Janome Graceful Gray Review

Janome Graceful Gray Review

The Janome Graceful Gray sewing machine is a colorful machine from Janome’s Derby Line. Janome has been a leader in sewing machines since 1950. With the The Derby Line of sewing machines Janome offers quality, lightweight sewing machines in a surprisingly compact design. In this review I’ll explain how the Janome Graceful Gray sewing machine is perfect for beginners, experts, and even children. For reviews on other Derby Line sewing machines visit the Janome section.

The Janome Derby Line of sewing machine offers nine color options: Purple Thunder, Marine Magic, Citrus Circus, Mystical Min, Fastlane Fuchsia, Lady Lilac, Turbo Teal, Pink Lightning, and Graceful Gray. The Graceful Gray model has a gray case with pink accents on the handwheel, stitch selector, drawer, and thread guide.

The machine itself weighs only five pounds which makes it the ideal portable sewing machine. The machine is 10.5 inches wide, 9 inches tall and 5 inches deep. Its compact size is great for dorm rooms, apartments, traveling, and even children.

The Janome Graceful Gray sewing machine comes with three plastic bobbins, two size #14 needles, and a needle threader.

If you’re looking for a sewing machine for your children or just starting out yourself, the Janome Graceful Gray is an excellent choice. The large presser foot was designed to keep small hands from reaching the bottom of the needle or to keep inexperienced hands from getting too close. Kids will also love the color combinations. Makes a great birthday or Christmas present.


  • 10 stitches
  • 4-piece feed dog
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • Five stitch length adjustments
  • Push-pull bobbin winder
  • Stitch selection dial
  • Three stitch width adjustments
  • Top loading bobbin
  • Weighs only 5 lbs.
  • Model: 001Graceful

What Others are Saying

“Bought this for my 8 year old granddaughter. She loved it!”

“My 5 year old child was able to wind the bobbin thread, insert the bobbin, follow the thread path, and start sewing within 10 minutes.”

“A great sturdy and lightweight sewing machine.”

Pros and Cons


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use, especially for a child
  • Drop in bobbin
  • Drawer to hold bobbins, seam rippers or anything else


  • Finger guard makes it a bit harder to thread
  • No light
  • Can be noisy


For the price, you can’t beat the Janome Graceful Gray sewing machine. It’s perfect for beginners or children wanting to learn how to sew. Its colorful case makes a loud and striking impression in any setting. The machine itself is sturdy and dependable. It’ll handle almost any sewing project you throw at it. The only tough decision you’ll face is what color option to get.

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