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Janome Magnolia 7318 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on June 26, 2017

Bottom Line

Janome is a top brand in sewing machines, and the Magnolia 7318 will take you from beginner to advanced sewing projects. At 17.6 pounds, it's a bit heavy, but has a handle for portability. The pink flower decals turn some off.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Wide sewing surface
  • Even stitching
  • Intuitive controls
  • Handles heavy fabrics; layers

Cons

  • Feminine design may not suit everyone
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Performance

Smooth and powerful. The Janome Magnolia 7318 is a manual (or mechanical) sewing machine, which many experts prefer to computerized machines. Manual sewing machines tend to be powerful and consistent, and experts say the Janome Magnolia delivers on that perception. In expert testing, the 7318 was the smoothest performer out of a number of comparable machines, even some costing quite a bit more. It does well at all tasks, reviewers say, but it gets particular raves for its performance on heavy duty fabrics and when sewing multiple layers. It has a four-step buttonhole feature and 18 different stiches that users say work flawlessly. They also love the foot control, which many say they prefer to chassis-type speed controls because they feel it gives them a smoother start.

Ease of use

A simple star. Plenty of first time sewers say they were stitching simple patterns five minutes out of the box with the Janome Magnolia 7318. The four-step buttonhole feature is not as convenient as one-step buttonholers, but users say it's super simple to master in spite of the extra steps. They also say the controls are very well-marked and intuitive, making them very easy to adjust -- many particularly praise the handy knob for controlling the stitch width. It also includes onboard storage for its many accessories. The bobbin is a drop-in, top-loader that's much easier to use than the bottom loading bobbin found on many machines. One of user's favorite features on the Magnolia, though, is the extra-wide sewing surface and large ruler marks. Some say they outgrow this simple machine fairly quickly, though, and opt to upgrade to a computerized machine with more bells and whistles.

Durability/noise

A sewing machine for life. One of the reason many experts like manual sewing machines -- even if they aren't beginners -- is because they are so sturdy and durable. The Janome Magnolia 7318 doesn't disappoint in this area. Even at top speeds and when sewing heavy fabrics or through multiple layers the Magnolia doesn't wobble, bog, or bounce. The Magnolia is a popular choice even among advanced sewers who want a sturdy machine for sewing thick items like diapers. The one thing many reviewers would change is the very "girly" pink and flower design. Quite a few say they'd prefer something more gender-neutral, or at least not quite so cutesy.

Our Sources

Christine Cyr Clisset, Sept. 23, 2016

In this comparison of the best sewing machine for beginners, Christine Cyr Clisset ultimately chooses the Janome Magnolia 7318 after 18 hours of research and extensive testing of 11 sewing machines. She says the manual Janome offers a good combination of value and features and is very easy to use.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2017

Nearly 230 owners weigh in on the Janome Magnolia, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. They say it performs very well and is easy to use. A few also say they outgrew the sewing machine fairly quickly and upgraded to a computerized model; others say this is a great machine for both beginners and advanced sewers.

Contributors to PatternReview.com, As of June 2017

At PatternReview.com, members post reviews of their sewing machines, giving an overview of how they use them, any pros and cons, and if they would recommend them. The Janome Magnolia 7318 gets a few individual reviews, though only ones posted in the last six months can be seen without a free site membership.

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