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« on: December 01, 2008 05:26:07 PM »

I'm interested in a janome, but only need something simple and light, as I can borrow my step-moms singer need be. Wondering if anyone has used this machine, or any other 3/4 janomes?  Huh
Recommendations very appreciated. 

« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008 07:32:02 AM »

The Hello Kitty is the same as the Sew Mini, but with a pink kitty exterior. It sews reasonably well but it isn't very tough, drop it once & it's done for. It is not suitable for heavy fabrics at all (don't bother trying to sew a quilted tote bag or hemming your jeans with it). Is your storage space that limited? The Janome Jean Machine is a small-but-not-that-small size & a good deal tougher and more capable of serious sewing while still being very affordable (usually in the $99 neighborhood). I love my Janome Smiley
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009 01:10:33 AM »

I have the 3/4 size Hello Kitty Janome Sewing Machine.  I bought it back in Aug 2008 and since then have sewed 2 fully lined tote bags (with interfacing), pouches with zippers and altered some clothing and curtains.  I learned to sew by reading books and then practicing on this machine.

I had never sewed before I bought the HK Janome and until today, never had any other machine to compare it to.  I took a sewing class at Joann's and used one of their Husqvarna Huskystar machines.  I'm still a beginner, but for what it's worth, this is what I've discovered:

- the HK Janome is OK but very limited in terms of how many layers of fabric you can sew through.  I like to make bags and sometimes I have to sew through 6 layers which was not so easy, but I'm patient so it's doable.  The motor is not that powerful and it doesn't have enough torque.  It's also smaller in size so sometimes it's a little tight when you're trying to maneuver fabric through the machine (I'm petite with skinny arms).

- the HK Janome does a great job of winding bobbins in comparison to the Huskystar I was using (even the instructor complained about the Huskystar's bobbin winding problem).

- there's not enough speed control on the HK Janome foot pedal, it goes from zero to medium.  The machine was not designed to go superfast.

I intend to advance my sewing skills as I've discovered how much I like it.  I think the adorableness of the machine helped get me interested and motivated to sew but now I'm starting to desire a machine with greater capability and will likely upgrade in the next 6 months after I go test a variety of makers and models.

Hope this helps.  Below are some pics of the machine and what I've sewn:



« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 06:50:03 AM »

Nice job!

Actually I think the HK is 1/2 size, not even 3/4. It's pretty tiny.
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009 09:11:07 AM »

Thanks for the compliment, I tried very hard in my sewing attempts.

As for the HK machines, I've seen several different models.  I'm a lifelong Sanrio fan - can't help looking at cute stuff!

There are:

- the green 3/4 size (model 11706) one, which is what I have

- the blue 1/2 size (model 11702) which is really the Sew Mini

- then there's the battery operated toy sewing machine that's pink and white

I haven't seen the pink 1/2 size version.  Maybe they don't make it any more?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009 10:15:22 AM »

Target had a pink one that was the same size as the Sew Mini. But that was at least a year ago.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009 12:19:01 PM »

I've seen the green 3/4 size and the blue 1/2 size (like sew-mini) too. 
The only pink one I saw was a toy chain stitcher.  I saw  that one at Target.

The hello kitty theme is cute, but then again I have several compact sewing machines that I think are really cute too.

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