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Average Review: Number of reviews: 16
A reviewer from Madison, AL
Great Machine for Returning Sewer
When my children were young I sewed alot. Mainly costumes and craft items. My machine was giving me a hard time so in frustration I stopped sewing. I put my sewing machine into retirement and brought it out last month to try sewing some things for our new grandbaby. Well now I know why I put the sewing machine into retirement. I wanted a new machine that was not complicated and not too pricey to kind of work my way back into sewing with the idea that I would purchase a more sophisticated machine if I seriously got back into sewing. The Janome 3120 is wonderful. I completed my first project using fleece and it went through 6 layers without a problem. One feature that I wish it did have was a thread cutter. Otherwise, highly recommend.
Brock from Carlsbad, CA
First Time Sewing
Janome 3128: This is a great little machine and it probably deserves five stars, but I had a minor problem out of the box. The machine would stick in reverse on stitch A and B until the stitch selector was moved. I removed the stitch selector knob and the mechanical interference was clearly visible. After a little coaxing of the cam-plate and arm, the problem disappeared completely. I was able to learn to operate the machine by carefully reading the user manual and studying the pictures. I did my first sewing job today, restitching some Velcro patches to three layers of cotton ripstop. Everything worked great. I thought the foot-control had enough range from fairly slow (~6 stitch/sec) to very fast. I am a 59-year old male who always wanted to little odd-jobs, like hemming pants. This unit is compact, fits well on my small table, and stores easily. I recommend it highly.
A reviewer from Tennessee
Excellent little machine
Bought these for my girls for their introduction into sewing. Great portability, too. Janome is quality, but we think this machine is much better than the sew mini.
A reviewer from la plata, md
Great machine for the price!
I bought it on sale and I wasn't expecting much but, was pleasantly surprised when I plugged in this machine and started sewing. It's easy to use, lightweight (I use it as my travel machine), small enough to fit in one of the mini totes and quiet. The 1/4" foot that comes with it is a great deal!
Kelley Thomas from Las Vegas, NV
A "Must have" sewing machine!!!
This Janome #3128 is an amazing sewing machine. It sews thru six layers of fleece like a breeze. It is so easy to thread and fill the bobbin. I am sewing Barbie Doll clothes and designer pet clothes. I absolutely LOVE this machine. I have a new singer sewing machine also and prefer using the Janome. Buy it and you will be disappointed. Kelley in Las Vegas, NV.
A reviewer from Edgewood, IA
Fantastic little machine.
Went to buy one for my granddaughter. Ended up buying one for my other granddaughter and myself. This little machine sews a wonderful stitch. I cannot express enough how impressed I am with it. Granted it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but I love sewing with this. It has basic stitches and when I don't want fancy, I use my Janome 3128. You can't ask for a better little basic machine!!
robyn from Omaha NE
bought this when i decided to start making pet beds and got tired of stitching them by hand completely. works great. would prefere a bigger better more "buttons" sewing machine but for the price its a great machine. Highly recommended for the beginners or for those who need one. The first bed i used it on was a fleece 'n sherling and it sewed it like a dream.
midwestmama from Marion, IA
Nice little machine.
I was impressed by the stitch quality and minimal noise this machine has when sewing. The stitch selections are easy to figure out. Too bad there isn't a thread cutter on it. This machine has a front load bobbin which may be preferred by some sewers. The 3128 is priced about the same as the feature-filled Brother LS-590 so definately compare them both if you are looking for a small entry-level machine.
A reviewer from Charleston, SC
Compact, Light Weight but Acts Like a Big Machine
I love this machine. I purchased a Singer Quick Fix Mending Machine which was a toy which I took back. This Janome 3128 is the real thing. I have a 33Lb New Home and needed something smaller and lightweight for crafts and mending - THIS MACHINE IS GREAT!!!!
A reviewer from spokane, wa
great machine for beginner
We bought this machine for our young daughter and have been thrilled with the value and quality. It's a wonderful beginner machine. The only complaint I have is that you only have 3 zigzag stitch widths, but everything else is good. We looked at the low end Bernina and were told that it is incredibly noisy, plus, this Janome was half the price!
Doris Leathers from Louisville Ky
I don't like the machine
I bought the Janome 3128.It has a beautiful stitch but the machine sounds like it is going the fly apart when I sew. the thread is always breaking.I am in my seventys and I started when I was about 12 so I know what I am doing. I have a singer that is over 50 year old and it still works as good as it did when it was new. I just wished my new machine sounded as good as it sewed
Bandgeek from OH
Wow! I love this machine
I work at a Hancock's store and I bought this to try it out, now I will not use my old machine anymore. It keeps tension better, it sews through THREE (3) layers of leather plus a layer of Heat and Bond Ultra, (which you aren't supposed to sew through, I know.) This is a wonderful little machine. It has a metal bobbin casing!! There are very few machines that have that.
Kat from Seattle, WA
I think it DOES have a thread cutter.
I'm new to the sewing world, so correct me if I'm wrong, but there is an angled notch at the back of the needle shank, which looks similiar to the thread cutter on an older machine I also own. Just slide your thread down into the notch and pull. Do I have that right?
A reviewer from Chicago, IL
Just loving the machine. Doing so much with it
this is my first time sewing since high school, my sister and I are taking a class in our park district and I wanted to do more at home so I went out and got the Janome and it sews like a charm, I am loving it , the price was good, just told my sister to go get one. I have sewn the grandkids pajamas, my daughters gowns, just finished a fleece jacket for my husband, would not trade the machine for another.
A reviewer from Nebraska
Great machine for low price!
My daughter bought this machine and while I was trying to teach her how to use it I was very impressed. It sews like a dream - just like my Elna Quilters Dream machine that cost ten times the price. Yes, the features are minimal, but for a good basic machine at a low price, the Janome is really wonderful.
Kawena from Cincinnati, Ohio
Great quality & value!
Very impressed with this machine! My girlfriend and I signed up for quilting classes and wanted something small, but powerful, to tote to and from. The Janome Gem was our first choice, but a bit on the pricey side. We researched and found this one. The price is AWESOME and so is the quality! It is heavy duty, and makes a great tight stitch. Cons: short on accessories that come with it, no needle threader and no thread cutter.(can buy this separately) The rest is a dream for the price!