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Sewing Machine Review: Janome DC2015

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 2, 2016 10:35:00 AM

Janome DC2015

The Janome DC2015 is one of our favorite sewing machines at Pink Castle Fabrics.

This sewing machine is the perfect machine for every sewist out there, whether you're a quilter, a seamstress, or all of the above. It's the perfect learning machine for beginners, it's great for traveling, and it's perfect for keeping stored away when not in use!

We're going to show you exactly what comes with the machine in the following video. You'll be amazed at what comes with the Janome DC2015 for the low cost of $599.00!


Here's a video showing you the ins and outs of the Janome DC2015 as well as some of our favorite features:

Thank you for watching! Now you know why the Pink Castle Fabrics family loves this sewing machine; it's small, durable, and easy to use!
Check out more of our videos on our YouTube channel.  
If you have any more questions about any of our Janome Machines, please e-mail or call Pink Castle Fabrics at (877)-808-8695.

Topics: Janome, review, Sewing Machines

Which Straight Stitch Sewing Machine is Right for Me? + Janome 1600p

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Aug 18, 2016 1:06:00 PM
Looking for a straight stitch sewing machine?
     For those of us that are quilters, we have some basic needs when it comes to sewing machines. We at Pink Castle Fabrics absolutely love our Janome straight stitch machine; it's fast and easy to use!
     Today I’m going to compare three of the top straight stitch sewing machines on the market: The Juki 2010Q, Babylock’s Jane, and, last but certainly not least, the Janome 1600P-QC. All three of these machines are fast and user-friendly, making them perfect for getting quilts done within a short amount of time. However, each has some difference between them.

     Let’s take a look at each machine on its own, shall we?

Juki 2010

     Let’s start with the Juki 2010Q. In my experience of talking to other quilters, this is probably the most well-known. It features:

  •  8.5” of throat space
  • an LED light for seeing your work clearly
  • an automatic thread cutter switch. 
  • Sews 1,500 stitches per minute. 
babylock jane
Babylock Jane
     Babylock’s Jane (BL510A) is comparable to the Juki 2010Q. It has:
  • 9" of throat space
  • a built-in lamp 
  • an automatic thread cutter switch
  • boasts the same 1,500 stitches per minute that the Juki does.
     The Janome 1600P-QC is another top-of-the-line straight stitch machine. The Janome 1600P-QC out stitches both of its competitors with the following features:
  • 9" of throat space
  • a built-in lamp to see your work clearly
  • an automatic thread cutter switch with the ability to hook up a thread cutter foot pedal
  • includes a darning plate for a quick switch-over to free motion quilting
  • an independent motor for bobbin winding
  • an extra-high presser foot lift
  • an amazing stitching speed of 1,600 stitches per minute!
Janome 1600P-QC

     Think of how quickly you’d be able to finish a quilt top!  At that speed and the ability to free motion quilt on the Janome 1600P-QC, you can finish an entire quilt quicker than ever before! It's the perfect sewing companion for all quilters, professionals and hobbyists alike. The Janome 1600P-QC is also great for other projects that you want to be able to turn around quickly, such as bags and purses! It's the perfect sewing machine for any project you use a straight stitch for. 

     I've had the opportunity to talk to a couple well-known ladies in the quilting and fabric industry about how they have found their Janome 1600P-QC:

Carolyn Friedlander, designer of the fabric lines "Doe", "Carkai", and the upcoming "Euclid", has been using her Janome 1600P-QC straight stitch machine to create her pattern "Envelopes" as well as the sham covers titled "Hesperides". These patterns are available for sale on Carolyn's website.
     Carolyn says: "I love that it's a work horse ready to tackle whatever I throw at it. Also, now that I've rigged up a foot-pedal-controlled thread cutter, I'm in heaven."

One Room Schoolhouse Quilt
Sunset Strip Quilt made with
One Room Schoolhouse Fabric

Brenda Ratliff, Pink Castle's own Queen and designer of the fabric lines "Pie Making Day" and "One Room Schoolhouse", also owns a Janome 1600P-QC. It's the only sewing machine she's been using, that's how much she loves it! Her latest projects include a Sunset Strips quilt made with her newest fabric line for Spring 2016 Quilt Market, as well as many other projects you can find on her blog, Just A Bit Frayed.
     Brenda enthuses: "This sewing machine is my favorite! I've been able to cut my work time in half by using the 1600P-QC!"

The Janome 1600P-QC is available at Pink Castle Fabrics both online and in-shop. Stop on by during retail hours to take it for a test drive! If you have questions, comments, or concerns, e-mail

Topics: Janome, review, straight stitch, Sewing Machines

What is the Best Janome Sewing Machine for Kids?

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Aug 2, 2016 9:56:00 AM
Is your child starting to take an interest in sewing? If so, we certainly have the perfect introductory sewing machine for them! 
Janome Sewing Machines are great for all ages of quilters and seamstresses alike!
You can purchase any of the following machines on our website at or by stopping into our shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Janome Sew Mini Colors

     The Janome Sew Mini is the perfect machine for a young beginner. The Sew Mini is the smallest machine on the Janome market making it easy for your child to tote it back and forth from sewing classes. This sewing machine is for sale for $69.

It features:

  • Weighs only 5lbs!
  • Two stitches: a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch with varying stitch lengths and widths for some versatility. 
  • A slower stitching speed than a full-sized sewing machine, making it the perfect sewing machine to learn on. 
  • Absolutely no sharp edges! There isn't a thread cutter on the side purposefully to avoid the need for Bandaids and kisses.
  • It currently comes in three fun colors for your child to choose from: Honeycomb(yellow), Merlot (dark pink), and Beachcomber (blue); a color for everyone!
Sew Mini Janome
Sew Mini in Merlot




Janome Magnolia 7318

     The Janome Magnolia 7318 is a step up from the Sew Mini. It is a great machine for older kids who are branching out into the sewing and quilting world. It's another lightweight sewing machine, so it's also great for taking to sewing classes! The Magnolia 7318 is a sewing machine that any beginner will easily learn to sew or quilt on.

It’s perfect for introducing your child to both garment sewing and quilting. We currently have this machine for sale for $249.

It features:

  • A weight of just under 18 lbs
  • 18 stitches, including 1 buttonhole stitch.
  • Easy-to-use mechanical knobs to select the desired stitches and stitch lengths
  • A large reverse button to easily lock your stitches
Janome Magnolia
Magnolia 7318



Janome DC2015

     The Janome DC2015 is a sewing machine your child will use for many years to come. This sewing machine is still small and compact for easy traveling and storage, but includes many features a full-sized Janome Sewing Machine would have. This sewing machine will allow your child to grow into the machine with ease. The DC2015 comes to be $549 here at Pink Castle Fabrics.

The DC2015 Features:

  • A light weight body of only 18.2 lbs
  • 60 stitches that include 6 one-step buttonholes 
  • An easy-to-use speed control bar.
  • A Start/Stop button, making the use of a foot control pedal optional
  • Easy-to-navigate computerized stitch selection
  • A hard case, making travel easy and safe!
Janome 2015
     Pop on in to the shop during store hours to test any of these Janome Sewing Machines out! We have them in stock online and in-store for your purchasing convenience. If you have any questions about any of our Janome sewing machines, contact

Topics: Janome, kids sewing, review, Sewing Machines

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