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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

Janome Gives Back

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 9, 2016 10:20:00 AM
Those of us that own Janome sewing machines know how amazing their products are. With all metal interiors and superior functions such as Acufeed and their easy drop-in-bobbin system, their machines are built to last. Pink Castle Fabrics is determined to sell our customers what we believe is only the best when it comes to your sewing machines.


What you may not know about Janome is their dedication to helping those that need it. In the past, Janome has created special machines with specific charities in mind. In the past, Janome has sponsored Women's Heart Disease awareness, Breast Cancer research, and the American Sewing Guild all through sewing machine sales. We're proud to be an authorized dealer of this brand of sewing machines because of their efforts to help those in need.


Here at Pink Castle Fabrics, we currently have two machines that, when purchased, part of the proceeds go towards a charitable cause: The NQM-2016 and the NPCF-50.


Benefiting the National Quilt Museum in the NQM-2016. Janome has already raised over $15,000 for the National Quilt Museum this year with this sewing machine! The money donated by Janome goes towards maintaining exhibits, sponsoring classes for youngsters, among other amazing feats!
This machine is the perfect travel or beginner’s machine!


The NQM-2016 features:
  • 60 stitches, including 4 buttonholes
  • A hard cover perfect for travel
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Start/stop button
  • Extension table included!
Pink Castle Fabrics' price for the NQM-2016 is only $719.00!


The Janome NQM-2016 is only available through December 2016. Quantities are limited, so order yours today!


The NPCF-50 donates its proceeds to the Nation Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in Florida by a Janome dealer, making this philanthropy very near and dear to our hearts in the Janome Community. 2016 marks the 25th year since the Foundation’s founding.
The NPCF-50’s bright and happy orange color symbolizes the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Sunshine Project. This project brings together the nation’s best medical staff to find cures and increase the survival rate of those diagnosed with all types of cancer as children. You can read more about their efforts on their website here.
When you purchase this machine, you’re helping to fuel the research and treatment of so many children throughout the country, and to recognize that, you’ll receive not only an amazing sewing machine, but also a quaint lapel pin and a special letter about what your contribution has done for these children in need.


The NPCF-50 features:
  • 50 stitches, including 3 buttonholes
  • Computerized stitch selection
  • ¼” foot included!
  • Walking Foot included!
Pink Castle Fabrics' price for the NPCF-50 is only $549.00!
The NPCF-50 sewing machine is perfect for beginners of all ages and the perfect size to be a travel machine or store away easily when not being used! It’s vastly versatile, allowing you to use it for garment sewing, quilting, or home decor. It's compact, so it stores away easily and works beautifully as a travel machine weighing in at just over 18 pounds!

Here at Pink Castle Fabrics, we take pride in the fact that Janome dedicates so much time, effort, and money into giving back to the world. Whenever you sew on your new machine, you’ll think about the good you have personally done for society.
If you have any more questions on any of our Janome products, please e-mail for more assistance.

Topics: charity, janome, sewing machine

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 machine

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, sewing machine, straight stitch

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 machine

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