My Review of the John Lewis JL110

John Lewis JL110 Sewing Machine

Quick Notes

The John Lewis JL110 sewing machine has more to offer than some other entry level machines, with a nice range of stitches. It is made by Janome, and comes in a range of different colours.

That being said I cannot understand why a zipper foot is not included with the machine and must be purchased separately!

The Pros

  • Comes in various colours
  • Good range of stitches

The Cons

  • Zipper foot not included
  • Cannot adjust presser foot pressure

John Lewis JL110 Overview

The JL110 is one of two sewing machines from John Lewis, the other being the John Lewis Mini. Unlike the John Lewis Mini, which is only really suitable for beginners or children, the JL110 is a serious machine with a good set of features.

The relatively strong motor and decent array of stitches mean that the machine is relatively future-proof, although you will probably feel the need to buy some additional accessories such as a zipper foot before long.

Despite this is is very easy to use and even first-timers should have it up and running in no time!

Feature Comparison

ModelJohn Lewis JL110 Sewing Machine
John Lewis JL110
Singer Promise 1409 Sewing Machine
Singer Promise 1409
Singer Model 1507 Sewing Machine
Singer Model 1507
Brother LS14 Sewing Machine
Brother LS14
Tesco Ej09 Sewing Machine
Tesco Ej09
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Stitches 14 9 8 14 19
Buttonhole 4-step 4-step 4-step 4-step 4-step
(H x W x D)
33 x 44 x 22 cm 32 x 40 x 18 cm 35 x 44 x 22 cm 37 x 44 x 19 cm 33 x 38 x 17 cm
Bobbin Type Front Load Front Load Front Load Top Load Top Load
Weight 6.0 kg 4.9 kg 7.5 kg 6.0 kg 6.1 kg
Motor Power 85 W 70 W 85 W 50 W -
Presser Feet Included All Purpose Foot
Buttonhole Foot
All Purpose Foot
Buttonhole Foot
Zipper Foot
Button Sewing Foot
All Purpose Foot
Buttonhole Foot
Zipper Foot
Button Sewing Foot
All Purpose Foot
Buttonhole Foot
Zipper Foot
All Purpose Foot
Buttonhole Foot
Zipper Foot
Button Sewing Foot
Other Accessories Included Seam Ripper
Darning Plate
Seam Ripper
Seam Guide
Darning Plate
Seam Ripper
Edge/Quilting Guide
Darning Plate
- Seam Ripper
Seam Guide
Darning Plate

Key Features

The John Lewis JL110 sewing machine has the following main features:

  • 14 Stitches
  • 4-Step Buttonhole
  • Front Load Bobbin
  • 85W Motor


It is a rather compact and lightweight machine, which make transportation and storage relatively easy. Although the white version of the machine is not particularly aesthetically pleasing, I am happy about the fact that it is available in a range of colours (white, peppermint and cornflower blue - the blue version is particularly nice, see the picture below!).

November 2017 update: Additional colours are now available - the new colours are steel blue and rose (although rose is more of a tan colour than what you might expect from the name!).

The additional colours are available as the JL110SE model number (SE meaning Special Edition).

John Lewis JL110 in Cornflower Blue
The John Lewis JL110 in Cornflower Blue

I have also seen other limited edition versions of the machine in store, with different patterns on them. These are really unique and I love the idea!

The Details

The Motor

The JL110 has a 85 W motor, which is not bad for an entry-level machine, and is more powerful than the motor in the Brother LS14!

Needle Plate and Presser Feet

It doesn't seem to be possible to adjust the presser foot pressure on this machine, which means that users will have slightly less control over how fabric is fed through. This lack of control will be felt most when sewing very heavy or very light fabrics.

John Lewis JL110 Needle Plate Rose Colour
The John Lewis JL110 needle plate - rose colour

Thread Cutter

The thread cutter for the JL110 is located in a slightly unusual place. It is basically a notch at the back of the the presser foot shaft. You can just about make it out in the image above. I mention it here because I know a few people who didn't realise for the longest time that the machine did in fact have a thread cutter! This kind of things demonstrates quite well why it's always a good idea to read through the manual when you get a new machine!


Some of you might be put off from buying an own-brand sewing machine rather than one from big names such as Janome or Singer. Fear not as JL110 machines are in fact made by Janome! This should also mean that Janome accessories will fit this machine.


In additional to needles and bobbins, the John Lewis JL110 comes with the following accessories:

  • All Purpose Foot
  • Buttonhole Foot
  • Darning Plate
  • Seam Ripper

The darning plate is a welcome inclusion as it will allow for free motion sewing. It is a shame that a zipper foot is not included with the accessories. A button sewing foot would also have been appreciated.


The following stitches are available with the John Lewis JL110:

John Lewis JL110 Stitches
The JL110 stitches


John Lewis JL110 White John Lewis JL110SE Cornflower Blue John Lewis JL110 Special Edition Blue

34 thoughts on “My Review of the John Lewis JL110

  1. Sadly the manual makes no mention of double needle, if the machine can’t do this , why put in 2 spool pins. Also the light is quite poor and is o the wrong side of the foot, so it is difficult o see the markings at r.h.s side of needle. Otherwise a quite good machine.

  2. I know this sounds a daft question but haven’t succeeded in threading it yet as cannot locate the take up lever. On my old machine it can’t be missed but no sign of it here – just a slot where I know it should be.

  3. This machine is impossible. I can’t even thread it. Already ruined one needle because I can’t get the bobbin case to close and it jammed up. Spent three hours trying to put the bobbin case together and still haven’t managed it.

  4. I’m having the same problem as you Jan. I can see it’s inside but it’s too far to the left that I can’t pass the tread around it. Anyone figured out how to take off the face plate? I think if I can push the take over leaver to the right it should be fine.

  5. I think this is a lovely little machine easy to use needle threading no problem I’ve made all sorts following DebbieShore good quality thread is a must for me

  6. I’m having difficulty removing tyhe face plate so that I can oil my machine. There is something at the back lower corner stopping removal. Any suggestions?

  7. Please can you answer my query about the presser foot and recommend one that can be used. I await your reply

  8. Does anyone know how to tell which size the needles are? There are 4 provided but I’ve no clue which size is which! I’m getting tangled thread underneath and the troubleshooting guide says perhaps the needle is too big. Thank you!!!

  9. I love this sewing machine – have to say that I’ve had no problems with threading or loading the bobbin. I’m a retired lady who used to detest sewing as a young person, but I’m ok with making curtains & quilts because of straight seams only!! Is there a quilting foot available for this machine?

  10. Hi I am new to sewing and recently bought the JL110SE to make my new granddaughter a quilt. I now need to buy a walking foot but unsure what Catagory this machine is to purchase as it says choose which category your machine model is. Please can anyone advise. Thanks.

  11. My sewing machine John Lewis JL110 suddenly got stuck with the needle half way in. There was no thread jam or any problem but the wheel now does not move up and down. I have checked that the knob is not out to disengage the machine. There seems to be no obvious problem. It is not very old either! Any suggestions?

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