Janome HD1000

Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine with 14 Built-In Stitches

Price: $320.59

3.8 out of 5 stars (306 customer reviews)

41 used & new available from $320.59

On first impressions it is evident that this machine lives up to its name of heavy duty because of the sturdy build and the cast aluminum body that is quite hard to find in sewing machines these days as most of them are in plastic. Evidently, the Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine decided to crush the flimsy bodied machines and stand out! This machine effectively combines the modern computerized technology with the strong build and design of the older machines and the blend works great for it in terms of style, performance and utility.

On opening the box and looking at the features, it didn’t seem as impressive as one would have thought but that is because of the capacity of the machine. There are only 14 built-in stitches, as opposed to the near triple digit numbers on competing machines but the beauty of this machine is that it doesn’t fail anywhere. All the 14, which include several utility and decorative stitches are done to perfection by the machine with no flaw in length or tension. The few decorative ones are not those that would add aesthetic appeal to the fabric or any other project but are slightly more elaborate than the utility ones.

We mentioned the build quality above but it has to be reiterated because that is one of the best aspects of this machine. The outer aluminum casing is strong and will sustain pretty much any accidental damage. Considering that the Janome HD1000 is meant for heavy, repetitive work, the strong casing will go a long way in protecting the inside working. The case, while certainly stronger than the regular plastic, is by no means that much heavier. It is not something that users can haul over their heads while moving around in a crowd but it can be moved around with ease both at home or in a small business house.

Given that this machine is meant for heavy duty, it was the focus point of the testing. All varieties of fabric and thread were used and there was no problem with anything. In fact, one of the accessories that was included was a roll of felt which was tackled effectively by the machine. The threads flowed smoothly out of the bobbins and the automation enables easy winding of the bobbins and simple threading of the needles. The twin needle system is effective for quick stitching and by passes the painstaking job of changing rolls of thread each time. The included accessories are quite vast and there is even a free arm along the top of the machine which allows users to deal with the cuffs, buttonholes and the like.

The great features of this machine should ideally put us in total favor for it but there are some aspects which lead to a certain ambivalence. Firstly, the limited number of built-in stitches and buttonhole functions put this on the other side of feature rich machines. Granted the machine is built well and performs even better but the price still seems a little steep. While it is great for those who rely on stitching for a living, it doesn’t make sense for recreational stitching. On the whole it is a great value for money machine in terms of performance but not the best one for aesthetic stitching.

    Pros

  • Great performance-nearly trouble free
  • Sturdy aluminum casing
  • Twin needle mechanism and several automatic functions
  • Great accessories
    Cons

  • Limited number of built-in stitches
  • Price high for offered features

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