Let’s review some features of a Janome Computerized Sewing Machine

Summer does not prevent me from sewing and for two months I make my 2019-2020 wardrobe as well as several samples (about fifty) that I will use during activities at the Janome dealers and shows. The more I use my machines, the more I appreciate the electronic features that are strategically placed at my fingertips.

But what about the myth ‘An electronic sewing machine often breaks down’? Well, without manhandling my machines, I can say that they were put to the test with my two months of intensive sewing. They sewed stable fabrics, stretch fabrics, very thick fabrics such as leather and faux leather, suede and denim (jeans); they have stitched and quilted in addition to placing zippers of all kinds, bias, piping, ribbons, and more. All kinds of different and specialized threads ranging between 12 and 100wt were used. Yet none of my machines “dropped me”:  not even a broken needle! 

The features that have been most useful to me are:

1. The start/stop button : For some functions I prefer the foot pedal but you do get used to using the stop/start button quickly.   Did you know that the machine works slowly as long as this button is held down even if the speed cursor is completely pushed to the right??? Really very convenient. The cruise control slider adjusts the sewing speed according to the technique used; for example, slower speed when inserting a piping or zipper and faster on straight seam lengths.

2. The Reverse sewing button: The machine sews in reverse as long as you press the button. Do you know the function of these two stitches: the straight and the zigzag stitches run in reverse continuously without having to hold the key… Oh, that’s great!

3. Lock Stitch: When you sew certain patterns, the machine sews tie off stitches or lock stitches and automatically stops when the automatic stop button is pressed. When you sew all the other patterns, the machine sews until the end of the current stitch pattern, sews the tie off or lock stitch and then automatically stops. 

4. The Needle up/down button: if activated, the machine will always stop with the needle lowered, except in the case of certain stitches. This function keeps the fabric in place when we have to stop sewing to replace our hands to ensure we keep our position and have our sewing straight and even…. without any discrepancy.

5. The presser foot lift button: The presser foot will go up or down at the touch of this button. However, on some Janome models, this function is automatic When you start sewing.

6. The thread cutter key: Just press this button when you’re done sewing to cut the threads. Did you know that the cutting length is consisten and that the top thread is taken to the back/underside of the fabric?  AND it doesn’t cut the threads after pressing the button three times in a row if this is what you require? 

7. The automatic threader: You don’t have to wet the end of the thread and aim it at the needle to thread most threads that range in thickness from 12 to 100. The automatic needle threader does it for you! 

8. The bobbin winder button: Yes, it is possible to wind a bobbin while you are sewing on the machine. No waste of time!

Electronic sewing machines are easier to handle than mechanical machines.

Remember that an operator error is not a manufacturing defect. During the purchase, your owner’s class and reading the owner’s manual, you will be well prepared for using your machine. 

At any time, you can refer to  www.janome.ca. Don’t forget to sign up to be notified of what’s new at Janome. And use the search box on this blog – Janomelife – for LOTS more information. 

Originally published on by Céline Ross, August 17th, 2019 on Vie Janome. Edited by Anne-Margaret and Liz Thompson.

About Anne Stitcher

I am the newest Educator with Janome. While I have been sewing for over 40 years, I'm finding there is always something new to learn in the sewing world. New techniques, new tools and new fabric.
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12 Responses to Let’s review some features of a Janome Computerized Sewing Machine

  1. Wendy says:

    I’m no clear how you can wind the bobbin while still sewing. I have a Skyline S7. Is there somewhere it gives more detail on how to rewind the bobbin while sewing?


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Wendy,
      Either use the extra spool pin or the optional spool stand so that there is a second threading path. Then set the bobbin winding and while that is happening, you can sew.



  2. Akinluyi Emmanuel Akeem says:

    Good day please what software do I need to use for janome memory craft 230E and how do I use USB on the machine I will be glad if the video can be send to me. Thanks Emmanuel from Nigeria


  3. debra harrower says:

    I have a 11000se, 9400 and 4300 how would you wind a bobbin while sewing? Especially the 9400 as the bobbin thread path and threading path are initially the same. I would think this would be one horrendous mess.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Debra,

      No, not necessarily. It you have the optional 2 pin thread stand which screws into the back of the machine, you can thread up the machine with 2 separate threading paths. So the threads would not tangle. It means you can set it up, start winding the bobbin and carry on with your sewing. Avoids standing waiting for it to finish winding?!



  4. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the article. Please can you tell me how to stitch in reverse without holding the button as it says under paragraph 2? I had no idea my machine did this. Love reading this blog.


    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Lynne,

      It will depend on what Jnaome model you have? Do you have the stitches she shows with a little arrow next to them. They are “permAnent” reverse stitches. If your model does not have them, then you would need to hold the reverse button to reverse.



  5. Dennis/Loree Shannon says:

    Thank you, The most informative post I’ve ever read. I’ve had a computerized machine for 6ish years and learned something under every topic!! One reads the manual at the time of purchase but I got over whelmed and don’t remember these things. With little time to sew, didn’t “waste” time reading the manual over again. LOL


  6. Nina says:

    Great info. When using heavier thread, such as 12wt what size needle should be used?


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