Janome 11542 Sewing Machine (Refurbished)

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Janome 11542 Sewing Machine (Refurbished)

Overall Rating Rating 4.2  |  46 reviews  |  Write a review
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Item #: 12944273
    Whether you are just getting started learning to sew or are a long-time hobbyist, this refurbished Janome sewing machine can help you achieve your sewing and crafting goals. Three needle positions and 42 stitch functions give you plenty of versatility....more

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    This basic Janome mechanical sewing machine is perfect for the beginner or advanced hobbyist. This sewing machine comes with 42 stitch functions for a variety of stitching.

    • Horizontal, drop-in bobbin sewing machine
    • 4-step buttonhole
    • Drop feed and reverse level
    • Professional stitch quality
    • Adjustable stitch width control
    • Three needle positions: Center, left and right
    • Manually adjustable tension control
    • Sewing light
    • Portable and fits into a cabinet
    • 42 stitch functions
    • Easy snap on/off foot
    • Includes foot pedal, power cord, instruction manual and complete accessory kit
    • Model 11552

    This high-quality item has been factory refurbished. Please click on the icon above for more information on quality factory-reconditioned merchandise.
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11in H x 5 in W x 14in D
25 year Limited Distributor
plastic and metal
Brand: Janome


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    Factory Refurbished, Mechanical, Portable
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  • Wow!

    I am an avid sewist and quilter. I am also an instructor and I am always looking for great quality machines for budget-friendly prices to recommend to my students. I purchased this machine with the intention of giving it to my mother as a Christmas gift... but after opening the box and "trying it out" to make sure it worked.. I've decided to keep it for myself! I'm going to buy another one right now just for her. This machine is an amazing quality for the price. Everything arrived looking brand new even if it was "refurbished." All the parts were intact and came in original packaging. I started using it straight out of the box with zero problems! It sewed beautifully through 2 layers of cotton and 8 layers of cotton just the same! It did not jerk or jiggle or get stuck at all. You cannot adjust the stitch length or width on your stitches but it gives you three different stitch lengths for the straight stitch (small, medium, and longer basting stitch), and three different widths for your zig-zag stitch. This is the PERFECT go-to basic machine for any beginner and any hobbyist to take on trips or to sewing and quilting classes. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even though it is lightweight it is still sturdier than a Singer I have in a higher price range. I have 10 sewing machines that range from 50 years old to brand-new and across all brand names from American to Swedish machines and I will say this Janome hangs with the best of them! This machine is only lightweight in pounds. Everything it does is sturdy and I would even go as far as to call it pretty heavy duty. The machine threads super easily and has guides to show you where to pass the thread each step of the way and another added bonus is the drop-in bobbin that is rare to find in a low-end, inexpensive machine. I highly recommend this machine to anyone looking to start sewing, get back into sewing, or if you need a travel machine. I am VERY happy with this buy! Thank you Overstock! :o)

  • Better than expected

    A little about me, I'm a beginner at sewing. I took a sewing class, basic one. A guy learning how to use it because I want to save money on fixing up clothes rather than going to the tailor or buying new clothes. Maybe even make my own clothes, times are hard you know? Gotta find ways to save. Alright so here's how it goes. Opening up I find that I got all that was listed, instructions, a kit to start off like the bobbins/extra needles/seam ripper and stuff. It was pretty much ready out the box, just had to attach the plastic clip that holds the thread and I was set. As far as using it goes, I haven't had problems with it, works like a champ! Only problem I've come across from time to time would be the thread jamming up and I thought it was the sewing machine doing it. So I oiled it up but that didn't work. So it turns out it was the thread itself or how the thread is hooked up. Simply re-threading the machine or using another does the trick and I haven't had any other problems since. I was using cheap thread before so that's probably why. Never had any jamming with Gutermann thread. Coats and Clark is a hit or miss. My FAVORITE thing about this machine is that it was a slot where you can have thread cut when you're done sewing. It is very useful to have to grab something to cut the thread. I just wish I invested in something better, I want more stitches than it can do. Hah All in all, it works great, perfect for beginners getting started and such.I thought I'd let everyone know about that because I was sooo lost when it came to this stuff.

  • Good...but only one needle position

    I like this sewing machine...but the details description is WRONG about it having three needle positions...it only has ONE needle position...center. Also, be sure to use ONLY PLASTIC bobbins with it's horizontal bobbin system...not metal bobbins.

  • Janome 11542 Sewing Machine (Refurbished)

    I have had this machine for 3 days, so far it is good. I actually exchange another machine for this one. This one is very simple, easy to use and learn. No issues so far. If I get something from Overstock I can just relax, because I know that 99 % everything is great, and if some issue arrise overstock is great at solving anything! I love Overstock

  • excellent purchase!

    Great machine! Stitches great on delicate fabrics as well as heavy jean material. Couldn't be happier with the machine and the price! In fact, this is the 2nd one of these machines I've purchased--both for my daughters, and they LOVE their machines!

    kahuna7 from Colorado Springs, CO, Feb 16, 2011

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  • Awesome

    This is my first sewing machine and I'M IN LOVE!!! It came highly recommended by my instructor (craftygemini.com). I was looking for a machine that was not only easy to use, but very budget friendly and this fit the bill. Very pleased!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? perfect
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? on point
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. just like new

    jjamison718 from New York, NY, Mar 24, 2013

  • missing parts

    Just opened my box that arrived a few weeks ago and the power cord and foot pedal are not there. I guess that's what I get for getting a refurbished machine instead of a new one.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? okay
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? okay
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. don't know yet

    sallyg4good from Texas, Dec 20, 2012

  • Excellent product

    Daughter was very pleased with the machine as it was an early Christmas gift.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. High end

    mussman from Merritt Island, FL, Nov 15, 2012

  • Nice compact machine

    I think I will like the machine; however, two parts were missing and I am waiting to hear from the manufacturer about receiving them before I can use it.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Good
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Appears to be solid and good quality

    susan719 from Florida, Nov 7, 2012

  • Great, Simple, Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

    I LOVE this machine! I have a Singer (I think it's a basic Simple) - this Janome has less stitches but works SO much better! I got it because my Singer wasn't holding up to a heavy duty project the hubby and I are working on. I switched to this Janome and what took a minimum of 3 tries and a whole evening to do 1 complete project that didn't look so good now takes 15 minutes and looks great! At first I was disappointed that the reverse button was a lever but after trying it, I'm not disappointed anymore. It's simple, straight, easy to push and use. I also LOVE the drop-in bobbin! and the picture on the door :) I am always forgetting which way to put those in and with this - never again! I took this machine when we went to visit my parents/in-laws and my mom saw this feature and even she really liked that! It is quiet! I can sew after the kids have gone to sleep and it don't bother them or in the next room while the hubby is watching tv. Aside from heavy duty jobs, I made a dress on it too and again, it done magnificently! All in all this is a wonderful, simple, heavy duty machine!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? exactly
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? lacking - the machine is heavy duty and the description doesn't tell that
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. this machine is wonderful quality! so much sturdier than my standard singer

    wee5lively from Tennessee, Nov 6, 2012

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Where can I find replacement spool holder for this model? I can't find it anywhere Brysonbaby1 on Dec 19, 2014
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Hello Brysonbaby1, thank you for your inquiry; you will be contacted by Customer Care. overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 20, 2014

Does this machine have zipper foot E ? kanao on Oct 16, 2012
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This item does not come with zipper foot E. overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 23, 2012

Does this machine handle stress fabric? maikhoathao on Oct 3, 2012
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No, it will not handle fabric like that. overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 4, 2012

It says that it comes with complete accessory kit. What is in that kit? bjoye2 on Sep 27, 2012
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The kit comes with 2 bobbins, a buttonhole maker, and needles. overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 27, 2012

Is it heavy duty? nirayy on Feb 21, 2012
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yes, it's heavy duty overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 29, 2012

Does it have extra high pressure foot lifter? nirayy on Feb 20, 2012
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I was very pleased with the foot pressure and lifter, I am not a professional seamstress or sew on a daily or weekly basis, but my girlfriend came over to walk me through sewing again and she was very impressed with my sewing machine, she is even contemplating buying the same one as an extra. She said the footing was great and the pressure of the foot lifter was great. Highly recommend. sdsvirgo on Dec 30, 2012

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