When it comes to the material being worked with, all sewing machines are not created equal. Finding a sewing machine for leather can be difficult unless you’re sure of your needs. When working with leather, factors like the thickness of the leather, how many projects you plan on doing, and how often you plan on using your machine have to be considered. You can get away with using a regular domestic sewing machine for thin pieces of leather or if you’re only planning on doing a few pieces if you have a special “leather needle”, but those wanting to work with leather often should consider getting a specialty leather sewing machine.
For a reasonably priced leather sewing machine, I recommend the Janome HD3000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine. More than half the price of an industrial machine, this highly rated leather sewing machine will get the job done better than the average domestic machine.
A Leather Sewing Machine Built For Thick Fabrics
When it comes to performance, you’ll find that the Janome HD3000 will meet your leather sewing needs and more. The Janome HD3000 is not only great for leather, it can be used for other thick fabrics or even multiple layers of fabric. Its versatility makes it a great investment for the serious hobbyist or beginning professional sewist. Working with leather can be tricky, so I recommend beginning with smaller leather projects to get a feel for the machine. The Janome HD3000 is an incredibly sturdy machine and is probably the most durable non-industrial leather sewing machines on the market right now. The casing is made of durable hard plastic, making it a great sewing machine for leather that is light and compact. The frame is made from metal aluminum and won’t jump around or shake while you sew, making it ideal for working with unforgiving leather.
Adjusting the stitch length to best suit your project is easy with the Janome HD3000‘s 18 stitches option. Unlike a lot of other sewing machines, this machine can sew both thin fabrics and heavy fabrics with ease. For extra thick fabrics, it is always recommended that you use a heavy duty needle, even with the Janome HD3000. The Janome HD3000 also comes with adjustable presser foot pressure which allows you to set the width of the fabric or fabric layers that you’re sewing, allowing you to sew different fabric thicknesses with ease.
The Janome HD3000 vs Other Leather Sewing Machines
There are other leather sewing machines out there, but the Janome HD300 has some definite advantages. One of the features of the Janome is the self-threading needle, which can save time and trouble when you are working on a difficult project or multiple pieces. Users have rated the Janome HD3000 as one of the most smoothly running, faster working, and quieter heavy duty sewing machines on the market. Users of the Janome HD3000 have also agreed that it’s one of the easier heavy duty machines to learn to use.
Besides being a useful sewing machine for thick fabrics, the Janome HD3000 comes with a variety of extra features to make sewing easier. There is a storage compartment on top of the machine that contains a built in guide to the other features, as well as giving you a place to store bobbins and extra needles. A built-in lamp is included for using this leather sewing machine in dim light or at night. It also comes with different feet such as an over edge foot, blind hem foot, and hemmer foot as well as other pieces like bobbins, a quilting bar, sets of needles, and a spool holder.
The Janome HD3000 is an affordable leather sewing machine for all projects, but especially for working with heavy duty fabrics. If you’re looking for a good alternative to buying an industrial strength machine, the Janome HD3000 is your best bet.