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Janome 8077 Review – Computerized Sewing Machine 101

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I believe that you all get confused when buying a new sewing machine.

Especially now, when there are so many divergent brands and models available.

And just when you thought you found the perfect one you turn around, and you see that there is something called computerized sewing machine. Like it wasn’t already hard enough to decide which one to purchase.

Well, my job today is to bring one computerized sewing machine closer to you. Let me explain all the benefits and disadvantages to you before you decide to go and buy a regular sewing machine just because you think it’s easier to handle.

Don’t be afraid of trying new products; you never know how well it can serve you before you give it a shot. So I ask you to be brave enough and continue to read my Janome 8077 review and see where it can take you.

Janome 8077 Review

Janome 8077 Quick Gradation Chart

This machine is lightweight, quiet, easy to use, and will produce high-quality stitches. So in the scoring table beneath, you can take a quick look at my appraisal.

If those grades sound appealing to you, please continue to read my review and learn why I would recommend you to buy this exact model.

Physical Appearance

You need to know that this isn’t one of the regular sewing machine models. With this machine, you will experience all the benefits of computerized models all in one.

Here you can see the quick presentation of this model:

Janome 8077 Sewing Machine Review

Janome 8077 model is a medium size machine and with 14.8 x 11 x 6.6 (37.5 x 28 x 16.7 cm) inches in size it does not require more than 6.2 x 4.7 (15.7 x 12 cm) inches of workspace. The machine weighs around 18.2 pounds (8.2 kg) which will allow you to move it with ease.

You can carry it around using the built-in carrying handle, but this model does not come with a hardcover.

When we are talking about standard vital features of this machine, I must mention the free arm and removable compartment storage. When you remove the compartment storage, you will have easier access to an extended free arm. This will allow you to work on all the projects that require maneuvering like sewing the sleeves and hemming the pants.

The bobbin case is top drop-in type covered up with a see-through cover plate. The cover will allow you to see how much thread you have on your bobbin, so you will never run out of the thread again. This machine uses specialized, transparent plastic bobbins.

Instead of the stitch selector dial, this model is equipped with an LED screen you will use for selecting and adjusting stitches. The screen is very bright so that enhance the readability but unfortunately it is small but not a deal-breaker.

Just beneath the LED screen, you will find the mode button (which will show you the options), plus and minus buttons (to increase or decrease the size of your stitches) and that’s all it takes to adjust your stitches.

Above the needle arm, you will find four buttons to help you control the machine. Those are:

  1. Up/Down needle position button – this button will allow you to decide where will the needle stop when you stop sewing (comes very handy when you are quilting).
  2. Auto-lock button – when you sew up straight stitches, and zig-zag stitches, this button will tie up the stitches instead of you.
  3. Reverse button – to help you sew backward and reinforce your stitches at the beginning and end.
  4. Start/Stop button – will let you sew without using the foot controller pedal.

How to Use The Janome 8077

This might sound strange to you, but you do not need to use only a foot controller pedal to sew up with this machine. Start/stop button has that purpose now, but before you start sewing like this, you must remove the foot controller from your machine.

After you press this button for the first time, be aware that speed will need some time to reach up to the limit that you set up. To stop sewing, you need to press the start/stop button again.

If you are a novice, you can accommodate the speed on the speed control slider that you will find right above your free arm.

Winding the bobbin was never easier; it is automatic. So when you need to wind the bobbin, all you need to do is to push the bobbin winder to the right. In the same time, the auto-declutch mechanism will stop the needle and wind the bobbin until it is fully loaded then will stop.

Watch this tutorial to see how to wind a bobbin:

How to Wind a Bobbin on a Janome

After you wind the bobbin and place it in the bobbin case, put the transparent plastic cover, and you are ready to thread the bobbin. You will do this in a few simple steps:

  1. Lift the presser foot and pick up the bottom thread.
  2. To pick up the bobbin thread, you need to lower down the needle and press up/down button a few times while you are holding the needle thread.
  3. When you pull up the needle thread, you will along with it pull up the loop of the bobbin thread.
  4. Now you only need to slide both threads back under the presser foot.

While we still talking about bobbins, this machine has one very handy feature, and that’s Janome’s jam-proof technology. Now you don’t need to be bothered about your fabric getting stuck into the machine.

It is widely recommended to thread this machine with a horizontal top threading method mainly because this method is proven to be helpful with preventing your threads from breaking easily, and the thread goes more fluently.

To see how to thread the machine properly watch this tutorial:

How to Thread a Janome Sewing Machine

Luckily this model has built-in needle threader, so you don’t need to worry anymore about threading those tiny needle’s eye with even more tinier threads. So how this needle threader function:

  1. Pull the needle threader down.
  2. Place the hook just in front of the needle and pass it through.
  3. When you pull the hook back, your needle will be threaded.

You can make six types of buttonholes with Janome 8077. Let me quickly present each one:

  1. Round-End buttonhole is ideal for medium weight fabrics that are often used for kids clothes.
  2. Keyhole buttonhole works great with on medium weight fabrics like denim that requires using thicker buttons.
  3. Square buttonhole will be a great choice for all heavyweight fabrics.
  4. Stretch buttonhole
  5. Antique buttonhole
  6. Knit buttonhole

To start sewing up the buttonhole, please follow this instruction:

  1. Lift the needle and replace the current presser feet with the buttonhole presser feet, pul the holder back and place the button in (the holder can only accept the buttons that have diameters in a range from 0.5 cm to 2.5 cm).
  2. Pull the buttonhole lever all the way down and insert the fabric under the presser foot.
  3. Now press the up/down needle button twice and pull the fabric to the left side to make sure that needle thread went through the foot hole.
  4. When you start the machine, your buttonhole will be automatically sewed up.

When you want to start on new buttonhole just pull up the presser feet move the fabric to the desired location, lower the presser foot and start the machine. It really can’t get more simple.

You can see the tutorial here:

How to Sew a Buttonhole

With this model you will get regular presser foot, zig-zag A presser foot (this foot can be used for zig-zag stitches as well as for all-purpose stitches), sliding buttonhole foot, and satin-stitch foot (perfect for sewing dense decorative stitches).

You can see how zig-zag A presser foot works here:

General Purpose Zig Zag Foot

Here you can watch the official tutorial for using a satin-stitch foot:

Satin Stitch Foot F

If you plan to quilt with this machine, you will be happy to know that you can drop the feeding dogs easily and start quilting, sewing buttons, or embroidery.

Also, the 7-pieces feed dog system comes very handily with this machine because it will enable you dependable fabric movements for different types and thickness of the fabrics.

Notable Aspects of Janome 8077

You will find that this machine has a lot of great features to offer, but there are always those that stand out more than others.

This model offers you 30 built-in stitch patterns! This includes six buttonhole stitches, as well as few a few decorative satin stitches, and quilting stitches that will sure come in handy. But you would expect that machine like this will offer you a bit more decorative stitches then there is.

You can navigate through the stitch menu, as I already mentioned before, using the three buttons that you will find just under the LED screen. Here you can also adjust the stitch width to 7 mm max and stitch length to 5 mm max.

You can change needle position in 15 different settings, which is I must admit very impressive. And if you are going to use this machine for quilting, you can easily obtain the quarter inch seam. That will allow you to make a dependable seam, which is essential when you are quilting.

Changing presser foot is very straightforward with snap-on presser feet feature. Also, you can achieve an extra-high position with your needle and presser foot so you can work with ease on thicker fabrics.

Now let’s talk about fabrics. You can sew through cotton, satin stretch knit as well as garment leather without need to adjust your machine! Also, this machine works perfectly with materials like denim, thin fabrics, and blackout lining.

Unfortunately, this model is not supplied with an automatic thread cutter, but the regular built-in thread cutter will do the job.

Components like a built-in needle threader, top drop-in bobbin case, automatic bobbin winder are always welcome and will make your life easier.

Quilting Experience

Lately, there are a lot of quilters that started to use the sewing machine as their primary choice of tools for work.

So it is natural that big sewing machine companies started to combine the quilting and sewing machines all into one and give you a chance to do it all on one device, which is great for many reasons.

This model is intended for doing high-level quilting, but you might have a hard time doing some bigger quilting projects because you will encounter a lack of space for work.

If you have any intentions to do larger quilting projects, I suggest you look for another machine.

Included and Available Add-ons for Janome 8077

From standard accessories, this machine has included a pack of bobbins, pack of needles, screwdriver to loosen up the needle holder when changing the needle, spool pin and spool cap, three different kind of presser feet, and a seam ripper.

There are a lot of available optional accessories that you can find on official Janome site. Also, you can download the manual instruction book if you need some extra help with mastering the machine.

Brisk Outline – My Opinion

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • 7-pieces feed dog system
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Automatic bobbin winder
  • Jam-proof bobbin technology
  • 30 built-in stitch patterns
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • LED screen dimensions are small
  • Not many decorative stitches
  • Not suitable for larger quilting projects

The Outcome and My Suggestions

If you have never used a computerized sewing machine before, it’s about time to give it a chance and experience a whole new world of sewing. And Janome company is the reliable name in the market so you can be sure you will not go wrong if you choose this machine.

Overall the Janome 8077 sewing machine is a decent machine that will serve you well for a long time and will make your work easier than ever. And the price is more than budget-friendly. What’s not to love about this machine?

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