The Janome Magnolia 7318 is an ideal sewing machine for all those projects you’re itching to get started on, from garment design and repair to quilting, from crafting to home décor. It is easy to use yet powerful enough to take on tough projects. The standard features include 18 built in utility and decorative stitches, including a 4 step buttonhole. The stitch selection panel is located on the front of the machine for convenience, letting you see all your stitch choices at a glance.
The Janome Magnolia 7318 is geared more toward the novice or beginning sewer but is sturdy enough to stand up to the use of a more sophisticated craftsman. As all Janomes, this machine is known for its smooth stitching and the ease of its use. While it is portable, it is still heavy enough to take on the thick fabrics and bulk of quilting layers. It stays in place while you sew and its aluminum cast body stands up to the workload. The work space is generous, allowing your hands to work freely around the machine arm.
This Janome Magnolia 7318 gives you multiple options because of the combination of decorative and utility stitches, and the type of drop feed system. The types of projects this Janome Magnolia can help you tackle are:
- Home décor projects
- Garment mending, including jeans
- Complete garment construction and design
- Quilting projects
- Free motion embroidery
Built-in stitches set the tone
There is some controversy as to exactly how many stitches come standard with this machine. Janome advertises it as having 18 stitches but that’s only because Janome counts a certain type of stitch as one while other manufacturers count it as two. So if you count the stitches as though this machine was made by SINGER or Brother, for example, it would be advertised as having 21 stitches. That may be a minor detail but it does matter to those who like to be precise.
This machine allows you to adjust the stitch width to 5mm and you can adjust the length to 4mm. Both stitch width and length are controlled by handy dials on the front of the machine. Stitch selection is also done by dial.
It generally goes that one cannot have too many different types of presser feet. The Janome Magnolia 7318 gets you started with a nice selection of 4 snap-on style presser feet. The presser foot can be set to three height settings: the normal position, the up position and the “extra up” position, or industrial position. The latter is used to accommodate thicker layers of fabric or bulky fabric.
Janome is one of the known leaders in sewing machine innovations. This model is certainly not lacking in any of the most popular advancements in sewing technology. Included are:
- Upgrades for thread flow: all the latest upgrades that make the thread flow smoothly, such as top loading, drop-in bobbin systems that are jam proof and a horizontal top thread delivery system are included.
- Need for speed: there is a foot control petal to keep you in command of the top speed of 830 stitches per minute.
- Thread tension options: there’s an automatic setting for thread tension but it is also adjustable with a dial to give you flexible stitch control. The cover over the bobbin is clear to allow you to see the remaining thread on the bobbin without having to remove it to look. An included extra spool pin lets you load the bobbin unthreading the machine.
- Feed dogs: the Janome Magnolia 7318 has a four piece feed dog in a box feed system. A feed dog drop lever lowers them out of your way when you’re using the machine for such tasks as quilting, darning or free motion embroidery. The extension arm is removable to allow for free-arm sewing.
Advantages and disadvantages: there will always be upsides and downsides to any piece of equipment.
- Solid construction provides durability and smooth, precision stitching.
- Drop-in, top-loading bobbin and clear bobbin cover plate.
- Thread tension is adjustable.
- Can handle thick fabrics and heavy projects.
- Horizontal thread delivery.
- 20 year warranty.
- Fewer stitch selections than some other machines of same price.
- No case or dust cover provided.
If you’re not comfortable with a computerized sewing machine, this may be the best selection for you. The Janome Magnolia 7318 has limited automation but doesn’t skimp on anything that will decrease its reliable performance or tarnish the Janome reputation for beautiful stitches.