Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger Review
- User Friendly: The Janome Magnolia 7034D is an excellent starter serger for beginners.
- Quiet Operation: The sturdy construction of this machine keeps vibration and noise to a minimum.
- Price: This model is slightly less expensive than others offering the same basic features.
- Limited Functionality: The 7034D is a manual model with basic features and functions that do not include coverstitch or chain stitch capabilities.
- Some Initial Hesitation: The motor on the 7034D starts slow, but runs well once it warms up.
Where to Find the Best Value
Even on this basic model, Janome didn’t scrimp on the construction quality. It’s a sturdy little machine that includes enough basic functions to make it an excellent entry-level serger. One of the best features is the rolled hem function. It creates even, attractive results every time. The upper cutting blade is easily retractable and this model does include an adjustable cutting width feature. For the price, this serger offers a decent range of stitch variations.
The 3- and 4-thread stitch options on the Janome Magnolia 7034D allow you to choose the perfect stitch for any type of fabric. Options include 3- and 4-thread overlock stitches and narrow and rolled hem stitches. Stitch widths on this model include a 2 mm rolled hem stitch, a right needle adjustable width of between 3 mm and 7 mm and a left needle width of 5 mm to 9 mm. The stitch length can be adjusted between 1 mm and 4 mm.
Speed: 1,300 stitches per minute
Weight: 17 lbs.
Dimensions: 14.2 inches by 13.8 inches by 15.3 inches
Adjustable Thread Tension Control
With all four thread tension controls conveniently located on the front of the machine, setting the correct tension for your needs is a breeze. Finding the right setting for each type of fabric you work with will create the perfect balance between the multiple threads moving through the loopers and needles.
Rolled Hem Feature
The rolled hem feature on the Magnolia allows you to create perfect rolled and narrow hems and decorative lettuce-edged finishes on sheer and lightweight fabrics. Simply move the setting knob on the needle plate to “R” and the serger will automatically roll the trimmed fabric edge over on itself before securing the fabric with an evenly spaced row of fine, almost invisible stitches.
Adjustable Differential Feed
Having an adjustable differential feed on a serger prevents the inconvenience of puckering and stretching on all fabric types. A simple turn of the control dial allows you to select the perfect setting for the fabric you’re using. The differential feed dogs will keep the fabric moving smoothly beneath the needles. The feed ratio can be adjusted between 0.5 mm to 2.2 mm.
Retractable Upper Cutting Knife
The upper cutting blade on the heavy-duty cutting system can be quickly disengaged when it’s not needed, allowing you to easily work on projects that don’t require a trimmed edge. When both blades are engaged, they work together to make consistently clean, measured cuts. This feature is invaluable when working on a variety of projects. In addition, the cutting width of the raw fabric edges can be adjusted from 3 mm to 5 mm, giving you plenty of options in choosing the perfect seam allowance for each stitch you use.
The Janome Magnolia 7034D machine is covered by a 25-year warranty on mechanical parts, a 2-year warranty on electrical components and 1 year of coverage on labor.
In general, the Janome 7034D Magnolia is a great basic serger for an experienced sewist interested in expanding their skills and producing professional-grade projects and garments. This compact machine offers a good range of features at an affordable price, including an adjustable differential feed, a top speed of 1,300 stitches per minute and a retractable upper cutting knife. Janome is well known for consistently producing solid, reliable machines and this model is no different.