This machine does exactly what I was hoping for.
I have a good electronic machine from another manufacturer that sews very well overall, but when starting out on a thick, multi-layer section of a heavy fabric such as denim or cotton duck, it hangs up initially under the presser foot and needs assistance to start feeding. Once it catches, it sews fine.
I had hoped the Janome HD3000 would feed better with the 7 point feed system that has 2 extra feed dogs right under the center front of the presser foot- and indeed it does!
I also thought it would be good to have a basic mechanical machine as a back-up and this Janome HD3000 should serve well.
Had to adjust the bobbin tension out of the box for best stitch balance, so I give this a 4 1/2 star review.
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