Best Janome Sewing Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 7, 2019
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
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
SHUTTLE
BUILT-IN STITCHES
BUTTONHOLE SEWING
SEWING SPEED
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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 set includes all the basic required feet - universal, for satin stitches, for sewing in zippers, for automatic loops, as well as a special Double lift presser foot for high-quality processing of thick and thick fabrics.

CONS

The back stitch button is in an odd place.

OUR VERDICT

The Janome 7330 is distinguished for its high quality, exceptional reliability, ease of operation and nice design. It will easily cope with the most delicate and capricious fabrics. Performs 30 types of stitches, among which there are overlock and decorative.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Horizontal, Top-Loading Bobbin System

BUILT-IN STITCHES

30

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

Speed control slider

EXTRA FEATURES

Backlit LED screen with easy navigation keys, Automatic Needle Threader, 6 one-step buttonholes, Free arm, Memorized Needle Stop Up / Down, Drop feed

ADJUSTMENT

7-piece feed dog, Start-stop button, Maximum Stitch Width 7 mm, Maximum Stitch Length 5 mm, Manual thread tension control, Locking stitch button, Easy reverse button, Auto declutch bobbin winder

PRESSER FEET

Automatic buttonhole foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Double lift presser foot

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 comes with a full range of accessories, including bobbins, a piece of felt, extra needles, two screwdrivers, sewing rippers and a dust cover. All this makes work easier and more comfortable, freeing your time for other activities.

CONS

May not handle dense tissue well.

OUR VERDICT

A good machine of decent level with a basic set of sewing operations - what you need for daily basic sewing. Differs in high-class assembly and a strong design. Sewing speed is adjusted smoothly by pressing the pedal, which allows you to independently control the process.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Front loading vertical oscillating hook bobbin

BUILT-IN STITCHES

14

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

Foot pedal speed control

EXTRA FEATURES

Free arm, 1 four-step buttonhole, Drop feed, Dust Cover

ADJUSTMENT

3-piece feed dog, Push-pull bobbin winding, Extra-high presser foot lift, 5 mm maximum stitch width, 4 mm maximum stitch length, Reverse stitch lever, Lay-in, manual thread tension control

PRESSER FEET

Snap-on presser feet, Rolled Hem Foot, Zig-Zag Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 

2 Years on Electrical Parts 

1 Year Labor

PROS

All processes are fully automated: in this model, not only is the loop swept out automatically, but there is also an automatic needle threader, along with Automatic Optimal Stitch Settings. You can always adjust these indicators manually as you see fit.

CONS

The stitch prompt is on weird flip down thing that always falls off.

OUR VERDICT

The Janome JW8100 is a professional level computerized machine at an affordable price. Programmed for a lot of sewing operations, suitable for creativity (including patchwork), sewing and repairing clothes of any complexity. LCD display with backlight and easy navigation simplifies the work with the device.

detailed parameters
SHUTTLE

Horizontal, Top-Loading Bobbin System

BUILT-IN STITCHES

100

BUTTONHOLE SEWING

Automatic

SEWING SPEED

Speed control slider

EXTRA FEATURES

Backlit LCD screen with easy navigation buttons, Automatic Needle Threader, Free Arm, Memorized needle up/down, 7 One-Step Buttonholes, Hard Cover and Extension Table

ADJUSTMENT

7-piece Feed Dog, Manual Thread Tension Control, Extra High Presser Foot Lift, Locking Stitch Button, Automatic Optimal Stitch Settings, Maximum Stitch Width 7 mm

PRESSER FEET

1/4 Inch Seam Foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Automatic Buttonhole Foot, Satin Stitch Foot Open Toe, Zipper Foot, Even Feed Foot

WARRANTY

25 Years on Mechanical Parts 

2 Years on Electrical Parts 

1 Year 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 7330 Magnolia

All of the Basics

Having a high-capability sewing machine is great, as it can greatly reduce the amount of time that needs to be spent on your work. However, many recent models tend to forget about some of the basic things that can really help with the sewing process. Many of the basic things like modes for particular types of fabrics and accessories tend to be missing from some of these newer models, which in turn kind of defeats the purpose of having such extra programmable modes.

The Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine is one model that doesn't forget about the basics. This computerized sewing machine includes all the basic required feet - universal, for satin stitches, for sewing in zippers, for automatic loops, as well as a special Double lift presser foot for high-quality processing of thick and thick fabrics. In addition, the basic controls that can help make life easier are also included, such as the standard start/stop button, easy reverse, and locking buttons. In short, just about every basic feature that you could want from a modern sewing machine is included, ensuring that your sewing work can be done quickly and easily without the extra hassle that is often necessary when such basic features are lacking.

Review of Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized Sewing Machine

Convenient and Reliable

Having those basic features are nice, but it wouldn't mean much without the sewing machine itself being easy to operate. Thankfully, that is definitely the case here. The machine includes a backlit LED display that indicates the current stitch setting, as well as easy to navigate buttons that let you adjust the stitch width and length in mere seconds. All of the basic controls of the device are intuitive and easy to understand, so you won't have to waste much time in figuring out how to operate the machine. This is in stark contrast to many other computerized sewing machines that seem to be needlessly complex.

At its essence, the Janome 7330 is distinguished for its high quality, exceptional reliability, ease of operation and nice design. It will easily cope with the most delicate and capricious fabrics, and won't jam up on thicker fabric types. The ability to perform 30 types of stitches is built into the device, among which there are overlock and decorative. A slew of extras are also included with this machine, including a sorted needle set, bobbin, felt, screwdriver, and even a seam ripper. Just about everything you need will be included, letting you get started right away with your sewing.

Janome 7330 Magnolia Computerized 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 HD1000

Full Sewing Kit

Many sewing machines tend to come with their fair share of functions, which is often a mandatory thing. After all, such functions are often an essential part of the whole sewing machine system, helping to provide functionality beyond the simple act of sewing. What many of these sewing machines do tend to lack, though, are the full gamut of accessories, many of which are also required in order to give the sewing machine the ability to take full advantage of these functions. This tends to leave a lot of sewing machines feeling a bit incomplete, much to the frustration of the user.

The Janome HD1000 Mechanical Sewing Machine doesn't make this same mistake, as it includes a wide range of accessories in the kit. The machine comes with a full range of accessories, including bobbins, a piece of felt, extra needles, two screwdrivers, sewing rippers and a dust cover. All of this adds up to make your sewing work easier and more comfortable, freeing your time for other activities. It also has the added benefit of ensuring that you don't need to spend more money on what many consider to be basic and necessary items, giving you a fully complete kit for one price. This alone makes this sewing machine quite a bargain.

Review of Janome HD1000 Mechanical Sewing Machine

High Class Design

This is a good machine of decent level with a basic set of sewing operations, including just about everything that you need for daily basic sewing. What really helps differentiate this model from others, though, is its high-class assembly and a strong design. The machine looks and feels like a high-quality item, being quite durable, but also remaining easy to use with a smooth operation. The controls of the machine are quite intuitive, letting even novice users the ability to start using the machine quickly.

The sewing speed is adjusted smoothly by pressing the pedal, which allows you to independently control the process, letting you easily adjust the speed to match your own work rate. The machine includes 14 built-in stitches, including some of the basic stitches like utility, stretch, and even a very easy to use four step buttonhole. There is also a free arm that lets you easily sew longer rounded clothing items such as pants, cuffs, and many other things that would be more difficult to sew without the accessory. The built-in automatic needle threader also lets you easily thread the sewing needle without having to strain your eyes. This full sewing kit provides you with a high-quality sewing machine that is built to last.
Janome HD1000 Mechanical Sewing Machine in the use

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What customers say about this product

Features

Great sawing machine without extra stitches that you will never use anyway. Easy to adjust because it's not computerized and you know what you are doing.

Key Specs

It's a front load bobbin, but that's what I have been using for 30 some years. And hey, all of the stuff from my old Kenmore fit it and vice versa. The bobbins can be difficult. Anyway. I love this machine and have been making quilts and repairing clothes for the last 8 months.
 

Janome JW8100

Fully Automated

Sewing machines have come a long way over the years. Once simply being basic devices that helped to reduce the manual process of sewing, many of them have taken on capabilities that were once thought impossible. The inclusion of computer technology in many sewing machines has greatly added to their capabilities, and while in some cases it has made them more complex machines, it has also helped to greatly simplify the sewing process, helping to take hours of work off of the process of sewing particular items.

The Janome JW8100 Computerized Sewing Machine is a great example of how far sewing machines have come in recent years. Virtually all of the processes included in sewing are automated to the max. In this model, not only is the loop swept out automatically, but there is also an automatic needle threader, along with Automatic Optimal Stitch Settings. You can always adjust these indicators manually as you see fit, helping to completely customize the automated processes. This takes off an incredible amount of work in the process of almost every type of sewing that can be done with this machine, making it great for those who are needing to produce a lot of items in a short amount of time.

Review of Janome JW8100 Computerized Sewing Machine

Surprisingly Simple

Many sewing machines that include so many automated features tend to be pretty complex devices that take a long time to get one's head around. With this model, though, Janome has managed to create a fully automated machine that is actually quite simple to use. The controls of this sewing machine are quite simple and intuitive, with clear markings for the functions of each button. The machine includes a backlit LCD display that makes choosing the right stitches quite easy for anyone, with Easy Convenience buttons located right by the needle. You can even control the sewing speed without a foot pedal, making this quite easy to control.

Plenty of accessories come with this machine, including an extra wide extension table, an even feed foot, and even a hard cover for when the machine isn't in use. This machine is programmed for a whole variety of different sewing operations, making it suitable for creativity (including patchwork), general sewing, and repairing clothes of any type and complexity. Overall, the Janome JW8100 is a professional level computerized machine that is not only fully automated, but also comes at an affordable price, easily putting it in the price range of hobbyists.

Janome JW8100 Computerized 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