Best Sewing Machines for Quilting


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Janome 2212 Sewing Machine Review


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This is a review for the Janome 2212 sewing machine. Although this model isn’t a machine designed specifically for quilting, it is a good option for beginners who are looking for a low priced machine on which to learn. That being said, many people who are more experienced love this machine too.

Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

Features and Specifications

Features of the Janome 2212

The Janome brand is known for building good quality and reliable sewing machines. As this is one of their cheaper models, it does not come with a lot of extras but works extremely well for basics. It is a mechanical rather than computerized model which also means that there is less that can go wrong.

Ease of Use

One of its most important attributes is that it is incredibly easy to use. This means that if you are a novice the simplicity of use will save you a lot of frustrations.

Dials on the Janome 2212

Features Useful for Quilting

Quilting can be done with most sewing machines but there are certain features that make it easier. Past customers of this model have used it with good results for piecing, stitch in the ditch and free motion quilting.

Being able to drop the feed dogs is exremely important for free motion quilting and you are able to do this with the Janome 2212.

Some customers did complain about fabric becoming stuck in the feed dogs. However, this could be because the stitches are too fine or the feed dogs need cleaning.

This model can sew through thick fabrics, an important feature when making a quilt. In fact, the presser foot is extra high which makes it even easier for you to position your quilt sandwich.

Needle and Foot on the Janome 2212

It is handy to have a needle up/down but because this is a manual machine, it unfortunately doesn’t have the benefit of this feature. Despite this, there are plenty of quilters who have been very happy with this model.  

You will need to buy a free motion foot, a quarter inch foot and a walking foot separately but they are very easy to change with snap on/off functionality.

It comes with a small extension table. but you can also remove it for free arm sewing. The accessories that come with this machine (zipper foot, blind hem foot, sliding buttonhole foot, bobbins, set of needles, seam ripper and screwdriver) are neatly and conveniently stored in the extension table. 

The throat measures 6.5 inches x 4.7 inches high so is not that big but if you roll your work before feeding it through, you should be able to take on medium-sized projects. However, you may find queen sized quilts too large for this sewing machine so if your plan is for larger projects try one that has a larger throat area.

Needle and Bobbin Threading

The needle threading is manual as this is a mechanical machine but past customer reviews confirm that this is very straightforward as is the bobbin threading. The front-loading bobbin is very easy to remove, replace and wind.

However, a couple of customers were slightly confused when it came to winding the bobbin but this may have been due to them not reading the instructions thoroughly as it is quite clear and uncomplicated.

Janome models generally tend to be less fussy about the type of thread used. This means you should experience less breakages or general thread problems than with certain other brands. However, one customer did have issues with certain threads and recommended using cotton which seemed to solve her problem.

Built-in Stitches

There are 12 different stitches and the settings allow for you to alter the length and width of these stitches. Manual dials control these but they are very user-friendly so ideal for a beginner.

Stitches available on the Janome 2212

25 Year Warranty

The fact that Janome offer a 25 year warranty demonstrates the confidence they have in their product quality. It also gives you peace of mind so that if anything does go awry you know that you are covered.


  • An affordable option that is easy to use for beginners but also good as a basic machine for more experienced sewers.
  • Very easy to use.
  • A light, portable machine that is easy to carry around so ideal if you are going to sewing/quilting classes.
  • A lot of customers comment on how quiet this machine sews
  • A sustantial 25 year warranty


  • You can’t see how much bobbin thread is left.
  • There is no needle up/down. This is probably the main drawback for quilters, particularly if you want to do free-motion quilting.
  • You need to buy the additional quilting feet


To sum up, this is an affordable, good quality machine that is perfectly capable of small to medium quilting projects providing you purchase the additional accessories required. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you will get from a more expensive model but it is great for beginners due to its ease of use and basic functionality.

93% of people gave this machine a 4 or 5 star rating on Amazon with very few complaints, so that added to the fact that this comes with a 25 year warranty means that we recommend this as a good buy. However, for a slightly lower price and with more automatic features and decorative stitches, you may prefer the Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine