Review of My Janome CXL301 Sewing Machine

Review of My Janome CXL301 Sewing Machine

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Hey folks! Welcome back to SewingBeginner✂️

We’ve already discussed the challenge of finding the right sewing machine. If you missed the post, have a look here. It’s full of tips and tricks what to look out for when buying a sewing machine and also includes ideas on how to save money💰

In this post, I’ll tell you a bit more about my own sewing machine: a Janome CXL301. It’s my first sewing machine ever and I’m probably the proudest sewing machine owner all over the world😃

Threaded Sewing Machine
May I present to you: my Janome CXL301.

Why this machine?

So, why did I choose this machine, you might wonder? Amongst other things, I decided to buy a Janome to start my sewing journey because…

  • It has all the functions I was looking for. Check out the official brochure to see all details.
  • I’ve tested and liked the sewing machine in an intro to sewing class.
  • It’s a reasonably priced machine and therefore wasn’t too much of an investment to start my new hobby.

What I like about the machine

Let’s start with the positive and spoiler alert: the positives easily outweigh the negatives! 🙈

  • The machine has a huge variety of pre-programmed stitches. You can choose between various decoration, zigzag and straight stitches and then adjust the stitch width and length on top of that. Plus everything is nicely displayed on the LCD screen.
  • It has fully automatic buttonholes which will make your life so much easier when you get into dressmaking👗 No more manual pivoting to make buttonholes!
  • Another plus is the speed controller which is especially great for beginners! Start off with the turtle speed 🐢 (yes, there really is a little turtle imprinted) and build your way up to become a “rabbit-speed-sewer”🐇
  • Also, the Janome CXL301 has a top-loading bobbin case which makes it easier to insert the lower thread (if you’re unsure what I’m talking about, take a look at this post here).

Things to be aware of

As much as I love my machine, there are a few things that I’d like to highlight as it might impact your choice.

  • With approximately 9 kg, it’s a rather heavy machine. This can actually be a benefit when you just use it at home as it will move less on the table when you sew. However, if you intend to be out and about with the machine, be aware that this might not be the right machine for you.
  • I’ve been sewing once with heavier fabric so far (denim) and I didn’t have any problems. However, if you intend to sew with very heavy fabrics often, you might want to look for a machine that is more designed for this type of fabrics. Side note💡: you also need the right needle for sewing with heavier fabrics, so keep that in mind.

My summary

I’m really happy with my Janome CXL301 and think that it’s a great machine for beginners as it’s very easy to use. You’ll be up and sewing in no time with this machine! 😃

I hope this post was helpful. If you have the same machine and would like to share your feedback and experience, please make sure to leave a comment below ⬇️

Happy sewing,


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