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Janome JW8100 Review

This Janome sewing machine was favored by our reviewers for its easy sewing and cute pincushion add-on. Our reviewers critiqued the LCD screen for being a little too small and dim but raved about other features like the stop/start button, which means you don’t even have to use the foot pedal.

Our Verdict

The Janome JW8100 is an accurate sewing machine with a lot of stitch pattern options.

For

  • It is very easy to use.

Against

  • Stitch patterns are inconveniently listed on a separate attachable card.
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Some of our reviewers said the LCD screen on the Janome JW8100 is too small and dim.

Some of our reviewers said the LCD screen on the Janome JW8100 is too small and dim.
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The Janome JW8100’s foot petal is plugged into the machine via a port on the side.

The Janome JW8100’s foot petal is plugged into the machine via a port on the side.
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You can attach the stitch key to the Janome JW8100, but it doesn’t really add to the aesthetics of the machine.

You can attach the stitch key to the Janome JW8100, but it doesn’t really add to the aesthetics of the machine.
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The Janome JW8100 comes with five extra sewing feet, including an even feed foot and zigzag foot.

The Janome JW8100 comes with five extra sewing feet, including an even feed foot and zigzag foot.
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The drop-in bobbin is easy to load because of an explanatory illustration on the plastic plate that covers it.

The drop-in bobbin is easy to load because of an explanatory illustration on the plastic plate that covers it.
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The Janome JW8100 has built-in speed control.

The Janome JW8100 has built-in speed control.
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You change the stitch selection and its setting with buttons near the LCD screen on the Janome JW8100.

You change the stitch selection and its setting with buttons near the LCD screen on the Janome JW8100.
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The Janome JW8100’s handwheel moves the needle up and down.

The Janome JW8100’s handwheel moves the needle up and down.
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The Janome JW8100 has an extension table for large projects.

The Janome JW8100 has an extension table for large projects.
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There are 100 stitch patterns programmed into the Janome JW8100.

There are 100 stitch patterns programmed into the Janome JW8100.
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The Janome JW8100 put out 66.9 decibels of sound in our tests, making it one of the quieter sewing machines we used.

The Janome JW8100 put out 66.9 decibels of sound in our tests, making it one of the quieter sewing machines we used.
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The foot pedal and power cord plug into the side of the Janome JW8100.

The foot pedal and power cord plug into the side of the Janome JW8100.
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Our reviewers gave the Janome JW8100 an A for ease of use because of its simple buttons.

Our reviewers gave the Janome JW8100 an A for ease of use because of its simple buttons.

This Janome sewing machine was favored by our reviewers for its easy sewing and cute pincushion add-on. Our reviewers critiqued the LCD screen for being a little too small and dim but raved about other features like the stop/start button, which means you don’t even have to use the foot pedal. These factors helped it earn an A grade for overall ease of use. It got a B for sewing accuracy because some of our testers experienced puckering while using a decorative stitch on satin. Unlike some machines, this Janome’s straight stitch was arrow-straight, even on denim.

The JW8100’s one major downfall is its stitch key. While most of the machines we tested had stitch patterns listed conveniently on the front of the sewing machine, this Janome was one of the few that had a separate cardboard key for reference. The 100 stitch patterns are wide-ranging and include practical stitches along with fanciful, decorative ones, but it’s all for naught if you misplace the card. A small plastic tab is included to attach the card to a notch at the back of the machine, but the whole setup it inconvenient compared to machines with stitch patterns prominently displayed on the front, like the Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Limited Edition.

The stitch patterns are all preset in this sewing machine’s computer. To change the settings, you just select the stitch pattern you want from the key and enter the corresponding number into the machine. The settings are all predetermined so you don’t have to fiddle with stitch width and length yourself, but you do have the option if you want to customize a certain stitch. You can also change thread tension manually with the dial on the machine.

While this machine comes with an extension table, our reviewers said it felt cheap and poorly attached. It rocked back and forth like a restaurant table with uneven legs. Other extras include five extra feet for all kinds of sewing, like a zig-zag foot, zipper foot and even-feed foot. It even comes with a walking foot, which would cost around $20 alone. Of the several plastic bobbins also included with this machine, one of them arrived broken. There are also a lot of extra pieces in case you need to replace them, like an extra spool pin, screwdriver and a little decorative pincushion you affix to the top of your machine so you can easily access and store your pins – it’s seriously adorable. Everything is covered with a hard plastic case included with the machine.

Other features included with this sewing machine make most projects a breeze. A thread cutter is built into the side, and some of the stitch patterns have backstitching programmed in at the beginning and end of whatever you’re sewing. Integrated speed control gives you the power to control how fast you sew on the machine itself. Even at its loudest it only hit 66.9 decibels, making it one of the quieter machines we tested. The needle also automatically goes to the up position when you let go of the foot pedal on the factory setting, but you can set it to automatically rest in the down position as well. There is even a locking stitch button for finishing decorative stitches.