A honest comparison between two heavy-duty models from Janome, the HD1000 and HD3000. We hope this article will help you choose the best one that suits you.
If you are looking for a heavy-duty sewing machine, your search will finally come down to Janome HD1000 and HD3000. The reason is because, Janome HD1000 and HD3000 are the best heavy-duty sewing machines available in U.S. I personally admire these two sewing machines for the quality and durability they offer. HD1000 and HD3000 are very similar in features, you can say that HD3000 is more of an upgraded version of HD1000. Both machines ooze quality, but HD3000 costs few dollars more. The price difference has remained the same for quite some time now, so you can’t expect a price drop in the near future. So the question is, Do you really need to spend extra money ? I will try to answer this question as simply as possible.
Janome HD1000 Vs HD3000 Feature Comparison
Both are excellent mechanical sewing machines, it has to be said. In this comparison, we are going to have a look at the areas where there is a difference. All other common features are displayed in the table later in this post.
Built-in Stitches : Janome HD3000 scores in the total number of built-in stitches. It has 18 built-in stitches and a 1-step buttonhole. Whereas HD1000 has only 14 built-in stitches and a 4-step buttonhole. The 4-step buttonhole on HD1000 is not going to be easy to use for beginners.
Feed Dog : HD3000 has a 7-piece feed dog when compared to HD1000’s 3-piece. It doesn’t really make much of a difference in performance, it is the feed mechanism that counts. So it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment : This is an area where HD3000 scores over HD1000. HD3000 has an option to adjust presser foot pressure. HD1000 on the other hand lacks this feature. Theoretically the purpose of presser foot pressure adjustment is to adjust the way in which the feed dogs and presser foot interact in order to provide the most efficient and consistent movement of fabric. It is the deciding factor governing the regularity in size of stitches, top to bottom fabric matching and thread tension. It used to be a default feature in the past, but now it is only available in advanced sewing machines. You need not worry too much about this feature as you practically can’t find any difference in stitch quality at least between HD1000 and HD3000 (it might be different on other machines).
Bobbin System : Yet another scoring area for HD3000. It comes with a top drop-in bobbin system which adds a lot to the ease of use, especially for beginners. Janome HD1000 features a side-loading bobbin, which to me is a huge inconvenience and you won’t be able to monitor the thread supply.
Stitch Width And Length : The maximum stitch width on HD1000 is 5mm and on HD3000 it is 6.5mm. Maximum stitch length is the same for both machines, at 4mm.
Cover : HD3000 comes with a hard cover whereas HD1000 has only a dust cover.
Metal Parts : If heavy-duty is your top priority, HD1000 has more metal parts than HD3000.
Sewing Machine Weight : This is something that you must consider, if you want to take the machine to sewing classes. Being heavy-duty, both machines are heavy but you can manage it I guess. HD1000 weighs 22.4 pounds and HD3000 weighs 23.8 pounds. There isn’t much of a difference.
Now let us compare Janome HD1000 Vs Janome HD3000 as a whole. The difference in features are shown in red color for easy understanding.
Sewing Machine Features
Type of Machine
Automatic Needle Threader
Thread Tension Adjustment
Snap-on Presser Feet
Max Stitch Width
Max Stitch Length
Reverse Stitch Lever
Extra-high Presser Foot Lift
25 year limited warranty
25 year limited warranty
Janome HD1000 Vs HD3000 Performance Comparison
Both are among the best mechanical sewing machines I have ever come across. The quality of stitches are of the highest class. Both are champions of heavy stuffs. Both sews through denim like a knife going through butter. They are built to last and works well with any kind of fabric that you throws at them. To be honest, you can’t really tell the difference in performance of these machines.
If ease of use is something that you give importance to, then HD3000 is a no-brainer. Especially from the point of view of a beginner. However you will have to shell out few extra dollars for it. If you have some sewing experience behind you, it won’t be that difficult to change the bobbin or to make a buttonhole. So HD1000 will be a good option and you can save some money in doing so. Literally, the extra money you will be paying for HD3000 is for your lack of expertise.
But still people like me (who value money a lot and doesn’t have a lot to spend) will always find a way around. You can watch some YouTube tutorials and learn the difficult part of HD1000. That really worked for me.
The bonus question which you didn’t address and which happens to be of great importance to me: which one is quieter?
I was looking at both of these machines and trying to decide if they were so different from each other. This article was extremely helpful. Thanks.