If you’ve been searching for a standard sewing machine fit for a creative beginner, look no further than the Janome 2200XT. This 22-stitch sewing machine allows for a wide range of decorative designs on your fabrics; you need to see the quality of embroidery it does. The 2200XT is pretty quiet, which is a bonus because no one wants to entertain the buzzing sound of a busy machine when all should be quiet.
Unlike most basic sewing machines, you’ll discover that it is equipped with a drop feed facility for freehand sewing (get set to unleash your creative side!). Let’s not forget that it comes equipped with twin reel holders for double-needle stitching. With a tension dial close enough for your fingers to grasp easily, there’s no stress in getting the desirable strength and balance for your top thread.
In addition to the tension dial, all the controls on this sewing machine are both easy-to-reach and a breeze to operate. Manually operated and powered by electric, the 2200XT is fit for sewing light, medium, and heavyweight fabrics; all you need to do is to wow at its underrated prowess. Delivered with it is a detailed instruction book to assist you in learning how to operate the machine; a bottle of oil to ease friction, and a cleaning brush to take care of dust particles. Talk about a total package at a friendly price!
Details Of The Features On The Janome 2200XT
Built-in Stitches and Buttonhole
Whether it’s for straightforward sewing or twin needle stitching, the Janome 2200XT has 22 assorted stitches to select from, a super feature for creative hands. These stitches include the straight stitch, blind hem, zigzag stitch, and the overlock stitch.
With a maximum speed of 750 stitches per minute, this might not be the fastest sewing machine out there (which is tolerable for beginners). However, the quality of stitches it delivers will leave you awestruck. In fact, it ranks as one of the basic sewing machines which churn out the best stitches on fabrics. The maximum stitch width and length of the stitches are 4mm and 5mm respectively.
Furthermore, the 2200XT displays an automatic 4 step buttonhole to allow you create and sew neat buttonholes on your garments in one touch. Depending on the type of fabric you’d want to sew, it’s comfy to adjust the stitch length and width with the tension dials close by.
Free Arm Convertible
As well as being spacious for your large sewing projects, the 2200XT has a detachable work area which immediately becomes a flatbed for an effortless sewing of round and difficult-to-reach parts of your fabrics such as sleeves, cuffs, and trouser legs. This free arm feature isn’t found in many sewing machines, so it’s quite fortunate that Janome considered it important to install.
The 2200XT is a front loading sewing machine because its bobbin is vertically inserted in the machine and away from your constant monitoring. It’s simple and quick to thread the bobbin via the declutch bobbin winding system which stops running once the bobbin is fully threaded.
If you’re looking for a machine that is simple to thread, the 2200XT should make the top ten on your list. Threading this sewing machine is a pretty straightforward task with the assistance of the visibly numbered threading path and the comprehensive instruction manual. Within twenty seconds, you’re done with the threading and ready to start sewing in glee.
The foot pedal functions in controlling the speed of the machine, assisted by the pressure your foot exerts on it. The more pressure you apply on the pedal, the faster the stitching speed. The 2200XT’s foot pedal is so sensitive that a light foot touch is required to get it running. Also, there’s a provision for the presser foot lifter to be attached to the foot pedal especially when you want to sew bulky fabrics.
Twin Reel Holders
These two slender poles on top of the machine are useful when you desire to make pintucks, parallel rows of topstitching, or seams on your sheer fabrics. You can easily push them down when not in use, and pull up when needed.
Like every serviceable machine, the Janome 2200XT is light and easy to carry: it weighs a mere 6 kg. Even better, there’s a detachable carry handle for it when you don’t want to lift with both hands. However, don’t mistake its feathery weight for weakness, as it can withstand hours of continuous sewing without losing its balance. Most importantly, the compact build entails that you wouldn’t have to worry about the amount of table space required for its placement.
When we tell you to get ready to be creative with this machine, we weren’t bluffing. The 2200XT features a drop feed dog mechanism which allows freehand sewing of your fabrics anytime you want to make embroidery or any other decorative stitching. This is essential because as you become more confident in your sewing expertise, your brain would want to freestyle with your hand. What would be more exciting than feeding your fabrics through the needle as you pedal away without any interference from your hands?
Over the years, the Janome brand has proven to be trustworthy in manufacturing long-lasting machines. The 2200XT lives up to that expectation. Though most of its parts are made of plastic, the machine’s build quality was not compromised. By implication, it is strong, of a uniform balance, and durable.
Apart from the standard presser foot which every sewing machine arrives with, the 2200XT carries extra presser feet which, thankfully, are cost-saving. These feet boost the guaranteed sewing versatility which this machine promises. They include the hemming foot, overcasting foot (to bind edges to prevent fraying), satin stitch foot, sliding buttonhole foot, and zipper foot.
In order to secure seams at the start and finish of your sewing in the 2200XT, you need to run the stitches frontward and backwards through the fabric. This can be done with the reverse lever stationed on the right hand side of the machine. Simply hold the lever down and achieve the task in seconds.
In addition to the extra presser feet and carry handle, these are the useful accessories delivered with the 2200XT:
- 4 Bobbins
- Set of Needles
- Hem guide
- Seam Ripper
- Soft Cover
- Seam ripper
- Cleaning brush
The Janome 2200XT is a solidly-built machine whose fancy appearance does little justice to the incredible versatility it offers. Hidden in the detachable casing is a space wide enough to store your accessories for quick retrieval when needed.
With all its functional accessories including extra bobbins, oil, feet, and cleaning brush, you’d realise that you’ve saved some good money which would have otherwise been used in purchasing them separately. If you’re tall, it’s recommended that you place the 2200XT on a not-so-high table because the length of the foot pedal’s cable is shortened once it’s connected to the sewing machine.
Although no auto needle threader was built into it, the 2200XT is not difficult to thread. Overall, it is a solid, smooth-running machine dependable for your everyday sewing activities. It’s definitely a sewing machine you can learn sewing with, and grow into. What’s more, buying it won’t hurt your purse, yet you’ll get all the value which most high-priced basic sewing machines can only fantasize about.