Paper Crafting with the Janome Sew Mini

Before I hit the “publish” button on Jen’s article, I just wanted to let our readers know that Jen has decided to step down from Craft Critique. We are absolutely going to miss Jen’s talent here… and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors! Thanks so much Jen for all your hard work! We are already missing you! ~Sarah

Reported by Jen del Muro

It’s not a secret that incorporating sewing into your paper crafting is trendy right now. Or, as Paris might say, “That’s hot.” If you are anything like me, the thought of dragging your Singer out of the closet, getting it all set up and stitching a few lines on your project (assuming that the machine plays nicely with your paper project) is about the equivalent to the dentist saying, “Well, I have some bad news.”

Then, along comes the Janome Sew Mini. (retails for $59.99US)

Let me guess…you are skeptical. Thoughts of horror stories of the itty bitty wastes of money that don’t work well with paper, let alone cloth–the medium they were originally intended for, are spinning in your head. I sat back and I looked at other people’s projects done with the Janome Sew Mini. I read the reviews. I sat back some more thinking that there was no way this little thing could work. Then the other day, my UPS man rang the bell (even though there is a sign on the door that says “Shhhh…Baby Sleeping) and there it was…my very own Janome Sew Mini. If curiosity wasn’t gonna kill the cat, it was gonna kill me. I opened it up and grabbed the instructions immediately. Step by step instructions…with diagrams. It was like they were speaking directly to the sewing dummy in me. In no time at all, I had it set up and was ready to work on my first paper project. I put the pedal to the metal and…perfection!! I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I was! I was probably grinning from ear to ear as I admired my (somewhat not so straight–because of user error) stitches.

I apologize if I sound like an info-mercial for this product, but I love it.

Well, most of it.

There are two things that I wish that it had. First, there is no case. I will probably end up sewing a fabric case for it so that dust stays out of the components. The other feature that I wish it had was a light. I am not sure if I was missing the lighting because my big machine has one, or if my studio’s lighting is not sufficient. Although, I miss these two features, they can be overlooked (and overcome) easily and they are nothing compared to the positives of this machine.

Here are the features, as listed at Hancock Fabrics (where it happens to be on sale right now for $39.99), and as observed by yours truly:

  • Lightweight…only 5 lbs!!
  • Easy to use (set-up and projects)
  • 4 Straight length stitches
  • 3 Zig-zag length stitches

Here’s a card I did using this machine:

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7 Responses to Paper Crafting with the Janome Sew Mini

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    Skittl1321 December 7, 2007 at 4:33 pm #

    Great review- this looks like a neato machine!

    I’ve never heard of a sewing machine without a light though, but it seems pretty common that the less expensive ones come without cases.

    Love the card!

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    Carolynn December 8, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Too bad it is not available in Canada ;o(

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    The Lucky Clucker December 8, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh my gosh, my son-in-law surprised me with one for babysitting all the time (although I tried to tell him it’s not babysitting if you LUV it!!)!)I haven’t had the nerve to use it yet….it just sits there…..maybe now you have given me the confidence….thank you!

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    Lynn Anne December 13, 2007 at 8:13 am #

    oh, don’t make me go look for much?


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    nellythadork September 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    i just got this machine from a family member unused but they lost the instructions. this is my first machine so i don’t have a clue ow to even thread it. is there a site that has these glorious picture filled instructions so i can start crafting up my life away???PLEASE HELP!

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    Adri October 22, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    That’s a real creative work! Congratulations. I loved it!

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    Anonymous November 28, 2008 at 12:01 am #

    I had one too, LOVED it! Then my daughter’s dog got tangled in the cord while trying to get my attention and pulled it on to the ground…breaking off the bobbin winder. I was in mourning until I stumbled onto this post, and ordered one from Hancocks. Thanks you for the sale redirect!