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Sewist 500, HD 1000/3000?
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Date: 11/2/12 6:15 PM

I don't embroider, so I don't need that capability. I also don't care for a computerized sewing machine just now. I like a sturdy mechanical machine, good to go day after day that doesn't cause a fuss and does the job happily. (I know it's just a machine as my husband would say, but we're all sewing machine people here and I know you know what I mean, some machines are "happy" and some want to "grump" and have a sulk.) I sew home dec, garments, some gifts. I definitely need a machine that doesn't mind thick jeans hems or polar fleece or the rare bit of canvas or other thick fabric.

I have a Singer 15-91, but I know I'm not going to get that much power in one of these. That's okay! I do most of my sewing actually on my (made by Janome) Bernette 680 but she's getting older and I want a few more stitches and other options that she doesn't have. A tune-up for her timing is going to run me $95, which just now I'd rather put toward a new machine, and handle the timing issue at a later time. I'm happy with Janome's, as I have experience with a 7318 and a Janome-made Kenmore. So I've narrowed it down to these three, the Sewist 500, the HD1000 and HD3000. Any suggestions that might help me narrow it down among those three? Thanks so much.

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Date: 11/2/12 7:24 PM

After my Sewing Machine Goose Chase, I (sort of) feel qualified to share with you my experience, albeit little, with the HD3000 and the Sewist. The HD is heavy duty; can sew through just about anything. I test drove one of these as I was thinking of getting one for myself. The light is a regular bulb; not the blue/grey LED type. And, the needle threader is different than anything else I've seen on the market; even more different that the Brother machine's threader, which is two step. However, the machine is awfully quiet for its durability.

Enter the Sewist 525S. Both dealers I went to said these were "school machines", as in "used in schools". Learning to sew on a Singer, a 15-91 and several others, I can tell you that schools are very destructive with machines. However, the Sewist is a very simple machine. A few knobs and a few stitches. It's this simplicity I felt I couldn't get along with. I'm not sure as to the durability or whether it would go through thick fabrics, but I would bet not as well as the HD3000.

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Date: 11/2/12 7:26 PM

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After my Sewing Machine Goose Chase, I (sort of) feel qualified to share with you my experience, albeit little, with the HD3000 and the Sewist. The HD is heavy duty; can sew through just about anything. I test drove one of these as I was thinking of getting one for myself. The light is a regular bulb; not the blue/grey LED type. And, the needle threader is different than anything else I've seen on the market; even more different that the Brother machine's threader, which is two step. However, the machine is awfully quiet for its durability.



Enter the Sewist 525S. Both dealers I went to said these were "school machines", as in "used in schools". Learning to sew on a Singer, a 15-91 and several others, I can tell you that schools are very destructive with machines. However, the Sewist is a very simple machine. A few knobs and a few stitches. It's this simplicity I felt I couldn't get along with. I'm not sure as to the durability or whether it would go through thick fabrics, but I would bet not as well as the HD3000.



HTH

This is wonderful, MissFairchild! Just the kind of advice I was looking for. Hhmmm, for schools, yes? That doesn't sound like what I am looking for, either. Perhaps I'd better veer in favor of the HD3000....

Thank you so much! It's really helpful to hear these kinds of specifics.
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Date: 11/2/12 7:39 PM

Thank you! I was seriously looking at the HD3000 and it was suggested I try the Sewist if I wanted something to take to class (which was part of my criteria as well). It if wasn't for that needle threader, I'd probably have the thing.
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Date: 11/3/12 7:40 AM

The HD1000 deserves a close look also. It has fewer features of course and mechanical vs electronic...but i love the small foot print, metal housing, and perfect stitches. The two are very different in feel and both are great for what you are wanting.

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Date: 11/3/12 9:20 AM

I agree with the HD1000 if you don't mind fewer stitches. It is $50 less than the 3000 model on Amazon - which has many reveiews for both. Amazon is a dream to work with, I ordered my last machine via them.

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Date: 11/3/12 10:58 AM

Difference between the 3000 and the 1000 is adjustable presser foot pressure, vertical vs horizontal bobbin and needle threader. You can buy a little needle threader, some people prefer vertical bobbin. I think the HD1000 has all the best stitches in its little 14 stitch package. People also say its really powerful. It has the same feeding I think as my 2212, and I certainly have no complaints with the 2212.

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Date: 11/3/12 2:45 PM

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i love the small foot print, metal housing, and perfect stitches.

I like these things, also. The one thing that worries me, honestly? : The plastic vertical spool pins. Does that seem a slight thing to be concerned about? I've never sewn on a machine with plastic spool pins and it seems for such a part - literally one of the most-used parts, without which, no sewing is taking place - that metal would be sturdier; and that plastic would be flimsy, and....break? That's honestly the one thing that turned me away from the 1000, that plastic part. maybe I'm being too picky?
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Date: 11/3/12 2:49 PM

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I agree with the HD1000 if you don't mind fewer stitches. It is $50 less than the 3000 model on Amazon - which has many reveiews for both. Amazon is a dream to work with, I ordered my last machine via them.

No, I don't mind the fewer stitches. Even with "just" 14, it has more than my Bernette - and definitely more than my 15-91. I'm really glad to hear how helpful Amazon is. I have ordered a machine before via the internet, from Sew Vac Direct. I was kind of thinking to perhaps order from them again, and get them to double-box the machine (due to my past experience); and I don't know if Amazon would do that. Plus they function like a long-distance "dealer," providing repair if needed (albeit, you have to package up the machine and mail it). I don't know how Amazon handles repairs like that. But my main concern I mentioned above, the plastic spool pins....
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Date: 11/3/12 2:54 PM

Quote: AminaHijabi
Difference between the 3000 and the 1000 is adjustable presser foot pressure, vertical vs horizontal bobbin and needle threader. You can buy a little needle threader, some people prefer vertical bobbin. I think the HD1000 has all the best stitches in its little 14 stitch package. People also say its really powerful. It has the same feeding I think as my 2212, and I certainly have no complaints with the 2212.

Your Janome reviews and discussions in the past have always been one of my most helpful resources! I appreciate it. I think I could get by without the adjustable foot pressure (I don't have it now); the needle threader, (again, I don't have one now); or the horizontal bobbin, (yet again - - I already use a vertical and have no trouble with it, none whatsoever). I do like the stitch package; it has all I'd need. I've read those good reviews about its power and also sturdiness. My current machine is heavy and sturdy and I want the same, nothing light-feeling. What is your feeling about those plastic spool pins? Think they'd be okay?
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