Janome DC2015 Review In Detail

Janome DC2015 Review In Detail

Janome DC2015 is a quality computerized sewing machine. It has all the basics covered, except for the lack of lettering fonts for basic monogramming.

Editor rating


From the year 2010 to 2015, every year Janome came with a DC series machine with the year as model number. All DC series machines were good quality, high performing machines and received very good feedback from users. This may be the reason why they made it a habit of rolling out a new model every year with the year as model number. The difference between the models were limited to color schemes and couple of minor features.

In 2015, Janome tried something different. Janome DC2015 is the most unique of all DC series machines. It comes in bright red color and there are some major changes in features as well. DC2015 has 60 built-in stitches including 6 one-step buttonholes (remember DC2014 had only 50 built-in stitches and 3 one-step buttonholes). DC2015 is a full fledged computerized sewing machine. There are lot of changes when compared to other DC machines. The LED screen has got bigger and stitch navigation button has changed. The workspace on this machine is pretty impressive, it measures 6.2" x 4.7".

The machine comes with an automatic needle threader for easy threading. Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover is nice for keeping an eye on the thread supply. Reverse sewing button though small for my liking, is conveniently placed. Thread tension is automatic, but it can be overridden using the dial. The maximum stitch width is 7mm, which is pretty good for a machine in this segment. The maximum stitch length is 5mm. The feed system is 7-point, which is really good to ensure consistent stitch quality.

Janome DC2015 features programmable needle up/down button. This is essential for quilters.  You can change the needle position to up/down position for pivoting or other stuffs. The machine is free arm and drop feed convertible. A total of 15 needle positions are available on this machine. There is an easy to use dedicated locking stitch button, with which you can lock the stitches at the beginning and end with just the push of a button.

Due to the quality of plastic and since the inside frame of Janome DC2015 is made of metal, the machine is slightly on the heavier side. It weighs 18.2 lbs. This is good as it adds to the stability and durability of the machine. An extra high presser foot lifter offers more clearance while working with multiple layers of fabric. Presser foot pressure can be manually adjusted. A manual thread cutter is also provided on the side of the machine.

Ease of Use

Like all other DC series machines, Janome DC2015 is an excellent performer. It also has the luxury of few extra stitches compared to the previous models. The operation is pretty quiet. Even impressive is its performance with denim. It doesn't seem to struggle at all, even if you throw 6 layers of denim at it. The stitch quality over stretchy, lightweight fabrics is also very good. The speed control slider gives you good control over the sewing speed. The build quality is excellent and it doesn't look flimsy at all. The machine is very easy to thread and use. I don't think beginners will have any trouble using this machine. Overall, I am very happy with the performance of the machine.

Drawbacks

The automatic needle threader needs couple of attempts to get used to. 

DC2015 does not have a font for basic monogramming. A font for lettering would have made this machine picture perfect.

Pros

•    Easy to use
•    Quality stitches
•    Solid machine
•    Excellent looks (even though it doesn't really matter for a sewing machine)

Cons

•    Automatic needle threader needs practice
•    No fonts for basic monogramming

Review Verdict

Janome DC2015 impressed me in all departments. It has all the basics covered, except for the lack of lettering font. 

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches60
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles6 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLED Display and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Feed Dog7-piece
Included FeetBlind Hem Foot, Overedge Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Satin Stitch Foot Open Toe, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot (screw on).
Machine Weight18.2 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Needle Positions15
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Work Space6.2" x 4.7"
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)Yes
TensionAutomatic (Can be adjusted with dial)
Included Wide Extension TableNo
Knee LifterNo
CoverHard Cover