A honest and detailed comparison between Janome Magnolia 7318 and 7330. Both machines are poles apart in features and price as well.
Janome magnolia 7318 and 7330 have quite a lot of difference between them. The most apparent being the price. The price difference is so huge that you can easily slip in another Brother computerized sewing machine for the money that equals to the difference (7330 is the more expensive one). Both machines have never been too popular with their price, instead they are popular for the quality. Generally, Janome sewing machines are a bit more expensive than a Brother or Singer with the same features. But one thing you can be sure of Janome is its quality. Now, let us focus on the comparison between Janome magnolia 7318 and 7330.
Janome Magnolia 7318 Vs 7330 – Features Comparison
Basic Functioning : As I have already said, 7318 is a mechanical sewing machine. So it misses out on advanced features like sewing start/stop button, speed control slider, LCD display, programmable needle up/down and locking stitch button. 7330 has all these features and to me they are very important, especially if you are a beginner. They go a long way in ease of use. The needle position button literally works like an extra hand while pivoting or quilting. Locking stitch button locks the stitches making it stronger, and the ease with which you can do it is more important. You can lock the stitches with just the push of a button. The sewing speed control slider is useful for beginners as they can get more control of the speed. Slow speeds work the best for beginners. To me the winner here is 7330. Some may still like mechanical sewing machines due to the durability factor, but for fast and efficient sewing you need a computerized sewing machine.
Automatic Needle Threader : There is no automatic needle threader on Janome 7318. Nowadays an automatic needle threader is found even on $100 machines. So it is kind of a handicap for 7318.
Built-in Stitches : Magnolia 7330 is the winner here as well (which is understandable from the price difference). 7330 comes with 30 built-in stitches including 6 one-step buttonholes. 7318 on the other hand has just 18 built-in stitches including a 4-step buttonhole. Now, the 4-step buttonhole is just outdated piece of technology. Modern sewing machines come with 1-step buttonholes, which are much more easier to use especially for beginners.
Stitch Width and Length : 7330 scores here. The maximum adjustable stitch width on 7330 is 7mm and length is 5mm whereas the maximum stitch width on 7318 is just 5mm and length is 4mm.
Feed System : 7318 has a 5 point feed system which does a very good job, but 7330 comes with SFS (Superior Feed System) which is slightly better (not a huge difference though).
Needle Positions : Another point for 7330 as it comes with 15 needle positions. 7318 comes with none.
Sewing Space : You can say that Janome Magnolia 7330 has slightly (very small) larger sewing space when compared to 7318. It is not a huge difference, so you won’t notice the difference with your eyes, it is just on paper.
Machine Weight : Janome 7330 is 0.6 pounds heavier than 7318.
That’s pretty much the difference in features.
Sewing Machine Features
Automatic Needle Threader
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Start/Stop Button & Speed Control Slider
Max Stitch Width
Max Stitch Length
Locking Stitch Button
Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
Extra high presser foot lifter
Janome Magnolia 7318 Vs 7330 – Performance Comparison
Ease of use wise, you can definitely put magnolia 7330 in front. It clearly is the most advanced of the two. The only area where 7318 scores is in durability. Mechanical sewing machines tend to last longer than computerized ones as there are no electronic parts to stop working. Both machines are sturdy and stable at high speeds. Both work quite well with multiple layers of denim (very little to choose between). One noticeable difference is the noise level. 7318 is noisy for my liking, whereas 7330 is pretty quiet even at higher speeds. The stitch quality you get from both is more or less the same.
It is very clear that Janome 7330 offers more in creativity and ease of use, but for that, you need to spend some extra dollars. If you are happy with a mechanical sewing machine, Janome 7318 won’t be a bad option either. It all comes down to personal preferences. But if you ask me, I will go with 7330 simply for the ease of use. I am not trying to up sell here, it is an honest opinion. I know the value of your hard earned money.