Buying a sewing machine can be a daunting task, but these Janome Sewing Machine reviews can help. Some of our favourite designers like bag making guru Lisa Lam and cool quilter Lucie Summers insist on Janome so we thought it would be a good idea to review their three most popular models.
At around £140 the Janome 2200XT is a great entry level sewing machine. If you’re new to sewing and remember your mum’s (or gran’s) machine then this is like a modern version of those. No scary programming is needed and modern machines are much easier to thread that their old counterparts. It features a good range of stitches (including stretch and overlock stitch) and you can use twin needles if you wish. All in all, a great sewing machine for the beginner or the occasional sewer.
The Janome 525S costs around £270 and I suspect that many people will skip this model and stretch to the CXL301. But you’d prefer not to have any electronics to worry about this is a really good machine and the jam-proof top-loading bobbin is a really nice feature.
The Janome CXL301 retails at around £300. It’s described as an ‘introductory level computerised machine’ and this pretty much describes what it is. Rather than just a mechanical machine like the 220XT and the J324, this is a computerised model with just enough features to allow advanced sewers to do what they want without scaring the novice. Online reviews for this machine are almost 100% positive so our considered opinion is that this machine offers good value for money.