The first brand new sewing machine I bought for myself was a Janome 7025. I purchased it in 2012 for about £199 (now retails at around £219, exclusive to John Lewis department store). Even though it’s described as a beginner’s sewing machine, I feel that it’s much more than that and suitable for all levels of sewers as long as you don’t need to do anything too elaborate. It does most of the jobs I need it to do, it’s sturdy and very reliable. I’d been faithfully using my mum’s old sewing machine ever since I was a teenager but I’d eventually took the plunge to buy a new machine, when the old one became more of a pain than a pleasure to sew with. This was a major purchase for me at the time. I was just starting up my sewing pattern business and didn’t have many pennies to rub together. I’ll never forget how excited I was about buying this. Even though I’ve bought a more advanced machine since, I still keep going back to my trusty Janome because it’s just so nice to sew with. It has a few minor shortfalls but definitely makes up for any of these in it’s ease of use and reliability.
Having been used to sewing on a really old machine for so long, this was an absolute dream to use. I was a bit nervous using it at first but I needn’t have been as it was extremely easy to set up and use. I guess that’s why it’s billed as a beginner’s machine as it isn’t difficult to use at all and the manual that comes with it is easy to understand.
Issue I had with the machine:
Unfortunately, the machine broke down just 11 months after I bought it (I must admit to thinking that I’d made a big mistake purchasing it). It came with a 2 year warranty though so I called John Lewis and they collected it free of charge and gave it a good going over – they had to send it back to Janome to strip it down! Basically, the machine started making a horrible noise when sewing and was slowing down for some reason. The hand wheel also felt a little bit stiff. The foot pedal has a low and high speed setting and I changed it from low to high. This seemed to solve the problem and it worked fine but soon began slowing down again, to the point that I could hardly sew and the hand wheel was really stiff. It eventually wouldn’t turn at all, everything just seized up. This all happened over just a few days use. The problem turned out to be that the self-lubricating parts inside (at the hand wheel end) had not been lubricated enough at the time of manufacture and so this caused it all to eventually seize. So, they sorted it all out and serviced the machine and I’m happy to report that I’ve never had a problem with it since. Phew! I was so happy to get it back in full working order and I loved using it even more as it’s been so reliable.
- Very easy to set up and use
- Has an automatic needle threader
- Extremely reliable with consistent stitches
- Tension is always consistent, very rarely need to adjust
- Decent range of stitch widths and lengths
- The needle position can be altered to suit
- Reverse button for back tacking
- Has integrated drop-feed for embroidery
- Good range of stitch options, 24 in total, including satin stitches
- Drop-in bobbin is easy to thread up and has clear cover so you know when it needs re-filling
- 1-step button hole function
- Machine supplied with a hard cover
- It’s not too heavy so can be carried easily but just as importantly it’s not too light so feels well built and substantial
- It copes extremely well with all kinds of fabrics, including thick layers. I make bags, sometimes with lots of layers, and it sews through it all so easily. I’ve also used it to sew denim, faux leather and suede, again it coped really well with the thickness.
- Free-arm facility
- Good range of seam allowance markings with good visibility
- It’s a little bit noisy
- The self-lubricating parts needed attention back at the manufacturer’s
Specifications of the Janome 7025
H28 x W42 x D17cm
Weight – 7kg
What the retailer says about it:
The Janome 7025 is suitable for sewing all types of fabrics and gives you a good choice of sewing options. Its rotary action ensures a smooth bobbin feed, while the view-through cover lets you spot when you need to change the bobbin. The 1-step buttonhole function makes it easy to insert a buttonhole, while there are another 24 stitch options to select. The automatic needle threader gets you started quickly, the side cutter lets you finish the job quickly. Other features include integrated drop feed (useful for embroidering); reverse button (for strengthening a stitch); and auto thread tension (for continuous feed). The machine is also supplied with a hard cover.
Accessories include: a quilter guide and standard foot; additional feet include zipper, blind hem, buttonhole and overedge. It also includes lint brush, spool cap – large and small, spare spool pin, spool pin felt, screwdriver, spare bobbins, spare needles.