View Full Version : Best machine for teaching kid's to sew?

01-21-2010, 01:36 PM
My son is 7 and wants to learn to sew (as does my almost 5 year old dd)... I have had them do some hand sewing projects, but my sewing machine is tempermental and old and have been debating getting a small little machine for them to learn on... but am concerned that it won't work well, and cause trouble than it's worth...

Anyone have a simple smaller machine they would recommend? Or should I get a full size machine with basic stitches?

01-21-2010, 05:13 PM
If it were me, I'd watch thrift stores and yard sales for a cheap one. You could also check craigslist or if you get really lucky, freecycle. I'd go with something cheap until you know if the kiddos are going to be really into sewing. You can always upgrade later.

If you do want a new machine, the cheap Brothers that Walmart carries are great for learner sewers. I've found them to be pretty sturdy.

My grandma let me sew on her machine which was a nice Elna when I was learning. My first machine that was my own (the one that I beat to heck and made all of my mistakes on) was an old Singer (1960s) with just basic stitches (straight and zigzag).

01-22-2010, 04:33 AM
What ever you use I suggest something that's not temperamental like your current machine... it makes it a pain to learn at any age!

I used to recommend the cheap brother at walmart to beginning sewers, but my step sister & a good friend both got a slightly older model of this machine & it's actually really nice! It's smaller but heavier & actually has metal (well theirs was/did) parts inside the bobbin case unless most cheaper ones that are all plastic.


If safety is a concern I know you can get needle guards for some machines.

01-22-2010, 10:54 PM
KYMY you are a wealth of knowledge- I have to head out to the mall later in the week and I will see if our Sear's has this machine and look at the guts :). Thanks!

01-23-2010, 01:08 AM
This is a great question. My 11 and 12 yr olds hand sew lot of things but really want to start using a machine and I wasn't sure how to go about that since I don't want them to break mine:)

01-24-2010, 02:20 AM
KYMY you are a wealth of knowledge- I have to head out to the mall later in the week and I will see if our Sear's has this machine and look at the guts :). Thanks!

Lets just say I killed a couple of 'cheapies' including a $200 brand new Singer in less then 30 hours sewing! I got it for my 18th b-day... it was the first time I had sewn in at least 6 years and I sew fast... it busted up the whole bobbin assembly!

I wouldn't say I am hard on them but I have had the worst luck with the ones without metal inners or at least some sort of high grade material.

01-24-2010, 09:19 AM
The sewing machine from Sears that Kymy posted is actually very similar to mine, lol. I have the "mini ultra" machine (http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02011206000P?vName=Appliances&keyword=ultra+lite+sewing+machine&sLevel=1). I received it several years ago from my MIL (I happen to know it was on sale, lol). I haven't tried doing anything heavy duty with it, but so far it seems to be working quite well (knock on wood!!). :) The parts inside the bobbin case are metal.