We Review the Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

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We recently reviewed the Janome HD1000 sewing machine (here) and thought we should take a look at another popular Janome model, the HD3000.

When it comes to choosing the best heavy duty sewing machines construction materials are key.  These machines are NOT designed to be fancy. 

They DON’T offer computer control and hundreds of different stitches.

Instead they are designed to do a few things VERY well.  On top of that high performance machines should be solid, reliable, and have plenty of power.

The HD3000 offers all of this and more.  Let’s take a deeper look.

Our Janome HD3000 Review

If you’re in the market for a heavy duty sewing machine you want something that is powerful, durable, and reliable.  Sure it may not have all the bells and whistles that many of today’s computerized machines have, but it will deliver consistent performance day in and day out.

If you’re looking for a machine that is computerized or offers more stitches and options check out our comprehensive sewing machine buying guide.

There are two very important things to look at when considering a high performance sewing machine.  The first is power.  The HD3000 utilizes a 1.0 amp motor which is capable of sewing through multiple layers of fabric with ease.  We’re talking 3-4 layers of denim without slowing down or bunching. 

If you need a good deal of power for sewing through materials like leather, denim, or canvas this machine is right up your ally.

The second most important factor for heavier duty machines is construction materials.  While the HD3000 does not have the all-aluminum body of the HD1000, all of it’s internal components are metal.  Only the outside housing of the unit is made of plastic.  This helps to keep the weight down and this unit weighs only slightly more than the HD1000.

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Features of the HD3000

The HD3000 is not a feature rich machine, but Janome has done a good job ensuring that it incorporates all the essentials.  This makes it a great machine for intermediate/advanced sewers as well as those just getting into sewing. 

It is a mechanical sewing machine, though it does look similar to many of today’s computerized models.  It incorporates an on-board guide that details all 19 of the available stitches.  It incorporates both common decorative and utility stitches.

It also incorporates a couple features not typically found on mechanical models: an on-board thread cutter and a needle threader.   Here is a complete list of it’s features:

Key Features

  • 19 decorative and utility stitches
  • 1-step buttonhole
  • 5 piece feed dog
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • drop feed
  • reverse stitch button
  • push-pull bobbin winder
  • stitch selection dial
  • foot pressure adjustment
  • horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system

The five-piece feed dog keeps fabric moving smoothly as you sew and prevents bunching of even multiple layers of quilting and batting.

All of the available stitches are listed along the front of the machine allowing for quick selection and changing.

The needle plate includes seam guides that are etched into the plate on both sides of the sewing needle.  The cover for the drop-in bobbin is made of clear plastic so you can always see exactly how much thread is left. 

Included Accessories

The HD3000 includes quite a few accessories.  Here is what you’ll find included:

  • Owner’s manual
  • extra bobbins
  • seam ripper
  • lint brush
  • extra needles
  • quilting bar
  • hard cover
  • 7 snap-on feet including:
  • blind stitch hem foot
  • automatic buttonhole foot
  • zig zag foot
  • extra needles
  • hemmer foot
  • zipper foot
  • overedge foot

Performance of the HD3000

Threading and winding the bobbin of the HD3000 is very easy.  It is the same process used to thread many other machines produced by Janome.

Inside the lid of the HD3000 you’lll find the foot pressure adjustment dial.  On the inside of the cover you’ll also find a guide that helps you choose the correct presser foot to use for which application.  You’ll also find a note about resetting the sensor after performing each buttonhole.

The stitch selection dial is located on the right hand side of the machine.  As you turn the dial you’ll see a light illuminate under the corresponding stitch on the guide located on the front of the machine.

Along the top of the machine to the right of the stitch selection guide you’ll find the stitch length and width adjustment slides.  Simply slide them to the setting you want and away you go.

The stitches produced by the HD3000 are of extremely high quality and consistent with what other Janome machines produced.  With a top speed of 860 stitches per minute, this unit is slightly faster than the HD1000.  While this isn’t as fast as machines like the Singer 4423, it’s still plenty fast for all types of sewing.

Key Specs and Warranty

Hook type:  top loading full rotary hook bobbinThread tension control:  manualMax stitch width:  6.5mmFeed system:  5-piece feed dogReverse button:  yesBobbin winding:  auto de-clutchNumber of stitches:  21Buttonholes:  1Needle threader: built inFree arm:  yesDrop feed:  yesSize:  W 16″ x H 11.3″ x D 7.2″Weight:  18.7 lbs

The warrant on the HD3000 is a 25 year limited warranty.  Here are the specific details from Janome.

Janome America, Inc. warrants this Product for a period of twenty-five (25) years from the date of original purchase against defective materials and/or workmanship, excluding (I) electronic component parts (including but not limited to circuit boards, step motors and all other electronic andnon-electronic pattern control units), which are warranted for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase, and (II) labor, which shall be provided for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase free of charge. Following a lapse of one (1) year from the original purchase date your Authorized Janome Dealer or Janome Authorized Service Center can provide parts and/or labor at an additional cost to you.As stated above, this warranty is in respect of normal household use of the Product. Machines used commercially are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase in respect of parts and service

Final Thoughts

The Janome HD3000 hands down gets my vote for the best heavy duty sewing machine on the market.  It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of many of today’s computerized models, but it does what it’s designed to do extremely well.  It offers 21 of the most commonly used decorative and utility stitches.

It’s ideally suited for beginners or for those looking for a solid, reliable sewing machine that can handle a great deal of use.

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Natalie V Mason is an ETSY entrepreneur that started her online sewing business in 2012. She specializes in fabric design, sewing, and dying. You can see her work on her ETSY page and on her website. You can also reach her via email. You can also read more about her here.
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