The Janome Memory Craft 9450 – An Honest Review

Janome Memory Craft 9450

My search (at least for now) for the perfect sewing / quilting machine is over.


In my previous article I described the “train” that enabled me to reach the end of a long fabric tunnel – the train being the Janome Memory Craft 9450 QCP.

After using this machine on an almost daily basis (minus the two weeks for home renovations) I feel I can give a thorough review of everything – good and not so good – this machine has to offer.

For those of you reading this – and especially those that are in the market for new QUILTING machine and are unable to decide which one to purchase, I’ll cut right through the chase and shout from the rooftops: THIS IS IT!!!

The NUMBER 1 reason this is the best machine for quilting is the 11″ throat space.

Janome 9450 illustrating width an ddepth of throat space with and without a quilt on the quilt bed

I’ve stitched a variety of quilts from a wall hanging to Queen size and each time I’m amazed at how easy it is to slide, turn fold – whatever I need to do and easily access the area I want to stitch or quilt.

The SECOND reason: The lighting.

I so love the number and placement of each light however, the top selling point for me was the pull out light depicted below.

Janome 9450 showing pull out light with images comparing visibility with the pull out light on and off.

And yes, it also tilts to direct light more toward the fabric than the front of the machine. That’s how I should have taken the first image. You would have been able to see a greater contrast between the two.

Comparing this machine to my old Janome that had only adequate general lighting, I felt this additional task light would be essential however, I quickly realized that as great as this pull out light is, the lighting provided over the bed is perfect.

While I find I am using this pull out task light less, there are times when this extra light comes in handy and without it, I’d probably waste a lot of time re-stitching. I do enough of that already!

The THIRD & FOURTH reasons to choose this machine (couldn’t decide which should be #3 or #4) : The Push Button Thread Cutter and the Start/Stop Button that can run independently from the foot pedal.

Janome 9450 depicting auto thread cutter and stop/start buttons

A push button thread cutter is a feature I feel should be standard on ALL sewing machines. Aside from the sheer convenience of cutting threads at the end of a stitch line with the push of a button, the amount of thread this saves is unbelievable.

The start/stop button makes stitching long areas i.e., the perimeter of a finished quilt before binding and again when sewing a long strip of binding around the perimeter of the quilt. Sewing jelly roll strips is also a breeze. Once the foot control is unplugged, position your fabric under the needle, push the start button and off you go.


For the FIFTH (could also be #1) reason this is an ideal quilting machine: The numerous features that allow you to stitch that elusive, perfect 1/4″ seam consistently, 100% of the time.

The “100% of the time” is still a goal for me however, between the accurate 1/4″ presser foot and computerized needle placement and Accu-Flex feed system, my 1/4″ seams are more a reality than a dream!

Janome 9450 touch screen for stitch selection

The touch screen allows you choose the best needle placement, stitch length and even shows with presser foot to use. Any mistake you make is on the user’s end – not the machine!

So far, I’ve spoken only about the good features of this machine – and only three out of about a million good/great features. I could go on and on

CONS:

It can’t be all sunshine and roses…and while the PROS far outweigh the CONS, in all fairness I feel I should share a couple of issues that are really more of an inconvenience than a true problem.

Pull out Light: The light itself is not a problem (it is, after all, one of the reasons I chose this machine over others!) but the machine’s design that allows this light to be so seamlessly integrated causes the area that houses the needle, light, etc. to be rather large and cumbersome. This is an area where many of you may find you will do what I did – make the compromise between form and function. In a perfect world, this area would be as low profile as possible – an easier task when the machine has very few, if any, bells and whistles.

See the comparison between the Janome 9450 QCP and the Juki 2010Q:

Red rings comparing size of needle housing between the Janome 9450 and Juki 2010

The needle housing on the Janome is at least twice as wide and as deep as the Juki model. This design also explains why Janome felt the need to design an automatic needle threader which leads me to the next CON: – the Automatic Needle Threader. I’m not a fan…not in the slightest but the bulkiness of the housing almost requires this feature. I have however, found a work-around – just open the housing, swing the door all the way back and the needle is much easier to access:

Janome 9450 with needle housing door opened


Push Button Thread Cutter:

The only downside to this cutting feature I’ve run across is the length of tail remaining after it’s cut. Granted, it is much, much less than when I use scissors or another cutting device but still, longer than I was expecting. When you are doing the actual quilting and using a technique that requires a stop and start (i.e., free motion quilting, borders, etc,) these longer tails will show up on the back of the quilt and you have to go back with a pair of scissors and trim off these excess threads.

This wasn’t an issue for me when piecing individual blocks or when quilting in a continuous line from edge to edge.

It’s a small issue but one I’ve never heard anyone else speak about.

This concludes my honest review of the Janome 9450 QCP. Although an affiliate link may found elsewhere on my site, this article does not contain any affiliate links nor am I in any way compensated either by Janome or the Missouri Sewing Machine Company of Kansas City in exchange for this review.

If you found this information helpful or have any questions or comments please leave a comment! I’d love to hear what machines other quilters use and why!

4 thoughts on “The Janome Memory Craft 9450 – An Honest Review”

  1. I’ve long been contemplating the purchase of the 9450, as an upgrade from my 7700; the lure of extra lighting becomes more attractive as my eyesight dims. I’ve had absolutely no problems with the 7700, although I’ve heard many users moaning about its performance, but the lighting is basic, and I do need more these days. I also have read that there’s a built-in magnifier option, which would be so very helpful to me along with the improved lighting.
    As mentioned in the review by Susan, the thread cutter is quite handy, but the length of the tails left by mine are not an issue. I’ve also noticed other sewists have said that there’s a way to adjust this, so perhaps one could do that if the tails seem unusually long.
    Something that isn’t addressed in this review is the efficiency of the bobbin winder, which I’m hoping is less awkward than on the 7700. The thread path seems more complicated than necessary, and sometimes the bobbin doesn’t wind with proper tension, but I do know it’s a ‘user error’, not the fault of the machine.
    I, too, have found that the housing on the more upscale machines is quite bulky, and have to agree that it makes the needle area more difficult to access. I’ve often resorted to opening the cover in order to see the area better, too.
    I’m looking forward to being able to take a ‘test drive’ one of these days, when life resumes after our pandemic, and I thank Susan for her honest opinion of the 9450.

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  2. I just bought this machine when my 12 year old Brother PQ1500 was damaged by the movers when we moved cross country in February. I loved that machine and just wanted it repaired. The dealer was a Baby Lock/Janome dealer and she talked me into the 9450. It is WAY more machine than what I need and I’m strictly a quilter so a straight-stitch machine like my Brother was perfect for me.

    We’re in the middle of a 3-room renovation at our house so I haven’t had much time to get to know the 9450, but yesterday I was able to take the afternoon and finish up a table runner I had started before we moved.

    The piecing was fine but when I did the quilting and binding, it bogged down at thicker crossed seams and did a teeny tiny stitch in the same spot over and over. I had the dual-feed foot on but I still had to help guide the fabric through from the back of the foot so it would go forward. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong. I will be contacting the dealer today for help, but so far, I’m not impressed and I’m disappointed. I want my old Brother machine back 🙁

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  3. The tail left on my automatic thread cutter is so short that it pulls out when I take the next stitch. I’m really looking for a way to adjust that! But thank you so much for your honest review! I agree with most of the points, and overall I love the machine. Another con is that I hate, hate the manual. It seems to me that it could be written in a much more straightforward way.

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    • Hi Tam,

      Thank you for your comment! As much as I love this Janome, I have to agree there are areas for improvement – the instruction manual for starters! Thank goodness for YouTube video tutorials. I’ve learned so much from YouTube! The short tails from the auto thread cutter are not a problem for me unless I’m doing free motion quilting.

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