The HD3000 is a very sturdy machine. Janome is a fine sewing machine is an all metal body and quality construction. It carries a 25 year warranty. Plastic in this machine is limited to the machines outside “skin”, cam stack, bobbin case, and low wear parts. It is a mechanical machine and has no electronics to go bad or replace.
A little history on Janome taken from Wikipedia…
“The Pine Sewing Machine factory was founded on October 16, 1921. In 1935, the Janome trademark was established, and the company was renamed to Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. in 1954. As one of many manufacturers selling in the USA, its subsidiary is Janome America based in Mahwah, New Jersey and also owns Swiss-brand Elna. The company manufactures all of its machines in the same factories.
Around 1862, William Barker and Andrew J. Clark began producing the “Pride of the West” machine, later calling it the “New England Single Thread Hand Sewing Machine” after moving the plant to Orange, Massachusetts, in 1867. Over the next few years, the New England machine and the “Home Shuttle” were their two most significant products. In 1882, the company reformed under the name New Home (a combination of the labels New England and Home Shuttle). The company ran into financial difficulties in the 1920s and was taken over by The Free Sewing Machine Company in 1930, after they temporarily ran the business for two years. In 1960, New Home and the “New Home” brand were purchased by the Janome company. Janome has led the way with innovation in sewing machines through establishing a research laboratory in Tokyo in 1964. Then in 1971 they released the first sewing machine with both programmable and computerised functions on the market.
Janome was the first to develop a computerized machine for home use (the Memory 7, in 1979), the first to offer professional style embroidery to the home market (the Memory Craft 8000, in 1990) and the first to offer a long-arm quilting machine for home use (the Memory Craft 6500P, in 2003).
The name “Janome” (蛇の目) literally means “snake’s eye” and was taken from the appearance of the current bobbin design at the time of brand establishment in 1935 when the round bobbin system was the more advanced technology replacing the traditional long shuttle type. As the new round bobbin looked like a snake’s eye, Janome was chosen as the company’s name.
Janome is also the name of the traditional Japanese bull’s-eye umbrella design.