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.

Janome HD 3000

Janome HD 3000

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

On board stitch guide

On board stitch guide

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.


Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

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.

Stitch selection dial on the right side

Stitch selection dial on the right side

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.

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


  • 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


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


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
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 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.

Janome HD 3000 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
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.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • Aluminum body
  • On board tutorial
  • Manual tension adjustment
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (82 Votes)

21 Responses

  1. Juliana

    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. Autumn

    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.

    • Vernelle

      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.

    • Bill

      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.

  3. Don

    We recently purchased the HD3000 and so far it seems like a great machine. My wife is patiently teaching me how to sew and I am in the process of making my first pot holders. Whoo hoo…. so I’m 66 years old and I know a 10 year old girl could sew circles around me.

    We seem to have an occasional problem winding bobbins. Sometimes they wind nice and tight and sometimes there is a lot of loose thread and the winding is sloppy. Any suggestions on this? And sometimes when I back up to end a stitch an extra thread winds around the bobbin – such that I end up with one thread out of the needle and three out of the bobbin. Once I cut it it’s easy enough to pull the extra thread out but it doesn’t seem like it should do that. Again – any suggestions for the old new guy?

    • Vicki

      Hey Don! A couple thoughts on the issues you mentioned.

      First – winding the bobbin. I would recommend double checking that your thread is firmly in place through the guides. The guides give the thread a bit of tension as it winds on the bobbin, allowing for a nice tight wrap.

      In regards to your problem with the three threads coming from the bobbin at times… since this is a mechanical machine (vs electronic or computerized), I am thinking it doesn’t have an automatic needle stop point. This means that each time you stop and want to remove your fabric, you’ll have to manually turn the wheel toward you until the take up arm reached the very top and begins it’s descent. This positioning allows the bobbin thread to release the top thread to you don’t have those extra loops pulling through the bottom. It sounds like a pain but, trust me, you get used to it. 😉

      Good luck and happy stitching!

      • Don

        Thanks Vicki. Your suggestions make sense. I’ll give it a try.



  4. aya

    hi , i just bought it online and i am not able to lift the presser foot higher it’s just 1 lift , i am not sure what’s going on , it is hd3000 but it says janome new home , can u help me please ?

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Aya –

      The New Home brand was purchased by Janome several years ago. You will sometimes see the New Home name on a machine. There is nothing at all wrong with that. My mother owned a New Home sewing machine and used it from the 1940s until she passed away in the late 1990s.

      The biggest challenge with purchasing a sewing machine online is you have absolutely NO customer service. The second biggest challenge is that it is sometimes difficult to find someone to take it to when you need servicing. Some manufacturers will not honor warranties if you purchase a machine online, but others will. The good news, however, is you should be able to get help with your presser foot issue by visiting a reputable sewing machine repair professional in our area. I recommend you start with a Janome dealer close to you. If for whatever reason, they do not want to work on a machine purchased online, find a good sewing machine repair shop that specializes in all sewing machine brands.

      Happy stitching.

  5. Melissa

    I too am having trouble winding my bobbin tightly. Can anyone offer suggestions on how to correct this?

    • Don

      Melissa – Make sure you are threading correctly – and put some speed on it when you wind a new bobbin. I found I was not following the thread path shown in the instructions exactly right – once I made a small correction we are able to wind nice tight bobbins. Hope this helps. Don

  6. Jasmine

    Hello! I’ve been narrowing my search for a heavy-duty machine. I use a lot of heavy fabrics, which my Kenmore and Singer machines just can’t keep up with without a fight. I’m leaning toward purchasing an HD3000, but are there other similarly-priced heavy duty machines I should consider or compare that you would suggest? My teacher recommend I buy Japanese brands and avoid Singer; what do you think?

    Thanks for reading!

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Jasmine –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      I agree with your instructor. While Singer is at the beginning of a comeback, I would not invest in a Singer industrial sewing machine just yet. The Janome HD 3000 is a solid workhorse with a metal frame. So is the Janome HD 1000, but the 3000 has a few more options. If you are seriously interested in a real industrial sewing machine, why not also consider one of the Juki industrial machines. That brand has a long standing reputation for excellence and durability. Juki started out as an industrial sewing manufacturer and in my opinion is still the hands down leader in that category.

      • Carol

        If you’re on a budget, Juki is more pricey but a great machine. Very sturdy and great work horse. Also, repairs or parts are quite expensive. I am shelving my old Juki and looking for a newer Heavy Duty machine mainly because of the cost of parts issue.

  7. Janet Mohler

    Hello, I am a beginning quilter. I have the 1/4″ foot and it is fine. But, when using it my fabric does not cover the feed dogs to the right of the plate. I am having trouble with the fabric wanting to feed unevenly. If I adjust the feed balance will this help and how do I adjust it? Thank you! Janet

  8. Diana


    I just got the machine and I am excited to start. One thing that bothers me is the speed.
    I know that some sewing machines can be adjusted so the needle would run slower. Can this be done with Janome HD 3000?

    Thanks in advance 😉

  9. Liz Porter

    Wanting a sewing machine that will sew jeans, jeans and jeans. I do a lot of repairs for customers. So heavy duty fabrics. Would you recommend this machine?

  10. Nathan

    Does the hd300 have down needle position. My wife wants a machine that has the down needle position and in trying to find her one as a surprise gift. She is a seamstress just starting a business and said the down position would help save time. She has several other machines for specific jobs and now money for more equipment is short for now but this machine sounds like a good one for the $

  11. kenya

    I have the janome hd 3000 and it’s good for the heavy duty part, but the tension is awful. Doesnt consistently make good stitches and the tension is always off. Any helpful thought would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

  12. kriss

    Hi, I’m having a hard time deciding between this and the singer 4423. Does anyone have any experiences with both and recommendations?


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