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So, you’re looking to buy a computerized sewing machine?
Your mind might skip straight to the Singer sewing machines, but we all know how expensive these can be – and if you’re working with a relatively tight budget, we both know that’s not going to work.
Enter Janome DC1050 – a reasonably priced, sturdy, feature-packed, and most importantly, a user-friendly sewing machine that’s capable of handling any sewing job you throw its way.
Do I have your attention yet?
Continue reading, and you’ll find all the info you might need in my Janome DC1050 review!
The Janome DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine Specs at a Glance
As always, I’m going to start my review with an overview of the Janome DC1050 model’s specs in the form of a handy chart, to give you a basic idea of what it has to offer.
|Name||Janome DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine|
|Dimensions||19 x 11 x 14 inches|
|Number Of Sewing Feet||4|
|The Largest Pro||User-friendly and versatile|
|The Largest Con||Not exactly budget-friendly|
|The Largest Con||Not exactly budget-friendly|
Keep on reading for a more detailed take on its features, and my in-depth, unbiased review of the Janome DC1050!
The Key Features of The Janome DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine
Now, you’re probably impatient to hear about this model’s standout features and the benefits they bring to the table – so, let’s get straight to it!
Fully Computerized Design
The computerized design of this sewing machine, complete with a backlit LCD screen and easy-to-use, quick-selection button controls, such as the Start/Stop, Reverse, and Locking Stitch button, does most of the hard work and calculations for you, letting you focus on the creative aspects of the project at hand.
50 Built-In Stitches
The Janome DC1050 features a collection of 50 built-in stitches, accompanied by a conveniently-placed stitch reference guide on the front of the sewing machine, which offers you a little bit of everything – from a wide selection of basic construction and utility stitches to satin, appliqué, and heirloom stitches.
4 Specialty Slide-On Sewing Feet
The DC1050 model comes with four additional slide-on feet – satin, zipper, zig-zag, and automatic buttonhole foot – but surprisingly enough, most other Janome’s snap-on feet can be used interchangeably, too. So, you can use not only the four presser feet that come with this model but the ones you have from other Janome models, as well.
Jam-Proof Full Rotary Bobbin System
The DC1050 features a jam-proof, top-loading, full rotary bobbin system which makes it surprisingly easy to insert the bobbins – all you need to do is drop it in from the top – and to keep track of how much thread you have left on the bobbin at all times. Plus, it’s accompanied by an auto-declutch bobbin winder.
More Accessories for More Convenience
Last, but not least, it comes with tons of handy accessories, too! Besides the presser feet, you’ll also get an assorted needle set, a soft protective cover, a seam ripper, a lint brush, a screwdriver key, a foot controller, additional spool holders, a spool pin, and a spool stand, as well as an instructions manual.
Other Notable Features of the Janome DC1050
We’re not done yet!
Besides the ones listed above, there’s a host of other features worth noting when it comes to the Janome DC1050 computerized sewing machine:
- Seven-piece feed dog
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Three one-step buttonholes
- Adjustable stitch length and width
- 15 needle positions
- One-hand needle threader
- Free arm feature
- Manual tension control
- 25-year limited warranty
My In-Depth Janome DC1050 Review
Did you know that Janome was the first brand in the industry to launch a computerized home-use sewing machine back in 1979? I don’t know about you, but I put a lot of trust in Janome as a brand for bringing that level of game-changing innovation to the table.
The first thing you need to know about this computerized sewing machine is that it’s insanely convenient and user-friendly. Every single feature and accessory I talked about so far, and the overall lightweight and straightforward design of the machine all work together to make all your projects not only easy to tackle but fun, as well.
For instance, one thing I didn’t pay much attention to until I started working on the DC1050 model was the LCD screen placement. It’s one of those subtle, yet surprisingly convenient features you didn’t know you needed until you tried them for the first time.
The central placement of the screen makes keeping track of everything fast and easy since your eyes don’t need to “roam around” the sewing machine – everything’s right where you need it to be, including the Start/Stop, Reverse, and Locking Stitch buttons.
Now, it’s not as fast as the Janome 2212 I had the pleasure of reviewing recently, but at 820 stitches per minute, low speed isn’t something you should be worried about when working on this model, either.
Moreover, the speed control slider and the Start/Stop button make for a nice combo that allows you sew without using the foot pedal, which is a lifesaver if you’re working in a tight space. Keep in mind that when the foot pedal is attached, you can’t use the Start/Stop button, which could throw you off at times.
That said, the indicator on the LCD screen will save you some time, as you won’t have to check constantly if the pedal is attached or not.
As mentioned earlier, the machine comes with 50 built-in stitches – a mix of utility and construction stitches, stretch stitches, satin and appliqué stitches that let you dabble in monogramming, and if you want to do something extra decorative, you also get a few heirloom stitches to choose from, as well.
Oh, and let’s not forget the three different styles of one-step buttonhole stitches!
All in all, I’d say that this sewing machine has a little bit of everything, which makes it a favorite among beginners and experienced users alike. It truly allows you to focus on the creative aspect of sewing without worrying about the adjustments that go into it.
If there’s one thing I didn’t like about this model, it’s the zig-zag stitches. They’re as firm as the rest, but the fabric itself tends to bunch up a bit, and they appear to be uneven. One workaround is using a thread that’s an exact match to the fabric’s color, as it makes it less noticeable – but it’s a downside worth mentioning, nonetheless.
And before you start complaining about the price, let me remind you that this is a computerized sewing machine loaded with tons of useful features to make your sewing projects easy, fun, and dare I say, professional-looking. So, even though it’s somewhat pricey, I’d say you’re getting your money’s worth here – in fact, it’s a steal!
The Pros and Cons of The Janome DC1050
- Extremely user-friendly and sturdy
- 50 built-in stitches with adjustable width and length
- Memorized Needle Up/Down position
- Sews through thicker fabrics and multiple layers with ease
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Can be used without a foot controller
- Lightweight and portable
- Comes with plenty of handy accessories
- It’s not exactly budget-friendly
- The zig-zag stitches could be better
Final Thoughts & Recommendations
While I know that there’s no universally perfect solution for every user out there, after you’ve read my Janome DC1050 review, I’m sure we can agree that this one comes pretty close!
It’s sturdy, reliable, and versatile – and it lets you create professional results, even if your skills are more on a beginner level.
If you decide to give it a chance, you might be surprised at how big of a difference this sewing machine could make with its user-friendly interface, a wide range of options it offers to the user, and powerful, yet precise sewing performance.
The bottom line is:
You can’t go wrong with the Janome DC1050!
As always, you’re welcome to leave your questions about and share your experience with this model in the comment section below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!