Even though Janome HD1000 and Singer 4411 are heavy duty machines, there are a lot of differences between them. Price gap is also very large.
Whenever you look for a heavy duty sewing machine, you are bound to come across Janome HD1000 and Singer 4411. Because these two have the best quality among half a dozen heavy duty sewing machines available in the price bracket. But if you look at the prices, these two machines are poles apart. You can actually buy two Singer 4411’s for the price of a single HD1000. The huge price difference makes this comparison interesting. My question will be, Is Janome HD1000 worth the price, or should I settle with Singer 4411? You will find the answer at the end of this post.
Janome HD1000 Vs Singer 4411 – Features Comparison
Both are heavy duty mechanical sewing machines designed to deal with thick fabrics. Feature wise, they are quite different, much like their prices. Let us go through the differences at first.
Built-in Stitches : Janome HD1000 has the upper hand here with 14 built-in stitches. Singer 4411 has only 11 built-in stitches. Both machines come with a 4-step buttonhole as well.
Bobbin Type : Singer machine comes with an easy to load, top drop-in bobbin. The Janome machine on the other hand has only a side loading bobbin, which means you will have to remove the side storage compartment to change the bobbin. This will be difficult for beginners.
Motor Power : On paper, Singer 4411 clearly has the more powerful motor. It can deliver 1,100 stitches/min. Janome HD1000 comes with a motor that can deliver 840 stitches/min. However, in real world conditions the Janome’s motor performs better.
Stitch Width : Singer 4411 offers more creativity with a maximum stitch width of 6mm. Janome HD1000 has a maximum stitch width of only 5mm. It is not a huge difference though.
Build Quality : The Janome machine is a class above, in this department. Even though Singer 4411 comes with a heavy duty tag, most of the exterior parts are plastic. It is the internal parts that are made of heavy duty metal. Janome HD1000 on the other hand has very few plastic parts. Yes, the knobs and other controls are plastic, but Janome has used metal wherever possible. It is much like the mechanical sewing machines of the classic era.
Sewing Machine Features
|Bobbin Type||Side loading||Top drop-in|
|Motor Power||840 stitches/min||1,100 stitches/min|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Stitch Width & Length||Yes||Yes|
|Max Stitch Width||5mm||6mm|
Janome HD1000 Vs Singer 4411 – Performance Comparison
This is where Janome HD1000 outshines Singer 4411 (this is where the extra money you spend becomes worth). The Janome machine can literally go through anything you throw at it. Its ability to sew through multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim is absolutely mind blowing. This machine never gets tired. If you do a lot of sewing, this can be your best companion because this machine likes long working hours. The 840 stitches/min motor didn’t feel under-powered at all. Add to that, the premium build quality of Janome.
Stitch quality wise, Singer 4411 is not that far behind, but it is not an ideal machine for sewing multiple layers of thick fabrics (only in comparison with Janome HD1000). More than 8 layers of denim is not really recommended on this machine. However, the stitch quality on light-medium weight fabrics is quite good.
If durability and stitch quality is your priority, then Janome HD1000 is the best option. It will suit those who do a lot of sewing. I can clearly say that the extra money will be really worth spending.
If you don’t sew a lot and you like beginner friendly features like the top drop-in bobbin, Singer 4411 will suit you. Moreover, you are getting it for almost half the price of Janome HD1000.