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Sewing Machine Accessories – Janome Specialty Spool Holder

March 8, 2019

I know spool caps might not be the height of conversation at dinner parties but selecting the wrong size  to use on your sewing machine may cause tension issues. As the owner of two sewing machine dealerships, I hear about tension issues on sewing machines a lot. You want to choose a spool cap that is the same size or smaller than the spool of thread that you are using. Maybe you bought a Janome machine and it came with some of these little guys. Most people have no idea what they are or when to use them. These are the Specialty Spool Caps from Janome. These are the perfect size to use with Aurifil large spools and Mettler Metrosene threads. You can see in the photo just how nice these fit on the end of the spool. This is perfect for making sure that the thread comes off the spool smoothly all the way to the very end! If these..

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Tutorial: How to Patch a Hole in Your Jeans with a Janome Buttonhole Foot

February 19, 2019

How to Mend Your Denim: I love wearing jeans. I wear them almost every day. I am lucky enough that I don’t have to wear dress casual to work, I can just wear some blue jeans. They are comfortable and look great with everything. Easy! But wearing jeans every day means that eventually, they get a hole. Look, I know it’s cool to have holes in your jeans and I know visible mending is all the rage these days but some holes are in spots that are in areas that you don’t want to draw attention too if you catch my drift… So this tutorial will show you how to mend your jeans in a much less visible way. You can always use a contrasting color of thread to darn if you want it to stand out. What is darning? Darning describes a way of mending a hole in a woven fabric using threads or yarns in an interwoven fabric…

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Using Machine Embroidery in a Quilted Pillow – Janome Skyline S9

February 13, 2019

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged regularly. I have been so busy with my shop, Pink Castle Fabrics. And, I recently purchased another quilting shop in Howell, Michigan called The Stitchery Sewing center. I have to say that it was a longer process than I had anticipated, buying someone else’s existing business. Of course, now I have the challenge of bringing the shop back up to speed and full inventory. And just like any process, there are bumps in the road and unexpected complications. But I’m getting there and I’m hoping that both shops will be running smoothly soon enough. It’s been ages since I was able to set foot in my sewing room.  I finally got a chance this weekend to clean up a little bit and put together a project. I had this machine embroidery that I made with the Janome Skyline S9 at work and I finally made it into a quilted pillow. The..

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Janome NQM2016! Best travel sewing machine at a NEW discounted price!

February 6, 2017

I’ve been meaning to write a post and review of the Janome NQM2016 for months now.  And of course, now they just dropped the price so there’s a fire under my butt. Each year Janome puts out a limited edition sewing machine and donates part of the proceeds to a charity.  This is one of those machines.  It’s in the DC series (so it’s similar to the DC2015 and the DC2014) which is Janome’s yearly series.  The year corresponds to the model number.  This is one of my FAVORITE lines that Janome carries.  Okay let me break some of this down for you. The yearly DC series is my favorite for travel machines.  The machines typically come with a hard case and they are lightweight (13-18lbs).  The machines are still made in a Janome factory (as are all machines with the Janome name on them) and have a metal interior and quality parts.  So you are still getting a nice..

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Sew Home – Book Review! aka I Made a Tablecloth and I Liked It

September 22, 2016

My friend Erin asked me a few months ago if I wanted to be a part of her book tour.  I knew that she was writing a book but I didn’t really know much more than that.  She sent me some photos of the projects for me to look over before I agreed.  WOW!  So many projects!  As I was looking through the photos I kept thinking, “I need to make this, and this, and this, and this….” Of course I said that I would make something from her book! Choosing what to make for this post was really hard.  Needless to say, you will most likely see more posts from me with projects from Sew Home.  Before I show off the cute tablecloth I made, let me tell you why I love this book.  First of all, Erin took a lot of time to explain different home decor fabrics and what to look for when choosing fabrics for your..

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Janome Skyline S7 Sewing Machine Review and FREE Mini Quilt Pattern!

October 15, 2015

Hi everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a sewing machine.  Oh sure, I get excited about new sewing tools.  But a new machine is really the most exciting, isn’t it?  When I was asked to review the new Janome Skyline S7 I was all for it!  I got a chance before agreeing to test drive one of these babies at Janome Impact Institute, a convention for Janome Dealers (we are now Janome dealers at Pink Castle Fabrics!), and I really love this machine.  It has ALL the features that I personally want in a sewing machine.  SO, from my quilting point of view I want to tell you why you also need a Skyline S7. Who is the Janome S7 for ? This machine has a power needed for a sewist who likes to create bags, garments or quilts.  It really is a versatile machine.  You will have no problem going through several layers of fabric..

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