Ideal for heavy-duty use, the Janome HD1000 is a professional-grade sewing machine whose price is usually between $200 and $300. While it is admittedly slightly more expensive than other models, this machine is packed with a plethora of features that will allow you to give free rein to your creativity and enjoy the multiple benefits of home sewing.
The Janome HD1000 is entirely mechanical which, facilitates its ease of use. Indeed, you won’t have to struggle with digitalized options as you struggle to find your way around the apparatus, since you can very easily activate several functions at the touch of a button or by pushing down on a lever. This model is also entirely designed with user-friendly options such as an automatic needle-threader, numerous built-in stitches and the likes. Because it does not come with an oversized table, it can be problematic for some sewers- especially beginners- to work on their quilting and embroidery.
Thanks to being fairly easy to use, this particular model can be used by budding sewers to learn the rope of basic sewing techniques. Now while it is true to say that most beginners prefer to debut with a smaller and less expensive apparatus, most sewers found that the extended range of features in this machine allowed them to really work on their sewing skills while perfecting their technique.
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On the flip side, while the great majority of users have reported to be entirely satisfied by the HD1000’s performance, some have complained about an issue with the bobbin system. Indeed, a few sewers found that the bobbin system created quite a few tangled threads.
Doyousew Recommendation Level : MODERATE
Weighing 22 pounds, the Janome HD1000 is not a lightweight machine. However, if you need to carry it back and forth to sewing classes, you’ll be glad to learn that the machine even comes with a hard-shell carrying case, designed to facilitate portability.
It measures 18.2 x 8.5 x 15.2, which means that, in spite of its hefty weight, you can still very easily find a standard-size table to set your machine upon. Because of its relatively compact size, the HD1000 is also suited to users who live in rather cramped quarters.
Ease of Use: 5/5
As far as ease of use is concerned, very few users- or none at all- had something negative to say about this machine. The machine is handily equipped with an auto-threading feature, which completes the entire threading process in six seconds or less. All you need to do is pull down on a lever and this motion will activate the threading process, quickly and effortlessly guiding the thread through the eye of the needle. This feature can particularly come in handy to elderly users or anyone who suffers from poor eyesight.
The HD1000 includes over 14-built in stiches to provide more variety in your sewing sessions. This is something that will undoubtedly come in helpful if you want to work on your embroidery or any project which requires several varieties of stitches. Navigating through these various stitch designs is also quite simple: all sewers have to do is turn the dial knob until they land on the stich design of their choice- something that can be quite a refreshing contrast to computerized machines and their digitalized features.
Extra Features: 3.5/5
The Janome HD1000 boasts of a free arm feature which will help you easily and effortlessly access hard-to-reach areas on your fabric. For instance, you can use this to mend socks or access complicated angles like pant hems, collars, pants and the likes. As far as extra features are concerned, the machine can also provide you with 14 built-in stitches which include a 4-step buttonhole, stretch and utility stitches.
The included accessories include, but are not limited to felt, needles, bobbins, screwdrivers, ripper, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, hemmer foot and the likes.
As far as its external casing is concerned, users will be glad to learn that this model comes with a cast aluminum surface which can resist stains and scratches.
Overall, if you’re not on a restricted budget or if simply don’t mind splurging for an item that’s entirely worth it, the machine is actually a solid and recommended purchase. Not only is it protected by a warranty of 25 years but the apparatus is also designed to render your sewing project more efficient. It’s also worth mentioning that for the same price you could also get the Singer CG590, which comes with a faster sewing speed, so it’s also worth checking out. Though of course, if you’re a Janome user then you’ll prefer to stick to the HD1000 or go for the more expensive Janome DC2014.