There’s something about the curious case of sewing machines that keeps me thinking about how one can never be happy with one’s sewing machine.
I know it’s a big statement, but let me prove it right.
Let us suppose you have a big industrial sewing machine at home – a Singer one, the kind that has to be fixed on table. Even though it is most powerful machine out there and it has a big number of useful features, you’d admit that it is not portable at all.
Likewise, the portable ones lack in terms of features (very limited number of built-in stitches) and they’re not as functional as industrial ones.
This is where sewing machines like Janome 7330 come into the play. This is a review and guide on Janome 7330 – a computerised sewing machine that is functional and portable at the same time.
Review of Janome 7330
Before we get down to the nitty gritty of how to use it and what are the most frequently asked questions about this machine, let us first take a look at its pros, cons and features etc.
My reviewing criteria are very simple – the review is based on the most important features, pros and cons of the product.
To acquire these details, I rely on hands-on testing, experts’ opinions and definitely the reviews given by verified customers.
With no further ado – here’s the review.
- Computerized Stitch Selection – Unlike the machines that have a dial to make possible the stitch selection, this one has a computerized selection feature. This means that there is a screen on which you can see the selection and there are navigation keys that make the selection super easy and super-fast.
- 30 Built-in Stitches – When it comes to the number of built-in stitches, definitely only 30 built-in stitches cannot make it good to compete with machines with 100+ or 200+ stitches. However, it is still far better than the other portable/fixed hybrid machines that have as low as 16 or even lower number of built-in stitches.
- Backlit LED Screen – Speaking of the screen that you can use to make choices, it is a decent-size backlit screen. This is sort of a rarity when it comes to such sewing machines which are considered ideal mix of functionality and portability. There are easy to use navigation keys under the screen that help with a lot of tasks such as stitch selection, size, length and others.
- 6 One-Step Buttonhole Styles – Although this is a small machine (and comparatively affordable too), this machine has more buttonhole styles than some big and professional machines. In one step, you can make 6 different types of buttonholes.
- Memorized Needle Up and Down Positions – It is always a hassle to set the needle up and down point manually, because depending on the project, the type of fabric that you use and your personal preferences, you’d definitely have some particular and preferred up and down positions. Using this machine, you can have it memorize where you want needle to stop.
- Double-Lift Presser Foot – So, what is a double-lift presser foot? This is a presser foot that works like a normal one. There are two positions – up and down. However, considering the thickness of a particular fabric or layers thereof, if you want to lift it even higher, just push the lever a little and you will enjoy a little extra lift to accommodate the fabric/layers.
- 7-Piece Feed Dog – Feed dog is a group of metal teeth that you’d see right underneath the needle. These feed dogs properly grip the fabric while it is being sewing so there won’t be any stitches out of the place. Compared with usual two- or three-pieces feed dogs, this one has 7-pieces of feed dogs that definitely offer much better grip on fabric.
- Auto-Declutch Bobbin Winder – What is a bobbin winder? It is a small machine that is used to wind thread fast on bobbin and that too in an easier way. This one comes with an auto-declutch bobbin winder. What’s that? Well, an auto de-clutch bobbin winder would stop the needle from moving up and down while the bobbin is being wound.
- Built-in Needle Threader – This is more like an essential. Every modern sewing machine comes with a built-in needle threader. In most of the cases, this is an automatic one. You thread the needle in one swift move.
- Free Arm – This is a free arm sewing machine. The accessory compartment right next to the needle plate can be removed to make it a free arm machine. In case you do not know what a free arm machine is, this type of machine allows you to easily control the fabric – especially while sewing hems and collars and cuffs etc.
- Start/Stop Button – The start/stop button is an amazing facility. This is mostly used for big projects and long seams. In short, you can press the button and that will enable you to sew without the presser foot. This means you can relax and focus on sewing.
- Manual Thread Tension – You can manually adjust the thread tension while using this machine. Manual tension allows you to enjoy a more precise thread tension when compared with auto.
- Reverse Button – You have an easy reverse button at the tip of your finger. Just push it to backstitch and reinforce your seams. Also, the same button can be used to stop a stitch pattern before it ends.
- Locking Stitch Button – There is a dedicated locking stitch button. What does this button do? Well, as the name suggests, it is used to lock the stitch at its end. You don’t even need reverse sewing with this thing. Just press it and the thread will be tied off then and there.
- 5mm Max Length & 7mm Max Width – This machine allows you to adjust the stitch length to a maximum of 5mm and the width can be adjusted to a maximum of 7mm.
- Snap-On Feet – The presser feet that you get with this machine are snap-on. You can install one in a jiffy and you’re good to go.
- Speed Control – The speed control slider allows you to toggle between minimum and maximum speeds.
- Top-Loading Full Rotary Hook Bobbin – So what is this confusing term? Well, a top-loading bobbin is one that you see in a transparent or other case where it is dropped from the top. The bobbin sits horizontally. This type of bobbin is easy to use. A full rotary hook bobbin (in the top-loading category) is one where bobbin doesn’t rotate, but the hook rotates around the bobbin. This leads to a smooth running.
- Accessories – You get certain accessories with this machine that include – assorted needle set, automatic buttonhole foot, bobbin, felt, foot control, power cord, seam ripper, screw driver and many different feet etc.
- 30 Built-in Stitches
- Top Loading Full Rotary Bobbin
- Lock Stitching Button
- Adjustable Presser Foot
- LCD Could be Bigger
- Could have Bigger Number of Stitches
Here are the most frequently asked questions about this machine and answers to those questions:
Does it only accept Janome needles?
No. This machine accepts all standard-size 15 x 1 needles.
Can I sew thick leather with this machine?
This machine can sew leather, but you should keep that in mind that this machine was not made for quilting or such big projects. It can take thin leather or one or two layers, but thick one is not for it.
How narrow is the free arm?
The free arm is 3 ¼” in size. This is not a big machine, so its free arm could not be as big as some of those have.
Does this machine have a push-button thread-cutter?
No. This machine has a built-in needle threader, but there is no built-in thread-cutter.
Can this machine use two needles?
Yes, this machine was built for all type of projects (within reason), so it can take a twin needle.