Janome is known for making top quality sewing machines. The two in this review are both easy-to-use solid performers perfect for sewing clothing, quilting, and making home decorations. Let’s take a look at both of them to see which is the best for you.
Janome 8077 Computerized Sewing Machine with 30 Built-In Stitches
The Janome 8077 is especially nice for beginning sewers and anyone who wants to sew without hassles. To start, it threads itself automatically. The jam-proof top-loading bobbin winds itself automatically too. The see-through bobbin cover lets you keep an eye on how much thread is left.
The 8077 also has automatic thread tension so it always lays down neat and tight stitches. You won’t need to use the foot pedal to control stitch speed. The start/stop button and the slow-medium-fast slider switch take care of it for you. The machine won’t let you sew off the edge of the fabric either, so you don’t get jams.
All these features take away the hassle that new sewers face when using a sewing machine. But there are more benefits than just those. On the 8077, you can also program the needle to halt in either up or down position. “Up” lets you remove the work as you finish sewing. “Down” lets you rotate the fabric to go around a corner.
One reason why the 8077 doesn’t jam is the 7-point feed dog design. More points mean that your fabric moves smoothly under the needle so your sewing is practically effortless. It also means that you can sew tougher materials like denim.
If you want to sew hems or cuffs on sleeves and pants, the 8077 is a free-arm machine. Just remove the extension arm and you can do free-arm sewing.
If you want to make buttonholes, this machine does them with one push of a button. You can insert the included buttonhole foot and then select one of 3 different styles. The machine will repeat the stitch to reinforce it if you like.
The 30 built-in stitches cover all the basics for home sewing and a few for decorative work, too. The maximum stitch length is 5mm. Once you choose the stitch, you can set the size. The presser feet snap on without tools. There are three included with the machine and others sold separately.
More features of the Janome 8077 sewing machine:
- Comes with Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Satin Stitch foot, screwdriver, bobbins, needles, seam ripper, additional spool pin, spool caps, and felt
- Accessory storage inside extension arm
Janome DC1050 Computerized Sewing Machine
If you like the features on the Janome 8077, but you want a larger variety of stitches, take a look at the DC1050. It has 50 pre-programmed stitches ranging from basic ones for making clothing to others for heirloom and applique work. For some of these stitches, the maximum width is 7mm and the maximum length is 5mm. The heirloom stitches on the DC1050 are ideal for sewing with lace like on bridal gowns or christening outfits.
Of course, the DC1050 also offers 3 stitches for one-step buttonhole-making. If you want to hem cuffs, this machine also does free-arm sewing like the 8077.
Also like the 8077, this machine has a 7-point feed dog design to keep fabric moving smoothly under the needle. You can program the needle to halt in the up or down position depending on whether you’re finishing a piece or if you need to rotate it. There’s also a button to sew in reverse and do a lock-stitch.
The one-hand needle threader, jam-proof magnetic self-winding bobbin, and one-hand thread cutter make sewing with the DC1050 very easy. It can handle two needles at once with 15 needle positions. The start/stop button and speed control selector switch make for smooth sewing without using a foot pedal. And this machine is fast, cranking out up to 820 stitches per minute.
Instead of snap-on presser feet, the DC1050 has slide-on feet. It comes with buttonhole, satin, and zipper presser feet. Others are available, but sold separately.
More features of the Janome DC1050 sewing machine:
- Comes with assorted needle set, bobbin, buttonhole foot, cover, felt, foot control, instruction book, lint brush, satin foot, screw key, seam ripper, spool holder, spool, spool stand, and zipper foot
- Halogen work light and backlit LCD screen
If you are beginning to sew, or just want an easy-to-usemachine for sewing clothing, quilting, and basic home decorations, the Janome 8077 makes it simple for you to complete these projects.
If you have more experience sewing, or plan to make sewing a bigger part of your life for years to come, consider getting the Janome DC1050.