Janome 2212 Sewing Machine Review
Janome is known for having produced a long line of good quality sergers and sewing machines since their inception in 1921 – And the Janome 2212 is no exception.
The 2212 is a simple type of sewing machine, which is pretty much your best option in case you’re just starting out in this whole sewing business and want to find the perfect mini sewing machine. Anyone can use it – From children as young as 12 to senior citizens. This model is also a wonderful choice for those who are willing to use a simplified sewing machine without all of the confusing pieces of brand new technology, no matter how long they’ve been in the business.
Just one look at the 2212 tells you that this is a sewing machine that both novices and experts can use in their daily sewing activities. You can find a front-loading bobbin, a needle plate with its own seaming guides found on the needle’s two sides, a drop feed, and an attached casing for your accessories which can take off a virtually handy free arm.
Other features include a huge reverse stitch button, a bright light to add a bit of illumination to your work, together with a front-loading bobbin.
Main features that come with the 2212 include twelve variants of utility stitches, a free arm, a four-step buttonhole for attaching buttons, a drop feed, manual tension adjustment, two types of retractable spool pins, and an on board storage compartment made especially for accessories.
Winding the bobbin area and threading the 2212 in general is simple and easy. The machine’s needles are made for winding up the bobbin just by placing it on top of the balance wheel until it breaks.
The machine contains simple instructions that can guide you in loading the upper thread without much difficulty. Once the bobbin has both been inserted and loaded in the race hook, you just have to begin sewing by breaking off the balance wheel right back in its place, and switching the stitch selection dial to the letter of your preferred stitch design.
Stitching options found on the topmost row can be accessed just by dialing up the correct letter, and changing the length of the stitch, along with the width dials, to whichever length you like.
You can access the stitches located on the lower level – Found in yellow – By changing the stitch width adjustment dial on the machine. This basically means that although the stitching length can be changed, its width is still immediately locked in to the default setting.
As we used this machine, we didn’t feel any sort of vibration, and produced amazing stitches. However, it is very noisy – Not too noisy that it’s almost impossible to work with this machine, but it’s still capable of producing so much noise that you’ll end up getting distracted too much if you’re currently listening to the radio or watching some TV while sewing.
The reputation of most Janome sewing machines, as well as the brand name, have a reputation of delivering a good standard of workmanship when it comes to their products. The stitches created by the 2212 is absolutely wonderful. In fact, we did try out every stitch option that this machine carries, and each one was just lovely. If we’re being completely honest here, we didn’t expect too much from something as nice as this brand – Even if the stitches came out differently, we would still be impressed by it.
However, one of the things we disliked with this machine was the amount of noise it produced, as well as the fact that to be able to gain access to the drop feed feature, not only will you have to take off the accessories case, you must open up the bobbin door too.
We’re really hoping that these renowned sewing machine manufacturers will eventually learn that putting the drop feed inside a practically inaccessible area of the machine does not result in efficient sewing – Especially when you’re dealing with a project that has to do with darning tasks, attaching buttons to fabric, or freehand sewing.
We have yet to meet a person who has used the machine and is actually happy and content with having the drop feed control placed at any spot in the machine in which they would have to stop whatever they’re doing and end up dismantling the 2212 just to both engage and disengage this small feature. Sometimes, these users don’t even know that that feature existed – Which technically isn’t an acceptable response.
These minor exceptions aside, we actually do recommend using the Janome 2212 to anyone who wants to use a handheld sewing machine, no matter what kind of skill level they currently have. In fact, even younger children can learn how to sew using this machine (with parents’ supervision, of course). Rookie sewers of all ages can get a very good foundation when it comes to learning how to operate a sewing machine, and know about the basics of sewing in general.
There are a couple of people who understand that learning how to use a computerized sewing machine like the Singer 4411 is very important. But we think that without the knowledge of how to operate a sewing machine, let alone a modernized sewing machine with an LCD screen, plenty of fashion students won’t be able to appreciate what a sewing machine is truly like and learn how they actually work.
Those who have been sewing for a very long time now, and are still comfortable with a basic sewing machine will be delighted with the 2212 thanks to its stitch quality and its workmanship. Much like other mechanical sewing machines, the 2212 is highly affordable and can be within reach of nearly every budget out there.
There’s absolutely no doubt that there are loads of sewing machines found on the market today that produce twice the amount of features and stitching options, but those individuals who just want the most basic modernized sewing machine that can deal with basic stitching, creating home décor projects or accessories will love the 2212.
Parents who want to teach their child the basics of sewing won’t be able to find a more kid-friendly sewing machine with understandable instructions. Meanwhile, both highschool and college students can create or even launch the newest kinds of clothing trends, or make accessories to sell to people at school.
Despite the noise and the awkwardly-placed drop feed control option, this is still a good sewing machine and will definitely make some people happy and content for a very long while.
This machine is very budget-friendly, and has been created to allow you to enjoy the dozens of benefits brought about by sewing at home, without having to pay too much cash for it. This machine is purely mechanical, much like its predecessor, the Janome HD3000. And not only that, it’s very easy to navigate through it too, which is the reason why a lot of rookie sewers like it so much. The machine is purely lightweight, allowing you to take it with you to sewing classes or your dress shops or what not. But despite its lightweight feature, this certain model is completely stable.
Because it’s a purely mechanical model, the 2212 doesn’t come with too many stitching types or option as other machines from the Janome brand – Like the Janome Magnolia 7318. This is a computerized machine with a rather strong build – This means it’s highly durable for a sewing machine and can last for decades, as long as you clean it regularly and keep it well-maintained. The 2212 carries features including the free arm and the drop feed – There’s also plenty of accessories that can add more character to your sewing and allow you to finish your project in a span of a few days. However, the 2212 doesn’t have its own table, making it difficult for certain users to work alongside bigger fabrics for quilts or blankets. A couple of owners did learn that they could still work together with a wider expanse of fabric through putting this machine on a much bigger workspace, or by holding in the fabric while working.
Despite the number of positive reviews it has garnered, this model does have a couple of drawbacks to it. For instance, there was a user who didn’t like the fact that the machine only possessed twelve variants of stitching functions. This is slightly difficult for the most experienced users, since they’re so used to picking between fifty types of stitches. A couple of customers went through the same issues regarding the machine’s tension, after learning that the tension settings were uneven while the machine was at work. But apart from that, most users are still generally okay with the model.
Thanks to its twelve types of built-in stitches, the Janome 2212 contains an easy-switch feature that allows you to pass through between the various types of stitching designs as well. The only thing you have to do is to turn that dial until you find the design that best suits your project.
Pros: Solid build, lightweight, easy to operate and carry around, can be bought at an average pricing, can provide simple stitches, and easy to thread.
Cons: Loud noise production, front bobbin loads awkwardly, does not have an automatic needle threader.