Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Embroidery Sewing Machine

Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Embroidery Sewing Machine

Most quilters like to embellish with embroidery at some point. An embroidery sewing machine that is also suitable for quilting is ideal for this and Janome have produced a model they claim is perfect for this.

“Whether you quilt, embroider, sew home decor and garments, or do a combination of everything, this machine makes it all more enjoyable.”

With the advanced PC connection with horizon link you can view and edit your embroidery patterns via a computer interface. Let’s have a look and see what else the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has to offer.

Key Features 

horizon 1200 Advanced PC connectionHorizon Link, Advanced PC Connection – As already mentioned, although the Janome has a generous size on  board screen you can now attach the Janome Memory Craft to your PC or laptop via the exclusive Horizon Link. this means you can perform editing functions on a screen as large as you want. You don’t need to transfer the layout to the Memorycraft, all the editing is happening real-time. Because software is installed on your computer you can create anytime and then sync to your machine.


JPX Design Format – This is a new file format for embroidery designs which you can use to fine tune your designs before transferring via the Horizon Link.

stitch composer softwareStitch Composer Software – Another unique feature which allows you to create and edit stitches from your computer.

You can modify any of the stitches in the stitch composer library and save it as a new stitch giving it a memorable name.

Using the dot-to-dot drawing tool it’s easy to create your own unique stitch. Patterns can me mirrored and the needle position specified.

This feature gives you the creative freedom to develop your own style and create wonderful designs.

Stainless steel plateLarge space – At 11″ to the right of the needle; this is the largest bed space from the Janome range.

This makes it suitable for quilting and projects that need extra space. It also means a larger embroidery hoop can be accommodated.

This space also has a 15″ stainless plate with useful measurements embossed in it.

free motion quilterFree Motion Quilter – Precision Stitches and more decorative choices make free motion quilting a pleasure.

The foot height can be customized for a particular project and the settings saved. There is also an Automatic Pressure Height adjustment feature.


retractable height lightRetractable Height Light – This allows greater illumination in the area you need it.

With the 10 built-in LED lights in five locations seeing your project clearly won’t be a problem! There is also an Acuview Magnifier accessory available for extra magnification.


Linear Motion EmbroideryLinear Motion Embroidery System – Gives you a larger embroidery area and it slips neatly to the back of the machine.

You can leave it attached when you do regular sewing and is the only system on a home sewing machine that allows free arm embroidery.

Although the Janome can embroider up to 1000 stitches a minute there is no loss of stitch quality as the embroidery unit is so stable.

plate-converterOne Step Plate Converter – Easily switch plates with a simple press release button; then just snap the new plate into place in seconds.

This system also has a sensor which prevents sewing the wrong stitch with the wrong plate, no more broken needles and a great time saver.



9mm Stitch Width9mm Zig Zag – A great design feature that lets you fill a bigger area with bolder, brighter, decorative stitches.

Most of the built-in 425 stitches can take advantage of this feature. 25 of the included feet can be used with this 9mm zig zag stitch.


4 Embroidery Hoops – The FA10 Hoop is an elongated shape 3.9 inches x 1.6 inches (100 x 40mm). Perfect size for doing embroidery in small places like sleeves and cuffs. You can also embellish existing garments without taking them apart.

The SQ14 Standard Square Hoop is 5.5 inches square (140 x 140 mm), perfect for many designs.

The SQ23 Big Square Hoop at 9.1 inches square (230 x 230 mm) is great for “in the hoop” stippling on your quilt blocks and squares.

Quilting directly in the hoop has become popular recently and this hoop is made for the larger square designs. The magnetic clasps give more precise results moving from square to square.

The GR Grande Hoop called the “grande” because it’s 11.8 inches x 9.1 inches (300 x 230 mm) size!

This is for those large scale designs which come with the Memory Craft 1200 and allows even better precision. This hoop also features magnetic clasps.

Watch the video below to see the 12000 Embroidery Sewing Machine in action.

Other Features and Functions

  • Top loading rotary hook bobbin.
  • 425 stitches built in.
  • 13 automatic one-step buttonholes
  • Automatic thread tension
  • Needle threader built in.
  • Automatic cloth guide with the AcuGuide.
  • Snap-on presser feet
  • Needle up/down memory.
  • Automatic presser foot lift.
  • Layered Fabric Feeding System with AcuFeed Flex.
  • 7 piece feed dog with drop feed.
  • Free arm.
  • Variable Zig Zag for Free Motion Quilting.
  • Start/stop button.
  • Speed control via a slider.
  • Locking stitch button.
  • Automatic thread cutter with memory function.
  • Twin needle guard.
  • Reverse button.
  • Up to 4MB of memory storage.
  • Adjustable knee lift.
  • Auto declutch bobbin winder.
  • Extra high presser foot lift.
  • LCD Full color touchscreen.
  • Foot pressure adjustment.
  • Foot height adjustment.
  • Maximum stitch width: 9mm.
  • Maximum stitch length: 5mm.
  • On-screen help with the sewing application support.
  • 338 Built-in embroidery designs and10 Fonts with European characters.
  • 2&3 Letter monogramming function.
  • Linear Motion Embroidery System.
  • Resize, combine, duplicate, flip, arc, group, drag & drop, zoom, trace, and user color choice with the editing functions.
  • Adjustable speed during embroidering.
  • Flexible stitch travelling by units of 1, 10, and 100
  • Automatic return after a thread break.
  • Choose which brand of thread with the thread brand selector.
  • Just a few of the in-built designs avaiable


Included Accessories


 Memory craft 1200 accessories

Optional Accessories


Particularly useful for quilters is the optional AcuFill system. To see how it works and how it could benefit you watch the video below.


It’s pricey, but not as much as other embroidery sewing machines of the same class. A beginner might find it tricky to use.


The computer connection with real-time editing and the user-friendly software makes it easy to be creative.

It works with extra large hoops which can stay fixed during normal sewing. I love the retractable light, easy to get the light where you need it most.


25 thoughts on “Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Embroidery Sewing Machine”

  1. Hi Kathy,
    I am blown away! Just wow is all I can say. I can see why it cost $7000 and I am sure it is worth it. I can just imagine all the fun one could have with this embroidery machine.

    • Janome make wonderful embroidery machines but also add extra functions which make them suitable for quilters too. I LOVE the Horizon Memory Craft! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  2. WOW what an awesome looking machine.

    I so love embroidery sewing machines especially the Janome range of products. I’d love to have a play with that.. I wonder if I can rent it for a week as I’m only 12 months into the old Janome I have.

    GREAT and detailed review thanks Kathy.

    • Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Renting would be a good way of trying out the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000, it a fab embroidery sewing machine! I would suggest trying local sewing machine dealers and seeing if they have a renting arrangement in place. 🙂

    • Hi Jim, glad you enjoyed your visit. Even non-quilters can enoy reading about the functions and features of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000!

    • Hi Doug, this is definitely a quilters dream but also for any sewer who is serious about their craft! Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

  3. Wow. That’s a pretty spectacular machine. Used to have the 525 (525S or Z). Japanese make I believe. I preferred it to the Singer. It was a great machine, but not a patch on the Horizon Memory Craft with it’s computer embroidery etc. nothing like that on the 525 I’m afraid. It looks like something for the pro rather than the enthusiast to be honest, especially at that price.

    • The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is a pretty spectacular machine and you’re right, I think you’d need to be using it a lot at that price. The ability to create your own designs as well as quilting features are what makes this sewing machine stand out from its competitors. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  4. hi Kathy!
    Holy! That is quite the expensive and powerful machine! I have to admit that I know nothing about this but it seems like there is not much it cannot do. Is that really the typical price for such equipment? Wow, I would have never guessed. But at the same time, this seems quite high tech, which is for sure quite useful.

    • Hi Emily. Like all things there is a big price range for embroidery sewing machines that will also do quilting. My friend bought a $100 machine, all she does is the occasional repair! The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 is at the other end of the scale, top spec, computerized and well built. I like it because it’s also suitable for quilters, the functions and features are pretty cool! Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

  5. To think my grandmother used to do all her embroidery by hand. She was really good at it and some of her designs, though simple, looked really nice. If she were alive today, she’d go crazy over Memory Craft 1200. Heck, this thing looks so high tech and cool, even I could get into embroidery!

    • I have some beautiful vintage embroidery samples, hand sewn! What I like about the Janome 12000 is not only do you have the built in designs but you can create your own. Men are getting more into sewing these days, Janome make it easy for you! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Dave. 🙂

  6. That looks like a neat machine, don’t know much about sewing or Embroidery nor does my brother or my sisters so forgive me if my questions have an obvious answer. From what I understand, this machine is a regular sewing machine that has an attachment for embroidery right? I know far too often when a machine has attachments that replace another machine is often inferior, Is this the case with this system? My mother is 71, does the techniques with this machine differ from what she’d be accustomed to, keep in mind, she’s probably had her equipment for 20 or 30 years. I imagine the advancement in technology changed but are the basics the same?

    • Hi Dan. All the embroidery stitches are built in and you can also design your own with The Memory Craft 12000. As with any machine you need to change the foot according to the sewing you are doing, like a zipper foot for attaching zips, or a buttonhole foot. To do embroidery you attach one of the embroidery hoops, as you would with hand sewing. These hoops are snap on and, the difference between this and other machines is you can leave the hoop on for regular sewing.
      Hope this helps and if you’ve any more questions please ask. 🙂

  7. Key Kathy,
    I really respect you for the kind of content that you create. Who could even think of reviewing a memory craft in such detail.

    I’m sharing this post with my mother 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I hope your Mother enjoys reading about this fab sewing machine from Janome. 🙂

  8. Hello, Kathy.
    Your Reviews on Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 Embroidery Sewing Machine are very detailed and research information that very beneficial to the visitors to this site.
    Having an Image of this product along with the Accessories is very helpful for the visitor to have an idea what the product look like.
    Also, you let the visitors that they have options. You gave Reviews on machines like Singer, Brother, Janome, Long Arm and Juki. This is great, now the visitors have other machines to make a comparison to your featured Machine, the Janome.
    Keep up the good job you’re doing, Kathy. Take care.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed my review Prince, and your visit to my site. thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  9. I like that you can edit real time, but I’m certainly not an avid advanced sewer that would benefit from such a high tech machine. Is there something a little simpler that you can recommend for a novice like me? And can you design your stitching images from scratch, or do you have to go off of templates?

  10. This is such a thorough review of the memory craft 12000 embroidery sewing machine and am impressed of the knowledge you have shared with us. It makes me more confident to see you recommending this to us, despite the steep price. I think the key features section of your review provides a great deal of value in this machine we usually can’t find in any ordinary sewing machine. All in all great review, and I’ll definitely be checking this one out 🙂

    • Thanks Pete, Janome make quality machines, especially in the higher price range. The Memory Craft certainly isn’t an ordinary sewing machine as you can see and quilters love it!


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