If you're looking for a sewing machine in the £350 to £400 price band, the Janome 8050XL should not be passed by. It boasts 50 stitches, LCD screen, 3 styles of fully automatic buttonholes, needle up/down, start/stop button, max speed setting, auto needle threading and more.
Plus imagine this computerised machine and an overlocker at less than £400!
The recommended buying option would be to purchase the 8050XL and 8002D together and save £100
You can read more about the 8002D overlocker here.
More details about the 8050XL below.
As previously mentioned it has fifty stitches, including a variety of decorative, quilting and satin stitches. Each stitch can be selected on the LED screen using the simple arrow keys to navigate to your desired pattern number. Pre-programmed and optimised for best sewing results, but every pattern can be adjusted in length or width if desired.
A jam proof bobbin has clear plastic bobbin cover, this allows you to easily check the amount of thread left on your bobbin, so there is no excuse for running out of bobbin thread whilst working on large projects. It has programmable needle up / down, something that is invaluable when doing patchwork.
The Janome 8050XL is well suited for dressmakers, also it includes keyhole buttonholes which are sewn out in one step to the correct size for any button. When quilting, the user will find some nice quilting specific stitches. Stippling or free-motion embroidery can be fun and the 8050Xl uses a maximum speed slider which can be set even whilst the machine is running. Once set, no matter how far you press the foot control, the machine will never go faster than your pre-determined speed setting. Quilters love this feature.
When a seam has been sewn, it is possible to set the 8050XL to sew a few stitches in reverse and tie off the start and end of a seam automatically.
60 Stitch Options
3 Auto 1 Step Buttonholes
LCD Information Screen
Jam Proof Drop In Bobbin
Horizontal Spool Holder
Variable Stitch Length & Width
Superior Feed System (SFS)
Drop Feed For Freehand Work
Auto Needle Threader
Maximum Speed Controller
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Lock Stitch Feature
Stop / Start Button
Adjustable Foot Pressure
Twin Needle Capability
Quick Snap On Feet
Sleeve Arm With Storage
Optional Extension Table
Built in Carry Handle
Accessories included: Bobbins, Spool pin felt, Needle set, Additional spool pin, Satin stitch foot, Zipper foot, Automatic buttonhole foot, Overedge foot, Blind hem foot, Seam ripper, Screwdriver, Lint brush, Small and large spool holder, Spool stand, Plastic cover, Foot speed control, Instruction book.
|Model Number||8050XL and 8002D|
|Warranty||2 Years Full Manufacturers Warranty|
|Size||W41 cm x H30 cm|
|Variable Electronic Speed Control||Yes|
|Bobbin Access||Top Loading|
|Transparent bobbin cover Bobbin Cover||Yes|
|Hard Carrying or Storage Cover||Yes|
|Automatically Tensions Thread||No|
|Integrated Needle Threader||Yes|
|Thread End Cutting||Manual|
|Number of Stitch Selections||60|
|Popular Stitch Functions||Straight, Zig-Zag, Multi Zigzag, Blind Hem, Stretch Blind Hem, Rolled Hem, Straight Stretch, Overlock Stretch, Scallop, Ric Rac, Honeycomb, Herringbone, Gathering, Applique, Sew-On Buttons, Quilting Stitches|
|Formation of Buttonholes||1-Step Fully Automatic|
|Variety of Buttonholes||3|
|Maximum Speed Limit Adjustment||Yes|
|Needle Up/Down Function||Yes|
|Integrated Dual Feed System||No|
|Integrated Fabric Feed Lowering||Yes|
|Hook Movement||Smooth Rotary Action|
|Needle Positions||Left / Centre|
|Tutorial CD / DVD||No|