Janome Sewist 780DC Review & Buying Guide

If you’re an enthusiastic sewer and want one of the best sewing machines to match your growing confidence and skills, Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine is for you.

With a wide range of stitches, you can get even more creative with your sewing style, so this is the perfect machine for whizzing up home furnishings or creating special garments. 

It has a lot of easy-to-use features that speed up your stitching, too, from a needle threader and thread cutter to an easy-set bobbin and start-stop button. For those worried about making the jump from a mechanical machine to a computerized version, there’s an instructional DVD included in getting you started.

The Janome Sewist 780DC review is a simple-to-use, fully computerized sewing machine that is packed with time-saving features.

The Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine comes with 80 stitches, for a variety of sewing applications.  You can select 20 stitches directly and the other 60 stitches are pictured on the easy-access slide-out stitch charts. When a stitch is selected the LCD screen views the selected stitch, recommended foot, default stitch width, and length, which settings you can able to change if needed. The Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine also comes with 3 styles of one-step buttonholes.

Janome Sewist 780DC Review & Buying Guide

Some rich and special features come with this machine such as the automatic thread cutter which started trims the top and bobbin thread at the same time, dragging the top thread to the underside of the fabric. Easy set bobbin system; auto bobbin winder system; built-in needle threader; needle up/down button; and an auto-lock stitch feature for precision locking off of stitches and patterns. The start/stop button allows you to sew without the foot control.

Janome Sewist 780DC Review & Features

Key Features

  • Horizontal rotary hook
  • 80 built-in stitches, 
  • 20 direct select
  • 3 one-step buttonholes
  • Manual thread tension control
  • Built-in, one-hand needle threader
  • Snap-on presser feet
  • Needle up/down with down as the default setting
  • 7-piece feed dog
  • Free-arm
  • Drop feed
  • Start/stop button
  • Locking stitch button
  • Easy reverse button
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • Backlit LCD screen with easy navigation keys
  • Maximum stitch width: 7mm
  • Maximum stitch length: 5mm
  • Hard cover included

Janome Sewist 780DC Review & Accessories

Standard AccessoriesJanome Sewist 780DC Review

  • Automatic Buttonhole Foot
  • Blind Hem Foot
  • Bobbin (specialized)
  • Needle Set
  • Overedge Foot
  • Overedge Foot
  • Quilting Guide
  • Satin Stitch Foot F
  • Seam Ripper
  • Zig-Zag Foot
  • Zipper Foot


Janome Sewist 780DC Review & Accessories
  • Size: W406 x H302 x D177mm
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • 80 built-in stitches (including three buttonholes)
  • Maximum stitch length 5mm
  • Maximum stitch width 7mm
  • 170mm arm space
  • LCD display and backlight
  • Speed: 820 stitches per minute


This is a modern-looking model in a white matt finish with a swathe of teal blue ombre at the top for decoration. It has quite a square shape, probably due to the fact this model includes a hardcover.

If you’ve never thought about cover options, it’s time to consider your options. Some machines come with no cover at all, others a soft jacket that can easily be slipped on and off to protect the machine from dust, and then there’s the hardcover. The crème de la crème of covers, not only protects from dust and dents but also looks smart when stored on a shelf or table. 

Overall, the look of this machine is determined by how easy it is to use. The images on the buttons clearly identify their purpose and there are several guides to threading and bobbin winding on the machine, should you need a reminder. The Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine manages to be both practical and pretty, which is no mean feat in the sewing machine world.


It might not sound like it, but a 6.5kg sewing machine is quite light compared with some of the monster-size machines on the market. With a compact machine like the Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine, it’s easy to carry it to your workspace or sewing classes using the robust carry handle at the top.

Admittedly, despite its merits, the hard case does make carrying the sewing machine slightly more cumbersome, but it’s worth it for the added safety it provides, especially if you’re planning to travel with your machine.

DURABILITYJanome Sewist 780DC Review & Accessories

Built with a metal internal frame, this domestic sewing machine is incredibly durable. The hardy plastic casing feels solid and the external features, like the spool pins and bobbin winders, are robust. When handled, nothing about the machine feels flimsy.


The traditional style of The Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine makes learning to use this model incredibly easy, as it’s so familiar. The buttons and sliders on this model are large and responsive, with clear images depicting stitches on the stitch selector buttons. 

While the computerized aspects might seem overwhelming to beginner sewers, the digital screen display is clear to read and actually easier to decipher than a mechanical model on which you’d have to turn wheels to select stitches and their size.

On this sewing machine, simply select the number of stitches you want; there are 80 to choose from. The first 20 can be directly selected from the numbered buttons on the front. The other 60 can be identified using the built-in stitch charts to the right of the machine. 

The latter stitches are selected using the up or down arrow buttons to increase or decrease your chosen stitch number. Up and down buttons are then used to program in your desired stitch length and width, although each stitch is automatically set to an optimum stitch length and width.

The LCD display even advises on which presser foot to use with each stitch setting, all of which come with the machine, including an automatic buttonhole foot, blind hem stitch foot, overcast foot, overedge foot, satin stitch foot, zipper foot, and a standard presser foot. 

Learning how to thread a sewing machine couldn’t be simpler – just follow the instructional diagrams on the body of the sewing machine, plus this is made even easier with the top-loading bobbin.

There are a plethora of extra gadgets that make The Janome Sewist 780DC Sewing Machine so nifty to use. 

Not only does this machine boast a start/stop button as an alternative to the foot pedal – extremely useful if you’re sewing long pieces of fabric or have a lot of sewing to do – it also has an automatic needle threader, auto-lock button for tying off thread ends and an automatic thread cutter button to snip the thread ends off, all while the fabric remains under the presser foot. 

Plus, The Janome Sewist 780DC review can tackle a variety of fabrics, with adjustable foot pressure that can be changed to suit delicate or thick materials. If the thick materials you’re working with include quilts, you’ll be glad to know this machine has the ability to drop the feed dogs, allowing for free-motion stitching when quilting your projects.

What’s more, the flatbed to free-arm conversion is perfect for those looking to make garments, especially when it comes to cuffs and hemming trouser legs.

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