A Review of the New Janome Skyline S5

Here's a video review I did of the Janome S5 at the shop I work at, Sew Simple. Not one of my best, since it was taken at night and I had the hold the camera with one hand throughout.

I didn't do any fancy free motion quilting on it on video since one handed quilting has limits. I do really like the machine and think it's a great one for someone who wants to move up from a regular sized sewing machine, but doesn't want to go whole hog on a high-end 11 inch throat machine. That knee lift is a hugely useful feature!

To clarify, it has 8.25 inches to the right of the needle. Please don't ask me the price since Janome dealers aren't allowed to publish the price for this machine online. Since I work for a dealer, I don't know that I should post it either. I know these kind of policies irritate many customers online, but Janome does not want to 'fix' the price for all the dealers. This also helps get people to go to the dealers closest to them to check out the price. I'm pretty sure most dealers will give the price over the phone. It's to also dissuade buying at the cheapest dealer wherever and then getting any service work (free when under warantee) done by a dealer who didn't get to profit from the sale.

I hope you find the video useful if you are looking for a new machine and I hope to get back to more quilting related posts asap! (Yes, we are feeling much better!)


  1. Looks like a very nice machine with all that would be needed/convenient for fmq!!! Also, for piecing when both hands are needed to hold the fabric!! Great review!!!

  2. This is an excellent machine. When I taught at Houston, one of my classrooms had these machines. I'm a Bernina girl so had hoped to use Berninas for all my classes. I had this one Janome class.

    This isa great machine for the price. It is very smooth (this was a free motion class) and quiet and easy to use. It has a unique combination of features that you don't normally get on one machine at this price point. MSRP is $1500 but you're never going to pay that. I was pretty impressed.