Janome 350E Review

Janome 350E Review In Detail

Janome 350E is a workhorse. However there are still some areas where Janome could have done a better job. As far as stitch quality is concerned, it is great.

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Janome 350E  is a machine designed for serious professionals. It is an embroidery only machine. It comes with 100 built-in embroidery designs, 3 fonts and 2 & 3 letter monogramming. The machine comes with two hoop sizes. The standard 5" x 4.3"  and the large 5.5" x 7.9". The 5" x 7" hoop is more important for a professional. The larger embroidery area provides a lot of freedom for creativity. You can buy a Giga Hoop if you want to stitch a design in larger area. Giga hoop is more like two 5" x 7" hoops joined together, so you will stitch half the design, then flip the hoop and stitch out the remaining half. But for Giga Hoop you will have spend few more dollars.

Janome 350E supports USB stick, which means you can download and copy designs from the internet and plug it into the machine. It also has ATA PC card slot.  This machine has a lovely backlit LCD touch screen. Almost all controls and settings are on the touch screen. Once you select a stitch, the screen will ask you which hoop you are going to use and then the screen will display all the information regarding that particular design including the time required and the number of colors involved. In the edit mode, you can change the size from 90% - 110% by 1% and you can rotate design in 1 and 45 degree increments. 1 degree increment rotation is a very nice feature as most other machines come with 45 degree rotation only.

Janome 350E has a lot of little features that adds to the ease of use. It may not sound much, but in combination, all those features makes 350E a wonderful machine to use. It has features like automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader, built-in memory to store custom designs, drag and drop design editing, stitching time indicator, embroidery area tracing, stitch counter, manual tension control and upper thread & presser foot sensors. Another useful feature is the bobbin out indicator, which warns you when the machine runs out of thread. Another good one is the ability to skip stitches where you have run out of thread and continue stitching areas where you have the thread for. Even better is the ability to go right back to the position where it skipped the stitches and finish the remaining part.

Ease of Use

Janome 350E is an easy to learn embroidery machine, there is nothing complicated about this machine. The quality of the stitches are very very good. We are really impressed with the stitch quality. It has the ability to stitch at a speed of 650 stitches/min.  The machine will also tell you if something is wrong, thereby preventing damage to your project.

Drawbacks

The bobbin out indicator seems to be confusing at times.

It will be better not to use a USB stick loaded with lot of designs, the machine will have trouble reading  them. Also, it is not recommended to use USB sticks over 4GB memory as it tends to freeze at times.

Even though the built-in designs are good, it could do with little more variety.

Pros

•    Easy to use
•    High quality stitches

Cons

•    Bobbin out indicator could be better

Review Verdict

Being a workhorse, It will be perfect for real professionals. But still, we feel that Janome could have included few more designs.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeEmbroidery Only
Max Embroidery Area5.5” x 7.9”
Embroidery HoopTwo, 5.5” x 7.9” and 5” x 4.3”
Embroidery Speed650 Stitches/min
Built-in Embroidery Designs100
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Layout FunctionYes
Pattern RotationYes
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionLCD Touch Screen
Embroidery Card SlotATA PC Card
Built-in MemoryYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 3
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Included FeetEmbroidery Foot
Machine Weight30.2 lbs
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work SpaceW 7" x H 4.3"