Janome HD3000 review

Review

Design - 98%
Functionality - 100%
Price - 94%
Features - 92%

96%

Fantastic

Janome have shown that they can keep up with the competition with the fantastic sewing machine.

Overview

If you are looking for high end mechanical sewing the machine that can handle heavy fabrics, the Janome HD 3000 is a fantastic option. With a metal frame and powerful motor the HD 3000 has fantastic performance and features that will make it suitable for beginners and experienced seamstresses alike.

I have included the Janome HD3000 in my list of best sewing machines. It would be higher on my list however it is more expensive than the other machines. Don’t get me wrong; you get what you pay for and when you consider everything it is fantastic value. I always recommend heavy duty machines, whether it is your first machine or you are looking to replace your old one, heavy duty machines offer the best performance and will last a life time.

Key Features

Let’s have a look at some of the highlights of the Janome HD 3000:

  • 18 on board stitches.
  • Auto needle threading
  • Adjustable presser foot pressure.
  • 1 step buttonholes.
  • Included hard case.
  • Snap on presser feet.
  • 7 included presser feet.
  • 860 stitches per minute.
  • Free arm
  • Accessory compartment.
  • Work light.

 

Janome HD3000 mechanical

Is mechanical right for you?

When you are researching sewing machines a big decision that you will have to make is whether you want a mechanical or computerised machine. I love mechanical sewing machine, they give you a pure sewing experience and often are much better value for money.  Computerized machines have their benefits, with more stitches and features, however they are more expensive. Often valuing features over performance. Mechanical machines are the opposite. While they do not have as many features you will get much better performance for you money.

The Janome HD 3000 has all the features most users will need and 18 on-board stitches. While 18 is not a huge amount they are well selected and will be enough for the majority of projects. Where the HD 3000 really stands out is the performance. As I started sewing with it I could not believe how nice it was to use. You can really tell that Janome valued performance over feature. If you know that you will not use most of the stitches that a computerized machine offers and want something that can handle any project the Janome is one of your best options.

Heavy Duty

Janome have really outdone themselves with the HD 3000. It has performance comparable to a commercial machine. If you want to work on heavy materials this machine is perfect for you. There is nothing worse than having your machine jump around because it cannot handle the material. With its sturdy construction and heavy duty metal frame this will not be a problem with the Janome HD 3000. Another huge benefit of having heavy duty machine is that it will last you a life time. Sturdy construction and superior build quality make the HD 3000 much more durable than other machines.

Janome have fitted the HD 3000 with a superior feed system which features a 7 piece feed dog. This keeps feeding super smooth regardless of the material. I have used this machine on both single layers on silk and many layers of denim. It handled both fantastically giving a fantastic stitch and consistently smooth performance. If you are in the market for a heavy duty machine and want to see more options then check out my picks for best heavy duty sewing machines.

Easy to use

The Janome HD 3000 is great for experienced seamstresses and beginners alike. Its quality performance, ease to use it is and super simple setup make it a great choice regardless of experience level. I had it up and running within 10 minutes of getting it out the box. Threading it no problem and well detailed in the instructions booklet. You will not have any problem even is this is your first machine. It features auto needle threading and auto bobbin winding. The bobbin is top loaded making it really easy to load and very reliable.

Being a mechanical machine there is no difficult to navigate displays just a few controls. On the face there is sliders to adjust stitch width/length and reverse sewing button. On top of the machine there is lid which you can lift to uncover space for accessories, tension dial and your top thread. To change you stitch there is an additional dial on the side of the machine which you simple turn to your desired stitch.

Janome hd3000 stitches

18 on-board stitches

The Janome features 18 on-board stitches that should be more than enough for most projects. It has a range of basic sewing stitches, decorative stitches as well as 1 step buttonholes. You will not be left wanting with the range of stitches that the HD 3000 features. Computerized machines often boast hundreds of stitches but most are never used. I prefer having a few well selected stitches than having loads of stitches I will never use. The automatic buttonhole feature works really well and is simple to use. To make an automatic buttonhole place all you need to do is place your button in the buttonhole presser foot and the Janome will do all the hard work for you.

The length and width can both be adjusted via slider on the face of the machine. The top slider allows you to change the stitch width up to 6 mm while the bottom slider adjusts the length up to a maximum of 4 mm. The face of the machine features a handy diagram with all the available stitches, however, for more detailed information there is a more in-depth diagram on the underside of the lid. This diagram not only gives you a picture of the stitch and its number but also the recommend width/length as well as the best presser foot to use.

What’s Included?

Janome have given you all the accessories that you need to get started. Along with the Janome HD 3000 you will also receive: needles, bobbins, screwdriver, lint brush, hard cover, 7 presser feet, seam ripper and a guide booklet. The feet that are included are: Automatic buttonhole, overcast, Hemmer, Blind stitch, transparent buttonhole and zipper foot. I love using the transparent buttonhole foot it makes manual buttonholes really simple.

All presser feet use a snap on feature that makes them super easy to change. To remove the current one you simply apply a bit of pressure and it pops right off. Adding a new one is just as simple, my favorite method is to place the presser foot in position below the mount and lower it onto it, and the foot will click in place.

The built in work light is super bright and positioned well, eliminating the work area brilliantly. I hate it when I have to have a separate lamp on the desk just to see what I am doing, I find that they get in the way all the time. There is a free arm which is easily accessed by removing the front section. This is a great feature for cuffs and hemming jeans.

Downsides

It is hard to find faults with the HD 3000 however there are some things to consider before you buy. As a result of its sturdy construction it is quite a big machine. With dimensions of 10 x 19 x 15 inches, it is a little longer than a lot of home sewing machines. It does only weigh 19 lbs so is still portable for those that plan on travelling with your machine, just a bit bulky. Also the cover that is comes with is not great for transportation so if you would like a hard case you will need to buy one separately.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Fantastic performance
  • Sturdy construction
  • Durable

Cons

  • Only 18 on board stitches.
  • A bit pricey.

 

Janome HD3000 Sewing Machine

Conclusion

If you are looking for a mechanical sewing machine that has fantastic performance and can power through any project the Janome HD 3000 is perfect for you. I have over 20 years’ experience sewing and have used lots of different machines and the HD 3000 is right up there in terms of performance. This machine is a great illustration that you get what you pay for and while a bit more expensive than some of its rivals it outclasses them and will last a life time.

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