Janome HD-1000 vs. Janome HD-3000

I recently needed to purchase a new sewing machine so I looked on Amazon like usual.  I was looking for a really basic mechanical sewing machine. I don’t need the electronic settings or embroidery options.

I ordered the Singer heavy duty to try first because it’s so cheap.  Not surprising, I hated it and sent it back.

Then, I ordered the Janome HD-1000 (affiliate).  I got it and used it for a day.  I knew I didn’t like it because it didn’t have manually adjustable foot pressure. It also wobbled a bit and I didn’t like the front loading bobbin.

So, back to Amazon!  I ordered the Janome HD-3000 (affiliate) because it stated adjustable foot pressure (YAY!) and it had a top loading bobbin.

When I got it, I knew I like it right away.  It was stable, had a top loading bobbin, the knobs and settings were a lot more intuitive, I could manually adjust the pressure.  It felt right 🙂

Now, I know my sewing needs aren’t the same as everyone so I took a few photos of the HD-1000 and HD-3000 to show some of the differences.  You can decide for yourself which you would like better.

The HD-1000 is in the front.  Another thing I forgot is that I didn’t like the way the HD-1000 threaded. The HD-3000 felt more natural. (it could just be what I’m used to though)




Here you can see the top loading bobbin on the HD-3000.  Also the storage drawer.


This is the HD-1000 front loading bobbin.


The HD-1000 stitch settings.  It was fine, I just didn’t like it the same as the HD-3000


HD-3000 stitch settings.  It was a lot easier to use and felt more intuitive.   You adjust the type of stitch with the bottom knob on the right side.


I thought this was awesome on the HD-3000.  This is the top. It opens up and you can see all the stitches, it’s where you put your thread, thread bobbins AND store some feet!

I love it.  It closes so everything looks super clean.


Here you can see the foot storage a little better.


And, the adjustable foot pressure!  That black knob..


So, I sent the HD-1000 back and kept the HD-3000.   I’ve been using it for about a month and I still like it.  So far, so good!   I’ll update after I use it a little longer.

Hope this helps a bit if you’re considering one of the two!


  • Miles Odonnol

    Thanks. Interesting points and good pix. Very good review.

  • xping49

    Thanks for the comparison, this is helpful. I want a machine I can use my existing metal bobbins in. I see you have a metal bobbin in the HD3000 but I also see plastic ones in the accessory case. I was told by my local dealer I shouldn’t use metal bobbins in a drop-in bobbin machine because it will eventually “wear a groove” into the bobbin casing inside, and then that whole assembly has to be replaced. He said to use the kind of bobbins that come with the machine. So, did the plastic ones come with the machine? Or the metal? He said if I use metal bobbins in a front loading machine, I can easily buy another one of the bobbin holder things if needed… much cheaper than replacing the whole bobbin assembly. What are your thoughts on that? Have any other readers been advised about that? Thank you.