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97.7 Janome’s latest Decor Computer sewing machine, the DC2014, is getting excellent ratings from owners. Owners like the range of stitch options, the host of useful features, the fact that the unit is sturdy and reliable, and the ease of use. It also comes with many accessories as well as a hard-shell carrying case. All this comes at a price however, and the DC2014 is not cheap. But even so, most owners still sing this sewing machine’s praises.

Consumer Ratings
Consumer ratings for the DC2014 are excellent.  Only 19 ratings were found however and we typically like to see more in order to make an accurate determination of owner sentiment (and score). But there is still enough to get a good feel for consumer opinion. 

When the following ratings were averaged they generated a score of 97.7 out of a possible 100 (or about 4.85 stars out of 5).  This is very high.  You can compare this score to that of other sewing machines in our sewing machines ratings table.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.86 stars out of 5  16
 SewVacDirect  5.0 stars out of 5  2
 Mr Vac & Mrs Sew  5.0 stars out of 5  1

 

Consumer Insights
In our analysis of consumer comments it was difficult to find anything negative written about this machine.  Almost all comments were positive – despite the hefty price tag (presently about $499).  The following list of pros and cons highlights the more common statements from owners.

PROS
- Sturdy and reliable
- Good manual
- Great for quilting
- Runs smoothly
- Easy to use
- Makes a good stitch
- Fairly quiet

CONS
- A few owners struggle with threading the machine
- Expensive

While we have pointed out that some folks struggle with threading their DC2014, there are also several comments indicating that threading the machine is fairly straightforward.  So this is not entirely a “con” but rather something that one might experience.  Similarly there are a few comments that the manual is not clear, however most comments indicate that the manual is well-written, has lots of detail and includes helpful steps for beginners.  

Most owners have nothing but praise for the DC2014, citing the top loading bobbin, the ability to change stitches at the press of a button, and the fact that is comes with many sewing feet as well as a carrying case. As a matter of fact, many experienced seamstresses give this machine a thumbs up.  It is also easy to use and it feels well-built.

Stitches on the front panel of the DC2014
Stitches on the front panel of the DC2014

 

The DC2014 is reportedly very capable when sewing through thick materials (or multiple layers of thinner materials).  This is aided by the extra high presser foot lift.  Owners also like that the DC2014 is packed full of useful features.  The presser foot pressure is easily adjustable, the throat area (needle to housing) is 6.5 inches wide, and the unit even comes with a built-in thread cutter.

There are several comments from consumers who have had a Janome machine in the past and have now bought another.  The brand appears to instill a level of loyalty.  There are also encouraging comments about Janome customer service indicating that they are polite and helpful.   We haven’t seen this with some other sewing machine brands.

There are quite a few questions regarding the differences between this machine and the DC2013.  Essentially these sewing machines are the same.  The DC2014 is simply the latest model.

You can read more customer reviews on Amazon if you wish.

Key Specifications
- 50 stitches (stretch, utility, quilting, garment and appliqué)
- 3 buttonholes
- LED stitch pattern indicator
- Easy stitch navigation buttons
- Computerized stitch selection
- Stitches displayed prominently on front of machine
- Adjustable stitch width and length (via buttons)
- Stitch width from 0mm to 7mm
- Stitch length from 0mm to 5mm
- Reverse stitch button
- Janome superior feed system (box feed system)
- Auto-lock button
- Speed control slider
- Up/down needle position
- Auto-declutch bobbin winder
- Free arm
- Drop feed capable
- Needle threader
- External feed balancing dial
- Manual tension control
- Snap-on presser feet
- Built-in thread cutter
- Electronic foot controller
- Top loading bobbin (jam proof, magnetic, clear cover)
- Extra high presser foot lift
- 15 different needle positions
- Accessory tray
- Retractable carry handle
- Halogen light for illuminating sewing area

The DC2014 includes a hard-shell carrying case. This is useful if you want to store your machine or if you want to transport it somewhere (classes for example).  A hard cover offers more protection than a soft cover.  The sewing machine is a little heavy however, weighing in at 18.2 lbs, so taking it to classes might be difficult for some folks.

It also comes with a very large number of accessories including the following: bobbins, a needle set, several presser feet (even feed foot, ¼ inch seam foot O, blind hem foot G, overedge foot C, satin stitch foot F, zipper foot E, automatic buttonhole foot R), a seam ripper, a lint brush, a screwdriver, a quilter bar, a foot controller, spool pins/stands/holders, an instruction manual, a warranty card and a power cord.

The many accessories provided with the DC2014
The many accessories provided with the DC2014

 

The Janome DC2014 carries the usual 25 year Janome warranty which breaks down to:  25-years on mechanical parts, 2-years on electrical parts, and 1-year for labor.


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