Janome tend to be in the shadow of their rivals however, they produce some the best budget machines available. Prioritizing performance and quality of unnecessary features. The Janome 2212 is a perfect example of this mind set. It simple, well made and has performance far beyond its price tag. Read the rest of my Janome 2212 review to see why I think it is a top choice for beginners and experienced users who want simplicity and great performance at a reasonable price. To see my pick for the best sewing machines for beginners click here.
In terms of design the Janome 2212 is a little boring, there is nothing that will make it stand out among its rival although this isn’t necessary a negative. Often machines try too hard to be different and end up with some questionable design choices. The layout is good and it is very clear what does what. The weight and size is also a plus. It weighs 13 lbs with dimensions of 17 x 9 x 13.5 inches. It is light enough to transport while still having a sturdy feel. Great for beginners going to sewing classes or those who want to put there machine away after use. The dials, buttons and switch are well put together. This is a great sign of quality and that a machine is well-made. Clearly the Janome 2212 has been designed to be simple. This is why I think it is actually a perfect tool to teach children how to sew. If you would like to find out more about the best sewing machines for kids then follow the link.
The Janome 2212 features a front loaded bobbin. While not a deal break it is defiantly not as user friendly as a top loaded bobbin. Getting to the bobbin takes more time and they are much more prone to jams. Although, I didn’t not experience a single jam during my time with the 2212. There is also a lack of automatic bobbin winding rather Janome have included a push-pull bobbin winder. While an auto bobbin winder is better the push-pull system is simple to use and actually works really well. All you need to do it place the bobbin on post, flick it to the right, this will allow you to wind it via the foot pedal. Once it is finished flick it to the left and you are ready to go. Doesn’t really take any more time.
The extension table can be removed to allow access to the free arm which is fantastic for sewing cuffs and sleeves. The extension table also features storage space for all of your accessories. Janome have included a built-in light to illuminate the work area. It is pretty bright and should negate the need for an additional lamp.
Being a mechanical sewing machine there is no screen. Instead the stitches are selected and customised via a dial. There is a stitch diagram that has a picture of each stitch and its corresponding letter. There is a selector dial to choose a stitch and a length dial to edit the length of stitch. Reverse stitching is also featured and can be accessed via a switch on the face of the machine just above the needle.
The machine is also capable of drop feeding however, the control for this is inside the bobbin housing. To access the drop feed you will need to take off the extension table and remove the bobbin cover. This is such a waste of time. When working on projects that rely changing sewing styles often it can be such a pain.
It is easy for sewing machine users to get obsessed with the number of stitches that a machine has. It is always the first thing that you read when researching a potential new machine. Having more stitches does give you greater versatility but often many go unused. The big decision to make when considering the in the Janome 2212 is right for you is whether you need a large range of stitches or are you looking for a few basic stitches done well. With only 12 built-in stitches the Janome 2212 is not going to be suitable for everyone. However, it does offer a stripped down pure sewing experience. The stitches that are included are a range of essential stitches, utility stitches, decorative stitches and a 4-step buttonhole.
SETUP AND ACCESSORIES
Setup is standard on this machine and is clearly explained in the instructional manual, which I recommend going through. For more references on how to set up and use the machine there are some great videos online. One notable absence is an automatic needle threader. Not too much of a problem although if you have trouble threading a need as a result of poor dexterity or eyesight, I would recommend purchasing a needle threader separately. Here is one that I have used in the past.
Janome have also included everything that you may need to get started. The included accessories are:
- Needle set
- Seam ripper
- Vinyl dust cover
- Foot control
- 3 presser feet
With only 3 presser feet included this may be something that puts some people off. The majority of machines will come with more. However, there is not much need for a huge variety of presser feet given the small amount of stitches. As all manufactures Janome offer additional presser feet that are available to purchase. Costing around $20 each they are a good way of expanding the versatility of the machine.
The performance is the real positive of this machine. It runs beautifully. I tested it on a variety of fabrics including leather and denim and it had no problem with them. It features a 5 point feed dog which is surprisingly effective and can perform a massive 1000 stitches per minute. When considering the performance it is clear to see what Janome had in mind with the 2212. They have created an affordable sewing machine that focuses on quality rather than features.
Number of Stitches: 12
Stitch Speed: 1000
Bobbin Loading: Front
Weight: 13 lbs
Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 15 inches
Included Presser feet: 6
Auto Buttonholes: 4-step
Auto Needle Threading: No
Warranty: 25 Years Limited
To conclude this review: The Janome 2212 is a sewing machine that has focus on performance rather than features. While I think many people will love this machine it is certainly not for everyone. Beginners, both young and old, will really benefit from using this machine. It is hard to think of a better way to learn to sew than with a simple machine with great performance. If you are looking for more features and the Janome 2212 is not right for you, then please click here to find my list of the best sewing machines of 2017.
PROS AND CONS
- Great for beginners
- Fantastic performance
- Limited features
- Only 12 built-in stitches
- Only 3 presser feet