Heavy duty mechanical sewing machines are old school, non-intuitive, bulky and lack modern features, right? Well, meet the new Janome HD3000, a mechanical sewing machine that’s advertised as sleek, modern, elegant, fast and accessible to beginners. Is this all true? Find out in this Janome HD3000 sewing machine review!
The Janome HD3000 is a fantastic sewing machine that raises the bar in terms of the features that mechanical models can have and proves that they don’t have to be outdated. Highly recommended, especially for the below $400 price tag.
The Janome HD3000 is a user friendly sewing machine recommended for all kinds of user from beginners to skilled ones.
Lately, mechanical sewing machines have lost quite a lot of ground in the detriment of electronic ones and one of their biggest downfall was that they required a lot of effort and user experience without necessarily bringing something new to the table in terms of features. Fortunately, the new Janome HD3000 sewing machine changed that. It offers all the great things that fans of mechanical fans love, without being so off-putting to newbies. It’s marketed for heavy duty use and the price definitely reflects that, but it is considerably cheap for what it can do. Here is a rundown of this machine’s strengths.
Forget the days when sewing machines were made and advertised just for connoisseurs. Today, manufacturers also have the likes and interest of the beginners in mind. So, supposing your were an amateur looking to take up sewing and set up an Etsy store, how likely would you be to buy this sewing machine model just by looking at it? Judging by the sales recorded by Janome, extremely likely. Despite it being a mechanical model with pro features, this product is surprisingly beginner-friendly. It has a certain professionalism and sturdiness to it, but it doesn’t look outdated at all. In fact, this is a machine that inspires trust – one that a conservative tailor would recommend and that doesn’t disappoint.
How easy is it to operate the Janome HD3000?
Ease of use is one of the most talked about benefit for this sewing machine and rightfully so. Even if you don’t have decades of sewing experience, you can still pick this up and start sewing right away, using just the instructions in the manual, which is nothing short of remarkable for a machine that’s designed for tailors and experienced people. You have a built-in thread cutter, which saves a lot of time, and the automatic bobbin winding feature is a blessing. Since you will be using this machine for various fabrics, you need an adjustable presser foot and tension and you will indeed find both of them. The storage compartments weren’t necessarily a must, but if you love organizing little tools and trinkets, you’ll definitely appreciate them. It comes with a very bright bulb incorporated and it’s quite quiet as well, so you can sew at nighttime, if that’s what you prefer.
Some buyers have even reported that their children could use this machine, so if you want to encourage your child to take up a hobby, this is a good starting point. However, this user-friendliness comes at a cost, because there is no manual speed control feature.
You can easily get around using it just by reading the instructions manual, but if you’d rather watch a view, check out this demonstration:
How good is the performance?
Make no mistake, the Janome HD3000 meets and exceeds expectations, offering everything that an expect might need in the long run. Of course, beginners will be puzzled by all the features at first, but you can start by using it for small projects and slowly discover all its tricks. It works on just about any fabric, from light natural fibers to suede and extra thick knits, so you can adjust your winter scarves as well as sew curtains. You will not be able to sew on reptile skin or plastic, but these fabrics usually fall under industrial requirements. This Janome model is lightning fast, so if you know your way around sewing machines you will be able to complete projects in no time – a huge benefit for those who have their own handmade business.
It’s not a super-machine, like this heavy duty Singer 4423, but, for the price, it’s wonderful. Unless you are a die-hard fan of computerized sewing machines, this model will be your next favorite. It’s fast, reliable, versatile and it will work for years without breaking.
This machine comes with 18 stitches, mostly basic patterns, but there are also some decorative ones as well. It’s not a huge number, definitely not enough if you’re particularly interested in stitching, but it caters for beginner to intermediate needs. While the stitch variety may not take your breath away, the stitch quality is definitely impressive. This model proudly maintains Janome’s reputation and you will appreciate the sturdiness of the stitching dial.
Out of the 18 stitches, only two are essential:
- straight stitch
- zig-zag stitch
Design features of the Janome HD3000
This is one of the sturdiest, most durable designs that Janome have released so far. It comes with a hard case and it seems to be built for practicality and resistance, not necessarily looks. It does not hold up to electronic sewing machines in terms of design, but it is not bulky either and you can fit in your work space without worrying that it will make it look obsolete. It is mostly made of metal, but not completely, like other mechanical sewing machines. One thing that could have been improved though is the quality of the display. The stitches indicators which should have been backlit are simply red, which is not of much help.
Standard & Optional Accessories
This product comes with all the accessories you need out of the box, but, if you want to improve its performance or maybe it equip it for advanced commercial sewing projects, you can buy optional accessories. Here is a list of what you get included in the price and what needs to be purchased separately:
This sewing machine retails at about $400, which is very little considering what it can do. If you can also find some coupons and watch out for discounts, you can even buy it for less. If you can’t, rest assured that the full price is worth every penny.
Cons – What could be improved
With its tonne of features and correct price, this sewing machine is generally a people-pleased, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. There are some aspects that could be better and that you should probably know before buying it:
- The number of stitches does not satisfy the needs of advanced users
- No manual speed control
- It doesn’t have an up/down setting for needles
- You have to adjust the tension manually
- The display quality is mediocre
Is it better than the Janome HD1000?
If you already have the Janome HD1000, you’re probably wondering if this new model really is a good upgrade or just a marketing gimmick. While its predecessor was (and remains!) a trusty product to own, the new version is better in every way:
- You get more stitches (18 as opposed to 14)
- Better feed dog
- It doesn’t have an up/down setting for needles
- Bigger stitch width and length
- More durable cover
Does the Janome HD3000 hold up?
This sewing machine received a lot of hype when it launched thanks to its modern features, but is it a design that can withstand the test of time? Definitely. It simply works. It’s durable, sturdy, reliable and the performance is absolutely wonderful. Except for the lack of stitching variety, it offers all the features that advanced users might be interested in, plus a little extra. So, if you choose to invest in it, you can count on the fact that it will stay in your family for years without disappointing. More importantly, this designs breathes new life into mechanical sewing machines, erasing the limits to what they can do. If you want to upgrade your old mechanical model with something more modern, but which still feels familiar, you cannot go wrong with Janome’s innovation.