My niece is in love with Hello Kitty and also loves to sew. She has been asking her mother for a Hello Kitty sewing machine for her birthday. Her mother (my little sister) was completely against the idea of buying one because she assumed that because it was a machine with a cartoon character on it, it would be of cheap quality. She asked me for my opinion and I was happy to help.
Are The Hello Kitty Sewing Machines Any Good?
During my initial research I was pleasantly surprised that they were made by Janome. Janome is known for their excellent quality sewing machines, but would these ones be different? I took a test drive of all four Hello Kitty sewing machines to find out. Continue below to find out how each sewing machine measured up.
Janome 11706 3/4 Size Hello Kitty Sewing Machine
The Janome 11706 sewing machine is a super cute little machine that comes with eleven stitches and a four step buttonhole. It is a beautiful green-blue color and is adorned with white flowers, Hello Kitty’s face, and the quote “Sewing Pretty With Hello Kitty”. It is a really pretty portable sewing machine that I’m sure most Hello Kitty fans would cherish. I actually wish adult machines looked as good as this one 🙂
However, you should note that the Janome 11706 is considered an entry-level machine and doesn’t have as many features as you will find in some more expensive models. If you or your child is more experienced, you might want to consider the other two models I review below.
One very nice thing about this mini sewing machine is its size. It is a 3/4 sized machine which means that it is 25% smaller than a regular sewing machine. Being relatively small means that it is easy to take with you. You can move it from room to room or travel with it to a sewing class very easily.
Due to its size, you may get the impression that it is cheap and junky like most sewing machines that are made for kids. Thankfully this is not the case with this machine. If you are buying this for a beginner, the Hello Kitty Janome 11706 would be an excellent choice. It is small, easy to handle, but still produces excellent results that won’t frustrate a newbie. The stitch quality is excellent and it runs perfectly.
I definitely wouldn’t hesitate getting this machine if I was buying it for a Hello Kitty fan and they were new to sewing. It is an outstanding beginner machine.
Janome 13512 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine
The Janome 13512 would be the next step up in features from model 11706. It comes with 15 stitches (instead of 11) and a 4 step buttonhole. It is also a regular sized machine and comes in a very nice solid red with Hello Kitty’s cute face peaking out from the bottom right-hand corner.
After trying this out I can say that this is another outstanding Janome sewing machine. It may look like a toy, but this machine is definitely not a toy. It is very sturdy, well-made and is perfect for a beginner or even good for someone who has a lot of sewing experience. If you love Hello Kitty and want a sewing machine with a nice set of features, but don’t want to spend too much then you will be happy with this machine.
The manual is also excellent. If you have a little bit of experience you’ll find that getting yourself up and sewing won’t take much time at all. If you’re a newbie, the manual does a good job teaching you the basics of the machine. Once I had it running I noticed that the quality of stitch is excellent and I was very happy with how smooth the machine ran. The results of every project that I tried were excellent.
Janome 15822 White Sewing Machine
I LOVE this machine. I love the way it looks and love the way it sews. My younger self would have been absolutely thrilled with a machine that looked this cute and performed as well as the Janome 15822 sewing machine. White with red trim, this machine is a girl’s dream and comes equipped with 22 stitches and a one step button hole.
If you are looking for a grown-up Hello Kitty machine or want something that your daughter can grow into then this sewing machine is the one. This machine is great for beginners, but isn’t just for kids. It performs outstanding and exceeded my high expectations. It runs really smoothly and quiet and produces perfect stitches every time.
After getting a chance to play around with this machine I ended up purchasing it for one of my nieces. She was absolutely thrilled and has completed dozens of projects on it with excellent results. Every time I see this machine in her room, part of me wishes I had bought this for myself :).
Janome 18750 Computerized Sewing Machine
The 18750 is the computerized model in Janome’s line of Hello Kitty sewing machines. With this machine you receive 50 stitches, 3 one-step button holes, automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin, free-arm, start/stop button, up/down button and a speed controller.
The fact that this machine auto-threads, has a drop-in bobbin and buttons that control the starting and stopping of the machine made this one a breeze to use. If you are planning on using this machine for mostly lightweight fabrics then it will do the trick. One thing of note is if you are going to be working with heavy duty fabrics, then you probably want to look at a more powerful machine. However, for most people this machine would do perfectly. This full-sized Hello Kitty sewing machine runs quietly and does a nice job with the vast array of stitching options available.
If you are looking for a machine that is very simple to use and don’t mind spending a bit more, then this machine is for you.
Which Hello Kitty Sewing Machine Should I Choose?
If you are looking for a beginner sewing machine for the Hello Kitty lover in your life you can’t go wrong with any of the machines above. If you are shopping for a child I would look at the green Janome 3/4 sized sewing machine. Children find it easier to work on the 3/4 sized machine and its easy to transport and has simple features that aren’t overwhelming.
If you are purchasing for someone a bit older then the Janome 15822 is a very nice sewing machine for the following reasons:
- Simple features that are easy to use
- Many stitch pattern options
- Smooth and quiet performance
I can’t stress enough to avoid buying those cheap little kids sewing machines that you see out there. Yes, they are less expensive, but that comes at a cost. They are poorly made and you will likely end up having to buy a more expensive one after it breaks down. You won’t have any problems like that with a Hello Kitty sewing machine made by Janome. They are easy enough for a beginner to use, but built to last.