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Posted on:4/16/14 3:09 PM
Approx price paid:$299
Had this machine for:1 year
Recommended? Maybe
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Janome HD-1000Features
  • Needle Threader
  • Free Arm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
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This review does not cover stitches and features as one can see those any place, but I wanted to comment on the durability of the machine.

Firstly - as many have said in reviews around the web, it is durable. It is however, more the workhorse than the precision machine you might expect for a relatively low cost minimal feature machine. The bobbin issues I have read about are haunting us now. I am the mechanic in the family and have worked on many mechanical machines over the years, and other than Japanese knockoff singer-alike machines from the 60's, this one seems destined to have trouble. The bobbin case is sloppy inside the hook assembly, and the case rattles around in there and causes lots of noise. The bobbin case carrier has so much 'slap' that it makes an on-again/off-again racket. There is about a 2mm space where the hook assembly hits the case carrier stops which causes the noise. It looks like there is a spring steel pad to prevent this, but it is not adjustable and is loose and sloppy. My rather extensive experience with other machines with side load bobbin assemblies is that all I have seen have been more precise. I read somewhere that this carrier has been replaced by a redesigned one, and i lookforward to that fix if this is true.

Lastly, the machine is great otherwise, but I've been unable to fix th the rats nest and missed bottom stitches that have begun. The book assembly appears to be eccentric as the bobbin carrier moves ever so slightly right to left when sewing. I've never seen a hook moving in this way, and we've never jammed it up enough to bend the hook. So we wait and see what the service people say. Hope this helps someone.

Our other machines include a 30 year old Pfaff 1222, beat up, but sews like a champ, and a nicer one as well, some singers, an elna... All are much more precise than the Janome.

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raggmopp said...
Thank you for your candid review. I'm sure others will be helped because the information you provide is detailed and precise. Meanwhile, I hope you can fix the problems this machine has.
4/16/14 9:56 PM
Warbler said...
Excellent honest review! Thank you for the heads up... I thought if I wanted another mechanical I'd look into this machine. I think other vintage Singers would give better results!
4/16/14 11:28 PM
Grandma52 said...
Thank you for your review, I too had my eyes on this machine for my granddaughter. It is sad to hear one spend any amount of money on a machine only to find out it is a lemon.
4/17/14 7:26 AM
Mufffet said...
Hope the machine gets a fix. Sounds almost like the wrong bobbins. But good luck! Certainly an odd thing to hear because the solid mechanicals made by Janome are usually pretty good machines.
4/17/14 10:37 AM
Marie367 said...
Too bad about the machine. My first thought was the same as Muffet's-maybe the wrong bobbin? I have the HD3000. The only time I have had rats nest is when I tried using bobbins that were not made by Janome. Both my Janomes demand genuine Janome bobbins and they have to be nicely wound. Hope you get this fixed. My 3000 is an awesome workhorse.
4/19/14 5:28 PM
 
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