Unboxing a Memory Craft 550E

Hi! I’m Amanda, a new Janome Canada Educator.

As a part of my Educator role I have to learn about and try out a bunch of different machines! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Janome sent me two machines to try, you may have seen my previous blog post about the M7 Continental! Janome sure did spoil me because they also sent me the Janome Memory Craft 550E!!!!! This is an embroidery only machine and is a major upgrade from the Janome 200E that I’ve been using the last few years.

My favourite part will always be opening the box! I know what to expect but that anticipation always gets me. I open up the top and I’m greeted with the largest embroidery hoop I’ve ever seen! It is massive! Think of all the things you could embroider in there! I’m fairly certain you can do the whole front of a shirt all in one go!

A few other doodads on the top of the styrofoam protection, a beautiful dust cover and manuals, instructional DVD and Embroidery Editor DVD plus the very important power cord and computer cable. Manuals may be a dry read but I tell you, this is where you unlock the full potential of your machine.

After removing the styrofoam layer I get to see the machine in real life!! Man, it’s big! So nice and white and look at all the accessories surrounding it! There are 3 more hoops! That means 4 hoops in total, a bag of accessories, cables (power and computer connection), a huge extension table and a few other little things.

Ok, can we talk about that display screen for a moment? That screen is a beautiful thing! AND it’s full colour! If you have ever used an embroidery machine with a monotone display you will understand my excitement for colour! The size alone of the display has me sold – Editing designs on there is going to be a breeze.

In the bag of accessories you will find a cute pair of scissors perfect for snipping threads, a high tension bobbin case, a few bobbins, 8 magnetic hoop clamps, a cleaning brush, some special bobbin cleaner, spare needles, assorted spool holders, an extra spool holder and two screwdrivers! All you really need to get started is some fabric, stabilizer and pretty threads!


I know I will start with a bunch of the built in designs but I want my first real project to be super fun!

If you have this machine, what would you want to stitch out first?


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4 Responses to Unboxing a Memory Craft 550E

  1. Carol says:

    Use mac computer to place files in folder named Embf on usb stick; tell computer not to initialize usb stick. Janome has its own software that will format usb…


  2. Joanne Spence says:

    I have a Sugarcraft business. The first thing I would do is embroider my logo on all my aprons and chef jackets.


  3. Holly says:

    I bought the Janome 550E just before the lockdown for Covid19. I only was able to stitch out one design of a birdhouse….now I making Masks for family and friends Can’t wait to get back to embroidery on this fantastic machine!!!
    I’m wondering if this machine is compatible with I Mac? I would like to be able to send my purchased designs from my computer directly to the 550E but I can’t figure out how.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Holly,
      No, the 550e is not one of our WIFI models. You would have to use a USB stick to take designs to the machine and open there. The editing software included with the 550E, is Embroidery Editir and that is Windows based. Not Mac.



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