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!