Best Janome Sewing Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 30, 2018
Looking for a good-quality but reasonably priced sewing machine from a reliable brand to use at home or work? One of the top choices today fall to the Janome brand, a Japanese manufacturer with a long history of innovations. We offer you Janome sewing machine reviews for the most popular models. Their functionality differs, as do their prices, so maybe you'll find what you need here. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
SHUTTLE
BUILT-IN STITCHES
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
SEWING SPEED
EXTRA FEATURES
ADJUSTMENT
PRESSER FEET
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The 120 unique stitch patterns enable you to make embroideries and sew tags in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. It is a machine to satisfy the most demanding professional and hobbyist seamstresses.

CONS

It takes time to learn everything offered.

OUR VERDICT

This Janome sewing machine with an extension table and an easy-to-read LCD display offers utmost control over the process. It handles most fabrics, thick and thin, splendidly. Great choice for professionals who need maximum possibilities.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Horizontal, Top-loading bobbin system

BUILT-IN STITCHES

120

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

820 stitches per minute

EXTRA FEATURES

LCD screen, Automatic Needle Threader, Free Arm, Memorized needle up/down (down as default), Drop Feed, 7 one-step buttonholes, Built-in thread cutter, Stitch pattern memory capability, Extension Table 

ADJUSTMENT

7-piece feed dog, Speed control slider, Start-stop button, Maximum stitch width 7mm, Maximum stitch length 5mm, Manual thread tension control, Locking stitch button, Easy reverse button, Auto declutch bobbin winder, Foot pressure adjustment

PRESSER FEET

Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Overedge Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 
2 Years on Electrical Parts 
1 Year on Labor

PROS

The delivery package includes, besides the Janome sewing machine, a set of different feet, needles, several screwdrivers, a hard case for transportation, and more for easy and comfortable sewing.

CONS

The Reverse Stitch button is located a bit awkwardly.

OUR VERDICT

The Janome HD3000 is a multifunctional unit with 18 built-in stitches and an automatic buttonhole sewing. The control over the machine is smooth and intuitive so that novice seamstresses could provide good results and experienced ones even better.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Horizontal, Top-loading bobbin system

BUILT-IN STITCHES

18

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

860 stitches per minute

EXTRA FEATURES

Automatic Needle Threader, Free Arm, One-step buttonhole, Drop Feed, Thread Cutter

ADJUSTMENT

5-piece feed dog, Length and width adjustment (width up to 6.5mm), Adjustable presser foot pressure, Easy reverse button, Manual thread tension

PRESSER FEET

Automatic Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot E

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 
2 Years on Electrical Parts 
1 Year on Labor 

PROS

Among the 12 stitch patterns, there are the options to make stretching and hidden stitches. These options are useful when you need to touch up hems and sections.

CONS

The foot holder could be made of a better material.

OUR VERDICT

This is a classic entry-level Janome sewing machine. It has a flashlight for when you work in the evening or in a bad-lit room. Remove a sewing table and you have a sleeve console convenient for mending narrow parts of clothes.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Front loading vertical oscillating hook bobbin

BUILT-IN STITCHES

12

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Semi-automatic

SEWING SPEED

Foot pedal speed control

EXTRA FEATURES

Free Arm, Drop Feed, 1 four-step buttonhole

ADJUSTMENT

5-piece feed dog, Two retractable vertical spool pins, Extra high presser foot lift, Maximum stitch width 5mm, Maximum stitch length 4mm, Reverse stitch button, Manual thread tension

PRESSER FEET

Blind Hem Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 
2 Years on Electrical Parts 
1 Year on Labor

PROS

The machine is equipped with a 5-piece feed dog for the most precise control over the fabric. The semi-automatic 4-step buttonhole sewing with balance adjustment will handle most dense fabrics.

CONS

The user guide is complicated in some parts.

OUR VERDICT

The Magnolia 7318 from Janome brand is a sturdy sewing machine with a powerful motor that provides longevity and stability in operation. The speed is controlled with a foot pedal and there is a chart of stitches on the housing.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Top loading full rotary hook bobbin

BUILT-IN STITCHES

18

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Semi-automatic

SEWING SPEED

Foot pedal speed control

EXTRA FEATURES

Free arm, Drop feed, 1 four-step buttonhole

ADJUSTMENT

5-piece feed dog, Extra high presser foot lift, Maximum stitch width 5mm, Maximum stitch length 4mm, Reverse stitch button, Manual thread tension

PRESSER FEET

Blind Hem Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 
2 Years on Electrical Parts 
1 Year on Labor 

PROS

The feet pressure change is convenient and, combined with the smooth stitch length and width correction, it allows for faster adjustment for different types of fabrics.

CONS

No drop feed.

OUR VERDICT

Cute brightly colored sewing machine with the bare minimum of features for utility sewing and some features for decorative, this model offers silent and smooth work with high-quality results. A good "my-first-sewing-machine" option.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Front loading vertical oscillating hook bobbin

BUILT-IN STITCHES

15

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Semi-automatic

SEWING SPEED

800 stitches per minute

EXTRA FEATURES

Free Arm, 1 four-step buttonhole

ADJUSTMENT

3-piece feed dog, Extra high presser foot lift, Maximum stitch width 5mm, Maximum stitch length 4mm, Easy reverse button, Manual thread tension

PRESSER FEET

Blind Hem Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 
2 Years on Electrical Parts 
1 Year on Labor

Janome 4120QDC

Everything You Can Imagine

This Janome sewing machine can do just about anything a professional seamstress or a passionate hobbyist can think of. It's basically a sewing computer, it's hard to think about it as just a sewing machine since we're used to far fewer features in our traditional models. Also, it is computerized, complete with an easy-to-read LCD control panel, making it possible for you to control every stage of the process and create the most intricate costumes with little effort. So, what exactly does it offer?

First and foremost, there are 120 stitches preloaded to this machine. That's kind of hard to believe since most models, even top-shelf ones, usually offer up to what, 15 to 50 or so? But indeed, here you will find 120 options for stitching, including alphabet, enabling you to do embroidery and tag sewing as well as putting together pieces of fabric. Granted, it will probably take up quite a bit of time to master them all and remember how to properly set the one you need so we recommend that you practice before you do the actual masterpiece you've planned.

The Janome brand also knows that the most widespread health issue seamstresses deal with is eyestrain, and for that reason, this model features top-loading bobbin system with an automatic needle threader. Forget about trying to manually fit the thread into the needle, the machine will do that for you. Replacing the bobbin is almost completely automatic, too, and jamming is nearly non-existent.

Review of Janome 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine

Sewing Computer

As mentioned before, the machine is computerized. It has an assortment of buttons for faster control of the sewing process, including the button to start/stop the machine without using a foot control, despite it having one, of course.

There is a button for reverse/reinforcement stitching, thread cutting (both the top and the bottom thread), putting the needle up or down, etc. By pushing the Lock Stitch button, you can be sure you won't end up with half a pattern. The buttons quicken and simplify your work nicely, a characteristic often vital for professionals, of course, but also for hobbyists getting ready for events and conventions yet dealing with day jobs or studying. The sewing speed is not the fastest out there, though it is not slow, 820 stitches per minute.

A separate mention we've saved for the supply kit of this model by the Janome brand. It is quite full for the price you pay. You will have a variety of feet for different goals, a maintenance kit with a screwdriver and a lint brush, a cover to transport the machine without incidentally damaging it, an extension table, and a handful of other tools.

The model is indeed a bit complicated, we can hardly call this Janome a beginner sewing machine. However, it does come with a CD manual that will guide you through getting acquainted with your 4120QDC. With a little dedication, you will master it in no time.

Janome 4120QDC Computerized Sewing Machine in the use

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Janome HD3000

Strong Beginner Model

The HD3000 is a beginner sewing machine from the Janome brand for those who plan to either go pro or otherwise exploit the creative sewing. It is well-stocked with features that will satisfy many if not all professional seamstresses yet it is exceptionally easy to master.

The model is equipped with a top-loading bobbin system known as a more convenient one when it comes to setting and changing the bobbin as well as controlling the thread. With a top-loading system, you will see it when the thread is getting close to its end so that you can replace it in time. At the same time, the system is jam-proof, preventing you from running off the edge. The automatic needle threader will help you preserve your eyesight since you won't need to strain to put the thread into the needle.

With this model, you can adjust the presser foot to the most comfortable and convenient level with ease—using the dial right before your eyes. There are two of them on the front of this Janome sewing machine: one for the foot pressure and another for the stitch width adjustment. The latter can be set between 0 and 6.5 mm with a stem of 0.5 mm and the former is up to 4.

The free arm is a highly useful feature for household sewing. With it, sleeves and pants legs of your clothes will always look neat.

Review of Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

The Easy-to-Learn Machine

This Janome beginner sewing machine makes 860 stitches per minute, which is admittedly not the fastest sewing possible but is still considered a fairly high speed.

The 18 built-in stitches are quite enough for a household use and for professional use if you have a separate embroidery machine. What makes this model a great choice for beginners, though, is that there is a "cheat sheet" on the machine itself as to what each stitch pattern looks like and how they are made. You will see it on the inner side of the top cover, the sewing guide for each pattern, with full settings, from the foot you need to use to the foot pressure and stitch width you need to set. It is much more convenient than sneaking a glance on the manual you put on a book stand at the side.

Besides the manual, you will also see the stitch you are using on the front panel of your Janome sewing machine: all the 18 stitches are painted there with the small lights beneath each. The lights turn on when you select a stitch.

Like most times with the Janome brand machines, this one comes with the package full of tools and supplements, including a selection of feet (Blind Hem "G" Foot, Overedge "C" Foot, Rolled Hem "D" Foot, Zipper "E" Foot, Buttonhole "B" Foot, Automatic Buttonhole "R" Foot), 2 packs of leather needles and 1 of universal ones, 2 screwdrivers (traditional and small), 2 spool holders (large and small), a lint brush and more. Practically everything needed for work and maintenance is there.

Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine in the use

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Janome 2212

Study the Craft

There is a reason this model is popular in schools where sewing is a part of the Home Economics curriculum. If you are completely new to the art of sewing and/or you are looking for something perfectly simple and affordable to make your first steps with mending your own and your family's clothes, check out this Janome beginner sewing machine. It is perfectly simple and can be taken at face value—you get what you see.

This machine is compact and lightweight, it won't take a lot of space in your room and it can be easily transported or hidden be there a need for that. Though keep in mind that it comes without the hard case so in case you do need to bring it around you will need to buy a carry bag separately, preferably one with hard or semi-hard walls to save the machine from bumps.

Despite it being light, simple, and relatively cheap, this model is still fairly heavy-duty. It will allow you to sew through dense fabrics like denim, for example, without a special foot. Speaking of which, there are three feet in the package: a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, and a blind hem foot. The foot control is also included. That's not as many as some more expensive professional models have but usually, it is more than enough for casual household sewing as well as for learning how to sew in general.

Review of Janome 2212 Easy turn dial pattern selection

Simple But Not Too Simple

Some (most) entry-level machines offer up to 5 main stitch patterns whereas this model from the Janome brand has 12 and learning them all is a cakewalk—there is a chart of all 12 at the front of the machine, right beside the round dials. The chart shows you each type of stitch and how it will look as well as its designation on the dials. Instead of flipping through manual pages, you can stay focused on your piece and the machine itself.

The dials are round, the shape most of us are familiar with. There are two of them, the one on the left—with the letters—is the stitch selector, you turn it when you choose the stitch pattern. The second one is the stitch length adjustment dial. With this machine, you can have stitches of up to 4mm in length. When you need to lock the stitches for reinforcement, there is a Reverse lever under the stitches chart. And when you have a jeans leg to stitch, you can remove the built-in part of the sewing table to create a kind of a sleeve console.

This Janome sewing machine has a front-loading bobbin system. Loading it is a bit more tricky than the top-loading one but thanks to this, the machine is able to work with dense fabrics.

Janome 2212 Easy turn dial pattern selection in the use

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Janome 7318

Entry-Level With Some Extra

Usually, entry-level sewing machines feature a more traditional front-loading bobbin system where you need to open the bobbin compartment, put the bobbin inside, and guide the thread into the needle manually and in a specific way. It is not a bad option in any way but most seamstresses agree that the top-loading system is more convenient in that it is both easier to handle and it allows easy monitoring of the thread—with a see-through cap, you'll see when the tread is nearly ending so that you can replace it without disrupting your stitches. Well, despite being an entry-level, the Magnolia 7318 sewing machine from the Janome brand has the top-loading bobbin system which is also jam-proof. That's the first benefit not too widespread in beginner machines.

The second is the number of preset stitch patterns. Whereas most models go for 10 or so stitches, this one offers you 18. Granted, there are mechanic models with 25, 30, 50 patterns and computerized ones can have up to 200 options but they will also cost accordingly. For some casual sewing without embroidery and tags, 18 patterns can be quite enough. The stitches are easy to use with the chart on the front part of the machine where it is drawn to show the pattern and its designation on the dial.

Review of Janome 7318 Magnolia Sewing Machine

There's More

Seeing as this Janome sewing machine is quite portable, one might think it is not very stable. However, this is not the issue with this model. It actually stands sturdy. Also, it comes with a muffling mat that will kill the vibration when you sew and thus add more stability.

Like many products from the Janome brand, this also comes with a bundle of extras. Besides the muffling mat, you'll get three feet (blinding hem, zipper, and sliding buttonhole), needles, bobbins, a screwdriver, a lint brush, a seam ripper, spool holders and some more.

As you can see, the model does not have too many extra feet included in the initial purchase but that is also an issue that can be solved. The machine is designed in a way that you can use any standard-size feet with it, not just Janome-issued. So if you have feet left from your last sewing machine or you have a cheap sewing store two blocks down the street, you can have all the extra feet you need and they will work with this machine just fine. It is a nice feature, especially for beginners and those in a hurry or budget-strapped.

Finally, there is a thing that is not the most important thing in a unit bought for its functionality yet a nice one to highlight it among the competitors of the same level. This sewing machine is cute with its orange flower at the front. The flower does remind a magnolia though loosely. Still, it might as well brighten your work process, no harm done, right?

Janome 7318 Magnolia Sewing Machine in the use

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Janome Arctic Crystal

Cool Gift

This Janome sewing machine is offered in three cute colors: Arctic Crystal (basically, teal), Couture (blue), and Sorbet (pink). Though housing color is not something you consider first when you look for a sewing machine, bright splashes like that are something you still notice in the sea of white.

Seeing that this is a fairly basic model, and considering its nice looks, it might make a great present for your children or grandchildren if they have shown interest in the craft, and with a price it is sold at, you can get two—one for a kid and one for yourself to sit together and study (or for you to teach them) the ways of a seamstress. Who knows, maybe you are raising a new Gianni Versace or Coco Chanel.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced model to use yourself for household sewing, this one also covers the basic necessities. It features a front-loading bobbin system and this, combined with a sturdy metal inner frame, helps this Janome brand machine handle rather dense fabrics without so much as a hitch. You will be able to mend all the clothes you need, including denim ones with more than one layer. The 15 patterns even allow making some decorative stitches, not just utility ones. For an entry-level model, it is quite a feat.

Review of Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine

A Little Over the Bare Necessities

The 3-piece feed dog system might be nothing to write home about but it does what's asked of it with top performance, just like any other, more expensive Janome sewing machine. It would be good to have a drop feed feature, though, for some tasks but alas. In its place, the purchase package includes a darning plate. It is a bit less convenient but does the job.

When you need to stitch sleeves, pants legs, or some other items with narrow openings, you can dismount an extension table of your sewing machine and use the sleeve console. The dismounted part can, by the way, be used as a storage space for all your maintenance tools and spare needles, bobbins, etc. A convenient option to avoid losing them as well as to carry the machine around without forgetting the necessary items accidentally: they are always right there.

It is possible to adjust the stitch length here and a zig-zag width, the former up to 4 mm and the latter up to 5 mm, the more or less usual numbers in machines of this class and size. There is a reverse button to reinforce stitches.

The model is liked by many beginner seamstresses for its high presser foot lift, it makes for more convenient thread pulling and laying out the fabric, especially when it is thick. The thread tension is controlled manually yet the sewing speed is not: it is 800 stitches per minute, a number slow enough for a beginner but not too slow for you to get impatient.

All in all, this is a solid Janome beginner sewing machine at a very reasonable price.

Janome Arctic Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine in the use

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What Is a Janome Sewing Machine?

Janome is a company that has been producing sewing machines since 1921. That's almost a hundred years of experience. And the company comes from Japan, a country well known today to be one of the world's leaders when it comes to tech. Combine these two facts and there is little to no wonder as to why Janome is considered one of the strongest competitors on the market of sewing machines alongside brands like Brother, SINGER, and JUKI.

The company produces sewing and embroidery machines as well as quilters and sergers/overlock machines for users of any skill level, from complete beginners to professionals. All their products are top-quality, durable, and offer a great selection of features to create the best costumes you can come up with.

Janome is a manufacturer recognized all over the world, meaning if it so happens that you require replacement parts, chances are you can easily find them in an official store or delivered to you from the official seller, warranty attached.

What Features to Compare

The Scope of Application

This falls down to what you need a sewing machine for. There is a whole specter of products made by the Janome brand, from machines for complete novices to those used by professional seamstresses, with functionality exceeding that of just a sewing machine. You need to consider what you are going to use it for, be it simple mending and stitching or creating complicated pieces worthy of celebrities.

Among the first things to take into account are the number of stitches and the speed with which the machine sews. The number of stitches can be anything from 1 stitch pattern to a couple hundred used for tags and embroidery. As far as the speed comes, if you need the machine for habitual works, a simpler model with a foot pedal will do whereas when the time is tight and you have a line of customers all wishing their suits and dresses came faster. The automatic buttonhole sewing will speed up your work as well, though semi-automatic models cost less and manual ones even less than that, usually.

The scope of application also includes the fabrics and the thread the machine can handle. What decides that, at least in part, is the type of shuttle.

The Type of Shuttle

There are two main types of a shuttle and they differ in what they work with, as well as in how they work. The horizontal shuttles with a top-loading bobbin system offer the convenience of monitoring the thread due to the see-through covers. Their drawback is, though, that it is recommended to use finer threads. The vertical shuttles have a front-loading bobbin system that works better with tougher threads but for that very reason it needs more maintenance and is less convenient in use—you'll need to manually set the whole thread-into-shuttle system to work.

Extras

Janome sewing machines come with a wide range of extra functions geared towards enhancing functionality. The beginners will appreciate an automatic threader and winder to lower the amount of manual work. Reversing the stitches over the ones made makes them stronger while twin needles make the sewing machine function as an overlock to hemline your pieces. The LCD screen is good for controlling the process and computer connectivity is good if your machine is not only a sewing one but also does embroidery. Stitch width and length adjustment will expand your choice of fabrics and therefore, in the clothes you can make. This is not all, even remotely so, check out the scope of supply as well, the number of additional tools can be quite large, the tools for precise adjustment and to add functionality.

Janome Brand History

The name Janome means "snake's eye" in Japanese. The company was not called Janome when it was established in 1921 (then, it was called the Pine Sewing Machine factory), it was renamed in 1954, more than 30 years after its founding. The trademark "Janome" itself, though, was established between these two milestones, in 1935, to commemorate the creation of the round-shaped bobbin that had replaced the older shuttle bobbin as it was much more convenient. This round-shaped bobbin is what we use still in our sewing machines. If you look at it, it does resemble an eye, doesn't it? Snake's or not is up to discussion, however.

In 1960, Janome had purchased the American New Home sewing company and brand, thus spreading their influence over the Pacific ocean. In 1964, the company had built a research facility in Tokyo, Japan. This had begun the era of innovation where Janome is a star player, an author of several important creations we can't imagine today's sewing world.

  • Not too long after the research lab was opened, in 1971, the first-ever programmable sewing machine was released by the Janome brand.
  • In 1979, it was the first computerized sewing machine for use in a household instead of the professional facilities.
  • 1990 was the year Janome had offered to the general public the first professional-grade sewing machine for home that had embroidery functions.
  • 2000 — the Janome sewing machine is the pioneer in computer connectivity via a USB cord. The USB technology itself was young at the time, being only created 4 years before, in 1996.
  • 2003 — the first home long-arm quilting machine.
  • 2005 — the first pro-level sewing machine to use the Acufeed Layered Fabric Feeding System.
  • 2013 — the Horizon MC15000, the first home sewing machine with a wireless iPad connectivity. For it, two apps were designed, one to create embroidery designs and the other to monitor their completion from the iPad.

Even today, Janome is a company that not only keeps up with the pace but sets it.

In the 2000s, Janome had taken over the Swiss mass manufacturer of sewing machines, Elna. Though the headquarters of the company is still in Tokyo, Janome has plants not only in Japan but in Thailand and Taiwan as well, and the company's subsidiaries are selling the brand products all over the world in more than a hundred countries.

Finally, while Janome is primarily known as a brand of household sewing machines, they also have branches that manufacture industrial robots (desktop, SCARA, and Cartesian), imprinters, and servo-presses.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-02 07:19:21