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Janome HD1000 Mechanical Sewing Machine Review



We were given the chance to review the Janome HD1000 – One of Janome’s more popular sewing machine models. ‘HD’ actually stands for ‘heavy duty, which is what the machine is capable of doing: Heavy-duty tasks. The HD1000 is actually one of the handful of steel-based sewing machines made exclusively for homebased businesses.


At first glance, the HD1000 doesn’t even look like a modernized sewing machine that’s being sold on the market today. In fact, it sports an appearance that’s the same as those sewing machines sold in the 70s. It doesn’t sport any curved lines, or hard plastic casings normally found in the latest Janome sewing machines.


The machine sports two huge dials located in front. The first dial is for choosing the right stitch that you want for this project, while the second one is for changing the length of the stitch itself. The reverse button can be found underneath the stitch changing adjustment dial. You can also find a stitch selection guide above the machine itself.


Features of the HD1000 include a built-in threader, a dial for adjusting tension, a thread cutter, and lastly, a needle plate with several seam guides found inside it. It’s got fourteen types of utility stitches, a lay-in manual thread tension control, one four-step buttonhole placer, a built-in needle threader, a built-in thread cutter, a free arm, a drop feed and finally, a reverse stitching lever in case you make a mistake while creating your latest project. There’s also a three-piece feed dog that enhance the whole experience.

Whenever you wind up the bobbin while using the HD1000, you’ll be reminded of the previous way this process was done on an older sewing machine. To be able to wind up the bobbin, you have to disengage the needle first by rotating the stop motion wheel found in the hand wheel. It only takes one turn of the wheel to take off the needle.

If you want to re-attach the needle to the machine itself, all you have to do is to rotate the same wheel right back to its initial position. The HD1000 contains a front-loaded bobbin, which you won’t be able to access easily, unless you get rid of the working space or its accessory casing.

The machine’s own drop-feed controlling lever can be found on the right side of the race hook. Originally, this tiny steel lever can be found at the back of the machine’s free arm, so it’s going to take a while before any of us will get used to its brand new location.

It was quite difficult to maneuver the thread around the Janome HD1000 – This can take some time to get used to, especially when you’re so used to threading around newer sewing machine models for a very long time now.

Plenty of modern-day sewing machines are threaded from the right side going to the left. However, it’s different when it comes to the HD1000 – It goes on the opposite side, so you start from the left then make your way towards the right.


Picking the right stitch for this machine is as simple as turning the dial right up to the stitch pattern of your choice. The HD1000 is known to produce good quality stitches on all fabrics. Perhaps the only thing that a lot of users didn’t really like about the HD1000 is the fact that there aren’t any decorative stitches available, so it feels really limited and hinders their creativity. But then again, heavy-duty sewing machines aren’t too capable in producing decorative stitches or patterns.


The HD1000 can be used for the following fabrics: Natural fibers such as silk, linen, wool, and cotton. Leather and suede, upholstery, fur, synthetic fabrics and blends like polyester and rayon, and medium to heavy knits. It can also handle gentle fabrics like velvet, taffeta, and satin.


Accessories include pieces of felt, three snap-on presser feet (including a hemmer foot, a zipper foot, and a buttonhole foot), bobbins, a whole set of needles, and three different sizes of screwdrivers. Oil is also included in case you want to do some regular maintenance for that machine of yours. This oiling session should be done on a regular basis if you use the machine almost daily, or for extended periods of time.


The machine also has its very own instructional manual which includes stitching guides for newbies, and answers to your pressing questions.

For the younger sewers out there, there was actually a period in which an ancient traditional sewing machine was passed down from one generation to the next. This might seem like an absurd idea, especially considering that computerized sewing machines are all the rage right now. The HD1000 is a very solid sewing machine that doesn’t really include the other extras that people have already expected from newer Janome sewing machine models, including the Janome HD3000. What it does have, however, are a whole host of important features normally found in a strong and sturdy machine like this one – Specifically, an on-board thread cutter, and a needle threader already built into the machine.


The entire process of winding up the machine’s bobbin and threading the machine itself is still similar to the ones found in old sewing machines. But it only takes a few moments before you can truly adjust to how the machine works. Learning these two techniques is very easy especially if you haven’t used this type of machine before.


One of the minor drawbacks that comes with this machine is the front-loading bobbin, especially if you want to begin working with the assistance of the work table or the accessories case, which comes with the machine itself. Managing to get the drop feed control to work is so much easier as compared to other sewing machines, like the Brother 1034D – Or even with fellow Janome models such as the Janome 2212 – But technically, it still requires a bit of work.

And when it comes to the Janome HD1000, not only will you have to open up the bobbin door, you should also remove the working table and accessories casing too. We think that someday, Janome is going to place it back to the front side of the machine, where it really belongs – Much like what Brother did with the brother xl2600i.


Despite all of that though, we think that this machine is one of the best sewing machine for beginners out there – So much so that even older children and preteens who aspire to be the next big fashion designers can use it.

Those who have home-based jobs can also use this model, even if they only have the most basic knowledge when it comes to sewing. In fact, the machine can help you practice your dressmaking or embroidery skills. They can make simple yet beautiful dresses if they focus more on the basic utility stitches. The HD1000 is also attractively priced for the most budget-conscious sewers who are only looking for a simple sewing machine that can do good.

So if you’re the type of sewer who loves the idea of dressmaking and stitching but could do away with decorative stitches, then the Janome HD1000 is for you. Not only is the machine fully-functional, it’s also highly-dependable.

The machine itself is fully mechanical, allowing complete ease of usage. Those old-school sewers who are already so used to the functions of a traditional sewing machine will love the HD1000 very much. The average price is around $200 up to $300, which is already decent enough for a sewing machine for sale – Although still a tad bit pricey as compared to other models. You no longer have to suffer through the computerized options that come with plenty of today’s sewing machines, while you make futile attempts to discover what each button in the machine does.

And because it’s easy to use, plenty of sewers can use this model to get to know the basics of stitching and dressmaking. Even though it’s still a better option to choose a sewing machine that’s more affordable and doesn’t overwhelm you with its features, plenty of users have discovered that the HD1000’s assortment of features allowed them to really focus on whatever type of stitching job they may have had, while honing their skills at the same time.

But although a huge majority are quite happy with the HD1000, we have also received constant complaints regarding its bobbin system. A couple of users have indeed discovered that the bobbin system has produced a couple of jumbled up threads while in use.

The Janome HD1000 measures 18.2” x 8.5” x 15.2”. Despite being one of the larger sewing machine models, you can still find a big enough table to place it down on. This is the reason why the machine is also suited for those who live inside small spaces, like studio apartments or dorm rooms.


Pros: Great construction than other machines. Quick speed despite being a manual sewing machine. Wonderful sewing abilities. Lightweight despite it having a sturdy construction.

Cons: Short foot pedal cord. Possibility of producing wrong stitches if not threaded properly, or if wrong needle is used.

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