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Janome Sewist 500 Sewing Machine

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ITEM#: 13813704

The Janome Sewist 500 with an automatic needle threader has wonderful options and plenty of features that make sewing a delight. Features such as a top-loading bobbin, a convertible free arm and a one-hand thread cutter make this model covet-worthy. This 25-stitch sewing machine is handy for a variety of sewing projects and it serves both beginners and highly skilled users identically. It is also strong, runs in near silence and operates smoothly.

  • Auto declutch bobbin winder
  • Built-in needle threader
  • Top loading bobbin with see-thru window
  • Automatic 1-step buttonhole
  • Convertible free arm
  • 1-hand thread cutter
  • Easy snap-on presser feet
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Drop feed dog
  • Foot pressure adjustment
  • Accessory storage
  • 25 stretch and utility stitches
  • Dimensions: 16.5 inches L x 11 inches high x 6.7 inches D

Included Accessories:
  • Blind hem foot G
  • Zipper foot E
  • Bobbins
  • Lint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam ripper
  • Set of needles
  • Large and small spool holders
  • Spool pin

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Material Aluminum
Type Mechanical
Color White
Dimensions See Details
Warranty 25 year Limited Manufacturer
Model Number 500
Country of Origin Taiwan

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  • Most Recent

  • Love it!
    Verified Purchase

    Finally a sewing machine that i don't want to chuck across the room! I got it at a good price too! I seldom sew, but when I do I just want the machine to work correctly, and this one does.

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    kateayen Dec 14, 2015
  • great sewing machine
    Verified Purchase

    So far this is a great Janome sewing machine as I have just had it for 2 days now .the instruction booklet is very easy to follow. The machine is very easy to operate no problem adjusting the desired stitches. And it come with a dust cover. I will be getting a rolling trolley soon for it

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    buttercup1338 Nov 5, 2015
  • Nice machine
    Verified Purchase

    I have used this to alter a shirt and hem some jeans. It has enough power to manage heavy fabrics smoothly. Making button holes with the attachment is easy, but buttonholes come out just okay. I experimented on scraps with the decorative stitches and they work well. Overall a good basic machine.

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    1justwondering Mar 27, 2015
  • The fourth time was the charm
    Verified Purchase

    I had 3 bad singers before this (the 4423) which were terrible, this is a great entry level machine works just like its supposed to. Shipped straight from Janome. I will never get another singer again I ❤️ My janome! I wish they had a customer service line tho because there's no one to even ask a question without bringing it into a repair shop.

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    Nicole M. Mar 7, 2015
  • Excellent machine!

    I have had this sewing machine for over two years now, and it's been a reliable machine. I can sew whatever fabrics I want, and it hasn't given me any trouble. Even hemming thick jeans is no problem. I really love this sewing machine and would recommend it highly to others. My next sewing machine will be a Janome as well.

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    pixiefluffmama Nov 23, 2013
  • Most Helpful

  • Easy to use, inexpensive but sturdy
    Verified Purchase

    I first used this model in a sewing class and once I found out the price, I had to have one. It's easy to use, has a lot of options for such an inexpensive sewing machine, and is great to learn on. At the same time, my instructor who has been sewing for several years says that even a highly skilled user would do well with this machine (and she doesn't work for the company/benefit from someone else purchasing this). If you're looking for an inexpensive but well-made machine, this is an excellent choice.

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    artichoke23 Jun 16, 2012
  • Great Machine

    I used this machine for an intro to sewing class (the sewing school had these machines exclusively) and it was great. Strong, smooth, quiet operation, and easy to use to boot! Great for a beginner/intermediate sewer.

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    koalakoala Nov 4, 2012
  • terrific machine
    Verified Purchase

    The instructions are clear, bobbins load quickly and easily, the machine runs like a caddy, smooth, strong and quiet. I love it. Had a Singer previously and the tension could not be set correctly, resulting in birdnesting that even the experts could not address. This machine is a pleasure to work with, and I am on my way! Not to mention the fabulously low price for such quality.

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    guinnessup Mar 13, 2013
  • Just what I wanted
    Verified Purchase

    I could tell the moment I started sewing with it that it was a good machine. The sound and feel were tell-tale. I am making lined draperies with my mother (a professional seamstress) and every time I used my old machine I hated sewing and ALWAYS had a problem so I knew I had to get a better machine. So far I have sewn light lining and heavier drapery fabric with absolutely no problem. I wanted a heavy duty machine to be able to go through jeans, which I haven't sewn yet, but I can just tell the machine will have no problem. Now I actually LOVE sewing and look forward to finishing the drapes and other projects. If I had more time I would be making things all the time. At least I know what I want to do after I retire! :)

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    unrivaled1 Apr 4, 2013
  • Great for the price
    Verified Purchase

    I am a weaver who does very little sewing. My friends who do sew a lot recommended this machine. The instruction book is excellent, easy for a novice to understand. It does a good job on my handwoven fabric and has more features then I will probably ever use.

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    wvmarie Oct 26, 2013

Questions & Answers

  • Q:

    "What does this machine weigh?"

    • A:

      Hello sj367, the product weight is approximately 17 pounds. Please let us know if you have additional questions. Thanks for shopping with us.

  • Q:

    "Doesn't the 25-year warranty already cover "defects in materials and workmanship," as is stated covered by the 2- or 3- Year Platinum Protection Plan. I thought a warranty would already cover "defects in materials and workmanship," so there would be no need for additional coverage for these things under the 2- or 3- Year Platinum Protection Plan."

    • A:

      Hello caroljeanberrett, you will be contacted by Customer Care. Have a great day.

  • Q:

    "Why did you choose this product?"

    • A:

      After reading tons of reviews, this seemed to have the most consistant 5 star for beginners!! I wanted a Bernina, but for the price of a Janome, I couldn't pass it up!

    • A:

      Seemed to get some of the best, helpful reviews

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  • Q:

    "The question regarding the walking foot was not clearly answered. Can you please tell me if this machine unequivocally has a WALKING FOOT? It's imperative that I know before I make this purchase, thank you."

    • A:

      Hello sirodz, a walking foot is not included. Here are all the included accessorize. Overedge foot C Zipper foot E Blind hemming foot G Buttonhole foot B Automatic buttonhole foot R Needles Bobbins Screwdriver Lint brush Seam ripper (buttonhole opener) Quilting guide Spool holder (large) Spool holder (small) Additional spool pin Felt cushion Have a great day!

  • Q:

    "can this machine sew through leather."

    • A:

      Hello Linda, yes this can sew leather. I looked at the manual and it says you will need to use a Wedge Point Leather Needle. Have a great day!

  • Q:

    "Can you quilt on this machine and if so does it come with a quilting or "walking foot?""

    • A:

      Hello vangienc, this machine is awesome! It is a nice, sturdy machine that runs quietly, includes the kind of automation that helps you set up the machine quickly, and can do everything from mending to quilting, including free motion embroidery. It also includes a foot pedal as well. Thanks for shopping with us! -Amanda P

  • Q:

    "how much does this machine weigh ?"

    • A:

      Hello tortigirl, this weighs approximately15 lbs. Thanks for shopping with us! A.S.

  • Q:

    "can you adjust the stitch length and width?"

    • A:

      Thank you for contacting us judster43. Yes, you can adjust both. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Q:

    "Does this machine able to have the needle stop in down position?"

    • A:

      Hello dtmedic, Actually, no it does not have that feature. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!

  • Q:

    "Can you move the needle from left to right."

    • A:

      Hello tdoubleu, yes the needle can move left to right. If you zoom in you can see all the different stitches. Have a great day!

  • Q:

    "Does this machine come with the foot petal?"

    • A:

      Thank you for contacting us ready2sew. Yes this comes with a foot petal. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Q:

    "How many inches from the needle moving to the right to the base."

    • A:

      Thank you for your question. The measurement is approx. 6 ¼ inches from needle to base. Have a great day!

  • Q:

    "If I use this this machine and find, after a short period of time, something wrong with it, will I be able to easily return it for a replacement?"

    • A:

      Thank you for contacting us,yes, this machine comes with a 25 limited manufacturer warranty so any problem you have we will be able to take care of it. I also attached below our return policy. Please let me know if you have any further question. https://help.overstock.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1/session/L3RpbWUvMTM2MTExNzIwNS9zaWQvc1prNjE1amw%3D

  • Q:

    "what material is the body of the machine made of?"

    • A:

      Thanks for your interest, this has a Aluminum die cast frame. Hope this helps =)

  • Q:

    "I didn't see anything about a buttonhole attachment???"

    • A:

      This model does come with a Buttonhole attachment.

  • Q:

    "Does this machine have a light?"

    • A:

      Thank you for your interest. Yes, it has a light. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.

  • Q:

    "Does it come with a carrying case?"

    • A:

      This item comes with a hard case for storage and transport.

  • Q:

    "is this item new? refurbished? used?"

    • A:

      This item is not refurbished or used. It is brand new.

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