You know, sometimes you just want a basic sewing machine that does a top notch job without a lot of bells and whistles. Well the this Janome claims to do just that!
Not everyone wants or needs a computerized sewing machine and can sometimes feel intimidated by all the technology, especially if they’re transitioning from a granny inherited machine.
Your budget will also dictate what kind of sewing machine you purchase. Better to buy a good quality basic machine than a cheap computerized one.
The Janome HD3000 claims to be “Heavy Duty” (hence the HD in the title). From Janome’s “blurb”:
“Remember the old all-metal sewing machines? Maybe your mother or grandmother had one. Those machines couldn’t be beat when it came to sturdiness and durability. But you had to be an Olympic weight lifter to pick one up.
Like your grandmother’s machine, they have an all-metal body. But unlike your grandmother’s, it’s made of special, lightweight aluminum. So while these new machines live up to the Heavy Duty in their name, they’re only about two pounds heavier than a comparable model with a plastic body.”
On the face of it, it looks good, is it any good for quilting and is it worth the money? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Janome HD3000 – Functions and Features
On the top tray lid there is an instructional guide which gives you the feet and settings for different tasks. This is also where your accessories are stored for handy access.
The tutorial panel on top of the machine also advises on which presser foot to use and the ideal setting length and width setting for each stitch option.
The Janome HD3000 comes with all the standard features you’d expect on a mechanical sewing machine:
- 7 piece feed dog
- Heavy-duty frame
- Built-in needle threader
- Reverse stitch lever
- Snap-on presser feet
- Foot pressure adjustment
- 19 decorative and utility stitches
- One-step buttonhole
- Manual, lay-in thread tension
- Foot pressure adjustment
- Push-pull bobbin winder
- Stitch selection dial
It’s easy to select your stitch by using the dial located on the right of the machine below the balance wheel. As you turn the dial, a little red light shows underneath the diagram showing an image of the stitch.
The stitch length and width adjustment are set to the right of the stitch selection guide. These are easy to set using the slider controls.
The Janome HD3000 In Action
The Janomegives a neat stitch and manages 6 layers of denim easily, excellent for doing side seams on denim jeans. Of course, this means that it should sew a quilt sandwich. One lady said in her review comment:
“As soon as I received my Janome, I tested it out on a thick layer that my old machine couldn’t get through. The Janome sailed over it with ease. I also tested it on several layers of canvas and this machine breezed right over them.
I mainly quilt and do a little garment sewing, and so far, this machine is a dream. I don’t need a lot of fancy stitches, so this Janome has everything I need. I wanted something non-computerized because that’s one less component that can eventually go bad.”
Excellent news and good for quilters!
This video is a long one, but Vince gives a comprehensive look at the Janome HD3000. Watching a video also gives a better idea of the size and throat space of a sewing machine used for quilting than you would get in an image.
Although this is a heavy duty machine it’s light enough to be able to be moved easily, handy for quilting groups and workshops.
Maintenance is easy as the Janome HD3000 never needs to be oiled, just the bobbin area and hook race should be cleaned regularly.
The manual is clear and easy to follow, handy if this is your first machine and you’re a beginner at using a sewing machine.
- 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
FREE BONUS Value Package Includes:
- Janome 1/4″ Seam Foot
- Janome Empty Bobbins (10 pack)
- Janome Universal Needles – Size 12 (Pack of 5)
- Janome Universal Needles – Size 14 (Pack of 5)
- For what the machine is described as, there aren’t many. It doesn’t have a needle up/down control or a speed control. Not deal breakers unless you want to teach young children how to use a sewing machine.
- I’d like to have seen more presser feet included in the price.
- The Janome HD3000 has the ability to pretty much sew through everything you throw at it!
- It’s very handy for taking to groups as the foot pedal and power cord can be placed into the harp space.
- The carry handle comes up through the cover and everything is kept contained and safe.
- I like the built in needle threader, very handy if you have eyesight like mine!