Janome is known for its long history of user friendly sewing machines and sergers. This fact was reiterated when I reviewed the Janome 2212 at Stuart Sew and Vac.

This basic mechanical sewing machine is a great option for anyone who is just learning how to sew, regardless of age. It is also a good choice for anyone who wants a basic sewing machine, no matter how long they’ve been sewing.

At A Glance

You can tell by just looking at it that the Janome 2212 is a sewing machine that any beginner would be comfortable with.

Janome 2212

Janome 2212

The lime green motif, large stitch selection and length and width adjustment dials just say ‘great learning tool’.

Large stitch selection and length and width adjustment dials

Large stitch selection and length and width adjustment dials

There is also a front loading bobbin, drop feed, a needle plate with seam guides etched on both sides of the needle, and an on-board accessories case which removes to expose a convenient free arm.

The Janome 2212 also has a large reverse stitch button, a front loading bobbin and a bright light to illumine your work.


  • 12 utility stitches
  • 1 four step buttonhole
  • Free arm
  • Drop feed
  • Manual tension adjustment
  • On board accessories storage compartment
  • Two retractable spool pins

Working on the Janome 2212

Threading and winding the Janome are simple

Threading and winding the Janome are simple

Threading the Janome 2212 and winding the bobbin area cinch. The needle is disengaged for winding the bobbin by simply pulling on the balance wheel until it snaps.

Easy to follow guides take you through the steps of loading the upper thread with complete ease. When the bobbin is loaded and inserted in the race hook, simply start sewing by snapping the balance wheel back into place and turning the stitch selection dial to the letter indicating the desired stitch.

The stitch options listed on the top row are accessed by merely dialing up the appropriate letter and adjusting the stitch length and/or width dials to suit your preference.

The stitches on the lower level – indicated in yellow – are accessed by setting the stitch width adjustment dial on SS.

This means that while the stitch length can be adjusted, the width is automatically locked in on the default setting.

While sewing, I felt no vibration and the Janome 2212 sews perfectly formed stitches, but it is noisy… not so noisy that you cannot work on it, but noisy enough for you to have to make allowances if you intend to watch television or listen to music while sewing.

Nice stitch quality

Nice stitch quality


  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers




  • 4 Snap on presser feet
    • Multi-purpose foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Sliding buttonhole foot
    • Blind Hem foot
  • Extra bobbins (3)
  • Small screwdriver
  • Seam Ripper
  • Set of spare Needles
  • Owner’s manual


After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

The Janome name and reputation for having a high standard of workmanship comes through loud and clear here. The quality of the stitches is very, very good.

I sampled nearly every stitch option and each and every one came out beautifully. In all honestly, I didn’t expect anything less from a Janome. If the results had been different in any way at all, I would have been totally amazed.

My only dissatisfaction with the Janome 2212 was the noise level and the fact that in order to access the drop feed feature, you must not only remove the accessories case, but open the bobbin door as well.

Bobbin door

Bobbin door

I sincerely hope that eventually sewing machine manufacturers will recognize that placing the drop feed in such an inaccessible place is counter productive to efficient sewing when you are working on a project that involves attaching buttons, freehand sewing or darning tasks.

I have yet to talk with anyone who sews and is happy with having the drop feed control placed anywhere that requires stopping to pretty much dismantle the sewing machine just to engage and disengage this feature.

The closest I have come is one person said “I don’t use it that often”. To me, that is not an acceptable response to justify putting the drop feed control in such an inconvenient place.

With those minor exceptions, I feel rather comfortable recommending the Janome 2212 for use by sewers of all ages and skill levels.

This is a very good machine for someone who is learning to sew – even very young children. Beginners of all ages will be able to get a very good foundation in the basics of sewing machine operation and sewing in general.

There are some who believe learning to sew on a computerized machine is beneficial. I believe, however, that without a solid foundation in basic sewing machine construction and operation, many students will not have a true appreciation of sewing machines and how they function.

People who have been sewing for a very long time and prefer a basic mechanical sewing machine will be very happy with the Janome 2212 because of its workmanship and the quality of the stitches.

The Janome 2212, like all basic mechanical sewing machines, is affordable and therefore within easy reach of practically every budget.

No doubt, there are lots of sewing machines on the market that offer many more stitch options and features, but for those who simply want a reliable sewing machine that can handle basic clothing construction, making accessories and working on home décor projects like accents for the bedroom, curtains, pillow covers and other decorative pieces for the home, the Janome 2212 could very well be just what the doctor ordered.

A parent who wants their child to learn to sew can’t find a more simple, user friendly sewing machine for their youthful clothing designer or interior decorator.

College and high school students will be able to create all the up-to-date clothing trends, and even make some money sewing accessories for their friends.

Even with the noise and the misplacement of the drop feed control, the Janome 2212 is an excellent sewing machine and one that will make its users very happy for a long, long time.

Janome 2212 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • Great choice for beginners
  • User friendly
  • Manual tension adjustment
  • Limited number of stitch options – utility stitches only
  • Noisy
4.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)

3 Responses

  1. Ashley

    Okay. I have read your review of the MyStyle 100, which I have tried. I thought that this Janome 2212 was a similar machine, but maybe not! I was told by a sewing machine shop that the MyStyle has more metal parts. According to the reviews, it also can sew through heavier fabrics (ie canvas/twill), which is important to me. The button reverse on the MyStyle is a very, very large turn off for me (almost a deal breaker!) In the twice I’ve now demoed it in store, I have felt great strain in my wrist from it (I have carpal tunnel) and I really don’t like the idea of having to take breaks from projects… I do enough of that already!

    Is there a Janome that you know of or have tried, which may be identical in quality and workability to the MyStyle, but has a lever instead of the button? I am trying to do research, was leaning towards getting the 2212, but after seeing your review and that it won’t go through canvas or multiple layers, I’m bummed! I feel like I’m back to square one!!

    Any advice or knowledge you can share would be great. I feel like a headless chicken…

  2. Chelle

    Thank you so much for this review. It helped me take the plunge and purchase the 2212. I’m waiting for its arrival now!

    • Diane

      I, too, just purchase one as a back up to my computer sewing machine. Plus, because of its portability I can travel with it. Thanks for the review.


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