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407 of 413 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
I was torn between this Janome HD1000 and the Singer Heavy Duty. Even though I'm a sewing novice, I personally dislike the new wave of plastic bodied machines. I was using a beautiful robin's egg blue Singer from the '60s or '70s--older than I am!--and it was great until perplexing tension issues began to crop up. I didn't want a slick computerized machine taking its place, so the Singer Heavy Duty immediately caught my eye, due to its 'traditional' looking body as well as exciting features such as a drop-in bobbin and 20 plus stitches, one step buttonhole, etc. However, the lackluster reviews, complaints of a very short lifespan, and overall disintegration of the Singer brand's quality left me wary.

The metal body of the Janome is amazing. Sure, it may be heavier, but the overall durability seems greater than any plastic. The bobbin is front loading, which was frightening at first (no 'jam free' guarantee) but it hasn't been a problem at all. The metal casing that holds the bobbin seems very sturdy and made to last. Though the flashiness of a thousand different stitches is alluring, I realistically use only... Two or so for my garment sewing. I haven't touched any other stitches yet, so 14 is more than enough for me. Those who are doing projects that show off stitchwork might want more variety, but again, I think the Janome's offerings are more than adequate for most people.

As I said, I'm relatively new to sewing machines (I used to hand sew everything!), but I was able to use the Janome soon after it was unpacked. I had to look up how to load the bobbin, and the inner hand wheel was initially stubborn (I used one of those grippy rubber jar-openers to help--very useful!), and everything flew from there. The automatic needle threader is an amazing luxury; at first, I thought it might not really be necessary, but I absolutely am in love with it. And oddly enough, I received a hard case even though I thought this Janome came with a soft cover (but no complaints here!)

I first felt guilty about being unfaithful to my older Singer, but this Janome is quickly becoming an indispensible new friend.

EDIT: It's a little over a year later (9/12) and this machine is humming away beautifully. I still use the metal Bernina bobbins, and they work very well. I did have some frustrating issues with getting the bobbin thread picked up, as it seemed to get caught and jam, but I realized that this was due to my own inexperience and stupidity! As I'm sure is common knowledge for everyone else, I only needed to make sure I was bringing the needle all the way back up to its highest position before attempting to pull up the bobbin thread. I only mention this embarrassing incident in case others may have had the same problem, as I had the initial reaction of blaming the machine rather than myself.

Anyway, I've sewn quilting-quality cotton to oilcloth and several layers (seriously, like 4-5) of heavy cotton duck (to make a heavy-duty saddle bag for my bike.. it went quite well, considering I pulled the plan from thin air--I'm so proud, haha) and the Janome worked right through them. I occasionally had some difficulty with the layers and layers of folded cotton duck, but that's where the extra high presser foot really came in handy! A sewing machine isn't essential in my life, as I'm a casual, hobby sewer, but I love my Janome like I would an extra arm (and who doesn't need an extra arm sometimes?), though without the self-consciousness an additional appendage would bring.
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271 of 279 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
This machine is a real workhorse. I worked in a tailor shop for years on a Bernina and fell in love with their machines, but could never afford one. This machine is as easy to use and works as well as a Bernina and I have since found out that Janome makes some of Bernina's machines for them, specifically the Bernette.

I just got this machine this week, but I absolutely LOVE it. I have gone through multiple layers of fleece without so much as a hiccup and have also done some finer work on thin cotton material, also without a hiccup.

It is a metal arm & base with some plastic parts. Has a storage box right on the front which is handy, and is very easy to change stitches, etc.

Definitely worth the money. You won't regret purchasing this machine.
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247 of 262 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
Well, the third time truly is the charm! This is the third sewing machine I've purchased since my Singer purchased back in the early seventies died on me in about the same number of years (three). The first replacement was another Singer and the second was a Brother, both proving to be huge disappointments with limited capabilities (even with all the fancy embroidery stitches), particularly when sewing thick or heavy duty fabrics, such as upholstery fabrics, but not so with my new Janome Threadbanger. If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive utility machine, i.e. ordinary, everyday seam repairs, hemming of jeans with the bulky welt seams or something that will handle heavy upholstery fabrics, this one should suffice very well.

And, as usual, Amazon filled the order expeditiously and I had my new machine in three days, all the way up in Alaska. Thanks Amazon!
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 29, 2012
My wife is a professional seamstress of several years experience. She now works in sort of a "hobby job" at a local dress and alterations shop. Last fall I bought her a Janome DC2011 electronic machine, but she was dragging that back and forth between home and work, so I bought her this machine for Christmas to keep at work. She loves her fancy DC2011 more, I guess, but she says this machine sews every bit as well within the limitations of its fewer available stiches. She uses it usually 5 days a week. It sews through both thin material and through several layers of denim without any problem. Her boss also tried it and was impressed. I'm a mechanical type of guy, and this mechanical machine was what I wanted to buy her in the first place... I guess I neatly solved the problem by buying her both machines. One thing I noticed myself was that the carry handle on this HD1000 is a lot sturdier feeling than on the DC2011. If you plan to carry your machine much, that could be a consideration.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
My mother in law...says this was the best machine she has ever used.. She has a sewing business and this machine is going all the time! We bought it for her about two years ago and no problems whatsoever!
What more can I say!
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2010
I had a friend who makes clothing recommend the Janome brand to me. This machine is a workhorse! Strong and sturdy. We are very happy with it!

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111 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
I researched machines before I selected the Janome HD1000 and I was sure I wasn't going to be one of the unlucky ones with a "bobbin issue" since I am an experienced sewer. Unfortunately, no such luck. No amount of adjusting or coddling could fix the issue and it just seemed unreasonable on a brand new machine, so back it went after 5 days of frustrattion. Back to the drawing board for me on research.
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2011
This machine stiches beautifully. I purchased it for sewing outdoor canvas projects. With a 16 needle and v69 poly thread, the machine sewed through the canvas with ease. I didn't think my computerized machine would be up to the task. I like the extra space the arm of this machine provides, which makes it easier to handle bulkier fabrics. At first, I had trouble with thread jams, but then realized the threading was incorrect. Although this machine doesn't have the number of available stitches as the computerized machine, who really needs that many? I'm quite pleased with the performance and features of the HD1000.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2010
This Janome machine is industrial strength - for sure. Its 840 stitches-per-minute makes drapery hemming a snap. There is a faux flat-lock stitch that looks like a 5-thread serger. Buttonholes are skimpy - but I use my Singer 750's professional attachment for buttonholes and monogramming anyway. So far, the penetration power is great on double flat-felling denim. The machine is basic - e.g. - needs a diet of oil and lint cleaning to be efficient. For sheer speed - this machine will be my go-to tool. It's all electronic - no computers here - but, that makes for less parts to fail. AND - the THREADBANGER logo already brands this baby as a workhorse!
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2010
I needed to sew several embroidered patches on a denim jacket. Tried a few by hand. Took FOREVER. I had never operated a sewing machine prior to buying this one. The included instruction manual taught me how to thread the machine, adjust the stitch size and thread tension. Sewed a few undesirable patches on an old pair of jeans for practice. This thing has saved me several hours of time, compared to sewing the patches on by hand. Plows through a patch with with that plastic iron on back and the denim jacket. Even bangs through areas where patches are sewn on top of a hem (where there are several layers of denim and the patch). ...and this machine is made of metal, like the good music from my day.

This review was based on the TB12 version of this machine with the Threadbanger logo.
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