Affordable. Easy. Solid. These three words describe the Janome 2212 sewing machine quite well. This is one of the less expensive Janome machines and it comes with a limited number of stitches, but it is a good machine and is particularly well-suited for beginning sewists. The 2212 is a mechanical sewing machine â€“ it is not computerized. It has a durable, solid feel and is also very easy to use. Some owners report that it is a bit noisy however and that the thread can sometimes jam in the bobbin case.
Consumer ratings from sites across the web indicate that the 2212 generally receives 4 stars out of 5 or higher, although there are a few lower scores. Lower scores are in the minority however. On Amazon this sewing machine has scored an average 4.6 stars out of 5 by over 220 owners.
This is a basic sewing machine with no fancy features and a limited number of stitches. Most owners find the machine easy to use and it is touted as a great machine for beginning sewists. Many, many folks report buying the 2212 for a child or grandchild who is learning to sew. Despite its simple interface, the 2212 is still a good machine for the experienced seamstress. A thorough review of all owner comments has shown what owners like and what they dislike. Weâ€™ve recorded these below:
– Reasonable price for a Janome
– Easy to setup and use
– Sews through thick fabrics
– Feels solid and durable
– Runs smoothly
– Thread can sometimes jam in bobbin case
– Noisier than some would like
– Reports of needles breaking
The unit rates very highly in terms of ease of use. In addition, the manual is easy to read, has good illustrations and is fairly straightforward. You will find a link to the manual at the bottom of this article.
A number of folks report buying the 2212 to take to sewing classes. Its light weight makes it quite portable. Although we would like to point out that a lightweight machine often has both pros and cons. Indeed for the 2212 there are a couple of reports that its light weight results in the machine pulling away while sewing, although these are few. For the most part people report that the unit “stays put” while you are sewing.
While the machine has many positive comments, a number of owners do report that thread sometimes gets stuck or jammed in the bobbin case. Also, there are occasionally issues with needles breaking, and there is no foot pressure adjustment capability.
You can read more consumer reviews on AmazonÂ if you want.
Sewing Machine Features
– 12 built-in stitches (chosen via a dial)
– Drop feed capable
– Free arm
– 5-piece feed dog
– Stitch length & width adjustable
– Max stitch width = 4mm
– Max stitch length = 5mm
– 1 four step buttonhole
– Snap-on presser feet
– Reverse button/lever
– Front loading bobbin
– Max sewing speed of 860 stitches per minute
– Manual tension control
– Built-in thread cutter
– Lamp (incandescent)
– Push-pull bobbin winder
– 2 needle positions
– Extra high presser foot lift
The stitch chart is stamped on the front of the machine for easy access. You can select one of the 12 stitches via the stitch selector dial. To the best of our knowledge the 12 stitches on the 2212 are: straight, zigzag, overcasting, tricot, knit, blind stitch hemming, straight stretch, buttons, buttonhole, corded buttonhole, shell tuck, and zipper application.
You can see the stitches in the image below:
In addition, the sewing machine comes with several accessories including 3 presser feet (blind foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot). There is also an instruction manual, a needle set, a small screwdriver, a bobbin, a seam ripper, a foot control and a vinyl dust cover.
The 2212 weighs a lightweight 13 lbs and has a fold-down carry handle. It also has a 6.5 inch work area (from the needle to the right side), and is UL listed.
With respect to warranty, promotional materials highlight that the unit has a 25 year limited warranty. This really means:
– 25-years on defective materials and workmanship
– 5-years on electronic component parts
– 1-year on labor
Also, there are often questions about whether a Janome sewing machine carries a full warranty when bought through a third party like Amazon. We’ve contacted Janome America, Inc. and we received an interesting response which you can read here: Janome Warranty.
A durable lightweight sewing machine, the Janome 2212 is great for beginners and more experienced sewists alike. It is very easy to use and is also a good choice for those interested in taking their machine to classes – and for any portable sewing machine needs. There are only a small number of stitches however and some folks have found that thread sometimes gets stuck or jammed in the bobbin case and needles sometimes break.
Sewing Machine Manual
View the Janome 2212 sewing machine manual.