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Yes, but what does it do?

I bought a sewing machine today. A Janome. It isn’t the new sewing machine. I have decided to wait till January to buy a new workhorse. (The shops are just way too crazy this time of the year!)

I was in my LQS today to buy more felt… And what did I spy with my little eye?

There, sitting at one of those little kiddie Ikea tables on a little kiddie Ikea chair, was a girl of about 7 or 8 years old sewing away on an itty bitty sewing machine.

I strolled over nonchalantly (and feeling like an idiot)…

Having no shame (well, not much) I asked one of the girls helping out at the LQS what the machine does.

LQS Girl: It sews.

Idiot Thimble: Yes, but what does it do?

LQS Girl now convinced that I am a creepy weirdo: Well, it sews.

Idiot Thimble: Yes, but what does it do?

LQS Girl now edging away from the creepy customer: Eeermmm… It sews?

Idiot Thimble: I’ll take one, to see what it does.

LQS Girl now feeling sorry for this obviously dim witted customer: You don’t have to buy one to see what it does, because it sews.

Idiot Thimble: I’ll take one anyway to see what it can do…

Okay, what I meant was ‘how many stitches does it have?’, ‘will the little motor burn out if I sew on it for more than 5 minutes?’, etc etc. I was just too mesmerized by the little girl sewing away on the itty bitty machine. It was cute. It was quiet. It was tiny. It had pink flowers on. A cute, quiet, tiny machine with pink flowers. I mean. Really. Who wouldn’t want one? Right, probably I’m the only person older than 10 that wants one.

(If you have seen the movie Despicable Me, bring to  mind the scene where the littlest of the girls touches a stuffed unicorn at the fair and says: It’s so fluffy I’m gonna dieeeeee! Then you’ll know how I felt upon seeing the li’l Janome. It was so cute I thought I was going to dieeeee!)

It’s called a Janome Sew Mini, and here it is:


(Just ignore the two wooden roosters in the background.) In case you missed some of the cuteness…



Actually, it sews quite nicely. Miraculously well for something that weighs about the same as a loaf of bread. I tried it out as soon as I got home, and even though it is s-l-o-w, it is perfect for assembling blocks. (It even goes through two pieces of fabric plus batting. I tried, of course!)  Now I can still do some basic sewing until I get a big ol’ machine in January.

Till next time,

Miss Thimble



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