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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
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
- Seam ripper
- Spool pin
- Large spool holder
- 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
|After each use||Monthly*||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|
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.
- 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.
- Lightweight computerized sewing machine– only 12 pounds
- Superior stitch quality
- Manual tension adjustment