Janome have been making sewing machines since 1921 and were the first ever company to make computerized sewing machines rather than standard pedal driven machines. Over 100 years later, the company is still pushing boundaries and has a wide range of machines on offer.
They are known for their reliability, power, and speed, and also for their embroidery machines and overlockers, too.
In this article, we review three of our top picks of Janome sewing machines, concentrating on functionality, performance, durability, and value. Let's go!
JANOME SEWING MACHINES REVIEW
First up, we have this fantastically affordable MOD-50 Janome sewing machine, which is one of the cheapest that Janome offers.
The price point makes it an accessible machine to all, and means that as a beginner, you can buy a machine without breaking the bank.
The '50' part of its name relates to the 50 different built-in stitches that the machine is programmed to perform.
From straight stitch, to zigzag stitches, the simple press of button allows you to pick between them.
We particularly love the stitch chart featured on the front of this machine, as it is so convenient and easy to understand.
Small diagrams of the stitches show you exactly what they should look like, allowing you to choose appropriately.
The MOD-50 is a mid-sized machine which weighs 12.7 pounds. It feels sturdy and capable, and we love that it is mainly made out of metal rather than plastic, as it is more hard wearing and better for the environment.
This is not the most portable machine, but what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in reliability. You can feel that it is a quality machine.
In terms of functionality, the MOD-50 is very user-friendly. The simple start/stop button means you can get sewing without the use of a foot pedal, and yet a foot pedal can be added if you prefer to sew that way.
The reverse sew button allows you to reinforce seams, which is always important, but pretty cool nonetheless.
All the settings are clear to read thanks to the backlit LCD screen display, making it hard to get lost when using this machine, even as a novice.
One key feature that we love is the built-in needle threader, as that is usually such a tricky and time-consuming element of any sewing project.
The fact that the bobbin is top loaded saves you having to fiddle about underneath the machine, again aiding the overall functionality of this nifty unit.
Overall, the MOD-50 is a more basic machine than others that Janome supplies, yet it has all the basic features that a beginner could hope for, and its simple functionality makes it a great stepping stone machine.
JANOME SEWING MACHINES REVIEW
If you are looking for a machine with some more advanced features, then the 4120QDC is one of the best computerized machines out there.
It comes with a premium price tag, but we think that the amazing benefits and features included in this machine still make it a value for money item.
At 22.4 pounds, it certainly isn't lightweight, and you wouldn't want to carry it far, but the construction and materials used make this a top quality sewing machine.
The 4120QDC is a treadle powered machine that has the functionality of old mechanical sewing machines. If you love to sew with different presser feet, then this really is the machine for you, as it comes with a really responsive pedal that gives you great control.
However, this machine also has all the benefits of a computerized unit too.
In fact, it has over 120 built-in stitches for you to choose from, which is a huge variety of stitches. Though this is not an embroidery machine, you are still able to perform many decorative stitches and embroider simple alphabet letters onto your fabrics.
The 4120QDC comes with a wide variety of snap-on presser feet, including a zigzag sewing foot, overedge sewing foot, zipper sewing foot, and satin stitch sewing foot.
The presser feet allow you to take on a variety of projects and handle different fabrics appropriately.
We love the automatic thread cutters as they really speed up the process of tying off at the end of each line, and the automatic needle threader is a game-changer in the way that it saves your eyesight and time.
No more fiddling about with pesky thread!
This machine offers excellent sewing speed control, thread tension adjustability, needle position options, and stitch options. It has all the advanced features that would appeal to experienced sewers, as well as the basic features and ease of use relevant to all skill levels.
A top choice!
JANOME SEWING MACHINES REVIEW
And finally, for all you experienced sewers out there who are looking for an advanced Janome sewing machine with extremely high functionality, the Janome Memory Craft 6650 is the one for you.
It is the most expensive machine on our list, but it also enables you to tackle a huge range of projects as it doubles as a quilting machine.
Janome Memory Craft has over 170 built-in stitches that the computerized unit is capable of performing.
This is incredibly impressive and opens up a whole world of sewing opportunities that would not be possible on mechanical machines.
It also offers two alphabets, so works much like an embroidery machine, allowing you to decorate and embellish your projects at speed.
And best of all, the 'favorite stitch' function allows the machine to retain your preferences as default options, meaning it gets to know you and how you like to work!
The metal needle plate has a speed one-push conversion system, meaning it's quick to change, and the 10 inch flatbed is smooth and wide, making it a wonderful surface to run your fabrics through.
The machine can achieve a maximum stitch speed of 1000 stitches per minute, so you can whiz through projects in no time, and the automatic needle threader speeds things up even more.
All of these advanced features are balanced by the simple start/stop button and light-up display, which means that the MC6650 is not an intimidating machine despite its vast capabilities.
As with any Janome Sewing Machine, the Janome Memory Craft comes with a 25-year warranty, which really indicates the company's confidence in their own engineering.
The machine is large and very sturdy, and if lost or broken, the individual parts are available to replace with very little inconvenience.
The Janome Memory Craft is the top choice of sewing machine for those who want to push their skills, and want to achieve professional looking results in their own homes.
There is a reason why Janome is such a trusted brand, and that is because their sewing machines combine user-friendly functionality with advanced features and high quality delivery.
If you are just starting out on your sewing journey, we recommend the MOD-50 as a great choice at an affordable price. The Janome Memory Craft is the one for professional level finishes, and the 4120QDC is a fantastic family machine that caters for all skill levels.