One noobish question, what if i put a transistor which has 1 as a hfe value?
I think you measured the HFE with the wrong pinout.
a low-gain transistor (like... let's say, a power transistor) usually shows a minimun HFE of 25. If it shows anything below that, your transistor is either damaged or you've put the leads in the worng position when you were measuring it.
usually, you get small HFE values when Collector and Emitter are swapped.
There's even an arcticle on AMZ about using a transistor connected backwards (collector in place of emitter and vice-versa) to make a booster/buffer, or a distortion stage (maybe being pushed by an op-amp... could be interesting!).
What transistor is it? If it's a BC546 - BC549, the pinout might be different from the standard. I once got one of these that had the collector and the base swapped! Check it in all positions you can, till you get a correct reading.