Whether you’re new to sewing or just looking for a better model, choosing the right sewing machine can be tricky! I’ve been getting to grips with some of the most popular Janome sewing machines to discover which is the best model to suit your needs…
Voted ‘Best Buy’ by the UK’s leading consumer magazine, this is a really popular model and well balanced in terms of stitches and features. The Janome 525S is ideal for both beginners and those who are more experienced as it handles all fabric types very well and offers affordable power and precision. It features 24 stitches, a built-in needle threader and offers stitch adjustment and a drop feed facility for freehand embroidery and free motion quilting.
Lisa Lam, author of best-selling The Bag Making Bible, recommends this model for beginners: “If you want a great starter machine that will grow with you, try the award-winning (and of Sewing Bee fame) Janome 525S“.
The Janome 423S is a sturdy metal machine which makes it heavier than other models, but this solidity means it is very reliable and robust. It’s a great all-round machine featuring 22 built-in stitches, stitch width and length controls, a fully automatic one-step buttonhole, a front loading bobbin case and a convertible free-arm for circular sewing.
This machine is a great introduction to computerised sewing. It’s easy to use with lots of features including 30 pre-programmed stitches and 6 different fully automatic buttonholes. A jam-proof, magnetic, top-loading, full rotary hook system eliminates the need for a removable bobbin case, and the extra power of the Janome CXL301 lets you sew across heavier fabrics and multiple layers. The extension table also detaches for free-arm sewing.
This is a lightweight sewing machine, making it easily portable and ideal if you enjoy sewing on the go! It has a front-loading bobbin case and a convertible free-arm for circular sewing. The Janome 324 offers 16 utility stitches and 8 decorative stitches with variable width and length.
Janome Memory Craft 5900QC
Everything is made easy with this machine! The Janome Memory Craft 5900QC (Quilter’s Companion) has over 500 stitches and a host of features that makes it the perfect machine for dressmaking, home furnishing and quilting. It has an extra large LCD display for easy navigation, previous setting recall to remember the last stitch that was sewn (even after the machine has been turned off) and is extremely quiet to operate. It also has an easy-set bobbin with no need to pull up your bobbin thread and a unique bobbin winding system.
Our Sewing Machine Buyer’s Guide offers more advice and a full list of features for all of these Janome sewing machines. And if you’re searching for projects to create with your new sewing machine, check out Get the Most from Your Sewing Machine.
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