Choosing a Kids Sewing Machine Learning how to sew at any age can be intimidating but it does not have to be. If looking for a younger child, finding the appropriate sewing machine for beginners will make all the difference. Below is an overview of different models of beginning machines all available on Amazon.com.
8. My Very Own Kids Sewing Machine Kit by Made by Me
This kit is available for $31.46 including shipping. This machine is recommended for children ages eight and older. It weighs just shy of two pounds and measures 13 x 5 x 9 inches. This machine has a motorized safety guard for fingers and is operated by a foot pedal. The package includes a measuring tape, needle threader, two pieces of fabric, a small bag of fiberfill and three spools of thread. It has the straight stitch and zigzag, tension dial, storage drawer and on and off switch. It has only one review on Amazon giving it a one star out of a possible five rating with the customer stating there was no bobbin on the machine and therefore would not hold any stitches.
7. Compact Sewing Crafting Machine by Best Choice Products
The six volt machine sells for $47.99 with free shipping. Any little girl would love this compact pink and white beginner machine. This model sports twelve of the most widely used preset stitch patterns available at the turn of a dial. A finished product will look as though a professional worked on it. There is a speed switch to change from high or low to use either a foot pedal or a hand switch. It has many of the same features of larger machines such as a light, tension dial, reverse switch, an automatic thread rewind and even a small storage compartment for supplies. This machine also features a sleeve slit making it easier to work on hems and sleeves. The carrying handle makes this little five pound machine easy to transport and store. There is no age designation on this product and according to several reviewers; many adults are using this machine to do all their sewing. The overall product dimensions are 11 x 4.5 x 10.5 inches making it ideal for a dorm room or apartment.
6. My Very Own (Kids) Sewing Machine Kit by Made By Me
The next beginner machine being described is very similar to the first one. It has the same name but is model B0773QDVSW and sells for $31.93 including shipping. The only obvious difference is the size. This machine is 12.5 x 9.1 x 4.5 inches and runs on four AA batteries. The customer reviews were not very kind. Most stated there were broken parts when received and/or the machine stopped working after only a few stitches.
5. Sew Cool Machine by Sew Cool
A big blue button is used to start moving this adorable red machine. It sells for $40.99 plus $9.99 shipping. This machine is different in the fact that it uses no thread, bobbin, needles or foot pedal. All the child needs to do is press the button and sew along the dotted lines of the project. It is packaged with fabric, three cut projects, a strap, assorted embellishments, stuffing and instructions for a total of nine projects. This kit is designed for children ages six and older but parental supervision is required. This machine is 4.8 x 13.6 x 10.9 inches and weighs 1.66 pounds. It runs on four AA batteries.
4. NEX Sewing Machine Children Present Portable Crafting Mending Machine
This NEX machine is nearly identical to the second machine reviewed. There are a few exceptions however. It sells for $52.99 with free shipping. This also has twelve different stitch designs, tension control knob, light, and sleeve slot. Either batteries or electricity can be used. This machine claims to be able to sew through six thin layers of denim. It measures 10.6 x 9 x 4.7 inches and weighs five pounds. The reviews are better but very mixed on this one. The ratings are approximately four and a half stars but pretty much half of the responses are very good and the others are very bad.
3. Singer | Start 1304 Sewing Machine
Singer also has a machine for beginning sewers at $76.63 with free shipping. It comes with six built-in stitches in various lengths and widths. It has all the same features as the other machines except this one comes with a zipper foot and buttonhole foot along with extra needles, bobbins, needle plate screwdriver, lint brush and seam ripper. This runs with an electrical plug in, not batteries. There are two thread spool mounts; however a special needle would be required to take advantage of the dual thread sewing capabilities. The measurements are 13 x 7 x 11.5 inches and it weighs in at 11.5 pounds. This is no lightweight machine due to the metal frame. A major difference between this and the prior reviewed models is the limited twenty-five year warranty. Singer is really standing behind this product. All in all, this sewing machine has received a four star rating from the reviewing customers. The majority of those rating it low were having problems with the bobbin staying in place.
2. Janome Fastlane Fuschia Basic Compact Sewing Machine
This hot pink model sells for $63.32 with free shipping. It is advertised as having ten built in stitches although in actuality it only has three different stitches in varying lengths and widths. This is also an electric model. It has a finger guard around the needle to protect those little fingers using the machine. Unfortunately, that is also one of the negatives many reviewers list due to the lack of ease in threading around this guard. Another complaint was the lack of a light and no carry handle. The drop–in bobbin was listed as a plus as opposed to the front loading bobbins. It comes with a few extras and does have all the other essentials necessary for a basic beginner machine. This model is 10.5 x 5 x 9 inches and weighs five pounds. The customer reviews give this machine a rating of 3.1 stars out of 5 with the four and five star reviews outnumbering the lower ratings.
1. Varmax Mini Sewing Machine with Extension Table
The Varmax machine being described here is a new, upgraded and more stable performing version of a prior model and is priced at $26.99 plus free shipping. It features an attachable extension table to handle larger projects. This machine has a lamp, sleeve slot, tension control and two thread spool posts. They have lengthened the pedal cable and upgraded the needles from their previous model. With two speeds available, it not only is more powerful but safer for beginner sewers. A straight stitch is the only option which will be adequate to complete almost any project however; there is no reverse stitch switch. It is possible to sew up to four layers of thin denim fabric but the purchase of a heavier needle is recommended. It is operated either by electricity or battery. This product measures 8.6 x 3.5 x 6.8 inches and Varmax offers a three month warranty. Overall, this little mini receives 4.6 stars out of 5 from its customers making it the highest rated among the machines reviewed here.