Janome 2206 and Janome 2212 are two inexpensive beginners’ sewing machines. They are quite affordable and budget-friendly, so they make viable choices for a starting point for someone who is new in the sewing world. However, Janome 2206 is usually sold at a slightly lower price point than Janome 2212. So, what are the differences between Janome 2206 vs 2212, and which model does provide the best value for the money? There are differences regarding the number of built-in stitches and adjustability, and these differences can affect your preference.
Number of Built-in Stitches
First of all, these two sewing machines have different built-in stitches. Just like many other models on the market, the last two digits on the product names of Janome 2206 and Janome 2212 indicate how many built-in stitches that they possess.
Janome 2206 comes with a total of 6 built-in stitches which already include 1 four-step buttonhole. You see, the choices are very limited. While the simplicity makes it great for beginners as well as for people who just need some quick sewing, it is not very suitable if you want to learn deeper and further about sewing.
On the other hand, Janome 2212 comes with a total of 12 built-in stitches which also include one four-step buttonhole. This sewing machine is still simple enough for beginners, but there are some more selections available so that you won’t end up using the same stitches over and over again for all projects.
Unfortunately, these sewing machines still use a four-step buttonhole. This is not really a big problem, but the one-step buttonhole that is used by Singer 44S is quicker – see our previous post about Singer 4411 vs 44S.
Stitch Length and Width
The next difference between Janome 2206 vs 2212 is the adjustability. On Janome 2206, there is only one dial for stitch selection. The stitch length is still adjustable, but the method is not as straight-forward as using a dial. Besides, the settings are limited to presets, so this model is not very flexible or versatile. But, if you are an occasional sewist, Janome 2206 is fine enough for simple drapes and mending.
On Janome 2212, you can find a dial for adjusting the stitch length next to the stitch selection. The stitch length and stitch width are adjustable. You can adjust the settings for straight and zigzag stitches. So, this model is much more recommended for a serious beginner who wants to advance their sewing skills.
Both Janome 2206 and Janome 2212 are built from the same platform, so there isn’t a real difference between the two models in terms of performance. They both are able to sew at up to 860 stitches/minute. They are quite powerful; they can sew nicely on denim jeans, but not powerful enough for leather.
Between these two models, Janome 2212 is more recommended. It has more built-in stitches, and it allows the user to easily adjust the stitch length and stitch width. On the other hand, Janome 2206 is very basic and only suitable for occasional and quick stitching.