One of our favorite things here at Pink Castle Fabrics is kids who sew. They come in the shop, carefully choose their favorite prints, and excitedly tell us about what they’re making. With kids who sew (or want to sew!) comes a common dilemma– what kind of machine should they have? Toy machines from big box stores break almost instantly, but you probably don’t want to spend several hundred dollars for a machine that will be way over their skill level. That’s why we decided to carry the Hello Kitty 15312 (blue) and 13512 (red) from Janome!
|These machines are lightweight at only 13 pounds, but have aluminum framework on the inside for stability. They have 12 stitches respectively (including zigzag and machine applique stitches) and both have a 4 step buttonhole feature in case your little sewist wants to try their hand at apparel sewing. The tension and stitch length can both be adjusted so you can do topstitching or small quilting projects. The needle postiion can either be center or far left for use with the zipper foot.|
Both machines come with all the notions you need to get started, including bobbins (these machines use standard Janome bobbins,) a seam ripper, extra needles, sliding buttonhole foot, blind hem foot and a zipper foot. All you’ll need to add is thread and fabric!
You can even remove the lower compartment to create a free arm, perfect for sewing around small circles like sleeve cuffs and small bags.
The Hello Kitty Janome machines make great simple travel machines if you’re looking for something to tote to classes or retreats, and are small enough to stash on a bookshelf. The hardest part of buying one of these machines? Choosing red or blue!