The Janome JW8100 appears to be an excellent match for both expert and inexperienced users. It's a computerized model that has 100 built-in stitches and is offered for an affordable price.
The machine is 16 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 7 inches deep. The machine's weight is 12.7 pounds. According to the Janome JW8100 sewing machine manual, the unit comes with an "extension table" but, in fact, it's just a simple table that slides on and off, and hardly can be called an extension table. It is, nevertheless, large enough to let you work on large projects.
Among the available stitch designs, you will find 28 stitches for home decor, 18 quilting stitches, and 7 buttonhole designs. The ideal length and width of each stitch are preset automatically, but you also can change the stitches' width (up to 7mm) and lengths (up to 5mm).
Generally, the JW8100 Janome is powerful enough to cope with sewing through thick fabrics. The only issue is that it occasionally skips stitches. You may, however, strengthen them by utilizing the reverse stitching method. The machine even has a locking stitch button to secure the seams when working with complicated decorative stitches.
The machine runs quietly and smoothly. The slider to control the speed is present, but the foot pedal is also intuitive and straightforward to use. Threading the needle is simple because this process is automated.
The machine utilizes a standard bobbin which means that you can easily replace it. Most other machines use specialized bobbins that can be bought only at a brand store.
The machine is shipped with a Janome JW8100 manual, a cover for storage, and 22 accessories that would be expensive to buy separately. Among them, you will find a zipper foot, a satin stitch foot, and others. An included quarter-inch foot makes creating seams easier for novices.
This machine will let you work with a wide array of projects. Thus, I confidently rate it a 9 out of 10.
Almost all the universal sewing machines from Janome that work for quilting, sewing, and decoration have essentially the same design. For example, both the Janome DC2013 and the Janome JW8100 have the same controls and arrangement: the screen is located on the right side of the front panel. Below it, there are 3 buttons for stitch selection and its length/width adjustment. All the other controls can be found on the left. The only exception is that the DC2013 has the stitch designs printed right on the machine, and the JW8100 comes with a card that contains all the available stitch patterns. The machine is not easy to break since the internal frame is metal. The exterior is plastic and mainly white.
The machine has modern, computerized controls that make it a convenient model. So it gets a 9/10 for design.
As you can understand from this Janome JW8100 review, this machine keeps pace with the times, providing all the necessary features that are easy to access and control. So, if you want a machine that will expand your creative capabilities, think about buying the JW8100.