Janome MC4800

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Sold from 1999 to 2004.

The Memory Craft 4800 is a machine made especially for quilting. It has a large, backlit LCD display with easy-to-follow icons. Previous Setting Recall (a feature not available on any other Memory Craft sewing machine), allows the MC4800 to remember the last stitch that was sewn--even after the machine has been turned off. The full rotary, horizontal, magnetic hook system provides whisper-quiet operation. And because accuracy is so important in a quilting machine, the automatic thread tension assures legendary Janome stitch quality.


  • Large backlit LCD screen
  • Maximum sewing speed: 820 spm
  • Needle up/down programming
  • Built-in needle threader 
  • Halogen lamp
  • Electronic foot control
  • One-hand thread cutter 
  • 233 decorative, letter and utility stitches 
  • 6 buttonholes 
  • 2 monogram fonts
  • 10 direct select keys
  • 4 modes
  • 50 stitch combinations to memory
  • Individual stitch editing
  • Combination stitch editing
  • Elongation
  • Turn over memory 
  • 3 recall memory banks
  • Variable speed lever
  • Free arm
  • SFS (superior feed system)
  • Extra needle penetration power
  • Automatic thread tension
  • Simplified threading system
  • Top-loading bobbin with clear cover plate
  • Extra-high presser foot lift
  • Quick-change, snap-on presser feet
  • Two storage compartments
  • 10 languages available on-screen
  • Adjustable stitch width up to 7mm
  • Adjustable stitch length up to 5mm
  • Hard case
  • Full-featured editing of stitches - width and length
  • Elongation of selected stitches up to 5 times their original length
  • Three memory banks, storing up to 50 stitches in each bank
  • Sensor Buttonholes
  • 10 Accessory Feet
  • 2 Accessory Storage Areas
  • Pressure Adjustment Dial
  • Display instruction can be viewed in 10 different languages
  • Twin Needle Indicator
  • Speed Control Lever
  • Needle Threader
  • Auto-Lock Button
  • Electronic Foot Control
  • Carrying Case

Four Mode selections

  1. Direct Mode - Stitches used most often
  2. Mode 2 - Stitches 1-99 using numeric entry
  3. Mode 3 - Block letter style with upper and lower case
  4. Mode 4 - Script letter style with upper and lower case
  • 99 Stitch Patterns Including Buttonhole
  • Iconographic Display/ Backlit LCD Screen
  • Screen Sharpness Adjusting Knob
  • Direct Pattern Selection
  • Auto-Lock
  • Lock-A-Matic Stitch
  • Alphabet Capability 2 Fonts Upper/LowerCase
  • Number Capability
  • Alphabet/Number Customizing
  • Adjustable Stitch Width from 0 to 7 mm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length from 0 to 5 mm
  • One-step Sensor Type Automatic Buttonhole System: 6 Styles
  • External Feed Balancing Dial
  • SFS (Superior Feed System)
  • Box Feed System
  • Drop Feed System
  • Automatic Tension
  • Auto Thread Tension Indicator
  • Horizontal Thread Delivery
  • Lay-in Threading with Numbered Paths
  • 2 Different Sized Thread Caps
  • Built-in Needle Threader
  • One Hand Thread Cutter
  • Snap-On Feet
  • Number of Standard Feet: 13
  • Decorative and Utility Stitch Combination
  • Pattern Combination: up to 50
  • Recall Memory Banks: 3
  • Mirror Image
  • Turn-Over Memory
  • Clear Key
  • Edit Stitch Combinations
  • Individual Stitch Editing
  • Conveniently Located Reverse Button
  • Twin Needle Safety Button
  • Information ("?") key
  • Elongation
  • Resumption Set/Last Stitch Recall
  • Multi-Language
  • Extended Seam Allowance Guide
  • Electronic Foot Control
  • Failsafe Device-Electronic Beep
  • Beeper ON/Off Control
  • Quilting Guide
  • Jam Proof, Magnetic, Top Loading, Full Rotary Bobbin System
  • Auto Declutch Bobbin Winding
  • Thread Cutter
  • See Through Bobbin Cover with One Touch Release Button
  • Pressure Regulating Dial for Precise Feeding
  • Extra High Presser Foot Life for Extra Clearance
  • 15 Needle Positions
  • Free Arm Removable Accessory Tray
  • Needle Up/Down
  • Machine Cover (Hard)
  • Convenient Top Storage Compartment
  • Large Carrying Handle
  • Front Position Halogen Lightbulb
  • DC Motor
  • Self Diagnostic System

California Residents:


Nita 10 november 2022, 11:03

I bought this machine in 2006 and its never failed me. Even though I have the latest MC9450 for quilting, I still use this for classes and traveling and even at home I come back to its simplicity for a quick sew. A very quiet, efficient machine with all the necessary musts for quilting in a small package, its built to last. I finally had it serviced in 2021, and all it needed was a new bobbin case.

Wendy Farnsworth 03 may 2021, 00:14

First top of the line machine my husband bought me . I’m still using it to this day! Even though I now have a MC15000 and an Elna 780 I still return to the simple comfort of this machine. It has never let me down.

Peggy 14 april 2021, 21:26

If you can find one in good condition, grab it. I have had mine since 2008, bought it second hand as a backup for my Janome 6600P. This little machine is awesome, stitches beautifully, and I am now handing down to a 15 year old daughter of a good friend who has outgrown her Janome Hello Kitty. Had this machine serviced before taking it to her and the repairman said this beauty will keep humming along for another ten or fifteen years. Best $300 machine I ever purchased. Don't know what it sold for brand new, but I snapped this one up from a local quilt shop, someone had traded her in for a newer model.

Ann 28 january 2021, 14:07

I've had it since 2000 and never a problem.
From light weight, knit, denim, cottons.
I'm still using it along with a used Janome Classmate machine
Both really good machines.

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