buttonholes6 One-Step Buttonholes
Needle ThreaderAutomaticBuilt-inBuilt-inBuilt-in
Needle Up DownMemorizedYesMemorizedYes
Free ArmYesYesYesYes
Drop FeedYesYesYesYes
Needle Position91919191
Locking Stitch ButtonYesYesYesYes
Twin Needle GuardYesYesYesYes
Number of Stitch CombinationUp to 100 stitchesUp to 100 stitchesUp to 100 stitchesUp to 100 stitches
Last Stitch Recall CapabilityYesYesYesYes
Knee LiftYesNoYesNo
Machine SizeW 24.1″ x H 12.6″ x D 10.2″W 18.7″ x H 12.4 x D 8.8″W 22.6″ x H 12.4″ x D 9″W 18.7″ x H 12.4 x D 8.8″
Machine Weight34.6 lbs22.9 lbs30.2 lbs22.9 lbs
Work SpaceW 11″ x H 4.7″W 8.1″ x H 4.7″W 11″ x H 4.7″W 8.1″ x H 4.7″
Extra High Presser Foot LiftYesYesYesYes
Foot Pressure AdjustmentYesYesYesYes
Maximum Stitch Length5mm5mm5mm5mm
Other FeaturesReal-time PC connection with Horizon Link, Variable Zigzag for Free Motion QuiltingAcuGuide automatic cloth guide, one-step needle plate conversion, easy set bobbin, full intensity lighting with 5 lamps in 3 locationsReal-time PC connection with Horizon Link, Variable Zigzag for Free Motion QuiltingAcuGuide automatic cloth guide, one-step needle plate conversion, easy set bobbin, full intensity lighting with 5 lamps in 3 locations
Number of Designs479175338175
Fonts for Monogramming11232
Maximum Embroidery Size9.1″ x 11.8″6.7″ x 7.9″9.1″ x 11.8″6.7″ x 7.9″
Design Transfer OptionsUSB, Direct PC connection via Horizon LinkUSBUSBUSB
Embroidery Sewing Speeds10008001000800
Embroidery FormatJEF, .JEF+, .JPX.JEF, .JEF+.JEF, .JEF+.JEF, .JEF+
On Screen Editing FunctionsResizing, Combine, duplication, Rotate, Vertical/Horizontal Flip, Arcing, Grouping, User Color ChoiceAcuGuide automatic cloth guide, one-step needle plate conversion, easy set bobbin, full intensity lighting with 5 lamps in 3 locations, Resize, Combine, Duplicate, Flip, Arc, Group, Drag & Drop, Zoom, Trace, User Color ChoiceResize, Combine, Duplicate, Flip, Arc, Grouping, Drag & Drop, Zoom, Trace, User Color ChoiceAcuGuide automatic cloth guide, one-step needle plate conversion, easy set bobbin, full intensity lighting with 5 lamps in 3 locations, Resize, Combine, Duplicate, Flip, Arc, Group, Drag & Drop, Zoom, Trace, User Color Choice
Programmable Jump Thread TrimmingYesNoYesNo
Adjustable Speed While EmbroideringYesYesYesYes
Flexible Stitch TravelingsUnits of 1, 10, and 100Units of 1, 10 and 100By units of 1, 10 and 100Units of 1, 10 and 100
Auto Return Post Thread BreakYesYesYesYes
Adjustable Hoop PositioningNoYesNoYes
Thread Brand SelectionJanome, Guterman, Sulky, Madeira, Mettler, Robison AntonJanome, Guterman, Sulky, Madeira, Robison-Anton, Mettler, FujixJanome, Gutterman, Sulky, Madeira, Robison-Anton, MettlerJanome, Guterman, Sulky, Madeira, Robison-Anton, Mettler, Fujix
Available HoopsGR 230 x 300, SQ23 230 x 230, SQ14 140 x 140, FA10 100 x 140, FH 100 x 100 (optional)SQ20a: 6.7″ x 7.9″, SQ14a: 5.5″ x 5.5″, Free Arm FA10: 3.9″ x 1.6″ (optional)SQ14, FA10, SQ23SQ20a: 6.7″ x 7.9″, SQ14a: 5.5″ x 5.5″, Free Arm FA10: 3.9″ x 1.6″ (optional)

Included Accessories

  • Five Embroidery Hoops Standard: GR: 9.1” x 11.8” (230 x 300 mm), SQ23: 9.1” x 9.1” (230 x 230 mm), SQ14: 5.5” x 5.5” (140 x 140 mm), ASQ22: 8.7” x 8.7” (220 x 220 mm), Free Arm FA10: 3.9” x 1.6” (100 x 40 mm)
  • DVD Included
  • Semi Hard Cover
  • 21 presser feet standard
  • Custom extension table
  • Extra Large foot controller with thread cutter switch
  • Many more included!


Is the Janome MC 15000 suitable for professional use?

Indeed, the Janome MC 15000 is crafted to meet the demands of professional sewers and crafters. Its advanced features, high-performance capabilities, and extensive design options make it an excellent choice for professionals seeking precision and versatility.

What sets the Janome MC 15000 apart from other sewing machines?

The Janome MC 15000 stands out with its unparalleled combination of innovative technology, expansive workspace, and a vast array of built-in stitches and embroidery designs. Its comprehensive features make it a leader in the world of sewing and embroidery machines.

How does the Janome MC 15000 contribute to a seamless creative process?

The Janome MC 15000 streamlines the creative process through its intuitive design, user-friendly interface, and advanced features. From automatic thread tension to programmable jump thread trimming, it ensures a smooth and efficient crafting experience.

Can the Janome MC 15000 handle large-scale projects?

Absolutely, the Janome MC 15000 is well-equipped to handle large-scale projects. With its generous work and bed space, expansive embroidery capabilities, and efficient features like the AcuFeed Flex Layered Fabric Feeding System, it is an ideal companion for ambitious and sizable creations.


In conclusion, the Janome MC 15000 stands as a pinnacle of innovation and versatility in the realm of sewing, embroidery, and quilting machines. With a robust heavy metal frame providing stability and a portable design at 34.6 lbs, this machine effortlessly caters to both beginners and professionals alike.

Its expansive work and bed space, coupled with the free arm and flat bed convertible feature, offer a canvas for creativity, while the Linear Motion Embroidery System ensures precision at speeds ranging from 400 to 1,000 spm.

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