The Janome Skyline S9 is the newest addition to the popular line of Janome Skyline sewing machines. Many Janome dealers are discovering that it is difficult keeping the S7. I have no doubt that they will experience the same with the S9 – the first sewing, quilting and embroidery machine in this line. The S9 is whisper quiet, solidly built and so user friendly that I believe it will be a good choice for people who are sewing for the very first time. Although it is not a machine that I recommend for use by children, it is an excellent option for the student who is in their teens or older.
The much talked about Janome Skyline S7 is everything it has been reported to be. Not only is it solidly built and user friendly, the stitch quality is excellent… reminiscent of the stitches produced by a far more costly sewing and quilting machine. This machine is so good, in fact, that I am learning that dealers are having a hard time keeping it in stock. If you are in the market for a new sewing and quilting machine with a large workspace, make sure you visit your local Janome dealer to check out this one before making a final decision.
The Janome MB-7 is a multi-needle embroidery machine which is designed for home use. It has an open bobbin case, which might be a challenge for some people. However, once that hurdle is cleared, the MB-7 produces superior quality embroidery designs and monograms. It has a maximum embroidery field of 9.4” x 7.9” and comes with embroidery hoops, the smallest of which is 4 x 4. The MB-7 is not for everybody, but if you spend the majority of your sewing time on embroidery projects, you owe it to yourself to take a very close look at this seven needle upright stand-alone embroidery machine.
The Janome Memory Craft 9400QCP represents the dawning of a brand new generation of sewing and quilting machines from this well-established and reliable sewing machine manufacturer. This machine is loaded with features, many of which have never before been seen on home sewing machines. My favorite, however, is the answer to one of my pet peeves… the placement of the drop feed control. There are tons of other features, however, that no doubt are far more important to some home sewers – including the fact that users are able to create and store their own stitch designs for one time or repeated use. How cool is that?
It took years for Janome to come up with a replacement for the Memory Craft 350E. According to Fay Nichol, owner of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida, the 500E is well worth the long wait. She was so excited about this machine that she invited me to review it as soon as it arrived. In my opinion, the Janome Memory Craft 500E is an excellent, well-built embroidery only machine. It has but one limitation that I was able to observe. Unlike many other embroidery only machines that I have been able to review, anyone who invests in the 500E will not have the freedom of adjusting the size of their embroidery designs beyond 20% above or below the original design setting.
Have you ever wondered which sewing machine the owners of sewing machine stores use? I certainly have. When I asked Faye Nicholl, owner and manager of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida, she pointed to the Janome Memory Craft 6500 P. It’s a sewing and quilting machine that is possibly the most solidly built new sewing machine I have seen in a very long time. It has all of the features anyone who enjoys sewing and machine quilting could ask for. It does not, however, have a free arm. That minor inconvenience is a long way from a deal breaker, especially when you consider the fact that Faye has been happy sewing and quilting on this machine for 12 years and told me that she has no plans to change anytime soon.
When it comes to single purpose sewing machines, few are as popular in home sewing rooms as the cover stitch machine. These machines are designed with one thing in mind – to give you professional looking finishes on your garments and accessories. The Janome Cover Pro 2000 CPX has taken this idea one step farther with the addition of the new looper tension switching lever. It is an innovative feature that has not only improved the performance of its predecessor, the Cover Pro 1000 CPX, it also saves a lot of time in the sewing room and takes a lot of the guesswork out of making adjustments for multiple layers of fabric or working with different types of fabrics.
If you are in the market for a basic, no frills serger that has all of the essential features … differential feed, adjustable stitch length, on board seam guide and retractable upper knife… you should make a point of visiting your local Janome dealer and asking for a demonstration of the Janome 634D serger. This is an ideal serger for the beginner who has never touched a serger in their lives as well as the seasoned home sewer who just needs a basic serger for finishing seams. It is solid, quiet and affordable.
The folks at Janome have entered into a partnership with the Artistic Quilting Company of Canada. This means that it is now possible to get a dedicated quilting machine at your local Janome dealer. When I reviewed the Artistic Quilter SD 18, I was impressed by the user friendliness of this machine. Its simple design and ergonomic features make this an ideal selection for anyone who loves machine quilting but does not have the space to accommodate a large quilt frame. It is also an excellent choice for anyone who may be challenged by having to stand at a quilt frame for several hours on end. It is easy enough for a child of 12 or 13 to learn to use. With the addition of some optional accessories, the seasoned freehand machine quilting enthusiast will never tire or get bored creating intricate and detailed quilt designs and patterns on this highly customizable dedicated quilter. The Artistic Quilter SD 18 is mounted on a table that features a drop leaf which makes it a great space saver as well… giving machine quilting enthusiasts with space limitations the flexibility of adding a dedicated quilting machine to their sewing rooms as well.
The Janome Skyline S5 is possibly the best designed sewing and quilting machine I have seen in a very long time. This machine is not only easy to operate, it is extremely user friendly. The design and placement of the features combine to make this one of the best machines for sewers of all skill levels that I have reviewed in a very, very long time. The stitch selection process, the ability to change the needle plate with just one hand, and the sturdy ergonomic design are just a few of the features that make the Skyline S5 stand apart from many other sewing and quilting machines in its class.