A honest and impartial comparison between Janome HD1000 and Singer 4423, which are the best sellers in the entry level heavy duty sewing machines category.
Why do you need a heavy duty sewing machine? Most people look for a heavy duty sewing machine to sew multiple layers of thick fabrics. A good quality heavy duty sewing machine must be able to put in long hours of work. An ideal heavy duty machine must be able to sew anything you throw at it, which is not possible in the real world, right? But we want to get as close as possible. Now let us come to the point. Janome HD1000 and Singer 4423 are two machines that come to your mind whenever you think of a budget heavy duty sewing machine. Getting a 100% heavy duty machine will cost you a fortune, so we are not going there. Janome HD1000 and Singer 4423 are the best entry level heavy duty sewing machines you can get in US.
The price gap between Janome HD1000 and Singer 4423 is huge, to be honest. You can easily fit in another computerized sewing machine in that price gap. Singer 4423 is the least expensive of the two. In fact Singer 4423 is the best selling heavy duty sewing machine in the under $300 price category. The Janome machine only comes behind it (there is a reason for it, you will find that out later). Since Janome HD1000 costs more, we need to check whether it is really worth spending the extra money on it. Another important thing we want to compare is their performances.
Janome HD1000 Vs Singer 4423 – Features Comparison
Built-in Stitches : Singer 4423 is ahead with 23 built-in stitches. Janome HD1000 on the other hand, has only 14 built-in stitches. Here the Singer machine has a noticeable 9 stitch advantage, which adds to the variety of stitch options.
Buttonhole : Advantage Singer here as well. Singer 4423 features a 1-step buttonhole which is far more easy to use than a 4-step one. Beginners will love the 1-step buttonhole. Unfortunately HD1000 doesn’t have this, instead it is equipped with a 4-step buttonhole.
Bobbin : HD1000 falls behind here as well. Singer 4423 has an easy to load top drop-in bobbin, which just needs to be dropped into the slot. The front loading bobbin on HD1000 is hard for beginners to use. You need to remove the storage compartment first and then load the bobbin. 4423 also has a clear bobbin cover, through which you can see the remaining bobbin thread.
Stitch Width & Length : The Singer machine offers more versatility with maximum stitch width and length of 6mm and 4mm respectively. The Janome machine has a maximum stitch width and length of 5mm and 4mm respectively.
Presser Foot Pressure : Presser foot pressure can be adjusted on Singer 4423, which is not possible on Janome HD1000.
Machine Weight : Finally, Janome fans have something to cheer for. The machine weight is a clear indication about the build quality. Janome HD1000 weighs 16.8 pounds and Singer 4423 weighs 14.5 pounds. The build quality of the Janome machine is far more superior than that of the Singer machine. Even though Singer 4423 comes with a heavy duty tag, it has more plastic parts than we expect. Janome on the other hand has limited the use of plastic. HD1000 is more close to the ‘heavy duty’ tag than Singer 4423.
|Sewing Machine Features||Janome HD1000||Singer 4423|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Feet||Yes||Yes|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lift||Yes||Yes|
|Top Drop-in Bobbin||No, Front Loading||Yes|
|Machine Weight||16.8 lbs||14.5 lbs|
|Presser Foot Pressure Adjustment||No||Yes|
|Built-in Storage Compartment||Yes||Yes|
Janome HD1000 Vs Singer 4423 – Performance Comparison
Performance wise, HD1000 eclipses 4423. The Janome machine has a solid construction which is capable of going through any kind of fabric. It is more equipped to deal with multiple layers of heavy duty fabrics. Its stitch quality is very consistent. In simple words, it is a true workhorse. However, the machine is slightly noisy. Also, beginners may not like the features on offer.
Ease of use wise, Singer 4423 is a notch higher than Janome HD1000. The 1-step buttonhole and drop-in bobbin makes things a lot easier for a beginner. It is a beginner friendly machine and the price also suggests the same. The stitch quality is consistent. As far as heavy duty fabrics is concerned, its performance is reasonably good. However, the machine tends to struggle with 8 plus layers of denim.
If you are a beginner, Singer 4423 will suit your needs. It is user-friendly and has decent performance over heavy duty fabrics. But if you are an experienced sewer looking for a real heavy duty sewing machine to work like a charm, Janome HD1000 is the better option. It may cost more and it may not have many features, but it does one thing well. It sews quality stitches across a variety of heavy duty fabrics.