Janome 11542 Sewing Machine (Refurbished)

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ITEM#: 12944273

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.

Specs

Features
Material Plastic
Type Factory Refurbished, Mechanical, Portable
Color White
Condition Refurbished
Dimensions 11in H x 5 in W x 14in D
Warranty 25 year Limited Distributor
Country of Origin China
  • Wow!
    Verified Purchase

    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)

  • Smoothest machine!
    Verified Purchase

    I absolutely love this machine! I find it hard to even stop sewing because for once I enjoy using a machine! I am blown away by the quality of this machine and I have been recommending it to everyone I know! It sews sooooo smooth, and is so quiet! I sew a lot of clothes and cloth diapers for my children. I also do a lot of quilting. Some of the fabrics get pretty bulky and it sews smoothly no matter what I am sewing. I have had much more expensive machines by other brands that couldn't handle as much as this machine can. One of my favorite things is how easy it is to sew in reverse. Many of my other machines get tangled up if I have to backstitch. I think this machine might even sew better in reverse than it does going forward (okay maybe not, but still, it works very well when I backstitch!!). The machine in general is very easy. No fiddling with a bunch of knobs trying to figure out what width, length, etc. that you need. You turn the knob to the picture of the stitch you want, and you're good to go! My ONLY complaint is that it doesn't appear that you can change the position of the needle. There might be a way to do it and I just can't figure it out, I don't know. I guess I should go read the manual a little more thoroughly. Oh, and I love the clear presser foot! It makes it so easy to see exactly where/what I am sewing.

  • Better than expected
    Verified Purchase

    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.

  • Great Purchase
    Verified Purchase

    I haven't used it that much but it seems to be good. I don't sew at all and this sewing machine didn't break or jam. It's very easy to operate and the instructions that they provided are easy to understand. It comes with the different foot pedal that you need for different stitching, spool, extra needle, etc. My boyfriend's sister is a fashion designer in New York and she told me to get a Janome. This one is very affordable and is great for beginners like me. I'm really glad I found this. :)

  • Janome 11542
    Verified Purchase

    I bought this for my wife as an early Christmas present.She has limited sewing experience.Her only other machine she'd ever owned, had constant problems with, so she didn't like using it.I had looked at several other machines at various places and reviews were not good on those low end models .Their prices were still higher than this one.I knew this one was labeled refurbished but i decided to take the risk.This machine was received just several days after ordering.My wife was delighted to receive it..This one was up and running shortly after removing from the box.It came well packaged and was brand new.She has sewn a few items since and it has preformed perfectly.We went and bought some extra needles and material at the local sewing machine store.They service and sell Janome,Brother and high end Singer machines.They felt we made a good purchase by getting a Janome.I had not heard of the Janome name before,but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this for general sewing.My wife said she would have paid double for it knowing what she knows now.

  • Great, Simple, Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
    Verified Purchase

    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!

  • Nice little machine
    Verified Purchase

    This nice, simple machine performs as expected. Bought for my 10 yo DGD, it's lightweight, easy to thread and operate, has zigzag and a few other utility stitches, and makes 4-step button holes. The tension is not perfect, even with adjustment, but more than adequate for basic sewing. All in all, it was a good value and should serve her well for many years.

  • Worth Every Penny
    Verified Purchase

    This sewing machine is a joy and a pleasure to work with. It has been years since I used a sewing machine and this Janome11542 has an ease and clarity of performance that made it easy to begin sewing once again. I am looking forward to creating many items with this machine.

  • Good Value
    Verified Purchase

    I ordered this sewing machine for my 10 yr old granddaughter and it is simple yet sophisticated enough to carry her through for several years. It is truly portable as it is light weight with a carry handle so she can easily take it to classes or to sewing groups with friends. Perfect starter machine. I tried it out and it is fine for everyday sewing projects and mending.. Probably a little light weight for heavy duty stuff though. Would make a good second machine for seasoned sewers as well for those quick mending projects because it is so light and easy to manage. It exceeds my expectations for the price paid. It was delivered within 5 days of ordering complete with all parts promised and although it is refurbished looksand sews like new.

  • Wow!
    Verified Purchase

    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
    Verified Purchase

    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)
    Verified Purchase

    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!
    Verified 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!

  • anar9833
    Verified Purchase

    I received the Janome sewing machine in the length of time stated, which was only a few days. It is very simple to use and I have had no problems with it so far. I have only had it about 3 weeks but I think it is a great deal for the price. I highly recommend this machine especially if you are just interested in basic sewing projects. It doesn't have a lot of fancy features nor does it claim to. Probably a good investment for beginners.

  • Smoothest machine!
    Verified Purchase

    I absolutely love this machine! I find it hard to even stop sewing because for once I enjoy using a machine! I am blown away by the quality of this machine and I have been recommending it to everyone I know! It sews sooooo smooth, and is so quiet! I sew a lot of clothes and cloth diapers for my children. I also do a lot of quilting. Some of the fabrics get pretty bulky and it sews smoothly no matter what I am sewing. I have had much more expensive machines by other brands that couldn't handle as much as this machine can. One of my favorite things is how easy it is to sew in reverse. Many of my other machines get tangled up if I have to backstitch. I think this machine might even sew better in reverse than it does going forward (okay maybe not, but still, it works very well when I backstitch!!). The machine in general is very easy. No fiddling with a bunch of knobs trying to figure out what width, length, etc. that you need. You turn the knob to the picture of the stitch you want, and you're good to go! My ONLY complaint is that it doesn't appear that you can change the position of the needle. There might be a way to do it and I just can't figure it out, I don't know. I guess I should go read the manual a little more thoroughly. Oh, and I love the clear presser foot! It makes it so easy to see exactly where/what I am sewing.

  • Janome
    Verified Purchase

    I love this machine. I took 4 machines to Africa to teach sewing at a school in Tanzania. They were great machines, easy to use and learn on, and finally I have one too!! We paid much more for the machines but still thought them worthwhile.

  • Great Machine
    Verified Purchase

    This is a wonderful machine. I am no seamstress and the machine I had was so complecated it has just sat for years as I really don't have the time or desire to read books of insturctions each time I wanted to use it. I read the review on this machine that some had bought it to teach students to sew because it is so simple. Well I received it and waited till I worked up the energy to try it out and it could not have been more simple even for me. I hemed some sheers I had bought for my bedroom windows and it took minutes and I am so proud of myself and this machine made it happen. Looks like new and works so well. Maybe I need a new project:)

  • Not my favorite starter machine.
    Verified Purchase

    I was really hopeful about this machine. I have always wanted a Janome, but this was not the one for me. It puckers as you sew fleece items. The buttonhole feature absolutely would not work properly. It got stuck going back up side 3 of the buttonhole. I am hoping it was just this one machine, but I would not take a chance and buy another one.

  • Verified Purchase

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    I didn't realize this was a refurb! It's a great machine, and it comes with the manual which I refer to when I need to wind the bobbin. Honestly, for a basic machine it's perfect. I sewed living room curtains with this machine as well as many pillow cases.

  • Verified Purchase

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    This is a great basic sewing machine. I use it for mending clothes etc, I've used it for making curtains for the RV, simple costumes, etc. this machine is perfect for my needs.

  • Verified Purchase

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    Great starter machine. Easy to use. Sturdy construction. I have since passed this to one of my granddaughters and she has been sewing along for a year on it and it is still functioning as new.

  • Solid machine
    Verified Purchase

    This is a sturdy machine. It's able to handle upholstery fabric as well as thin cotton. Great machine for a beginner!

  • Not so great
    Verified Purchase

    After less than 2 years this machine failed. Too late for warranty to kick in and cheaper to buy another than have it repaired.

  • Not an issue.
    Verified Purchase

    I don't sew a lot, but for what I need it to do, it does. No problems or issues with this.

  • Great
    Verified Purchase

    Great sewing machine for general sewing. I'm not a professional, nor do I need a professional sewing machine. It's easy to use and very dependable. I am super glad I purchased it, and have had great success.

  • Mrs.
    Verified Purchase

    Nice, simple-to-use machine. Works well.

  • Awesome
    Verified Purchase

    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!

  • missing parts
    Verified Purchase

    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.

Questions & Answers

  • Q:

    "Where can I find replacement spool holder for this model? I can't find it anywhere"

    • A:

      Hello Brysonbaby1, unfortunately this item is out of stock. We currently do not have inventory to check, and cannot guarantee the item will be restocked. Thank you for shopping with us.

  • Q:

    "Does this machine have zipper foot E ?"

    • A:

      This item does not come with zipper foot E.

  • Q:

    "Does this machine handle stress fabric?"

    • A:

      No, it will not handle fabric like that.

  • Q:

    "It says that it comes with complete accessory kit. What is in that kit?"

    • A:

      The kit comes with 2 bobbins, a buttonhole maker, and needles.

  • Q:

    "Is it heavy duty?"

    • A:

      yes, it's heavy duty

  • Q:

    "Does it have extra high pressure foot lifter?"

    • A:

      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.

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