Janome HD3000

Janome HD3000

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. 

Janome HD3000

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

Janome HD3000 accessoriesOn 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:

  • Janome HD3000 stitches7 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 Janome gives 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 gives a tutorial on getting started on the Janome HD3000

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.

Included Accessories

  • Janome HD3000 bonus7 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

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!

14 thoughts on “Janome HD3000”

  1. Hi Kathy,

    Great review! I have very little experience with using a sewing machine I can knit and cross stich, darn socks and buttons in a pinch, but wouldn’t know the first thing about using a sewing machine.

    Regardless of that, I really like your review on this sewing machine. The fact that it’s portable is a big plus in my books. It seems that it can do a hell of a lot, so the price its going for seems great in my opinion.

    Would you recommend the Janome HD 3000 for someone like me with no experience?



    • Hi Laurine

      Yes, the Janome HD 3000 is great for beginners because it’s so simple to use, solidly built too! You can also use a sewing machine for darning socks, did you know that? There are special presser feet you can buy that allow you to do this. 🙂

  2. Like with most things these days, we’re absolutely spoiled for choice, and finding genuine help in making that choice can be a challenge. That’s why it’s so refreshing to read your recommendation for the Janome hd3000. Your knowledge of the product, and passion for the craft is evident in every word. I would definitely take your recommendation seriously when choosing the right product for my needs.

    • Yes, I agree Hindy, so many choices!

      It’s important to really think about what you need in a sewing machine and not just rush off and buy the latest model with all the bells and whistles. For people purchasing a sewing machine for the first time, a simple machine like the Janome HD3000 is a good choice, not much can go wrong with it.

      Thanks for your positive comment. 🙂

  3. Hello Kathy,
    Thank you for listing out the Pros and Cons.

    I am new to quilting, now looking for a sewing machine budget around Janome HD3000 or below.
    My usage will be for quilting, free hand sewing and if possible to able to embroidery names.

    Will this be the right sewing machine for me?
    Or could you recommend based on your experience?
    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    • The HD3000 is a good solid machine and there are decorative stitches. It doesn’t monogram as such but with the drop feed dogs you can embroider names with it. The Singer Confidence Quilter is also one to consider.
      The Janome is a better quality machine, the Singer comes with a few more decorative stitches and accessories. I would go for the Janome, just because it copes better with large quilts and just has that more solid feel to it!.

      • Thank you, Kathy for the info and link.
        I have also read some review of Janome sewing machine, it is indeed more solid for quilting.
        Thank you again.

        • You’re very welcome Kathe! You can let me know when you’ve completed your first project on your new sewing machine, would love to see it. 🙂

          • Sure, Kathy.
            Hope my first quilt is successful. 🙂
            Let me know how do I share the pictures to you. You have my email address.

          • Drop me a message here and I’ll send you an email address to send your pics to. Happy quilting! 🙂

  4. Hi Kathy!

    Is the throat (harp?) large enough on the 3000 to accommodate quilting a queen sized quilt? Thanks!

  5. Hi Kathy. I like the sound of this machine as I need it to sew thick felted bags. But was wondering if I can do free motion embroidery on it by dropping the feed dog underneath? Thanks

    • Hi Wendy, yes, drop the feed dogs and use the darning or free motion foot. With the stitch settings, experiment to see how to get various effects suited to you. 🙂


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