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.
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.
At A 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
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
- Quilting bar
- Hard cover
- Owner’s manual
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
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 HD 3000 from Janome 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.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- 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 – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- Heavy duty metal frame
- Aluminum body
- On board tutorial
- Manual tension adjustment