93.0 The Janome Memory Craft 6300P is a computerized sewing machine that is getting top notch reviews and ratings from owners. It is well suited for quilting, garments or home decoration and is fairly easy to use. It’s a good fit for the professional crafter and it can handle both heavy duty and large projects. This is a sturdy workhorse of a machine that is capable of sewing through multiple layers of heavy material while still producing a high quality stitch. It does not have a free arm however and this can be a deal breaker for some seamstresses.
Consumer ratings were found on a number of quality retail sites and these can be seen in the table below. When averaged these ratings result in an overall score of 93.0 out of 100. This is an excellent score. You can compare it to the scores of other machines we have investigated in our sewing machine ratings table.
|Amazon||4.5 stars out of 5||54|
|Mr Vac & Mrs Sew||5 stars out of 5||7|
|QVC||5 stars out of 5||5|
|Sewing Machines Plus||5 stars out of 5||3|
|SewVacDirect||5 stars out of 5||3|
|Overstock||5 stars out of 5||3|
|Wayfair||5 stars out of 5||2|
There are many owner comments related to the MC-6300P and we’ve extracted the key pros and cons.
- Sews through layers of heavy material easily
- Makes a quality stitch
- Great for quilting
- Very good instruction manual
- Automatic threader works well
- Thread cutter is a great feature
- Feels sturdy
- Extension table is very useful
- No free arm
- Sewing light is a bit dim
This is a very well received machine and most folks give it high praise – as is apparent with its score of 93/100. However we have seen reports of some issues.
A few people received machines that were not working right out of the box. Others have experienced units that stopped working in a matter of weeks. It is important to point out that these reports are not common, but they are out there. Also, one owner reported that the MC-6300P does not handle multiple seams well – but we only ran into this point once in all the comments we analyzed.
Other issues include the fact that this machine does not have a free arm which can actually be a deal breaker for some sewists. And some owners have supplemented the sewing light as they felt it did not provide sufficient illumination of the sewing area.
We should also point out that this is not the right machine if you are looking for something portable. The MC-6300P is on the heavy side and isn’t really designed to be toted about. In addition, it is probably not the best fit for a beginner as the many options and features are best handled by a more experienced seamstress. If you are looking for a good beginner machine you may want to see our list of the Best Sewing Machines for Beginners.
Having dealt with some of the unit’s issues, there are many positives to this machine. We will only focus on some of the more common sentiments as there are too many comments of praise to reiterate here.
- Many folks have used the words “I love this machine” in their description of the MC-6300P.
- Folks find this a great machine for quilting.
- Owners repeatedly highlight that it is smooth, strong, quiet, and something of a workhorse.
- It feels durable and like it was built to last.
- It comes with many accessories including a large number of presser feet – so many in fact that one would rarely have to buy more.
- The extension table and 9 x 5 inch throat space enable the machine to accommodate large projects.
- The MC-6300P is also easy to use - the features are intuitive and clear
- The machine is exceptionally easy to thread.
- Probably the unit’s most popular feature is the thread cutter. There are no end of comments about how convenient it is and how well it works.
- The instruction manual is detailed and well written. If you have issues or questions many of them are addressed effectively in the manual. You will also find a copy of the manual at the bottom of this review.
- The stitch quality is known to be excellent on this Janome and it also makes exceptional quality buttonholes.
- The machine is powerful and has no issues sewing through thick materials or several layers of material. Some owners write that they have had no trouble sewing through multiple layers of denim.
You can read more owner comments on Amazon if you wish.
Janome MC-6300P vs Janome MC-6500P
If you are considering the Janome MC-6300P you may also be aware of the Janome MC-6500P. These machines are very similar but there are some differences. We have highlighted the key differences below:
Number of Stitches
Number of Buttonholes
Foot Pressure Adjustment:
We’ve investigated the 6500P as well and you can read about it in our Janome MC-6500P review. It is interesting that the 6500P scored 92.9 while the 6300P scored 93.0 – both virtually the same high scores.
- 63 stitches
- Quick stitch selection buttons
- 4 buttonholes
- Max sewing speed straight stitch: 1000 spm
- Max sewing speed zigzag stitch: 700 spm
- Stitch editing
- Adjustable stitch width: 0 to 7mm
- Adjustable stitch length: 0 to 5mm
- Built-in thread cutter
- 9 inch by 5 inch arm and bed space
- Knee lifter (for lifting presser foot)
- Memorized needle up/down
- Independent motor for bobbin winding
- Large acrylic extension table
- Drop feed capable
- Lock stitch button
- Speed control slider
- LCD screen
- Low bobbin indicator light
- External feed balancing dial
- Snap-on presser feet
- Adjustable presser foot pressure
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Twin needle guard
- Built-in needle threader
- Carry handle
- Jam proof, top drop-in bobbin
- 15 class bobbin system
- Reverse button
- Tension dial
- Foot controller with retractable cord
- Soft dust cover
- Dual thread guide bar
- Sewing area light
- Vertical thread delivery system
You can see the stitches below:
This handy quick stitch flip chart is provided on top of the machine (see image below). It shows all the built-in stitches at a glance and provides corresponding stitch numbers.
This is not a lightweight sewing machine. If you are looking for something light – perhaps for taking to classes or on trips - you may want to view our list of the Best Portable Sewing Machines. The MC-6300P weighs 26.45 lbs which is certainly on the hefty side.
This sewing machine is also UL listed which is, to some extent, comforting. UL stands for Underwriters’ Laboratories and this group certifies that the product meets certain safety standards.
The warranty on the DC2015 is usually stated as “25 years” however this can sometimes be a bit misleading (the same approach most manufacturers seem to take). The actual breakdown is as follows:
- 25 years on mechanical parts
- 2 years on electrical parts
- 1 year labor
As mentioned, this machine comes with many accessories including a host of presser feet: Zigzag A (comes attached to the machine), Automatic Buttonhole R, Overedge C, Overcasting M, Rolled Hem D, Cording H, Zipper E, Blind Hem G, Satin Stitch F, Basting/Darning P, ¼ Inch Seam O, Even Feed, Open Toe Satin Stitch F-2. A foot storage box is also provided.
Additional accessories include needles, screwdrivers (one standard, one combination), both large and small spool holders, a lint brush, a seam ripper, quilting bars, a knee lifter, a foot controller, a cloth guide with screw, and bobbins. There is also an accessory box, the large acrylic extension table, an instruction manual, a power cord, and a soft dust cover.
Sewing Machine Manual
The manual for this machine is detailed and well written. This isn't the first time we've seen this with a Janome sewing machine. They often have very good manuals. You can check out this manual here: Janome MC-6300P Sewing Machine Manual.