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|Janome:HD-1000 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About scram415 |
|Member since: 11/7/12 |
|Reviews written: 6|
|sewing machines reviewed: 5|
|Posted on:||11/27/12 4:01 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$300|
|Had this machine for:||3 months|
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- Needle Threader
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- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
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|What scram415 likes about this machine|
Here are a few of the HD-1000 specs:
14 stitches (including a few stretch stitches)
1 four-step buttonhole
Lay-in, manual thread tension control
Built-in needle threader
Snap-on presser feet
3-piece feed dog
Push-pull bobbin winding
Extra-high presser foot lift
Stitch selection dial
Horizontal, full rotary hook bobbin system
5mm maximum stitch width
4mm maximum stitch length
Being relatively new to sewing, I had a difficult time deciding on a machine to start out with. My first machine was a big box Brother with a plastic core. Needless to say, it lasted a total of 2 months. After my experience with that all plastic machine, I wanted something a lot more substantial. Thanks to this site, I decided to look into a new Janome.
When I was researching machines, I couldn't decide between the HD-3000 and the HD-1000. I do a lot of quilting and I follow Leah Day's blog. Leah did a rather in depth review of this machine, which is available on Youtube and her blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project.
The HD stands for heavy duty, which definitely applies with this machine. I am able to sew varying widths of fabric without stopping. The other thing I just love is the stretch stitch feature. I sew a lot of knit fabrics and the stretch stitch is invaluable.
This machine is heavy because the body is primarily made of metal (a BIG plus).
This machine is my go to bobbin winding machine. I get an even consistent bobbin every time.
Overall, this machine is the most reliable machine I have ever owned. What it doesn't have in fancy features, it make up for in consistent stitch quality and reliable tension. I do a lot of free motion quilting and I rarely have to adjust my tension. The extra lift presser foot is invaluable when quilting high loft quilts. This is, in my opinion, one of the best "first machines" you can buy. Now that I have been sewing for a little while, I have grown into another Janome made machine (computerized Kenmore 19606) that has more features. I also have a Janome made 385 Kenmore. I refuse to part with my HD-1000. This machine made a Janome girl out of me.
What scram415 does not like about this machine
Despite the ability to sew switch types of fabric without stopping or tension problems, this machine lacks the speed that my vintage White is capable of. Putting the petal to the metal isn't really an option. This machine is also not the most quiet machine I have ever used. I have another Janome (with a Kenmore label) that runs a bit quieter.
Another thing that I wish I had taken into consideration (and this is a personal preference only) is the HD-3000 has a drop in bobbin.
Lastly, (personal preference again) This is a really great machine but it doesn't have a single decorative stitch.
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