janome 2212 review

Janome 2212 Review 2018

Janome was the first manufacturer to develop a computerized sewing machine. While they didn’t computerize the , they have put their same trademark of excellence into this simple and affordable sewing machine. This is an excellent choice for beginners looking for an affordable, yet durable sewing machine.

We’ve researched the Janome 2212 for you and organized our findings in this review. We’ll begin with the specifications and accessories, and then provide you with a brief description of this machine. There are a few pros and cons we uncovered, plus some opinions from others who have used the Janome 2212

About the Janome 2212

Specifications and Description

  • Stitches: 12 built-in utility stitches and a four-step buttonholer
  • Product size: 17 x 13.5 x 9 inches/ 43.2 x 34.3 x 22.9 centimeters
  • Product weight: 15.2 pounds/ 6.9 kilograms
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
  • Accessories:
    • Free arm and drop feed accessory
    • An extra package of ten Janome bobbins, plus size #14 needles.
    • Two retractable spool pins
    • 4 snap-on presser feet – multi-purpose foot, zipper foot, sliding buttonhole foot, and a blind Hem foot
    • Small screwdriver
    • Seam ripper
    • Owner’s manual

Janome has built a solid reputation for producing high-quality sewing machines. One of their most appealing attributes is often the price in relationship to the workmanship. All of their machines produce excellent stitch quality.

The Janome 2212 continues this tradition by offering a steady sewing machine at a very affordable price. While it may not be equipped with a sufficient number of stitch patterns to tackle extraordinarily difficult sewing projects, it is an excellent machine for mending, repairs and especially learning.

There is a standard drop feed and free arm that greatly expands the types of sewing projects you can accomplish with the Janome 2212. The Janome 2212 also provides a manual tension adjustment for intricate projects.

This manual thread tension control helps to reduce the risk of making mistakes. The pair of retractable vertical spool pins makes this machine even easier to use. It is a compact, lightweight sewing machine that is a wonderful second machine, or a portable option.

There is a convenient dial selector for choosing the stitch pattern. You can also use two needle positions while sewing up to 860 stitches per minute. The Janome 2212 has a lever, so you can quickly flip your stitch line into reverse.


With the Janome 2212, you get a standard set of 12 built-in stitches. To help improve the number of different patterns you can create there is a zigzag stitch. Using the convenient dial selector, you can pick a pattern, and then adjust the width and the length of each individual stitch. There is also a simple four-step buttonhole stitch.

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Pros and Cons of the Janome 2212

The combination of having a drop feed and a free arm allows you to sew bigger projects, plus adapt your sewing angle for things such as hems, cuffs, or shirt collars.
There is enough width on the table when combined with the drop feed feature you will be able to do basic quilting or sew large items like draperies.
This is a solidly built sewing machine that won’t vibrate all over your table.
The simplicity of the Janome 2212 is an important advantage. It is the perfect machine for beginners and even for teaching children how to use a sewing machine.
The Janome is easy to thread, and as you become more comfortable using this sewing machine you can get creative with your thread patterns.
Janome backs up their claim to excellence with a 25-year limited warranty.
While you can adjust the width and length of each of the stitch patterns, the 12 standard stitches do put a limit this machine’s versatility.
To use the drop feed, you have to take the accessory case off, plus open the bobbin compartment.

Opinions about the Janome 2212

The ease of dialing in the stitch options was a prevailing opinion. This feature was very useful. Users expressed how simple it was to be able to dial-in an option by using the correct letter.

Once they had picked their stitch option, it was easy to then adjust the length or width of each stitch. While this is a perfect machine for someone just learning how to sew, even accomplished users found this machine to be a great backup or portable option.

Beginners loved the simplicity of the Janome 2212 as well. There was some disappointment expressed about the limited number of fabrics you can sew using this machine.

It was also a little noisier than other machines. However, for a sewing machine that can handle basic mending and repair projects, this was an excellent machine, especially considering the price.

How to Thread the Janome 2212

You thread the needle and wind the bobbin in one step on the Janome 2212. There is a simple guide that you follow. To disengage the needle, you simply pull the balance wheel until the thread breaks. Once the bobbin is loaded, you insert the race hook. When you snap the balance wheel back into place, the thread will feed through the eye of the needle.


Many of the more affordable sewing machines do not offer much versatility. That is not the case with the Janome 2212. Not only is the price appealing, but the number of sewing projects you can tackle is also extensive. If you’ve used the Janome 2212, tell us about your experience. In addition, if you think we missed anything in our review, let us hear about those points as well.

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