Good little machine, value for money
Bought this machine a few years back, it goes well, got it as a second machine to take to sewing classes as it's lightweight and love the needle threader and assorted stitches. Problem is the service cost half the cost of the machine, then I needed a new foot pedal as I dropped and broke mine, and an authorised Janome dealer is asking $99 for a new foot pedal, that's a lot compared to the cost of the machine. So all I can say is it's a good little machine, as long as it doesn't need parts or service.
Purchased in August 2015.
Don't bother they're crap
After my wife owning one of these for 25+ years.
We took it to see about getting it serviced, the bloke said it could be expensive due to it's age. Based on this she purchase a new one.
What a pile of crap it is. Very clangy and gathers under the stitch and bobbin will only half fill. (The old one still runs so smooth)
The shop didn't want to know us after getting our money, he says it's a user issue.
She now goes to a sewing group, there are a number of very experienced sewers there and all say no it's the machine, Take it back.
She has now said she will never purchase another Janome.
Purchased in December 2018 at Allcraft sewing Tweed Heads.
Bought a used one from an opshop. Love the thing!
I have no idea how old this Janome is, nor do I know if the previous owner loved or abused it, but I have had it for almost 7 years now. It was stored in a homemade outdoor shed for the past year and it was with trepidation that I took it out today to sew. There were mouldy spots on the machine, most of which I removed with a rag. Then....she sewed beautifully!! I might just have it serviced now.
Purchased in January 2013 at A second hand shop for A$45.00.
So far so excellent
I do alterations, on average 10 per week plus sew my own clothes and make dolls and bears. My last machine went for 43 years so it is a tad early for me to say if this machine is a stayer, it has another 42.5 years to go. So far it has done all that i have asked of it. Sews layers of denim just as easily as chiffon so that is good. Some drawbacks, do not like stitching for the buttonholes, the screw on plate is difficult to get to and i can foresee that the dial for changing stitches will not last. Plus side, not computerised.
23 years old and hasn't missed a beat!!!
Sorry the drop down menu does allow me to set a purchase date of 1994!
This machine is AMAZING! I love it and nothing has gone wrong with it. Well a couple of little things, but nothing that a service (which includes a good clean) can't fix. So if your machine is skipping a stitch, or you have to push too hard to get it to go in reverse, or the needle doesn't re-centre after doing a zig zag, it just needs a service. I've been doing a lot of sewing (making quilts) over the past 2 years, and I've very sadly grown out of it. I need a bigger ma...chine to get my quilts through, so I am going to purchase a memory craft (Janome).... TERRIFIED!!!! I hope it proves to be as good as my MyExcel. Thank you Janome! (oh, yes it cost $599 in 1994, about the same price 23 year later!!!)
Best sewing machine ever made.
I bought my sewing machine about 14yrs ago. I have never had a problem with it. it gets serviced every 2 years. It has been through house moves, changing rooms, and it still never goes wrong. My mothers machine as soon as you move it the tension is out, its done this from the day she bought it. This is a perfect sewing machine that can be for a beginner to an experienced sewer.
15 years going strong!
I have had this machine for over 15 years... I have seen everything from muslin to vinyl. It struggled a little with the vinyl, but with the right size needle it ran fine. It was my first machine, and I found it user friendly and easy to learn on. It is very straight forward to maintain and resolve typical problems. Admittedly I have only put it in for a service twice and it us due for a third, but it has ran fine for five years before needing a service and it hasn't needed parts replaced in all the time I have owned it. Heavier fabrics or thic...kly folded layers will need the stitches hand turned to avoid breaking the needle. Recently I started teaching a group of novices to see, and the donated machines are cheap or very old. They make me appreciate my Janome so much more. The compartments work to keep everything neat, the dip to hold the thread means that the spool doesn't jump off the machine or get tangled around the spool holder. It should come with a brush and two screwdrivers that are perfect to keep the machine clean.
Great little machine
I use this machine for my smaller sewing jobs. Great for taking up jeans as it has a free arm.
Very reliable and serviced regularly I would recommend this machine to my students. It is a great machine With 18 built in stitches and does buttonholes beautifully. Another wonderful Janome product.
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So far, so good
I will admit to being nervous about using a Janome, but so far it's very good. I'd like to update in 12 months as I have only had this machine for a week. The organisation of it is very well thought out, with the storage of tools etc on board the machine. It's nice to close it up and have no dust getting in. As it has a metal frame, it is solid and doesn't jump around like some other machines I've heard about. I've sewn denim and it was ok. My Bernina 1005 is still stronger machine for that kind of thing, and faster. I'm not used to sewing at the slower rate (I might need an industrial machine!) however, this was all I could afford.
I purchased it as a package deal with the overlocker 8002DX. Check out my review on that!
Lovely sturdy machine
I bought this for myself in April 2015 and used it for making dog coats. I broke 4 Singer machines before buying this and it hasn't missed a beat, even though im rough on it and break needles regularly. It hasn't lost it's tension settings, even though I be seen multiple layers of canvas and wadding. I'm now doing quilting on it and making handbags.
i luv it!
I had this machine for 3 months now, bought this machine after reading all the reviews here ( thank you guys) I luv this machine it runs very smooth and perfect. easy to learn, very understandable manual. great machine.i even cover stitch using twin needle, but the problem with twin needle is as there is only one spool holder the threads get tangled, I think I have to buy twin spool holder for that problem.
liked everything about it
I love it!!
I've had my machine for 21 years and it's never been one bit of trouble. Its going for its first service tomorrow as i noticed it was full of dust when i removed the foot plate to remove a piece of snagged thread I'm not worried, she'll be fine! I'd recommend a New Home Janome to anyone!
It is so easy to use and very reliable
Good to know that quality still exists
I have had my machine for about a month now and i'm impressed with it's features and it's build quality, it's easy to use and understand. it's also very strong and not all plastic construction like some brands. i would recommend the brand to anyone wanting a quality machine at the right price
inexpensive,excellent quality and well designed
Questions & Answers
I purchased my machine second hand and it didn't come with a manual. I can't seem to set the machine for stretch stitch. Can anyone help me please?
I have an older version Janome Excel 18W and I cannot get the slider to move so I can sew in zigzag. Any ideas?
Hi Juanita, you do not use the slider, you use smaller knob on the right side of machine to changes the stitches, it will show you on the front of your machine on the blue display that has stitches shown on it, the stitch you have chosen shows red below the stitch. Hope it helps.
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