86.1 The Janome 128 is a very simple and basic sewing machine with only 8 stitches. It is also relatively inexpensive. Janome often refer to the 128 as a “value-priced” sewing machine. Owners like the unit’s ability to tackle thick materials, its light weight, and its ease of use. It is popular for taking to classes, and the compact size, aluminum frame, and built-in carry handle make it very mobile. However, some folks have had issues with thread jamming and inconsistent stitches. Many owners are also disappointed that it does not come with a built-in thread cutter.
A thorough investigation of Janome 128 ratings from a host of retail outlets has provided the following information:
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon||3.9 stars out of 5||7|
|Overstock||4.6 stars out of 5||8|
|Sewing Machines Plus||4.5 stars out of 5||2|
|QVC||4.0 stars out of 5||2|
|Walmart||5.0 stars out of 5||1|
We have noticed over the years that Janome sewing machines often get very good owner ratings. So we decided to look back over our past 10 years of sewing machine reviews and do some calculations. We have reviewed almost 100 sewing machines and for each and every machine we have posted a score. The score is determined by looking at real owner ratings for each sewing machine, typically from multiple online retail outlets. These ratings are averaged (using a weighted average) thus providing a score of x/100.
|Janome Purple Thunder||76.2|
|Janome Magnolia 7360||99.4|
|Singer Stylist 7258||93.1|
We’ve scanned online retailers for ratings and reviews about the Janome 128. Following is a list of the machine’s pros and cons as well as owner insights.
- Reasonably priced
- Uncomplicated and easy to use
- Handles thin and thick materials well
- Good for travel and classes
- Fairly easy to thread
- Issues with thread jamming/tangling
- No thread cutter
- Sometimes has inconsistent stitches
- No automatic needle threader
- Few features and stitches
- Bobbin doesn’t always wind evenly
- 8 stitches (stretch and utility - selected by a dial)
- 1 four-step buttonhole
- Adjustable thread tension
- Auto-declutch bobbin winder
- Free arm
- Manual thread tension control (dial)
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Top loading bobbin
- Sewing speed = 650 stitches per minute
- Maximum stitch width = 5mm
- Maximum stitch length = 4mm
- 3-piece feed dog system
- Electric lamp for illuminating sewing area
NO automatic needle threader
NO thread cutter
NO locking stitch button
NO knee lift
NO twin needle guard
NO foot pressure adjustment
The stitches are shown in the image below. All the stitches are printed on the side of the sewing machine for easy reference.
The 128 comes with a number of accessories including three presser feet: General purpose foot, ¼ inch foot, and buttonhole foot. You also get a pack of size 11 needles, a seam ripper, a screwdriver, spool pin felt, class 15 bobbins, and a foot control. In addition, a power cord (3 ft) and instruction manual are provided.
This is a lightweight sewing machine in part due to its compact size and also due to its aluminum frame. The 128 weighs in at only 11 lbs. As a result it is a good machine if you want mobility. It also comes with a built-in carry handle.
The Janome 128 carries a 25-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. This does not mean you have a 25 years warranty on all features/components/labor. What it means is the following:
2-years on electrical parts
1-year on labor