Janome embroidery machines, sergers and sewing machines are always fun to review as they offer so many unique and interesting functions.
You'll find all Janome reviews below but let's take a look at how Janome Company came to existence.
Two companies, originally known as the New England Sewing Machine Company and the Home Shuttle Company joined forces to become the New Home Sewing Machine Company in the 1860s. In the 1960s, New Home was sold to Japanese owned Janome.
From that time on, the already popular sewing machine brand took on a new life and even greater popularity.
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Affordable Janome sewing machines and sergers are available online through Amazon.com. Higher end Janomes are sold through authorized Janome dealers as well.
What Sets Janome Apart from the Rest
The latest innovation from Janome was unveiled at the sewing industry’s largest trade show and exposition, the VDTA/SDTA.
The top of the line Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 has three different bobbin cases... one for regular straight sewing; one for embroidery, elongated zigzag sewing and fine threads; and the third for free motion quilting and heavy threads like embroidery floss.
Each bobbin case is color coded and specifically designed to accommodate the task at hand with its own unique tension adjustment and specifications.
Popular Janome Models
The most popular Janome models are found in the Horizon Memory Craft Line.
From the top of the line Horizon Memory Craft 12000 with its three color coded bobbin cases and the ability to do anything and everything the home sewer could possibly think of to the more affordable Horizon Memory Craft models we reviewed – the 7700 CP and the 6600, Janome sewing machines and sergers are excellent additions to any sewing room.
- Accessible through several venues – amazon.com; authorized dealers
- User friendly
- Many models do not have features normally found on other similar machines in the same price range
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.
Before reviewing the Hello Kitty 18750 from Janome, I was totally against teaching children to sew on computerized sewing machines. After doing this review, however, my mind has been changed. If you take away the Hello Kitty name and logo, this machine looks very much like the Janome 3160QDC. It has many of the same features and is one of the most user friendly computerized machines I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing.
If there is a very young sewer in your life, you might be interested in taking a very close look at the Hello Kitty 15822 from Janome. This electronic sewing machine is loaded with kid friendly features like large, easy to understand and use dials and an automatic needle threader and a free arm. I got my first sewing machine when I was eight and never stopped sewing. There are a lot of sewing machines out there that are designed for children. Unfortunately, many of them are mere toys that do not produce good quality stitches and are difficult to use. It’s easy to start a love affair with sewing when a youngster starts out on a good sewing machine, and the Hello Kitty 15822 fills the bill.
This is one of the most well built, user friendly computerized sewing and quilting machines I have had the pleasure of working on. The Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200QC is a solid, quiet machine that can please the most seasoned of home sewers. It’s a great machine for beginners as well because its function buttons and features are so clearly defined and easy to use.
The Janome DC 5100 is a basic computerized sewing machine that brings 167 decorative, utility and alphanumeric stitches and all the features any beginner or experienced home sewer would appreciate to your sewing room. In addition, it also brings with it all of the great Janome quality and workmanship. It is an excellent choice that I believe everyone will be able to appreciate.
There aren’t many sergers out there that I would recommend for use by children, but the Janome 8002D is an exception. This serger is easy to thread, easy to maintain and one of the most user friendly sergers I have had the pleasure to review. Learning to use the Janome 8002D is, in my opinion, easy for youngsters as well as those who are returning to sewing after a lengthy hiatus and just starting to venture into the world of serging.
The Janome/New Home 2206 is one of the best mechanical sewing machines I have reviewed. It has only six stitch options, and there is no way to control the stitch length and width, but that limitation is immaterial when you consider the user friendliness and superior stitch quality.
This is an affordably priced, mechanical sewing machine that’s ideal for beginners. It has 22 stitch options plus one one-step buttonhole, an automatic needle threader and an on board accessories case that when removed, gives you access to a free arm. My only hesitation was that a few of the decorative stitches require a little extra manipulation of the length and width adjustment dials before I was able to get the desired result. All in all, however, this is a very good sewing machine, especially if price is a concern.
This basic mechanical sewing machine has 14 utility stitch options and is a great choice for sewers of all ages and skill levels. It’s a wonderful learning tool for beginners of all ages, especially children. The large easy to use dials and uncomplicated threading system are not only ideal for beginners, but the superior stitch quality and solid workmanship make this a perfect sewing machine for intermediate and advanced home sewers as well.
Reviewing the brand new Janome Memory Craft 15000 was a real treat. I knew it was going to be fun when Faye Nichol, owner of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting in Margate, Florida told me that if she wasn’t a dealer, this is the machine she would buy. With so many features and accessories, including an Apple iPad, I could definitely understand why.
The Janome HD 1000 looks and functions like sewing machines of a bygone era. It is an all metal heavy duty sewing machine that puts 14 utility stitches at your fingertips. It doesn’t have many of bells and whistles that are found on most new sewing machines, and I am willing to guess that if you had this machine in your sewing room, you wouldn’t even miss them.
If you like mechanical sewing machines, you just might love this one. The Janome HD 3000 has all of the great features of a solid, metal mechanical sewing machine as well as lots of the conveniences you would expect to find on a computerized sewing machine.
They say you have an opportunity to learn something every day. Well, I certainly learned a lot when I visited Margate, Florida’s Sunshine Sewing Center and reviewed the single purpose Janome Xpression FM 725. It’s a single function felting machine that allows you to simply let your imagination go to create just about anything you can see in your mind’s eye.
From the very first time I saw the Magnolia, I’ve wanted to review it. For some reason, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed… and I was right. This is a computerized sewing machine that everybody in the house can use regardless of their skill level.
When I reviewed a friend’s Janome QC 6260, it was very easy to see why she refuses to let it out of the house. This machine was purchased in 2006, gets lots and lots of use and it still works as great as it did when she first brought it home and unpacked it.
Each year since 2010, Janome has introduced a brand new sewing and quilting machine in the Décor Computer line. These lightweight portable machines appear to be identical with the exception of the color on the front. They all have 50 decorative and utility stitches, three one step button holes and tons of great features that make them great for beginners as well as the seasoned expert.
When I first saw the Janome 1600P, I thought it was an industrial sewing machine, but I was mistaken. This is a super fast, metal, straight stitch only mechanical sewing machine designed for home use. If you like making leather or suede purses or working with super heavy materials like canvas, this might be the perfect machine for you.
If machine embroidery is your thing, you are going to love this one. Although the Janome MB 4 looks like it needs a whole lot of space in your sewing room, the truth is, its footprint is no larger than that of the Janome 1100. In keeping with Janome’s reputation as an innovator in home machine embroidery, the MB 4 is the first ever four needle home embroidery machine.
The Janome Memory Craft 9900 is Janome’s latest addition to its line of sewing and embroidery machines for the home. I fell in love with the new features it brings to the home sewer. If I was truly interested in machine embroidery, and wanted to buy a new sewing and embroidery machine, I would definitely give this one some serious consideration.
The Janome 3160 QDC is a lightweight portable sewing and quilting machine that is so easy to operate, I am tempted to recommend it for use by children. But don’t get me wrong. Just because a child could operate this machine, it is a solid workhorse that an advanced home sewer or someone at the intermediate skill level will be very pleased with.
The Janome 4120 QDC is one of the sturdiest, quietest lightweight sewing and quilting machines available. Its moderate price and great features make it a good choice for the sewer who is new to machine quilting as well as a great choice for the advanced home sewer for whom space is a concern.
The Janome Jem Platinum 760 caught my eye not only because of its size – about a 3/4 the size of just about every other sewing machine – it is loaded with features that are usually reserved for full size machines. It’s great for taking to class, on vacation or for the dorm… and it’s so user friendly, the little sewer in your life could have loads of fun learning to sew on it.
When it comes to sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, the Janome Memory Craft 12000 is one of the very best I’ve seen. This machine is the most user friendly machine of its type on the market today. It comes with a hefty price tag, but it cost significantly less than other machines in its class. I my opinion, this one is definitely worth the investment.
Our only complaint about the Janome Coverpro 1000 CPX specialty machine is that its uses are limited. The exclusive Janome Seam Tightening System ™ assures that every seam made on the Coverpro 1000 CPX is secure. It is so lightweight and easy to move from place to place that we cannot help but wonder how in the world it could possibly perform as well as it does.
Of all the sergers we have reviewed, the Janome 1110 DX is by far one of the easiest to thread that we have seen. Working on the 2, 3, 4 thread/ 1, 2 needle 1110 DX serger was a sheer delight. Although tweezers are included in the accessories kit, we didn’t find it necessary to use them in order to thread the lower looper guides. In our opinion, that is the most valuable feature of this machine.
When I reviewed the Janome 2160DC, I was not disappointed one single bit. This lightweight workhorse offers 60 decorative and utility stitches and six automatic one step buttonholes; but that’s only the beginning. The 2160DC is a basic sewing machine that is not only ideal for the beginner, but a perfect choice for the advanced home sewer.