The Janome 7025 is a great mechanical sewing machine for both the beginner and the experienced sewer. It has a wide range of stitches, and features such as the needle threader make it a pleasure to use.
It is also a very portable machine, and so is an excellent choice as a second machine if your main machine is very heavy.
Janome 7025 Overview
The Janome 7025 is a robust, reliable 24 stitch mechanical sewing machine, which includes a nice range of features. It is a very popular machine, and in fact is one of the best selling sewing machines on the John Lewis website, just behind the John Lewis Mini.
The 7025 is very easy to use and comes with a very clear instruction manual, which makes it a great choice for beginners. But it also has a large enough selection of stitches and features that you are unlikely to feel limited by this machine as you improve and move onto more complex projects. More advanced sewers are likely to be satisfied with this machine as well.
The Janome 7025 sewing machine has the following main features:
- 24 Stitches
- 1-Step Automatic Buttonhole
- Drop-in Bobbin
- Needle Threader
Let's take a look at the stitches first. The Janome 7025 offers a total of 24 stitches, including a 1-step buttonhole, a number of stretch/elastic stitches and 16 decorative stitches. This is a pretty good selection for a mechanical machine, and should meet the vast majority of people's needs.
The full selection of stitches is shown in the picture below.
The maximum stitch width is 5 mm and the maximum stitch length is 4 mm.
Comparison with the Janome Sewist 525S
The Janome 7025 is almost identical to the Janome 525S sewing machine, and as far as I can tell the only real difference between the two models is the design. For that reason I would suggest shopping around and going for whichever model is cheapest.
For more information about the 525S model, have a read of my review of the Janome 525S.
Stitch Quality and Speed
I am happy to report that the stitch quality of the 7025 is very good, although perhaps this is not surprising as stitch quality is generally very good on Janome machines.
The 7025 has a 75W motor, which is relatively powerful. It should be handle to handle a few layers of heavy fabric such as denim, but always make sure you are using a suitable needle! And just bear in mind that it is not a heavy duty machine, unlike the Singer 4411 for instance.
The 7025 has a drop-in top loading bobbin system, which some say is less likely to jam than a front-loading bobbin system. The transparent plastic cover also means that you can see how much thread your bobbin has left.
You can drop the feed dogs on this machine using a small switch located under the free arm towards the back of the machine.
Presser Foot System
The Janome 7025 comes with the following presser feet:
- All Purpose Foot
- Zipper Foot
- Blind Hem Foot
- Overedge Foot
The machine allows you to adjust the presser foot pressure, which can be a blessing when working with light materials. This is done using a dial on the left side of the machine.
The 7025 comes with a needle threader, which can be great is you have poor eyesight or often struggle threading the needle. It can be a little tricky to use at first, but with a bit of practice it does making threading a lot easier!
The 7025 is a sturdy, well designed machine, which feels like a quality product.
It has a few flimsy parts, such as the needle threader and the presser foot release lever, but generally the build quality is very good.
It is also very lightweight, weighing just under 7 kg. This makes it very portable. If you have an existing vintage or industrial machine which is very heavy, the 7025 makes an excellent portable second machine.
In addition to standard accessories such as needles, bobbins and a quilting guide, the 7025 also comes with a hard plastic cover which is handy for transporting the machine around, keeping dust off it when in storage, and preventing children from playing with it unsupervised! The dust cover has a hole in the top to allow the machine handle to poke through. This is handy for transportation, but does mean that some dust can still get in. You can see the cover next to the machine in the photo below.
You can store your accessories in the storage bed, but it is rather small so you won't be able to get too much else in there!
The Janome 7025 is a good, robust machine, which offers a wide range of stitches for a mechanical machine. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced sewers. It is very similar to the Janome 525S machine, so you may also want to have a read of ourJanome 525S review.
Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!