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Holiday Gift Guide: Hello Kitty Sewing Machines from Janome!

Posted by Katie Remski on Nov 16, 2017 1:25:35 PM
  
The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine! The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!

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.  The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!
The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!

 

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! 

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Topics: hello kitty, Janome, kids sewing, kids, Sewing Machines, travel, air travel

The Best Sewing Machines for Teaching Kids

Posted by Katie Remski on Sep 19, 2017 9:41:08 AM
  

Teaching kids to sew can be a fun and rewarding experience with a little patience and the right tools. Since "kids" sewing machines often found at a toy stores are typically poor quality, a basic sewing machine is a much better investment (on the same note, a real, effective sewing machine isn't a toy and should only be used with adult supervision.) Here's a few things to look for and keep in mind when choosing a sewing machine for teaching children:

1. Size

Just because the child is small doesn't mean their machine should be tiny-- a small/medium sized machine will accomodate a wider variety of projects such as quilts and apparel while still being light enough to stash away when not being used. 

2. Speed

A machine with adjustable stitch speed is helpful for teaching kids, especially because they tend to be rather "lead footed" on the pedal at the begining! Adjusting the speed lets you start them slow and gradually increase speed as they get the hang of sewing straight seams. 

3. Features

Having a machine with limited options may seem like a good idea to keep things simple, but there are a few features that will make sewing more fun and more efficient for kids just starting out. Decorative stitches help kids learn to sew straight lines with a big reward in the pretty pattern, and an easy buttonhole tool gives them the opportunity to practice sewing buttons and make easy closures for pouches and pockets. 

Here's a few machines we like for teaching children how to sew: 

Janome Sew Mini

The Sew Mini is the smallest, most basic and affordable of the Janome lineup, but it's still a great first machine option! With its compact size and cute colors, the Sew Mini has just a handful of stitches and would be good for teaching young sewists. 

Janome Sew Mini at Pink Castle Fabrics
Janome Hello Kitty at Pink Castle Fabrics

Janome 18750 Hello Kitty

Though it looks cute as a button, this is no joke of a sewing machine-- it's got all the features of a good basic machine, with a decent selection of stitches and a clear LCD screen. This one isn't sold online, but if you're near our shop in Ann Arbor, feel free to stop in or give us a call to try it out! 

 DC2015

The Janome DC2015 is a machine that combines simplicity and efficiency in one snappy red package! with a wide range of stitches and feet, plus a speed adjustment slider, the DC2015 could easily be anyone's everyday go-to machine. 

Janome DC2015 at Pink Castle Fabrics

Janome 6100 at Pink Castle Fabrics

Janome 6100

This one's a brand new member of the Janome family! The 6100 is similar to the DC2015, but updated with new stitches and also has the speed adjuster. 

Anna Maria Horner M100

While this is no beater machine, the AMH M100 is a beautiful investment machine that makes you wonder why anyone would want anything different. 99 stitches, removable extension table, speed adjuster, and automatic thread cutter are just a few of the features of this lovely machine. Am I biased because this is the machine I own? Maybe, but look at those roses! Any young girl would be happy to have this machine out on display. 

Janome AMH M100 at Pink Castle Fabrics

Remember, if you're not sure which machine will best fit your needs and budget, contact us and ask! We're always happy to help, especially newbies just getting introduced to the sewing world. 

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Topics: anna maria horner, hello kitty, Janome, kids sewing, kids, m100, beginner, beginer, new to sewing, sewmini, 6100, dc2015, teaching, learn to sew, amh m100

Golden Tickets are Back! Win a Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Feb 6, 2014 4:08:00 PM
  
I'VE GOT A GOLDEN TICKET!  Well, technically I have a few hundred Golden Tickets.  BUT, I'm here to give them all to you!   Pink Castle Fabrics' Golden Ticket promotion is back!  This time we are giving away a sewing machine!
 
Hello Kitty Sewing Machine at Pink Castle Fabrics !
 
Not just ANY sewing machine, a SUPER CUTE sewing machine!  A Janome 15822 Hello Kitty machine! ( click here for the specs!)  Now until supplies last, every $50 you spend in one order gets you a Golden Ticket!  Get over to  Pink Castle Fabrics now for your chance to win!
 
  EVERY GOLDEN TICKET IS A WINNER!  You will win a Gift Certificate for Pink Castle Fabrics in one of these amounts: $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or the Grand Prize of the Hello Kitty Janome!  

Giveaway Details: 

1.  Golden Tickets are only good on orders after February 6th 2014 and until supplies last (over 550 prizes available).  We cannot issue Golden Tickets for orders placed before February 6th, 2014.
2.   One Golden Ticket is issued for every $50 spent (before shipping) in one order.  For example, if you order $134 you will get 2 tickets.  If you have two orders of $25 you get no tickets.   Monthly Club subscriptions do not count for the Golden Ticket contest.  This is only for orders placed online at http://PinkCastleFabrics.com or at our in store location in Ann Arbor, MI.
3.   To find out the amount of your gift certificate, input the coupon code on the Golden Ticket at checkout on your next order.  Don't forget, every ticket is a winner!  Your prize could be $5-$100 off your next order!  The Grand Prize ticket will say "Grand Prize" and have information on how to claim your prize.
4.   All Golden tickets will expire March 31st, 2014.

**  Giveaway IS open to international customers as well! **

 There are at least 3 $100 Gift Certificates and 6 $50 Gift Certificates available as well as the one Grand Prize.  Good luck winning the Hello Kitty sewing machine!
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Topics: giveaway, golden ticket, hello kitty, Janome, Sewing Machines

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