The Bottom Line
This machine is very reasonably priced and came with a 3 year warranty.
- Nice design, tabletop drop arm model
- Good variety of stitches and easy to use
- Solid construction
- Maintains timing
- Bobbin insert is a little tedious
- Well built, solid construction
- 13 Stitch patterns, including 4 step zipper feature
- 3 year warranty
Guide Review - Janome 344 Sewing Machine Review
The unit seems to be well made; the arm removes easily for sleeve sewing, and fabric thickness has not been a problem. Changing the bobbin however, is a little more tedious, due to its positioning in the unit. Inserting the bobbin, one must rotate it to find the correct placement in order for the machine to bottom thread correctly. This minor detail has affected the rating a little.
This machine has a variety of stitch patterns including zipper and 13 finishing stitches. It has an overcast finishing stitch but it does not substitute for a serging stitch. Overall, performance has been great and I would recommend this as a good solid sewer.