Janome JW8100 Review

The Janome JW8100 is a computerized sewing machine with enough features to allow your creativity at sewing to be taken to the next level.

Janome sewing machines are well-known in the sewing industry, and this one has a metal interior frame that makes it very durable and stable when sewing plus it{s built to last.

The machine weighs a little under 13 pounds so is portable enough for anyone to take to sewing classes or move around the sewing room.

Janome JW8100 Review - Sewing MachineFor anyone starting to sew this machine would be perfect with the up to date features and basic technology, plus being able to handle a wide variety of sewing projects any experienced sewer would appreciate having it as well.

With this sewing machine you will be getting good value for the low price it is selling for, and most sewers claim that it sews quiet and produces an excellent stitch.

This is also a good sewing machine for quilters, and with its extension table provides a large work area.

Janome JW8100 Review – Top Features

We will mention the features found on this machine, and you can see if it’s a good match for your sewing projects.

How Many Stitches The JW8100 Has?

This model comes with 100 built-in stitches, and 7 buttonholes, and has 20 basic and fashion stitches, 18 quilting, 27 heirlooms, and 28 home decoration stitches.

For easy referencing a numbered stitch chart comes with it, that can be displayed on the top of the machine.

The maximum stitch width is 7 mm, and the maximum stitch length is 5 mm, and both can be adjusted with the function keys just below the LCD screen.

This machine also has the speed control slider on the front, so you can control the speed of your stitching and when pressing the foot control it will only go as fast as you have set the speed control slider, and maximum stitch speed is 850 stitches per minute.

This model also features the reverse stitch button for reinforcing or tying off stitches, and the locking stitch button for tying off the end of the thread and is ideal for delicate fabrics or with decorative stitches.

Top Loading Bobbin and Threading

To wind the bobbin set the speed control slider on high and follow diagrams imprinted on top of the machine, then move the bobbin winding spindle to the right, and bobbin icon will appear on the LCD screen.

Start the machine and when bobbin is full it will stop automatically.

This machine is top loading for the bobbin so just drop it in with thread coming off counter clockwise, then follow the guides, and replace the cover.

To thread the machine also follow the numbered guide arrows down to the needle threader and it works best with thread size 50 to 90 and needle size # 11 to #16.

The machine also has a thread tension dial which is usually set between 3 to 5, but may need adjusting when different fabrics are used.

The Free Arm

The extension table or accessory storage compartment can be pulled to the left to remove which then gives access to the free arm for sewing any tubular clothes, sleeves, pants, etc.

Lights

The light for the work area comes on when the machine is turned on, and there has been some users say that it could be brighter, but not really a big issue.

How Many Presser Feet Come With The JW8100?

The machine comes with 6 snap-on presser feet

  1. 1/4 inch seam foot
  2. Zigzag foot
  3. Automatic buttonhole foot
  4. Satin stitch
  5. General purpose foot
  6. Even feed foot

To change the presser feet place it to the highest level which on this machine is about 1/4 inch higher than normal, press the lever behind the foot to release it, then another can be snapped into place by lowering the presser bar onto the foot.

When you chose a stitch pattern the computer will show which foot is recommended for that stitch, and each foot is lettered for easy referencing.

Feed Dogs

The feed dogs system on this machine is the 7 piece which means it makes contact with the fabric in 7 places at once to feed the material evenly while sewing.

The feed dogs can also be raised or lowered giving the opportunity for free motion sewing or quilting with a switch at the back of the free arm.

The Control Buttons

  1. The start/stop button located just above the needle work area at a convenience for your fingers.
  2. Reverse button – for locking stitches
  3. The auto-lock button sews a locking stitch at the end of a pattern then it stops automatically
  4. Needle up/down button
  5. Speed control slider – speed can be set with this as mentioned above
  6. Switch at back of free arm to lower or raise feed dogs.
  7. Thread tension dial on front of the machine.
  8. The function keys for the LCD screen are located just below it, to select the stitch pattern, adjust the length and width of stitch, and more.

Accessories Included With The JW8100

This sewing machine comes with tons of useful accessories to help you to work on different projects with ease, you will get also an extra large table and a hard cover for your machine.

  • 6 presser feet
  • Spool holders – large and small
  • Extra spool pin
  • 4 Bobbins – class 15
  • A needle set
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper Scredriver
  • Stitch card – attaches on top of the machine
  • Foot control
  • Power cable
  • JW8100 Manual
  • Extension table
  • Pincushion
  • Hard cover

Specifications For The JW8100

  • 100 built-in stitches
  • 850 stitches per minute
  • 7 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • 12.7 pounds in weight
  • 16 inches long by 12 inches high by 7 inches wide.
  • 6.7 inches by 4.3 inch work space, and has extension table for more work space.
  • 6 presser feet

Warranty For The JW8100

The warranty for this model is the same as most Janome sewing machines, which is 25 years on mechanical parts, 2 years on the electrics and 1 year labor.

This 25 year limited warranty is for domestic use of the machine and not commercial use, plus is always best to check the warranty when purchasing.

Pros And Cons For The JW8100

Pros

  • Easy to set up for beginners
  • Light enough to take to sewing classes
  • Quiet running
  • Does Good quality stitches
  • Heavy duty metal frame that will stand up to years of sewing
  • Has 100 built-in stitches
  • LCD screen is easy to work with
  • Good machine for quilting
  • Best of all is very reasonable priced

Cons

  • No automatic thread cutter
  • Work light could be improved
  • Need to buy the quilting foot extra

Janome JW8100 Video

Who Is The Janome JW8100 For?

This sewing machine is so easy to set up and start sewing that will be the perfect model for any beginner that is looking to start sewing!

As a begineer you might want to spend sometime reading the Janome JW8100 manual to learn how to step it up and how to thread it, take your time to work on a few samplers before you start to work on a project, by doing this, it will make it easier for you to work on any project.

This model is also good for any experienced sewer who is looking for a back up unit or for a smaller model to travel with.

Can The Janome JW8100 handle Denim?

Yes it can, but you need to be sure to use the right needle to work on denim to get better results on your projects.

Is It Worth The Price Tag?

When you compare some other basic sewing machine with the Janome JW8100, the price of this model might look a bit higher, but you need to keep in mind Janome designs and built there machines with a metal frame that will provide high stitching quality and there machines will last for many years.

Where To Buy The Janome JW8100

You can find this sewing machine on the specialty stores or with the sewing machine dealer in your area, you can also purchase this model online.

Our Final Thoughts For The Janome JW8100 Review

Janome JW8100 Review - Sewing MachineWe would recommend this machine because of its many up to date features, lightweight, strongly built, creates good stitches and is very easy to work with.

Many owners of this machine are very satisfied with it, and say the machine is a bargain with its low price for all the features you get to make sewing so much easier.

For the beginner or the more experienced sewer, we believe Janome has produced an exceptional high quality and durable sewing machine that would make a great addition in any sewing room.

So if this machine is a match for your sewing projects, you might want to give it a test out.

Wishing you all the best on your sewing projects, happy sewing!

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3 thoughts on “Janome JW8100 Review”

  1. Hello, Thank you very much for this awesome review. Though I am not into sewing and quilting but I have some friends and families who would find this Post really helpful. I will be glad to share this post with them and all and also to my Facebook page for everyone who could find this useful. Thanks for always. God bless

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  2. Sewing machines have come so far! Thank you for outlining the specifications and the uses for this machine. My son is possibly looking at creating some of his own projects; so it sounds like this light-weight machine might fit his needs. I would probably ask my mother in law to help him understand each function as I don’t have a sewing machine at this time. 🙂 Thank you for the review!

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  3. hello awesome article you have here i just couldnt ignore it the sewing machine dragged my attention i too am a fashion designer i have also used other product of sewing machine and most of didnt last The Janome JW8100 is a computerized sewing machine with enough features to allow your creativity at sewing to be taken to the next level. i really this sewing machine is going to help me a lot thanks for sharing this information with us 

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