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Machine Reviews: Janome 1600P & Janome HD-1000

Machine Reviews: Janome 1600P & Janome HD-1000

Well, it's been a few days now since I rounded out my sewing machine line up. I spent the long weekened sewing every single day, and after completing 5 different projects between the two machines, I'm feeling pretty good about doing a review of each machine.


Janome 1600P

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This machine runs for around $1200 (but also sometimes goes on sale for about $999). In addition to the machine, I've invested in a selection of feet - which is something to really consider if you're thinking of changing machines.

  • Walking Foot ($100) - Expensive, but really makes straight line quilting quick and easy
  • Piping Foot ($15) - The piping feet on this machine are directional. I picked the one where your project needs to be to the right of the needle. I'm not sure what I was thinking. I went back and got the piping foot that keeps the project on the left side.
  • Extension Table ($80) - Mine was actually included in the package I bought, but if it wasn't, I'd need to buy it, because it does make it easier to work on projects.
  • Narrow Hem Foot ($15) - I ordered this one, but it's not here yet, but everyone tells me this one is even better than the zipper foot, so I'm going with blind faith.
  • 1/4" foot ($15) - I took off the fabric guide on this, because it drives me crazy, and now i can use the edge of the foot as my scant 1/4" mark.
  • Concealed Zipper Food ($20) - for all the invisible zippers
  • Free Motion Quilting Foot Set ($50) - for free motion quilting (which I haven't tried yet).
 

 

I tested this machine out with The Weekender Bag. I've had this pattern for years, but I've always put it off because literally every single person I know who has made one has told me stories about what a difficult bag this is (because there are so many layers so it's challenging for most machines). That pretty much made it a perfect test subject for the 1600.

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I spent 2 days doing everything from patchwork for the panels, to quilting (with the walking foot), attaching piping (with the piping foot), and sewing the entire bag together. I used a standard needle, and I didn't break a single needle! This machine is seriously fast, and it breezed through 2 layers of peltex + 8 layers of fabric without even hesitating. I really love the separate motor for winding bobbins, which meant I could keep sewing while I was winding a new bobbin. 

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I feel really good about what I was able to accomplish on this machine - I don't think it would have been as smooth of a process without the power behind the 1600. 


Janome HD-1000

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The Janome HD-1000 was a little bit of an impulse purchase. I had planned to spend about $150 on a small machine, mostly just for buttonholes and zig zag stitches. I didn't feel like I needed much. When I saw this machine at the store, I was interested. I liked the look of the machine first, then when I tried it out, I realized the HD stood for Heavy Duty, and that this little machine can zip through leather, denim and tons of layers. At $300, it was a little more than I'd planned, but it seemed like I was definitely getting more for my money. So i bought it. 

 

 

I decided to test it out by making the Traverse Bag by Noodlehead. This pattern doesn't have leather, but it definitely has several layers, of canvas and interfacing. 

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The biggest challenge with this machine is just remembering that it's not the 1600 - so I have to take it a little slower, and I have to remember to pull my threads out a bit after I finish a seam otherwise when I start sewing the machine comes unthreaded. After that little bit of adjusting, this little machine sews through everything and is smooth as butter. It's bare bones, but it does everything I want it to do super well. 

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After sewing with the HD-1000 all day, I am really glad I decided to splurge a bit on it. The machine is solid, sews smoothly and feels like it will be a real contributor to my sewing space for years to come.


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I really love how these two machines play together in my sewing space. Of all the machines I could have picked, I think these two look cute together, and they're both powerful machines with different specialities. 

If you live in Orange County and you're looking for a trustworty sewing machine shop, I've bought all my machines from Pal's Sewing & Vacuum, they're great to work with, and super nice too. 

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