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Brother CS5055PRW vs. Janome 2212 Comparison

The Brother CS5055PRW and the Janome 2212 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.

Brother CS5055PRW vs. Janome 2212: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother CS5055PRW is a computerized sewing machine, while the Janome 2212 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.

Brother CS5055PRW vs. Janome 2212 : Built-in Stitches

The Brother CS5055PRW has 50 stitches. The Janome 2212 on the other hand comes with 12 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother CS5055PRW sewing machine comes with 5 one-step buttonhole(s), Janome 2212 sewing machine has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Brother CS5055PRW weighs approximately 10.65 lbs, while the Janome 2212 sewing machine comes with a weight of 13 lbs.

When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.

Start/Stop Button

Neither Brother CS5055PRW sewing machine nor Janome 2212 sewing machine has a start/stop button. This might not be convenient for a novice to sew effectively.

Speed Control Slider

Neither Brother CS5055PRW sewing machine nor Janome 2212 has a speed control slider. With a speed control slider, the sewing speed will never go above your selected speed, no matter how hard you press on the pedal.

Automatic Needle Threader

To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Brother CS5055PRW has one while the Janome 2212 doesn’t.

Drop-in Bobbin

This Brother CS5055PRW sewing machine comes with a drop-in bobbin, which allows you to see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. While Janome 2212 doesn’t

Programmable Needle Up/Down

With a programmable needle up/down function, the needle will stop down in the fabric, allowing you to raise the presser foot and adjust the fabric without the fabric moving out of position because the needle will hold the fabric in place. However, unfortunately, these two sewing machines come with this feature.

Drop Feed

The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother CS5055PRW and Janome 2212 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Free Arm

There is free arm on both the Brother CS5055PRW and the Janome 2212. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.

Brother CS5055PRW Janome 2212
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Electronic Mechanical
Stitches 50 12
Buttonhole Styles 5 one-step 1 four-step
Start/Stop Button No No
Built-in Memory No No
Programmable Needle Up/Down No No
Monogramming Font No No
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes Yes
Working Light Yes Yes
Speed Control Slider No No
Weight 10.65 lbs 13 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No No
Automatic Needle Threader Yes No
Drop-in Bobbin Yes No
USB Connectivity No No
Stitch Selection LCD and Push Button Dial
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole foot, Zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Button sewing foot, Overcasting foot, Blind stitch foot, Monogramming foot Blind Hem Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No
Tension Adjustable With Dial Adjustable With Dial
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
Price Check Price on Amazon Check Price on Amazon

Brother CS5055PRW Video Review

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The Verdict

Both machines are neck and neck when it comes to performance. The stitch quality is very similar between the two machines. They are capable of handling heavy and delicate fabrics with ease. It is the stitch quality of these two machines that differentiates them from other machines in their segment. Based on the features listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. The final decision is yours.

Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.

Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?

A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.

Q. Can i use 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine

A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.

Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine

A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.

Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine

A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.