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Janome 8050 Review

This Janome sewing machine has all the basics for successful sewing with 50 different stitches that include three styles of one-step buttonholes. The stitches are listed on the front of the machine, so initiating one is a simple matter of entering the corresponding stitch number on the LCD screen.

Our Verdict

The Janome 8050 is easy to use and has enough stitches for the average user.

For

  • It has a needle up/down button.

Against

  • It doesn’t come with an extension table.
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The Janome 8050 is a relatively good sewing machine for people who already know a little about sewing.

The Janome 8050 is a relatively good sewing machine for people who already know a little about sewing.
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The Janome 8050 has integrated speed control and a start/stop button, so you don’t have to use the pedal.

The Janome 8050 has integrated speed control and a start/stop button, so you don’t have to use the pedal.
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The Janome 8050 has an automatic needle threader.

The Janome 8050 has an automatic needle threader.
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Integrated speed control is useful for teaching others how to sew and making sure the machine runs at a slow and steady pace.

Integrated speed control is useful for teaching others how to sew and making sure the machine runs at a slow and steady pace.
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You change stitch patterns on the Janome 8050 with arrow buttons next to the LCD screen.

You change stitch patterns on the Janome 8050 with arrow buttons next to the LCD screen.
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The wheel on the right side of the Janome 8050 smoothly moves the needle up and down manually.

The wheel on the right side of the Janome 8050 smoothly moves the needle up and down manually.
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The Janome 8050 can sew up to 820 stitches per minute.

The Janome 8050 can sew up to 820 stitches per minute.
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The Janome 8050 has a sewing light above the needle and a built-in thread cutter on the side of the machine.

The Janome 8050 has a sewing light above the needle and a built-in thread cutter on the side of the machine.
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The Janome 8050 comes with three extra sewing feet and several other sewing accessories.

The Janome 8050 comes with three extra sewing feet and several other sewing accessories.
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This Janome sewing machine was just about as loud as the other Janome we tested, making 65.6 decibels of noise when running at its highest speed.

This Janome sewing machine was just about as loud as the other Janome we tested, making 65.6 decibels of noise when running at its highest speed.
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Our reviewers gave the Janome 8050 a B+ for ease of use.

Our reviewers gave the Janome 8050 a B+ for ease of use.
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The Janome 8050 didn’t feel particularly sturdy during our tests and we experienced some problems with thread tension.

The Janome 8050 didn’t feel particularly sturdy during our tests and we experienced some problems with thread tension.

This Janome sewing machine has all the basics for successful sewing with 50 different stitches that include three styles of one-step buttonholes. The stitches are listed on the front of the machine, so initiating one is a simple matter of entering the corresponding stitch number on the LCD screen. The stitch settings are then automatically changed for you, though you can manually change things like width, length and tension if you need to.

Like all the machines we tested, winding the bobbin is done on top of the machine. It is a relatively simple process if you follow the steps in the instruction manual. Be sure you slide the plastic cap down on top of your spool of thread as you wind because this machine was particularly ferocious and the spool popped right off when we tried skipping that step. Even with the cap on, the spool of thread was pulled rather hard and pushed the cap up almost off the spool holder entirely. Once you’re done, the top-loading full rotary hook bobbin works well.

This sewing machine has integrated speed control and a start/stop button so you don’t have to use the foot pedal at all if you don’t want to. When we tested it at full speed the noise level hit 65.6 decibels, about 1 decibel quieter than the other Janome we tested, the JW8100. Other nifty buttons on this computerized sewing machine include a needle placement button for moving the needle to its highest or lowest point automatically. The needle automatically stops moving in the up position when you release the pedal. Thanks to all of this, our reviewers gave it a B+ for ease of use. The accessories included with the 8050 are a soft cover, a lint brush, bobbins and a seam ripper which also works as a buttonhole opener, just to name a few. It also comes with three extra sewing feet: satin, zipper and automatic button hole.

The 8050 can reach 820 stitches per minute, the third-highest rate of the machines we tested, coming in slower than the Brother CS6000i and Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Limited Edition at 850 stitches per minute and Singer 4423 Heavy Duty at 1,110 stitches per minute. Our testers experienced problems with thread tension on the 8050 as well as issues while sewing on satin. It felt less sturdy to sew with and earned a D for sewing accuracy. These problems notwithstanding, this machine has all the features you need for most sewing projects.