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Janome HD3000 Review and Specifications

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 31, 2017 8:22:01 PM

There's no surprise that the Janome HD3000 sewing machine is one of the most popular in their lineup! This heavy duty sewing machine is an all around workhorse with a reasonable price tag. And of course, it's made with Janome quality and a 25 year warranty!

Buy a Janome HD3000

HD3000 - Janome's Heavy Duty sewing machine review!

What's in the Box?

The Janome HD3000 heavy duty sewing machine might be a budget friendly option but it still comes with enough presser feet to get you sewing right out of the box. Here's a rundown of what you will expect in the box:

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Click here for a complete list of optional extra accessories.

 For replacement parts call us at 877-808-8695.

 Technical Specs:

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Download the HD3000 Manual

Janome HD3000 - stitches! Review from Pink Castle

Notable Features:

  • Beginner Friendly - Easy to use! Perfect for the beginner sewist.
  • Accessory Storage Built into the machine! Easy access to presser feet!
  • Accurate stitch quality.
  • Aluminum body (doesn't jump around on table while sewing)


I was actually surprised at how lightweight the HD300 is when I took it out of the box. Even with the aluminum body and all metal interior, this machine still weighs under 20 lbs! I can easily move this around and it's small enough that I could take this with me to a friend's house to sew or a retreat.

There aren't a lot of stitches on this machine and it isn't computerized. If you like to use decorative stitches on borders of clothing or pouches this is lacking.  For garment construction and piecing a quilt, this machine will work fine. I appreciate that there is a stretch stitch (#14) for sewing with knits!

For the price tag (right now it's $429) this machine is a great value!  It will last you a long time and really, it has everything you need for quilt piecing and basic garment construction. It is heavy duty so going through home decor materials and/or denims isn't a problem. Compared to other machines in this price range (or lower) I found that this machine wasn't as wobbly. It has a sturdy feel and is a great utility machine.

Who is this machine for?

  • Beginners - EASY.  There aren't a lot of crazy computer screens or menus to have to learn. This would also be a great wedding gift for someone who is an occasional sewist.
  • Quilters - The throat space on this machine is on the smaller size so it might be difficult to quilt a large project. However, for piecing this will work great!
  • Garment Makers - This machine has all the stitches you need to sew some nice clothing.  The button hole foot is easy to use and this machine has a stretch stitch for knits!
  • Home Decor - The HD3000 will work well with home decor weight fabrics.

P.S. - Thanks for reading our Janome HD3000 review!  Please give us a call 877-808-8695 with any questions!

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Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 Review!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on May 1, 2017 1:20:45 PM

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Janome Sewing Machine to Grow With!

Janome Anna Maria Horner M100

Over the past year I've sold a lot of Janome sewing machines.  I've talked with a lot of customers about what they need and want in a machine and I found myself recommending this Janome M100 machine (and the machines just like it) most often.

Before I get into the Janome M100 review, let me tell you a little bit about how the different models work within a sewing machine brand. Janome and other companies have MANY different machines in their line up.  This is for two main reasons:

  1. To make sure dealers close to each other can choose to offer different models.  I can have a full line up of products that is different from the shop the town over and still cover all my customers needs.
  2. To offer a product for every type of sewist.

The machine I NEED to sew on might be much different than the machines you need.  For example, I sew A LOT.  I mean, I own a whole business about fabric and sewing so that makes sense.  So I actually have 5 machines if you count my serger and cover stitch machine.  Janome has a new M series of machines that this M100 fits into.  This series is a good all around machine.  Smaller in size but still made with an all metal interior.  AND these machines have lots of stitch options and extra accessories.  Aside from throat space and the really fancy extras on the bigger machines, these are a great value.  I find myself recommending them over and over.

Who is the M100 for?

I think the main reason that this machine (and others just like it) get my recommendation so often is that it works for more than one customer!  

  1.   The sewist who is looking for a machine to make garments or piece for quilting.  This might be the only machine that this customer wants to buy.  They don't need throat space (that space between the needle and the right side of the body) and they might not have a lot of room for a machine in their house so they need something compact without giving up features.
  2. The sewist looking for a Janome travel machine.  This sewer may already have a big fancy Janome machine with ALL the features.  But because those awesome machines are typically pretty big and heavy, they aren't the best to take to sewing retreats/guild sew ins/friend's houses to sew.  

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Top 5 features of the Janome M100:

I won't overwhelm you with every single thing this machine can do!  Here are my top 5 features!

  1. THREAD CUTTER!! This is the best thing about this machine.  If you don't have a sewing machine with a thread cutter, go buy this machine right now.  It's worth it.  
  2. It's pretty! This isn't really a typical feature of a sewing machine.  However, Anna Maria Horner (a famous fabric designer) has designed the outside of this machine.  You can see the roses and her signature in the photo.  In a sea of bland sewing machines this one stands out!  If you don't love the roses, the Janome 6100 is the SAME machine without the roses and the thread cutter.
  3. Fold up extension table. That's right!  The removable extension table comes with the machine. It fits perfectly and the legs fold up easily when you need to store the table! This gives you a much bigget work area!
  4. Hard case. The hard case for this machine is SO great for traveling.  Your machine won't get banged up in your car when you take it with you to sew.  AND it's lightweight at just 14 pounds!
  5. Walking foot (even feed foot) and 1/4" foot included! Perfect for quilters! You won't have to pay extra for these accessories!  

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Why Janome?

For those of you who don't know, I have chosen to be a Janome only dealership.  One reason, quality.  I have owned several other brands of sewing machine over the last 15 years and none of them are close to the features and quality that you get with Janome machines for the price.  

Janome is a brand that stands behind their warranty!  You get a 25 year limited warranty with every machine. Every machine that says "Janome" is made in a Janome owned and run factory.  Some brands buy machines from other factories and just slap their name on the side. 

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I'm ready to buy!

I knew you would be :)  But seriously if you want more information about the features of this machine you can call our shop at 877-808-8695 and we will be happy to help you find the best machine for you.  Or you can click on this button below and read more about it!

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The Janome Skyline Series

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 22, 2016 3:13:00 PM
Janome is known for making easy-to-afford machines that last. Pink Castle Fabrics is dedicated to sell our customers only the best, and we feel that Janome is one of the best!

The Skyline Series is certainly no different! All of the Skyline Series are great machines for everyday use, no matter if you're sewing garments, home decor, or quilting.

All four models have the same body, so they are all the same weight, have the same amount of work space, and one-step needle plate conversions.

Skyline S3

The Janome Skyline S3 is the only one of the Skyline series that is able to be sold online. You can find it on our website for a very reasonable $999.00! It's a great sewing machine for beginners and intermediates that you won't have to worry about them growing out of any time soon.

The Janome Skyline S3 Features:

  • 120 Stitches
    • 7 of which are bottonholes!
  • 8.25 inches of throat space
  • One-hand Needle Threader
  • Easy-Set Bobbin
  • 7 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
Here is a video demonstrating the One-Handed Needle Threader 
that comes on the Skylines S3 and S5

In the Pink Castle Fabrics Shop in Ann Arbor, we have the rest of the Skyline Series out on display for your test driving pleasure:

Skyline S5
Skyline S5

A step-up from the Skyline S3, the S5 includes a knee lift and 2 mm more of a maximum stitch width. It's a bit more bang-for-your-buck with more stitches all around, too!

The Skyline S5 features:

  • 170 Stitches
    • 10 Buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • One-hand needle threader
  • Easy-to-navigate touch screen
  • Easy-set bobbin


Skyline S7
Skyline S7

Is one of our personal favorites here at Pink Castle Fabrics! We use it for our Glamp Stitchalot Retreats for those in attendance that wish to rent a machine. It's the perfect sewing machine for apparel and quilting with special built-in applications for zippers, quilting, and piecing,

The Skyline S7 features:

  • Colored LCD Touch Screen
  • 240 Stitches
    • Including 11 buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • Superior needle threader
  • Easy-set bobbin
  • Acufeed Flex 
  • Built-in Applications
In this video, Brenda reviews the Skyline S7 and all of its 
amazing features!

Skyline S9
Skyline S9

The Skyline S9 is the only Skyline to be capable of machine embroidery! It is brand new as of September 2016. It has all the same sewing features as the Skyline S7 and then some! Really, you're not going to want to pass up this amazing machine.

The Skyline S9 features:

AMH Embroidery
This is just one of the many
AMH embroidery designs that
come already programmed into the
Skyline S9!
  • Colored LCD Touch Screen 
  • 300 Stitches
    • Including 16 buttonholes
  • 9 mm maximum stitch width
  • 5 mm maximum stitch length
  • Superior needle threader
  • Easy-set bobbin
  • Acufeed Flex
  • Built-in Wifi capabilities
  • 250 Built-in Embroidery designs
    • 40 of which are designed exclusively by Anna Maria Horner! (Not available for individual purchase elsewhere!)
  • Comes with three sizes of embroidery hoops: 
    • 6.7" by 7.9"
    • 5.5" by 5.5" 
    • 3.9" by 1.6"
  • The ability to taper specific stitches to create beautiful borders
  • You can purchase a professional straight stitch plate to turn it into a straight stitch machine! 
Skyline S9 with Embroidery Unit Attached
*The first five people to purchase a Skyline S9 from Pink Castle Fabrics will receive a free gift worth up to $180!
Call the shop today or e-mail our Resident Janome Sales Girl, Molly, with any questions, comments, or concerns at 
We can't wait to hear from you!
Did you know that October is Embroidery Month? We'll be posting throughout October with machine embroidery tips and tricks while also highlighting many of our amazing Janome Embroidery Machines. Stay Tuned!

Topics: anna maria horner, embroidery, janome, sewing machine, skyline

Stabilizers- What you need to know for machine embroidery

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 12, 2016 3:35:00 PM
Rocket bibMachine embroidery is one of the most fun features of my Janome Memory Craft 9900! Since purchasing this amazing machine a year ago, I’ve been able to make some really interesting and fun projects that I wouldn’t be able to do with just any sewing machine. It allows me to make anything I want personalized and special. I have taken store-bought, blank baby bibs made of light terrycloth and made a lovely bundle of shower gifts in less than half an hour, and the girls always go crazy over them!  I know learning the basics of Machine Embroidery can be very daunting, so I’m here to help you learn how to choose the right kind of stabilizer for different types of projects.

First, let me disclaim this: These are just tips on how to use the different types of stabilizer. Not everyone’s machine or thread is exactly the same, so it may take some time for you to figure out what exactly works for you and your projects. I’m going to go through the basic types of stabilizer: tear away, cut away, and water soluble. I have figured all of this out by trial and e rror in my own projects and what works for me may not work as well for you, and vice versa. I've also asked a Janome Educator and my personal embroidery guru, Danielle Wilkes, for her personal tips and tricks. 
Tear Away stabilizer is the stabilizer that I and Danielle use the most. It's useful when working with:
  • linen, 
  • linen-like fabrics, 
  • and quilting weight cottons. 


For these specific fabrics, it is suggested that medium weight stabilizer is used. There has been little use, in my personal experience, for light weight or heavy weight tear away stabilize r unless you're using it for different weighted fabric than those I've already listed. Again, it depends on the project you're using it for. To remove it from the pattern, you simply just tear it away gently from the fabric. It will come away from where it is not stitched into the pattern.

Cut Away stabilizer is sturdier than tear away. It is usually used with fabric that is stretchy and needs more stability. Namely: knits! Onesies made of knit fabric are a perfect example of what to use cut away stabilizer for. Danielle has suggested using flesh-toned cut away on projects like this, that way the stabilizer does not show through the fabric when worn.
Here is one of the onesies Danielle has made this summer! You can see how she used the cut away stabilizer and has cut closely around the pattern to keep the stabilizer in place, but to keep it out of the wearer's way:
Janome machine embroidery
Janome machine embroidery

There will be some instances where an in-the-hoop project will call for cut away. Because the nature of in-the-hoop projects is to stitch over specific spots over and over again as you add fabric and embelishments, sometimes you need an extra sturdy stabilizer to keep the project together while the needle punctures it repeatedly.

Janome machine embroidery
Here I used a clear sheet
of water soluble stabilizer on top
of terrycloth washcloths 

Water Soluble, or Wash Away, is exactly what it means: it dissolves after being soaked in water for a certain amount of time or sprayed with a mist of water. The amount of time it takes depends on the brand and type, so be sure to read the basic instructions before using it. Many people prefer to use the mist-away rather than the soak-away as it takes less time to be rid of the residue left behind. However, there is no other advantage to the different ways of dissolving.

I also prefer to lay one layer of the wash away film over any fabric with any sort of pile that  I am working with . What does that mean? Any kind of fuzzy fabric such as towels (or anything made of terry-cloth, really) or cuddle/minky fabrics. If it has any sort of fuzz-factor, really, you should place a layer of water soluble film on top before you embroider. This helps to keep the loops, hair, or loose fibers from poking through an otherwise beautiful satin or tatami stitch during the stitching process. It also keeps any animal hair from looking like a bad case of bed-head. I don’t use any sort of bonding agent to attach the solvy to the top of these fabrics, I just pet or brush the fibers so that they're all flowing in one direction, then lay it down on top and hoop it as it is; I don’t pull it tight or bond it with any spray as the bonding will rip the fuzz or loops of fiber away, making the fabric either weaker or bald. We don’t want bald minky on a baby blanket, do we? Definitely not!

How do you get the stabilizer to stick to the fabric?

Web bond     Here at Pink Castle, we prefer to use Web Bond when bonding stabilizer to fabric rather than other spray-type adhesives. Web bond releases an actual web of temporary adhesive that doesn't smell and is acid free. It doesn't release as many toxins into the air when sprayed compared to the other brands.. 
     Sometimes it will be more appropriate to baste the stabilizer the old fashioned way, by stitching it rather than using adhesive.  
     Also, you may not always want to bind the stabilizer to the fabric before you start stitching out your pattern. It's not an exact science, but when you find your special way of embroidery, your projects will come out beautifully and look store-bought, or even better!

Pink Castle Fabrics carries an assortment of Janome Machines that do embroidery! Be sure to check out our Janome Machines both online and in-store. They range from embroidery only machines such as the Memory Craft 350E and the  Memory Craft 400E to combination sewing and embroidery machines like my Memory Craft 9900, the Memory Craft 12000, and the Memory Craft 14000

Thank you for taking the time to read about my personal uses for the three main types of embroidery stabilizer. I hope you have found this helpful and won’t be afraid to try something new.
 Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or have your own bits of wisdom to share on the subject! E-mail with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Topics: embroidery, janome, stabilizer

Serger Success Weekend: Serger and CoverPro Sewing Class Ann Arbor

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 9, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Want to come and make some cute clothes with us?

Come to our Serger Success classes!
We have had so many requests for sewing classes in Ann Arbor, especially garment classes!  And now that Fall is almost here, it's time to learn how to make some cute and comfortable clothing for yourself!  Our friend and Janome expert, Danielle Wilkes is coming all the way from the great state of Texas to set you on the path to success.  By the end of the weekend you will have four finished garments!  And the tools you need to make more clothing on your own!  Professional looking clothing is easy with a serger and cover pro!

The classes will be held at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor (located by Briarwood Mall).  You can come to any or all of the classes!  Each class is priced at just $40 a ticket but you get 25% off (total of $120) if you come to all four!  Each class has all the machines and patterns provided!  Just bring your prewashed fabric!  No previous experience necessary.

We will be teaching on the Janome Skyline S7 sewing machine, the Janome 1100d serger and Janone 2000CPX Cover Pro machine!  This is a great opportunity to try out and learn how to use some awesome machines!  And of course will have some great Janome pricing for the weekend too!

Merchant and Mills Tank
5:30pm - 8:30pm - Thursday, September 29
Ticket Price: $40

Learn to make a cute tank top!  This awesome pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook looks great worn with a sweater for fall and some jeans! Or even around the house with the Pajama Pants you will learn how to make on Friday!
Materials Supplied: Includes a copy of the Merchant and Mills workbook and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed quilting cotton, chambray or cotton lawn fabric. 2 yards of 5/8" fold over elastic or bias tape for the neck and arm holes.

Friday September 30
5:30 - 8:30pm
Sew Easy Pajama Pants (ticket price $40)

I love a good pair of pants for around the house!  Danielle is going to show us how easy it is to make all the comfy pants you will ever need!  These can be made with a contrasting cuff (even a ruffle cuff!) or all one fabric.  And wouldn't these be so soft in a silky cotton lawn?
Materials Supplied: Pattern, 1" elastic and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed quilting cotton, chambray or cotton lawn fabric. You will need 1.5 yards for the body and 1/2 yard for a contrasting cuff.

Saturday October 1
noon - 3:00pm
Kwik Sew leggings (ticket price $40)

Everyone loves leggings!  The perfect pant for Fall!  Wear them to the gym, around the house or even out with a cute top!  Stay for the evening class to sew a matching Linden Tunic!  A whole outfit in one day!
Materials Supplied: Pattern and 1" elastic and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 1.5 yards of pre-washed medium weight knit fabric.

Saturday October 1
5:30 - 8:30pm
Linden Tunic (ticket price $40)

The Linden pattern is the perfect raglan tunic!  You can make this with contrasting long sleeves for a fun top to go with the leggings that we will make in the morning!  This pattern will be a go to again and again with all the cute knits that are available now!  And so comfortable!  This is a garment that you will actually wear!
Materials Supplied: Pattern and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed medium weight knit fabric!  (1 yard for the body and 1 yard for sleeves)

Get ALL FOUR Classes 25% off for just $120!

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