A review of the Janome 230DC & 360DC computerised sewing machines for beginner to intermediate sewers.
These models offer many useful features such as;
- automatic needle threader
- start/stop button
- slide speed controller
- needle up/down
- lock stitch
- stitch width and length adjustments
They have a maximum stitch length of 5mm and maximum stitch width of 7mm.
Standard Presser Feet
All of the included accessories are stored in the removable front compartment which converts to your free arm/flat bed. Both models have the same standard presser feet: Automatic Buttonhole Foot (R), Blind Hem Stitch Foot (G), Overedge Foot (C) with brush, Standard Zig Zag Foot (A), Satin Stitch Foot (F) and Zipper Foot (E). Extra presser feet are available if needed for different projects. You also get an extension table and hard cover included and the machines have a carry handle on top making them perfect for taking to classes and workshops!
The Janome 230DC has 30 stitches including 3 automatic buttonholes, in comparison the 360DC has 60 stitches which includes 7 buttonholes. There are a lot more decorative stitches and stretch stitch options on the Janome 360DC as well as the extra buttonholes. Although the number of stitches is the main difference between the two models it might be worth considering having the extra stitches so that you don’t outgrow your machine.
Other features the Janome’s have are the drop feed, adjustable presser foot pressure, top loading bobbin, LCD display and LED lights for sewing. Winding the bobbin is straight forward with numbered instructions marked out on the machine. To select a stitch you simple use the arrows to match with the numbers on the stitch chart.
These models are easy to use and are great machines for a complete novice or even if you have already got some sewing experience.