In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Janome 6500P and Janome 7318. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Janome 6500P vs. Janome 7318: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Janome 6500P is a computerized sewing machine, while the Janome 7318 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The decision has to be made on an individual level.
Janome 6500P vs. Janome 7318 : Built-in Stitches
The Janome 6500P comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 135 to be exact. Within those 135 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Janome 7318 features 18 stitches. Similar to the Janome 6500P, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Janome 6500P weighs approximately 23.4 lbs, while the Janome 7318 sewing machine comes with a weight of 17.6 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
Speed Control Slider
The Janome 6500P arrives with a speed control slider while the Janome 7318 sewing machine doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Janome 6500P has one while the Janome 7318 doesn’t.
The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Janome 6500P sewing machine and the Janome 7318 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Janome 6500P, the Janome 7318 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.
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 Janome 6500P and Janome 7318 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Janome 6500P and Janome 7318 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Janome 7318 does not have this feature. The Janome 6500P, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
The knee Lift allows the sewist to keep their hands on the fabric being sewn while lifting the presser foot to change position or add more fabric pieces, as in chain piecing. Unfortunately, Janome 7318 doesn’t come with this feature, but you can choose Janome 6500P if you prefer this feature.
|Janome 6500P||Janome 7318|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||7 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Working Light||–||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||23.4 lbs||17.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||1/4 Inch Seam Foot, 3-way Cording Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Darning Foot Low Shank, Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot||Adjustable Blind Hem Foot G, Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot, Zipper Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||Yes||No|
|Tension||Automatic Tension||Adjustable With Dial|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Janome 6500P Video Review
Janome 7318 Video Review
The Janome 6500P and the Janome 7318 have a number of differences in terms of features. The stitch quality, however, is a common aspect. These two machines sew on a range of materials with reliable results. Any of these two machines would be my first choice if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation and the choice should be based on your sewing ability and experience.
Q. Are sewing machines dangerous?
A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.
Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
Q. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.
Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine
A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.