Janome HD3000 Review

Janome HD3000 Review In Detail

Janome HD3000 is a great performer. Yes, it is a mechanical sewing machine, but at the same time it has some user-friendly features as well.

Editor rating


Janome HD3000 is a heavy-duty sewing machine. Most parts are made of heavy duty metal, still there are some unavoidable plastic parts though. This model is an upgrade from Janome HD1000 which we reviewed before. This one comes with 4 additional built-in stitches than HD1000. HD3000 comes with 18 built-in stitches and a 1-step buttonhole. 

Janome HD3000 comes with an included hardcover. It has free arm capability. The top cover contains storage area for all your feet. Stitch length and width can be adjusted. It also has a reverse button. It comes with top drop-in bobbin. It has automatic needle threader as well. Extra high presser foot lift makes working with thick fabrics quite easy. The machine comes with rolled hem foot along with a lot of other accessories. Remember you won't get a rolled hem foot with all sewing machines.

You can select stitches using the stitch selector dial on the side of the sewing machine. The stitch length and width can be adjusted using the sliders. You can adjust the tension by turning the dial provided under the top cover. Janome HD3000 has a built-in manual thread cutter as well.

Ease of Use

The user manual of Janome HD3000 comes in two languages English and Spanish. It is very detailed and easy to read. Janome HD3000 operates smoothly and quietly.  It really sews some fantastic straight stitches. It works equally well for quilters. The buttonhole stitching is something we really loved about this machine. You just need to fit the button on to the buttonhole foot and the machine sews perfect buttonholes. The size of the buttonholes are automatically set for you. Changing feet on this machine is quick and easy.

You can change Janome HD3000 into a serger using the serger foot (additional purchase). The leveling foot functionality comes really handy when you sew thick fabrics. You can easily adjust the presser foot pressure on this machine. There is no difference in sewing thin and thick fabrics, it works equally well on both type of fabrics. This is a machine for real heavy stuffs. Hard leather and denim is a walk in the park for this machine. Really impressed with the quality of stitches.

Drawbacks

The work lights could be brighter.

Few more built-in stitches would have been nice.

Pros

•    Automatic needle threader
•    Perfect straight stitches
•    Sturdy, heavy
•    Good on thick fabrics

Cons

•    Slightly dim work light
•    Not a lot of built-in stitches

Editor Comments

Overall, if you are not worried about the number of built-in stitches and those fancy computerized operations and you love a sturdy, heavy-duty, workhorse Janome HD3000 will be a good choice. It is one of the heaviest of all heavy duty machines, so it is built to last. It has all the basic stitches you want and a couple of fancy ones. 

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical Heavy Duty
Built-in Stitches18
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width6.5mm
Stitch Length4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed860 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes
Feed Dog7-piece
Included FeetAdjustable Blind Hem Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zigzag foot
Machine Weight18.7 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Work SpaceW 6.5" x H 4.6"
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableNo
Knee LifterNo
CoverHard Cover