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Janome Memory Craft 500E

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Janome Memory Craft 500E Embroidery Machine

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The features and design functions of the Memory Craft 500E are exceptional, including: 160 Built-In designs, 6 fonts for monograms and the ability to digitally import and edit designs using the USB port and on-screen editing functions on the LCD touchscreen.

This exciting new product is now available only at Authorized Janome Dealers.


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Embroidery takes everyday items and creates unique pieces that express your personal style. You can now create personalized looks at home with the Memory Craft 500E. Try monograms for ultimate customized looks. Or embellish your home décor to create lux pieces for your interiors. Even simple detailing gives your garments that special one-of-a-kind accent. The possibilities are endless with the Memory Craft 500E.

Accessories included with the Memory Craft 500E are four embroidery hoops: RE28b 7.9" x 11", RE20b 5.5" x 7.9", SQ20b 7.9" x 7.9", and SQ14 5.5" x 5.5"; as well as a larger workspace to accommodate the new, larger embroidery area.


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A New Way to Multitask

TheJanome 500E presents a new and creative way to multitask. The 500E is completely reliable so you won't need to monitor the embroidery process, leaving you free to enjoy completing your new quilt, garment or home décor project.


New, Larger Workspace

This fantastic feature is the largest embroidery area Janome has ever included on an embroidery-only machine! Providing you with an amazing 7.9’’x 11’’ of space to embroider even your biggest projects.


Full Colour LCD Touchscreen

See your design with perfect clarity on our 5” full-color LCD touchscreen. Edit your design quickly and easily, review stitch out details, change hoops, and much more on this easy-to-use feature!


Enhanced Editing Features
Take control of your design with digital editing functions on the LCD touchscreen including: enlarge and reduce, rotate and flip, drag and drop, copy and paste, arcing, combine, grouping, corner layout, single-color sewing, corner layout,  and zoom.


Fast and Convenient Features

The Memory Craft 500E make your embroidery experience faster and easier with:

•   160 built-in embroidery designs
•   6 Fonts for monogramming
•   Automatic thread cutter
•   Easy set bobbin and bobbin winding plate with cutter
•   Bobbin thread sensor
•   Programmable jump thread trimming


Janome 500E

Janome 450E

Advanced Needle Threader


One hand needle threader




USB Host & Function


USB host only

Direct PC Link & USB Cable



PC Software With Embroidery Software


No, machine editing only


4 Standard

4 Standard


Janome 500E instructional DVD transcription


Thank you for purchasing the Janome 500E embroidery machine. This instruction DVD explains the basic operations of your new Janome embroidery machine.


Preparation - Connecting the power supply - before connecting the machine to the power supply, make sure to turn the power switch off. Connect the power supply cord by inserting the plugs into the 500E and a power outlet. Turn the power switch on.


  • Winding the bobbin - press the lock out key. Slide the hook cover release button to the right, and remove the hook cover. Take out the bobbin. Put the bobbin on the bobbin winder spindle. Press the lock out key to unlock the MC500E. Place a spool of thread on the spool pin and secure the spool with a spool holder. Use the extra spool pin when you need to wind the bobbin without un-threading the machine. Insert the extra spool pin into the hole. Place the spool of thread on the spool pin and secure the spool with the spool holder. Pull the thread with both hands and guide the thread around the bobbin winder thread guide. Hold the thread with both hands and wind the thread around the bobbin clockwise several times. Insert the thread into one of the slits of the flange plate and pull the thread to cut it. Push the bobbin winder spindle to the right. The visual touch screen will show the bobbin winding sign. Press the start/ stop button. Stop the machine when the bobbin is fully wound and stops spinning. Return the bobbin winder spindle to the left. Remove the bobbin. Insert the thread into one of the slits on the flange plate and pull the thread to cut it.
  • Inserting the bobbin - Press the lockout key. Place the bobbin in the bobbin holder with the thread running off counter clockwise. Hold the bobbin in place with your fingertips so it does not rotate. Guide the thread into the front notch of the bobbin holder. Pass the thread under the guide and pull it to the left. Pass the thread into the guide paths marked 1 and 2. Pull the thread to the right through the slit. Insert the hook cover plate.
  • Threading the Janome 500E - raise the presser foot lifter. Press the lockout key. Turn the hand wheel towards you to raise the needle to its highest position. Pull the thread with both hands and pass the thread into the slit of the pretension thread guide. Wind the thread around the pretension thread guide, once. Draw the thread around the corner of the upper thread guide. Firmly pull the thread towards you until the thread snaps. Pull the thread down along the right channel. Pull the thread up around the guide plate and along the left channel. Slip the thread into the eye of the take up lever and pull it down along the left channel. Pass the thread through the lower thread guide from the right to the left. Pass the thread through the needle bar thread guide from the right and draw it to the left firmly. Thread the needle, with the needle threader.
  • Built-in needle threader - press the lockout key. Lower the presser foot. Turn the hand wheel towards you until the needle thread sign appears on the right, upper corner of the lock out window. Pass the thread through the thread holder of the needle threader. The thread should pass under the hook. Cut the thread with the thread cutter. Pull down the needle threader knob as far as it will go. Raise the threader slowly so a loop of the thread is pulled up through the needle eye. Pull the thread through the needle eye. Pass the needle thread through the hole in the embroidery foot. Hang the thread on the thread holder from front to back.


Janome 500E operating buttons and function keys


  • Start/ stop button - press the start/ stop button to start or stop the machine.
  • Thread cutter button - press this button to trim the threads after sewing.
  • Home key - press this key to enter the category selection.
  • Open file key - press this key and the open file window will open. You can open embroidery designs saved in the Janome 500E’s internal memory or on a USB flash drive.
  • Set mode key - press this key to enter the setting mode. You can customize the machine settings to your preference.
  • Help key - press this key to view the step by step visual guide to the essential operations.
  • Lockout key- press this key to lockout it  when threading the embroidery machine, replacing the accessories etc., to reduce the risk of injuries all the buttons and keys are deactivated. To unlock the machine, press the lockout key, again.
  • Next page key - to view the next page, press the next page key.
  • Previous page key - to view the previous page, press the previous page key.




Preparing the hoop - attach a stabilizer to the wrong side of the fabric. Draw the center lines on the fabric. Lay the inner hoop and template on the fabric. Match the center lines of the fabric with the template. Loosen the hoop tightening screw on the outer hoop. Place the inner hoop and fabric on the outer hoop. Push the inner hoop and fabric into the outer hoop. Tighten the screw on the outer hoop. Remove the template. Attach the clamps, depending on the hoops. Make sure that the fabric is stretched tightly in the hoop. Place the prepared hoop on the Janome 500E embroidery machine. Engage the notches with the pins on the carriage while pulling the lever towards you. Push the hoop against the pins. Release the knob to lock the hoop in place.


Embroidery sewing on the Janome 500E  


  • Selecting patterns from built-in designs - press the built-in design key and the pattern selection window opens. You can browse the pattern list by design category or by hoop size. Browse the list with the page key until the desired pattern is showing. Let’s select design number two. Press the OK key and the carriage will move to center position. The visual touch screen displays information such as: hoop size, dimension of the design, number of threads, required sewing time, etc. Lower the presser foot and press the start/ stop button. After sewing several stitches stop the machine, trim the thread, and press the start/ stop button again. The 500E will sew the first color section and stop automatically when it is finished. Change the thread to the next color and start the embroidery machine again.
  • Monogramming - press the monogram key and the monogram window for Gothic font will open. You can select one of the ten fonts for monogramming as well as two letter, three letter, border patterns and normal sewing patterns. The size of letters can be changed by pressing the letter size key. Press the letter or number key to enter the desired character.  To delete the character press the cursor key to move the cursor under the character you want to delete. Press the delete key. To insert the character move the cursor to the desired position and enter the character. Press the OK key and the screen shows the ready to sew window.
  • Editing the embroidery designs with your Janome 500E - in the editing mode, you can edit and combine designs to create your own original embroidery designs. Press the editing mode key to open the editing window. You need to select the appropriate hoop before editing the designs. Press the hoop selection key and select the hoop you wish to use. Press the home key. You can open the built-in designs, monograms and designs, from a USB flash drive into the editing window. Select the data source for the design you wish to open. Select the desired pattern, in the pattern selection window. The editing window displays the pattern you selected. To change the size of the design, press the resize key and the resize window opens. Press the plus or minus key to change the design size. Press the OK key. Press the layout key to move the design in the editing window, or to drag the design to the desired position. To make a copy of the design, press the duplicate key. When you need to delete the design, select the design and press the delete key. Press the next set key and the rotate key to open the rotation option window. Press one of the four keys to rotate the design clockwise or counter clockwise. Press the OK key. To flip the design press the vertical mirror key or horizontal mirror key. Press the OK key. Press the OK key and the ready to sew window appears.


File management


  • Saving the designs as a stitch data file - you can save original embroidery designs as files in the built-in memory and/ or on a USB flash drive. Press the save file key to open the save file window. Press the built-in memory key or USB flash drive key to select the location to save the file. Open the folder. The file name is assigned automatically stating from number M001. If you wish to change the file name, press the rename key to open the keyboard window. Enter the new name and press the OK key. Press the OK key to save the design under the new name.
  • Opening a file - when you press the open file key, the open file window appears. Press the built-in memory key or USB flash drive key to select the location. Open the folder. Press the desired file icon and the embroidery window of the saved design appears on the screen. Press the OK key.


Customizing the Janome 500E machine settings - you can customize the machine settings in the machine setting mode. Press the set mode key to enter the settings mode. There are three setting modes: the common setting, embroidery setting and language selection. For example, let’s customize the maximum embroidery sewing speed. Press the embroidery setting mode key to open the embroidery setting mode window. Go to page 2 of 6 by pressing the page key. Press the plus key to increase the speed, or press the minus key to decrease the speed. To activate your custom setting press the OK key.


Care and Maintenance for your Janome 500E - before carrying out any maintenance or cleaning, be sure to turn off the machine and disconnect it from the power supply.


  • Replacing the needle - to replace the needle, loosen the needle clamp screw with a screw driver and remove the needle. Insert a new needle with the flat side facing back. Push the needle up against the stopper and tighten the needle clamp screw securely with a screw driver.
  • Cleaning the Janome 500E - it is recommended to clean the hook area and automatic thread cutter device at least once a month. Be sure to turn off your 500E and disconnect it from the power supply. Remove the needle and presser foot. Press the hook cover release button to the right and remove the hook cover. Take out the bobbin from the bobbin holder. Remove the set screws from the needle plate with a screw driver. Remove the needle plate and take out the bobbin holder. Clean the bobbin holder with a lint brush. Apply a few drops of the bobbin holder cleaner to a soft cloth and wipe the bobbin holder, both inside and outside. Clean the thread cutter device with a lint brush. Wipe the inside of the hook race with a cloth. Attach the bobbin holder in the hook race making sure the knob fits next to the stopper of the hook race. Attach the needle plate and hook cover plate. Attach the presser foot and needle. For oiling the machine, refer to the instruction manual. Wipe the Janome 500E embroidery machine body using a soft cloth. Never use Benzene or other chemical solvents for cleaning the machine body. Regular maintenance will insure your machine runs trouble free.

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