Janome JW5622 is not that impressive in features. Moreover, new machines are hard to find in US. There are better alternatives from Janome itself.
Janome JW5622 Main Features
- 22 built-in stitches
- 4-step buttonhole
- Free arm
- Drop feed
Janome JW5622 Review
Before going to the review, let me remind you of one thing, only refurbished Janome JW5622’s are readily available in stores across US. It is very hard to find a new one. So if you are not interested in refurbished machines (personally I am not), you will be better of going with some alternatives like the Janome HD1000 (which is definitely on the expensive side, but you are rest assured of its quality). Now let us focus back on JW5622.
Janome JW5622 comes with 22 built-in stitches and a 4-step buttonhole. It is a mechanical sewing machine designed for beginners. Stitch selection, stitch width and length adjustments are done with the help of dials. Thread tension adjustment is also done with the help of a dial. Reverse sewing button is over sized and conveniently placed. The machine comes with a side loading bobbin, which clearly is an outdated piece of technology. It is difficult for beginners to deal with machines that have side loading bobbins. Janome JW5622 features an extra high presser foot lifter for handling multiple layers of fabric. Drop feed option is provided for doing free-motion sewing.
The machine doesn’t feature an automatic needle threader which is pretty common even on $80 sewing machines nowadays. This means you will have to rely too much on the power of your eye sight to thread the needle.
The buttonhole is not 1-step which makes it hard for beginners. Another not so user friendly feature is the side loading bobbin which we have already talked about.
Is It Worth Buying ?
Considering the beginner friendly features that Janome JW5622 lacks, I really can’t recommend this machine to you. The alternatives you can consider are Janome HD1000 and Janome 2212. 2212 is a basic sewing machine with 12 built-in stitches and excellent stitch quality. Whereas HD1000 has 14 built-in stitches, automatic needle threader etc. HD1000 is a heavy duty model and it can sew through anything that you throws at it. It is a true workhorse. But I have to confess that it costs much more than Janome JW5622. So if budget is a concern, Janome 2212 would be the better option.