Best Janome Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review (September 2017)

Finding the best sewing or embroidery machine is not an easy task- even when you have a manufacturer like Janome or some other in mind, there are several models and countless customer reviews that make this an even more confusing task. More may not be better here, which is why we have rounded up reviews of some of the best sewing machines and embroidery machines by Janome so that you can narrow down your search and select from nothing  but the best. As you go through these, you will get a fair idea of what different embroidery, sewing machines by Janome offer, and which of these beset suit your requirements. So, here comes our comprehensive Janome sewing and embroidery machine review.

1. Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine review

For those who want an entry-level sewing machine by Janome, the 2212 Sewing Machine is one that they must review before making a final choice. Janome is famous for making user-friendly sewing and embroidery machines, and the 2212 surely lives up to that. It is a great option for anyone who requires a basic sewing machine, no matter what their age or skill level may be. One look at it is enough to know that it is a machine any beginner would be comfortable on.

 A mechanical machine, it gives you 12-built in stitches as well as a 4-step buttonhole. The lime green motif with the stitch selector, width & length adjustment dials are great features that anyone learning to sew would be able to make use of. Along with all that, there is a front-loading bobbin, needle plate with seam guides on the needle’s 2 sides, drop feed and an on-boards accessories storage area that can be removed to reveal a convenient arm.

Winding the bobbin and threading on this machine are extremely easy tasks. To wind the bobbin, all that you have to do is disengage the needle by pulling on the wheel until it is snapped. There are simple to follow instructions that will guide the user through the entire procedure of loading the thread. Once that is done, you can begin sewing on snapping the wheel in its place and turning the stitch selection dial to the appropriate setting.

The stitch options listed on the top can be modified by just dialing the required letter and adjusting the width and length dials as per your preferences. You can use this sewing machine with natural fibers like linen, cotton wool; knits; upholstery; fine fabrics like satin, velvet, taffeta, silk and synthetic fibers like blends, polyester, rayon. It cannot be used with fur, leather, canvas, rubber, plastic and with fabrics that are too thick or multiple layers.

Along with the machine, you get 4 snap-on presser feet (multi-purpose, blind hem, siding buttonhole and zipper), 1 small screwdriver, 3 extra bobbins, 1 set of spare needles and a seam ripper. When it comes to quality of workmanship and results, every Janome embroidery machine receives nothing but great reviews, and this one does not disappoint in that area either. Every stitch option will give you neat, precise and beautiful results, and you will never face any issues in this machine as far as the stitch quality is concerned. The only issue with its design is that for accessing the drop feed, the accessories case and the bobbin door both have to be opened.

Key Features

  • 12 stitches+ 1 buttonhole
  • 5 piece feed dog
  • Maximum stitch width and length of 4mm and 5 mm
  • 4 Snap on presser feet


  • Very easy to set up and use
  • Great quality of stitches
  • All important instructions illustrated on the machine
  • Accessory storage area in the machine


  • Runs very noisy


2. Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine review

If you are looking for a mechanical sewing machine by Janome that offers you the best features in its class along with some useful extras, then the HD3000 review is what you should read before you make your choice. The HD3000 is one of the best embroidery machines in this segment, for not only does it offer you all the great features of a mechanical sewing machine, but also has features like needle threader and on-board thread cutter, which are things that you will not find on a lot of mechanical machines.

The HD3000 does resemble an automatic sewing machine in many aspects. Its on-board stitch guide lists all the 19 decorative and utility stitch options that the machine offers, along with sliders for adjusting the stitch width and length as per your requirement. There is a tutorial panel on the top of the machine, and a reverse button on the lower front panel. Seam guides are etched on either sides of the needle. The drop-in bobbin has a transparent plastic cover that is useful for keeping track of the amount of thread that is left on the bobbin.

Apart from the 19 stitches, there is also a 1-step buttonhole in the HD3000. Threading the HD3000 and winding the bobbin on it is quite easy, and is not that different from the new Janome models. In case you are not sure as to what foot presser you have to use, then you can view the tutorial panel that is there near to the foot presser adjustment dial for making the choice. This tutorial also informs you of the optimum width and length settings for every stitch position. This dial also informs you that you have to reset the sensor after making every buttonhole when working with a series. This may come across as a hassle to some users.

Selecting the stitch to use is simple in this machine, for all you have to do is turn the dial on the machine’s right side, situated under the balance wheel. A little feature that Janome has added in this sewing machine here is that as you turn the dial, a light beneath the diagram of the actual stitch comes on.  With this machine, you can work on natural fibers, synthetic fabrics, knits, upholstery, fur, suede/leather, knits and fine fabrics like silk. You can also use this machine on multiple layers or extra thick fabrics.

Along with the HD3000, you get a number of accessories, including 7 different snap-on presser feet, extra bobbins & needles, a seam ripper, screwdriver, lint brush, quilting bar and a hard cover. Overall, the HD3000 is surely a great sewing machine by Janome in the market, and every customer review that it has also says the same.

Key Features

  • 19 stitches+ one-step buttonhole
  • Full rotary hook bobbin mechanism
  • Reverse stitch direction lever
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Thread cutter
  • Drop-in bobbin with clear cover


  • Needle threader saves a lot of time
  • All necessary instructions illustrated on machine
  • Produces good quality stitches with ease


  • Making a series of buttonholes is not as efficient
  • Limited stitch options for some users


3. Janome 001Graceful Portable Sewing Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine review

The next Janome sewing machine that we will review is the 001Graceful Portable. As the name suggests, this machine is from the line of portable sewing machine by Janome. With a weight of just 5 pounds, you will not have any problems in taking it with you or transporting it to another location. This machine is ideal for beginners, experienced sewers and even young ones who are looking to learn something from the art of sewing. Janome has done many new things with this model, and its appearance is the one area where this machine has seen most changes. You can get the machines in this line in many different colors, such as Turbo Teal, Fast lane Fuchsia, Purple Thunder and many others. Thus, when you are not sewing with this machine, you will actually have something great to show off as well!

Along with portability, Janome has tried to make this home sewing machine child-friendly as well, which is a new thing in this segment. Apart from the colors that add to this feature, the presser foot of the 001Graceful Portable Sewing Machine is designed to ensure that children’s hands are not harmed by coming under the needle. Do not let that fool you into thinking that it is a delicate machine- the 001Graceful is made using some of the highest quality materials and will create fantastic work no matter what the user’s age or skill level may be.

The machine offers you 10 different stitching options to choose from, along with 3 different types of stitch width adjustments and 5 different length adjustments. Selecting the type of stitch that you require while using this machine is quite easy with the stitch selection dial- all you have to do is turn it to the appropriate setting. The thread tension is controlled manually by spinning the thread tension dial, which can be used for adjusting it as per your sewing style and to best fit the fabric you are sewing on. The top-loading bobbin is easy to load and even those who are new to using sewing machines will not face any problems with that.

Along with the machine, you will get a needle, 2 bobbins, needle threader, foot control and a power supply cord. For easy storage of accessories and to ensure that they are always within your reach, a full drawer is provided in the machine. While this may look like a toy to some, the Janome 001 is a heavy-duty sewing machine that will give you an excellent stitch quality at every step of the way!

Key Features

  • 10 stitches
  • Presser foot lift with extra height
  • 3 stitch width and 5 stitch length adjustments
  • Stitch selector dial
  • Available in 9 different colors


  • Lightweight and portable
  • Ample number of stitches
  • Safe for using around children
  • Produces good quality stitches


  • Does not have automatic needle threader


4. Janome DC2012 Decor Computerized Sewing Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine reviewThe Janome DC2012 is a computerized sewing machine, and based on the stellar customer review that backs this machine, it is amongst the best the market at present. On board, you will find three buttons for the basic functions- namely reverse stitching, stitch locking control and needle up/down. There is a variable speed slider on the board as well, along with seam and threading guides that are etched on the machine’s needle plate. One of the best features in this machine is that it offers you as many as 50 different decorative and utility stitches to choose from, along with 3 different one-step buttonholes.

Along with all those settings, the benefit of having a programmable machine is that you can set it to work just the way you want. For instance, if you want the needle to remain up (or down) after a certain stitching/sewing job, then you can set that too by doing nothing more than pressing a button! There are buttons on the machine that can be used for selecting the right stitch number as well as to set the width and length as well. All these come together to make this sewing machine a delight to work with- and beginners as well as experienced professionals will have no issues with it.

Threading the machine and winding the bobbin on this Janome sewing machine are clearly illustrated on its parts. There is a decal on the bobbin cover that shows you how the bobbin is to be inserted in this case. Even if you are someone who has never used an automatic sewing machine before, you are unlikely to face any issues as the DC2012 makes sure that it teaches you everything there is to know.

One of the most frustrating and time consuming aspects of stitching/sewing is threading the needle. This is probably the easiest task when you are using the Janome DC2012, for it has an automatic needle threader to do that for you. The machine will produce well-formed, clean and sturdy stitches no matter what settings you use for them. You can use it with knits, upholstery, natural & synthetic fibers and even with fine fabrics. However, it is not made to be used with extra-thick or several layers of fabrics.

With the sewing machine, you get a number of snap-on presser feet to suit every usage and project, extra bobbins and needles, a circular sewing attachment that is suitable for freehand sewing, quilting, and scissors as well.  All these things together come to make it one of the best sewing machines for quilting and everyday use as well.

Key Features

  • Automatic needle threading
  • Stitch selection buttons
  • Superior feed system
  • Free arm convertible for circular sewing
  • Control the speed with the control slider


  • Large number of stitches to chose from
  • Simple and uncomplicated setup
  • Produces good quality stitches
  • All necessary instructions given on-board


  • Drop feed control lever is hard to reach


5. Janome 11706 3/4 Size Hello Kitty Sewing Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine review

If you are looking for something to get your little girl started with stitching and sewing, then the Janome 11706 Hello Kitty Sewing machine would be the excellent choice for that. It is ideally designed for a beginner or newbie, and the ‘Hello Kitty’ element adds towards making it child-friendly. One of the first things that you need to review about this Janome sewing machine, apart from its appearance, is the variety of stitches that it offers. Using the 11706, you can select from any of the 11 stitches that it has to offer, which also includes 2 stretch stitches. This variety is sufficient for helping a child or beginner to learn sewing. Before you move on to reading the rest of this review, you should remember that this is a entry level sewing machine by Janome, and you should not expect it to have too many high-level features that professionals require.

In case the Hello Kitty design leads you to thinking that it is a toy, then you may want to get rid of that first, for Janome is known for making high-quality sewing machines that deliver a great performance. Along with the 11 different stitches, it also has a 4-step buttonhole. The machine is ¾ sized, which makes it around 25% smaller than most sewing machines, and weights a mere 12 pounds. This means that it is highly portable and can be considered if you want a sewing machine to take along with you on your travels. There is a carry-handle built in the machine, which eliminates the need of having a carrying case for this machine.

 It produces excellent stitch quality, which is not something that you need to worry about while using a product made by Janome. The machine has snap-on presser feet that are extra high, which means that it can be used for sewing thick layers of fabrics in once. You have a choice between the 2 foot lifters from a normal and highest position. The free arm along with the removable extension table that the machine comes with makes it ideal for sewing on sleeves and cuffs. The extension table also doubles up as an accessory box, so that you can place everything you need within reach.

 The machine employs manual thread tension control, which means you can set it as per your preferences and the project you are working on. The maximum stitch width of the Janome 11706 is 5mm, and the maximum length is 4mm. As far as beginners and those who are new to stitching go, there is little that this mdoel lacks, and they are sure to find all the need in a sewing machine with it!

Key Features

  • 11 stitch types and 4-step buttonhole
  • Free arm with extension table
  • Presser foot lift with extra height
  • Dial for stitch selection
  • ¾ size model for beginners
  • 3 piece feed dog mechanism


  • Light and easy to carry around
  • Simple setup
  • Produces good quality stitches
  • Ample variety of stitches for beginners


  • No easy reverse mechanism



6. Janome Memory Craft Embroidery Machine MC350E

Janome sewing and embroidery machine review

Janome has consistently positive reviews for almost every embroidery machine that it makes, and the memory craft line of embroidery machines is easily amongst Janome’s finest. The Janome 350E Embroidery Machine is worth a look by anyone looking for a high-quality home embroidery machine that will deliver great results with every use. When you look at it for the first time, you may be tricked into thinking that it looks no different from the embroidery machines by Janome or any other manufacturer, for that matter. However, a closer inspection reveals what truly makes it a class apart from the rest- its grayscale LCD display with backlight; LED illuminated working area and a ruler decal on the front of its structure- these features make it seem like the best machine in its range.

Unlike most of the home embroidery machines, there is no bulky embroidery arm or extension table in this model, which may be the best thing for some, and a disadvantage for others. The embroidery hoop is locked in place by tightening a small knob in the machine. This is a programmable embroidery machine, and has around 10 embroidery designs built-in it. Along with that, you also get 2 & 3 letter designs, 3 built-in fonts and 3 different embroidery designs built in the machine. If you want to add any of your own designs in the machine, or some that you got from the internet, then this can be done as well. The machine is capable of loading designs via USB memory, ATA card and by PC design card. The memory is large enough to store 100 designs at once.

You can drag, drop, edit, resize and do a lot more to the designs using the LCD touch screen. The stitch counter and the stitch-out time indicator are handy accessories and let you work continuously with minimal disruptions. Positioning the embroidery hoop in this machine is a very simple process, and this makes it a user-friendly machine. You can key in the monogram that you want on the fabric in just a few steps, and you can select from any of the pre-programmed monogram frames or add your own as well.  Once all this selection is done, you just have to push the start button and the machine will handle the rest!

The MC350E can be used with natural fibers as well as synthetic fabrics, and it also works great with knits and fine fabrics like silk, and even with twill and canvas. However, you cannot use it with fur, upholstery and leather.

Key Features

  • 100 built-in designs
  • ATA Card, PC Design Card and USB memory compatible
  • Rotate designs in 1 & 45 degree increments
  • Built-in folder organization
  • Manual tension control for threads


  • Simple interface for loading new designs
  • Edit designs before embroidering them
  • Large number of stitches to chose from
  • Can create even intricate designs with ease


  • Cannot be used with thick fabrics or multiple layers


7. Janome 001200E Memory Craft Embroidery Machine

Janome sewing and embroidery machine reviewJanome was the first company to come with computerized/automatic sewing machine, and has definitely come a long way from that. It has not lost it touch of innovation and excellence all along that path, and this is obvious from the 001200E Memory Craft sewing machine by Janome and the excellent reviews that it has been garnering all along. If you are looking for an embroidery machine to add professional style embroidery to your clothes, then you must go for this one. With 73 built-in designs, you can begin embroidering with this machine right out of the box. Along with that, it also has 3 different alphabet fonts in it for monogramming and lettering. If you are looking to add your own designs or get some from the internet, then you can use them with your machine with ease by transferring via the USB port on it.

This machine is all about making embroidery an easy and fruitful task for the user, and the automatic needle threader is a wonderful step towards that. With this, you do not speed to spend those frustrating minutes trying to get the thread in the needle, just follow the simple instructions and the machine will do it all for you. The standard embroidery hoop that comes with this machine is 5 x 5 inches. You can use a 2 x 2 inch hoop, though it has to be purchased separately. This gives it a maximum embroidery size of 5×5 inch, which is more than sufficient for handling any kinds of projects that you may have. With an embroidery speed that goes as high as 650 stitches per minute,  the Janome Memory Craft is all about doing more embroidery in less time. The manual tension dial lets you set the tension as per your requirements and the need of the fabric/project.

The bobbin is top loading and full rotary, which makes it possible for you to keep track of the amount of thread left on the bobbin from the window. There is no need to remove the entire case for inserting a new bobbin, and neither does the accessory tray need any modification. All of this is simplified and you can carry on embroidering without going through too much hassle in the middle of it. The LCD screen is great for selecting the design that you want to embroider, and can be used for editing the design using various functions like resize, zoom and so on. The brightness dial of this screen can be used for adjusting the brightness as may be required.

Key Features

  • Top loading hook bobbin
  • LCD screen with adjustable brightness
  • 5 x 5 inch maximum embroidery design
  • Needle threader
  • Can upload designs via USB


  • Simple setup and needle threading
  • Sufficient memory for holding designs
  • Easy bobbin replacement and winding
  • Easy to start, stop and setup


  • Has a problem while working on thicker fabrics


With all these reviews, you will now be able to find the best Janome sewing or embroidery machine for all your needs. You just need to ensure that you give all factors an equal consideration, and do not let any one factor guide you. This will ensure that you make a balanced and informed decision and get the best embroidery or sewing machines that your money can buy.

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