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Janome Skyline S3 test and review
Introducing the Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine
It strives to offer the seamstress a range of functions as wide as its worktop, one of the largest on the market and which can be further extended with an extension table.
Thus, the Janome Skyline S3 allows no less than 120 different stitches, from the most common to the most decorative, including the alphabet, symbols and numbers. It can sew all types of fabrics, from the thinnest to the thickest.
Working with the Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine, the seamstress can perform many types of sewing work, with ease thanks to the device’s intuitive settings.
The technical characteristics of the Janome Skyline S3
Here are the main features of the Janome Skyline S3:
electronic sewing machine;
820 stitches per minute max;
120 different programs including utility stitches, decorative stitches such as alphabet, symbols, numbers;
stitches adjustable in width up to 7 mm and in length up to 5 mm;
7 automatic buttonholes in one step;
extra large worktop (21 x 21 cm);
presser foot pressure in 7 positions;
4 LED lights;
7 feed dogs;
automatic thread cutter:
automatic bobbin winder with integrated thread cutter;
needle position adjustment;
sewing with or without pedal;
7 presser feet included: invisible hem, zipper welt, bourdon, overlock, universal foot, automatic buttonhole, patchwork;
accessories supplied: extension table, getting started DVD in English, instructions in French, protective cover, seam ripper, box of needles, spool holder, stabilizers, screwdriver, brush, bobbins.
Dimensions: 50 x 32 x 24cm.
Janome is a brand that has many models of sewing machines. Its Skyline S3 reference is a very well-equipped mid-range machine.
Evidenced by the 120 different points. In addition to the usual stitches, we emphasize the presence of decorative stitches, including the alphabet, very popular with seamstresses. This is also offered in three languages and supplemented by signs and symbols.
The needle and the presser foot can be positioned on several levels, the Janome Skyline S3 sews all types of fabric without difficulty. In particular, the sewing of imitation leather is made possible.
The work surface, which is already wider than on most other sewing machines, can be extended even further with the supplied extension table. It is a real comfort to work on voluminous works.
Other multiple functions also contribute to sewing in the best conditions: the free arm, for rounded pieces; LED lighting; the reverse function; automatic breakpoints; the start & stop function to sew without the pedal…
The integrated options, such as wire cutters, are also very significant little extras.
The LCD screen allows you to easily adjust your machine and your stitches, the length and width of which can be customized according to your needs.
In addition to its many functions, the Skyline S3 sewing machine from Janome is positively distinguished by its cast aluminum structure, which ensures good longevity and its powerful motor, which allows sewing up to 820 stitches per minute. Note that spare parts are available for 10 years.
Finally, we found the sewing machine to be relatively quiet when in use.
Its weak points
The DVD, which complements the paper manual in French, is an excellent idea to make it even easier to get started with the Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine. But it would have been even more practical if it had been translated into French rather than being in English.
The weight of the Skyline S3 from Janome, 10 kg all the same, ensures good stability. However, it makes it difficult to move the machine, which can be a disadvantage for seamstresses who do not have a fixed sewing workshop.
The maximum recommended price of 1049 € is quite correct for a sewing machine of this quality and so well equipped. However, this budget is not accessible to all budgets.
What kind of seamstresses is it aimed at?
With 120 programs, the Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine is aimed more at experienced seamstresses. They will undoubtedly make good use of the various possibilities offered, will appreciate being able to embark on large projects and easily sew all the fabrics.
Beginners who want to invest in a solid machine can also choose the Skyline S3, thanks to the easy handling provided by the instructions in French, the instruction DVD and the LCD screen. However, it will take time before they can master all the functions.
Our review of the Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine
The Janome Skyline S3 sewing machine is seen as a long-term investment because of its purchase price, the quality of the design materials and its many functions. Its power allows it to sew fabrics that are very popular in clothing but whose thickness often limits their use for non-professional seamstresses. The Skyline S3 from Janome is a real pleasure to use. We recommend it to already experienced seamstresses who spend a lot of time sewing and have given it a place in our selection of the best Janome sewing machines.