Children’s sewing machines come in a diminutive size in pretty princess pink and many of the features seen in grownup machines. The housing for the motor is usually plastic and thinner, but this makes the machine light-weight and more affordable. These machines require adult supervision and instruction at least at the beginning while a child learns how to thread the machine and the bobbin, place their fabric, start and stop sewing, and end their thread. As hobbies go, this one makes great quality time with one’s daughter or son. Many children ages eight and over quickly gain experience sewing and become a real hand at making their own projects.
From the number of children’s sewing machines with bad reviews we would suggest great caution and doing your research before buying one. As a precaution, save the box and receipt, and try out the machine before you show it to your child to spare your child the disappointment and frustration of dealing with one that does not work properly. There is nothing worse than approaching a new skill or project with a great deal of enthusiasm only to discover that you cannot get past step one. If the adult has previous sewing machine experience it is all for the better. Such an adult will recognize classic sewing problems such as a thread that breaks frequently being caused by an improperly threaded machine or a tension adjustment that needs to be made. If the parent is certain that a child’s interest in sewing will last more than a few days then buying an adult beginner machine is probably the best value for the dollar. While a children’s machine can be purchased for $20 and can have frequent problems, a basic adult beginner Singer or Brother can be purchased for $100 and last a very long time. For a very young child a sewing machine toy may be sufficient.
In a child sewing machine you expect it to be a first safe sewing product. a nice feature would be to have a needle guard to prevent a child from injury. We have seen one such machine with that feature. Then again most children who are old enough for a sewing machine should be old enough to know where not to put their fingers. Other desirable features would be a good light to see the work table and a foot pedal like a big machine, though not necessary. Having reverse is nice so that a thread can be ended without needing to tie it off manually. A basic kit of accessories should consist of instruction book, some spools of thread, spare bobbins and needles. Most machines will straight stitch and be fun to create a doll quilt with ease, make a basic mend, hem, or do other easy crafts.