Janome HD 3000 Review

Janome HD 3000 Review
Janome HD 3000 Review
Author
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease of use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

I had a chance to review Janome’s heavy duty mechanical sewing, the Janome HD 3000. For those who like mechanical sewing machines, the Janome HD 3000 is a dream come true.

Janome HD 3000

Janome HD 3000

It has all of the great features that mechanical sewing machines are known for as well as a few features like an on board thread cutter and needle threader which are seldom found on mechanical machines.

Pros

  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • Aluminum body
  • On board tutorial

Cons

  • Manual tension adjustment

At A Glance

Glance
The Janome HD 3000 looks a lot like many of the computerized sewing machines on the market. The on board stitch guide clearly displays all 19 utility and decorative stitch options as well as sliders which control the stitch length and width.

On board stitch guide

On board stitch guide

Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

There is an on board tutorial panel at the top and an oversize reverse button on the lower front panel.

The needle plate has seam guides etched on both sides of the needle, and the drop in bobbin has a clear plastic cover that allows you to see how much thread is on the bobbin with ease.

Features

The standard features available on the Janome HD 3000 include:

  • 19 decorative and utility stitches
  • One-step buttonhole
  • Manual, lay-in thread tension
  • 7-piece feed dog
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Push-pull bobbin winder
  • Stitch selection dial
  • Foot pressure adjustment
  • Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

Working on the Janome HD 3000

Advisory note regarding the one step buttonhole maker

Advisory note regarding the one step buttonhole maker

Winding the bobbin and threading the Janome HD 3000 are very easy. The process is, in fact, no different from that of many other brand new Janome sewing machines.

The presser foot pressure adjustment dial is inside the lid along with the tutorial panel that helps the user determine which snap on presser foot to use.

Next to the tutorial, there is also an advisory note regarding the one step buttonhole maker.

In essence, it says that when you are working with a series of buttonholes, you must reset the sensor after making each buttonhole.

To me, this is a bit of a hindrance, but not one that is serious enough for me to say the machine is flawed or recommending that it should not be given serious consideration.

Stitch selection dial on the right side

Stitch selection dial on the right side

Selecting the perfect stitch option on the HD 3000 is as easy as turning a dial which is located on the right side of the machine below the balance wheel.

As the dial is turned from one stitch number to another, a tiny red light shows up beneath a diagram which shows an image of the actual stitch.

Stitch length and width adjustment sliders are to the right of the stitch selection guide. The top slider controls the stitch width while the lower slider sets the stitch length.

The tutorial panel on top of the machine not only tells you which presser foot to use, it also shows the ideal setting length and width setting for each stitch option.

Stitch length and width adjustment sliders

Stitch length and width adjustment sliders

The stitches produced by the Janome HD 3000 are indicative of the quality that Janome is known for. They are well defined, sturdy and perfectly formed.

Well defined, sturdy and perfectly formed stitches

Well defined, sturdy and perfectly formed stitches

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

The list of standard accessories that come with the Janome HD 3000 include all the necessary things to make the sewing experience fun.

  • 7 snap on presser feet
    • Blind stitch hem foot
    • Hemmer foot
    • Overedge foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Transparent buttonhole foot
    • Zigzag foot
    • Automatic buttonhole foot
  • Extra needles
  • Extra bobbins
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Quilting bar
  • Hard cover
  • Owner’s manual

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

The Janome HD 3000 is a wonderful mechanical sewing machine. The stitch quality is great and it operates like a dream.

I have no hesitation recommending this machine for use by beginners, even children in elementary school as well as the intermediate and advanced home sewer who likes the sturdiness and solid construction of a mechanical machine.

Although I have my reservations about the process of making a series of buttonholes, that is my only concern. Working on this machine is a great experience that I believe would enhance any sewing room.

The limited number of stitch options may be a hindrance for some, but the Janome HD 3000 has all of the essential utility stitches and the most frequently used decorative stitches.


The Janome HD 3000 is a great deal and user friendly. If a new mechanical sewing machine is in your feature, the Janome HD 3000 is a great addition to any sewing room, especially if there is more than one sewer in the house, especially if they are all at different skill levels.

4 Comments

  1. Just sharing another positive review on the Janome hd3000 – I purchased mine around Oct. of 2011 and it has worked perfectly for the past 2 years with no problems at all. It sews everything, upholstery, knit, fleece, plastic, paper, etc! I chose this one over the hd2000 as I was looking for a heavy mechanical machine with a few extra stitches (one is similar to a serger stitch). I bought it on-line so didn’t get to see a lot of its features or how it worked other than an online video I saw it sews nice and I love that it is not noisy!
    Like the cover for storage and my only sort-of complaint is that I would have liked to be ALL metal and no plastic. But overall highly recommendable for beginners as well as advanced.

  2. I would like to know whether you were only talking about the dust cover which is plastic, or other parts of the machine are plastic as well. Some brands have “internal metal frame” but all the outside parts are plastic. Is that the case here ?
    Thank you.
    Autumn

    • Hello, Autumn -

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      You are right. Many sewing machines have metal frames and plastic bodies. However… One of the PROS of this particular sewing machine is that the body of the Janome HD 3000 is aluminum, not plastic.

      Happy stitching.

    • Autumn, what Juliana is referring to is the front of the machine itself, not the case (though the case is plastic). The body of the machine around all the mechanical drive is indeed metal, but the front fascia, top cover, and end caps are all plastic. That being said, while I too would prefer all metal, Janome seems to have been very sensible about where to use metal and where to use plastic, using the plastic only for cosmetic or light duty mechanical functions (such as the reverse bar). And I’m sure all metal would drive the cost up a bit.
      In the pictures, where you see a bit of separation between the back of the sewing surface and the front, the back is metal and the front is plastic, but the joint is very clean. Because of the mostly metal construction, this is a solid, smooth running machine.

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