Janome Sewing Machine Reviews 2017-06-24T19:32:48+00:00

Janome sewing machines are known around the world for their quality and reliability. You would be hard pressed to meet someone who has not heard of the Janome brand. We have been looking at the best leather sewing machine and Janome continually tops the chart.

How did the Janome company begin? It started with the New England Sewing Machine Company and the Home Shuttle Company who merged in the 1860’s to become the New Home Sewing Machine Company.  One hundred years later, in the 1960s, the New Home Sewing Machine Company was sold to Janome, a Japanese manufacturer. The Janome brand continued to gain popularity and now boasts some of the best machines on the market.

Does Janome have the best Heavy Duty Sewing Machine?

So does this popular brand have a model that is the best heavy duty sewing machine? What about the best sewing machine for leather? We believe they do. They do not have an industrial leather sewing machine but if you take a look at Janome’s Heavy Duty line you can find an all-in-one unit that will allow you to sew leather projects up to an approximate leather thickness of 3/16” when you use proper leather sewing needles.

As we mentioned in our heavy duty sewing machine reviews, if you are going to do heavy fabrics, we strongly suggest that you get a mechanical machine. Computerized or a digital sewing machine does not have the power to deal with the heavy material. Most of the power is taken from the motor to deal with the computer and takes it away from the performance of your stitches.  

The Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty

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Our first choice for the Janome Sewing Machine Reviews is the Janome HD3000 Heavy Duty. There is no comparison. It is a step above the Janome HD1000 (which we have detailed below) and for the additional cost you will be getting the ultimate machine.

This machine is a workhorse that is reliable and can handle anything you put under it. It comes with all the features required for advanced level stitching. The Janome HD3000 has a clearly displayed stitch guide for all 19 utility and decorative stitch options as well as sliders to control the stitch length and width. It is built to sew leather and other heavy duty materials. It has a metal internal frame, an amazing rotary bobbin (we love this feature!), an auto needle threader that actually works, and a machine that is fully mechanical. It is smooth and quiet, even when going over a super thick material and is easy to clean and maintain.

The Janome HD3000 also gives you a good workspace, offers a reverse stitch lever and a foot pressure adjustment feature. If you are also looking for a canvas sewing machine or a denim sewing machine, the HD3000 would be the ideal choice. We have never been disappointed with what we think is the best Janome sewing machine for leather and heavy fabrics!

Official List of Features

  • 18 built-in stitches
  • 5 piece feed dog
  • 6.5mm stitch width
  • Free arm
  • Drop Feed
  • 1 automatic 1-step buttonhole
  • Auto-needle threader
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Extra high Foot presser adjustment
  • Hard storage case
  • Solid metal body

Official List of Standard Accessories

  • Blind Hem Foot
  • Sliding Buttonhole foot
  • Bobbin (specialized)
  • Zig-Zag Foot
  • Rolled Hem Foot

We hope this review will convince you that the Janome HD3000 is a superior machine for sewing leather or other heavy fabrics! It is a simple but powerful sewing machine that comes with the quality and reliability that Janome is known for. We have never been disappointed with what we think is the best Janome sewing machine for leather and heavy fabrics!

Janome HD1000 Heavy Duty

This cast aluminum machine is almost indestructible and has many of the convenient features you’d expect on a higher-priced machine. The HD1000 is one of the last few all metal sewing machines manufactured for home use and looks more like a sewing machine from the 1970s. It does not have the hard plastic shell or curved lines that is so popular on the newest models.

It will come with 14 stitch patterns and a built-in buttonhole and can sew heavier materials. It does not come with decorative stitch options, but then if you are looking for the best heavy duty sewing machine, you would not expect to have them.

You can also get the special black edition: Janome Industrial-Grade Aluminum-Body HD1000 Black Edition Sewing Machine. It boasts a powerful 1.0 amp motor and an all-aluminum interior frame and outer body to sew the materials.

This is a solid sewing machine without the frills people have come to expect on a modern sewing machine. But it has the essentials, including a built in needle threader and an onboard thread cutter. With a weight of just over 20 pounds, the Janome HD1000 is built to handle big sewing upholstery projects with ease. If you will be using it frequently but do not want to break the bank, then this machine is an excellent choice.

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Official List of Features

  • 14 built-in stitches
  • Built-in needle threader
  • Push-pull bobbin winding
  • Free arm
  • Drop Feed
  • Front loading vertical oscillating hook bobbin
  • 1 four-step buttonhole
  • Snap-on presser feet
  • 5mm maximum stitch width and 4mm maximum stitch length
  • 3-piece feed dog
  • Reverse stitch lever
  • Stitch selection dial
  • Extra high Foot presser adjustment
  • Dust cover

Official List of Standard Accessories

  • Bobbin (specialized)
  • Zig-Zag Foot
  • Rolled Hem Foot

The retail price is attractive for anyone on a budget who wants a good basic sewing machine but is not concerned with a multitude of decorative stitches or extras. The Janome HD1000 is a good, functional, and dependable sewing machine.

Janome Sewing Machine Review Summary

Without a doubt, our number recommendation in this Janome Sewing Machine Review is the HD3000. It has all of the great mechanical sewing machines features as well as a thread cutter and needle threader which are less common on mechanical machines. The Stitch quality is superb and the machine operates flawlessly. This machine would work for beginners as well as an intermediate or advanced home sewer who would like a quality machine. It is, without a doubt, our number one pick for the Best Leather Sewing Machine!