I had an opportunity to review the tiny Janome Jem Platinum 760 on a recent visit to Sunshine Sewing and Quilting. It’s one of the smallest computerized sewing machines I have ever seen. I am pleased to report that for a machine this small, it is a great option for the sewer on the go.

At A Glance

The first thing I noticed about the Janome Jem Platinum 760 was its compact size. During the spring and summer months, I travel quite a bit and that means leaving my incomplete sewing jobs at home. The Janome Jem 760 has a bright backlit LCD screen which displays the selected stitch setting.

Janome Jem Platinum 760

Janome Jem Platinum 760

In addition, stitch selection buttons and function buttons that control the stitch length and width, the start/stop button, stitch lock function, reverse stitch, stitch locking and speed control glider are all clearly identified and within easy reach.

Bright backlit LCD screen

Bright backlit LCD screen

Beneath the needle is a clear bobbin cover which makes running out of bobbin thread almost impossible. The needle plate has seam guides etched on both sides of the needle and the on-board accessories case slides off easily to reveal the free arm.

Features

While the Platinum 760 may not be what one might consider loaded with features, its standard features include everything essential feature a home sewer could ask for:

  • 60 built in utility and decorative stitches, including 5 one step buttonholes
  • 4 scroll stitch selection keys
  • Stretch stitch adjustment
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • 4-piece feed dog
  • Horizontal full rotary hook
  • De-clutch bobbin winder
  • Built-in needle threader and thread cutter
  • Start/Stop button
  • Speed control lever
  • Needle up/down button
  • Thread tension control
  • Drop feed lever
  • Snap-on presser foot conversion
  • Horizontal spool pin
  • Free arm / flat bed convertible
  • Carrying handle
  • Electronic foot control

Working on the Janome Jem Platinum 760

The process of threading any Janome sewing machine and winding the bobbin are the same regardless of the size or model. Each machine is clearly marked with numerical guides which will lead even the very youngest, most inexperienced of beginners through each step with ease.

Utility and decorative stitch selection buttons

Utility and decorative stitch selection buttons

The Janome Jem Platinum 760 has 60 utility and decorative stitch options, five of which are one step buttonholes. Each of the four function buttons at the far right side of the machine has 15 stitches designated to it.

Well defined, secure and sturdy stitches

Well defined, secure and sturdy stitches

Rather than fumble around trying to find the right button for the stitch you want, a slide out stitch selection guide is conveniently attached to the bottom of the machine.

To select a specific stitch, you must first depress the button which denotes the group in which your stitch is located; then press the group button until the desired stitch number appears on the LCD screen.

The quality of the stitches produced by the Janome Jem Platinum 760 is equal to the quality of Janomes that are much larger and heavier. They are well defined, secure and sturdy.

During this review, several utility and decorative stitch options were sampled and each and every one of them came out perfectly without any adjustment to tension, length or width settings.

If, however, you do decide you want to adjust the stitch width or length, doing so is as easy as touching the buttons that control length and width.

Buttons that control length and width

Buttons that control length and width

By touching the plus or minus signs on the buttons, the size and density of your stitches are increased or decreased. You really couldn’t ask for anything simpler than that, could you?

To top it off, the Janome Jem Platinum 760 has the feel of much larger machine. There is no vibration. It is quiet and although it may not be as fast as its larger counterparts, it holds its own with a maximum sewing speed of about 650 stitches per minute.

Fabrics

  • 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

Accessories

The standard list of available with the Janome Jem Platinum 760 includes:

  • 4 Presser Feet
    • Multi-purpose foot
    • Satin stitch foot
    • Buttonhole foot
    • Zipper foot
  • 3 bobbins
  • Felt
  • Seam ripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Spool pin
  • Large spool holder
  • Needles
  • Hard cover

In addition to these accessories, anyone who purchases the Janome Jem Platinum 760 can also buy any of these optional accessories:

  • Soft cover
  • Extension table
  • The entire line of Janome presser feet

Maintenance







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
Lubricate
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

Let’s face it. Good things don’t always come in small packages, especially when you are talking about sewing machines. The Janome Jem Platinum 760 weighs only 12 pounds. Most sewing machines in this weight class are what I like to call throw aways.

They may be able to sew a good seam, but they are either so light you are afraid to use them for anything other than mending, or you give them to the little ones who want to learn to sew.

Until actually seeing the Janome Jem 760 in action, I hesitated to recommend a computerized sewing machine for use by children. This one, however, is a definite exception to my rule.

The Janome Jem Platinum 760 is easy enough to operate that I would feel comfortable allowing an elementary school child to take their first sewing lesson on it.

Anyone whose sewing skills are at the intermediate or advanced/expert levels will be pleased with the way the 760 operates. It has everything anyone needs to make clothing items, accessories and home décor accents. I do not recommending trying to sew really heavy fabrics like canvas or thick leather.

It is, after all, only three fourths the size of a regular sewing machine. It is, however, great for taking on vacation or to class. The hard cover makes this an excellent travel companion.

College students who like to sew would love having this little giant in the dorm. It can easily be stowed away in the tiniest of spaces yet sews like a full size machine.

The Janome Jem Platinum 760 is not the least expensive computerized sewing machine on the market. However, it is in my opinion, the most dependable portable computerized sewing machine available. It is sturdy and remarkably quiet with absolutely no vibration whatsoever.

We get what we pay for. It is certainly possible to get a portable computerized sewing machine for less, but after reviewing the Janome Jem Platinum 760, I believe this is by far the only choice for anyone who wants a lightweight computerized portable sewing machine.

Janome Jem Platinum 760 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
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
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • Lightweight computerized sewing machine– only 12 pounds
  • Superior stitch quality
Cons
  • Manual tension adjustment
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (13 Votes)

9 Responses

  1. Rebecca Moore

    This is the most awesome, lightweight little machine…worth every penny. Great for classes. I love it. I

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  2. Jsewing Maxim

    I’ve been using this little powerhouse of a machine a little less than a month. Main use is piecing quilt tops (I bought the 1/4 inch foot for it). I plan to take it on a lengthy vacation next spring rather than lug my super heavy mechanical Bernina. I am satisfied with the purchase, and, by the way, I relied somewhat on the review at this site before purchasing. I notice that the slide speed control could be better. I’d prefer a simple 1/2 speed option, I think, because there are times when I cannot seem to get the machine back to its 650 spm top speed.

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  3. Julia

    I’m confused. Does this little machine perform well for free motion on art quilts? The list of fabrics marks an X for multiply layers. Also, what is the throat size?

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  4. Vernelle

    Hello, Julia –

    Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

    The x indicates that this machine is not recommended for sewing multiple layers… especially on a continuous, prolonged basis. Larger sewing machines than the Jem Platinum are suited for the rigors of handling heavy fabrics and multiple layers. This does not mean that you cannot do it from time to time. But if you plan to sew lots of projects involving multiple layers and thick heavy fabrics, you would be better off with a different sewing machine.

    Happy stitching.

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  5. Gina

    I love my Jem Platinum & I’m sure it’s absolutely excellent if all you do is quilting. Although it’s also excellent for many aspects of utility sewing, I’ve had bad luck when sewing buttonholes. I’m not talking about sewing multiple buttonholes in thick fabrics: I’m talking (for example) about a simple buttonhole for a broadcloth blouse. Unless you aggressively trim the seams & ensure that the entire buttonhole is based on only 2 layers (plus thin interfacing) of light cloth, the automatic buttonhole feature hesitates badly at the least increase in thickness. Even a thin seam that adds only a tiny bump will often stop the buttonholer in its tracks & you are left with a mangled mess where your buttonhole should be.
    If anyone knows of a trick to ensure reliable buttonholes with the Jem Platinum, I’d love to hear it.

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  6. jo

    what setting do you use with 1/4″ foot to achieve 1/4 seam?
    when i use the default setting the seam is more than 1/4″ so needle position needs to come further to right

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    • Pam

      Hi Jo,

      A width setting of 3.0 has worked for me with the 1/4 inch foot, giving me a scant 1/4″ seam. Hope that helps.

      Pam

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