Janome Excel 5024 Sewing Machine
An all rounder!
I am a semi professional dressmaker who has gone through her fair share of sewing machines (Singer, Brother & Toyota). I wanted something that will last me years.
I carefully read reviews for this one before buying and I couldn't find a single bad one. They are right!
It's quiet, smooth and once you figure out the knobs it's easy to use. It's well made with little compartments for all the presser feet and a clear diagram of the different stitches.
Only problem I have is that it isn't that great with really thick material (i.e. 4 layers of denim) but all my previous machines struggled with this. At first I struggled with the speed as it's much slower than my Singer however, it's a blessing in disguise as it means I take my time and not run material through without thinking.
I just can't believe how quiet it is. My first Janome, and I don't think I can go back!
25 November 2014
I bought this machine 13 years ago!
It has been brilliant, a good all round basic machine.
I have made hand bags, clothes, curtains and applique etc. It's brilliant for buttonholes.
05 September 2013
great sewing machine
this machine is ideal for my use - robust, very easy to use -especially threading the machine.
My daughter had previously decided this was the machine fo her and I could not find a better option for myself when my (very old) machine finally died.
06 November 2012
A girls best friend!
Seems to be a good little machine ,not too expensive.I wanted a machine that did not have too many gadgets as I find it confusing.
04 September 2012
Does what it says on the 'tin'!
I bought this machine a month ago after my last one died after 30 years - that came from John Lewis as well. It took me a long time to make a decision and after borrowing a couple of machines from friends where they were so lightweight I knew I wanted a machine with a metal base to add stability and weight. So far I've not been disappointed. It's easy to use, good stitch quality with everything both a beginner and experienced dressmaker could want. If you don't need masses of craft/embroideriy stitches then this does everything you would need, I have an over locker as well which gives me the best combination.
27 April 2012
This machine replaces a 24 year old one, so had a lot to live up to. It is incredibly straightforward to use. I unpacked it and started sewing. The stitches are neat and simple to select and it's easily controllable so my teenage daughter can use it. I mostly sew curtains and do repairs, which it is perfect for. I haven't tried anything more ambitious but the two speed foot pedal suggests applique should be possible.
06 October 2011