Kids sewing machines are a great introduction to creative crafting. There's no better way to get a child interested in sewing than to give her a children's machine of her very own.
Most machines that are sold specifically for children are more toy than tool, which can make discovering sewing pure fun. Colorful, lightweight, and often associated with favorite characters like Barbie and Hello Kitty, these super-simplified machines fascinate children. While youngsters are having fun they're developing both creativity and coordination and laying the foundation for a lifetime skill.
Early-learner or toy machines are kid-friendly in more than looks. They're specially sized for children and developed with both safety and ease of operation in mind. They come in both battery and AC powered versions, and many have dual power options. Most models include drop-in bobbins for ease of use and the best also have finger guards, a special safety feature that keeps little fingers away from the needle.
Children's sewing machines
aren't the same as mini machines, which are scaled-down versions of standard machines. Mini or compact machines more powerful and have greater speed and capability than those made just for kids, which makes them a good choice for youngsters 12 and over.
Factors to consider when buying kids sewing machines
- generally speaking, even toy machines are best for children at least eight years of age. Though most brands of children's machines are designed and manufactured with safety in mind, younger children may lack the necessary coordination for safe use.
- will this be the child's first exposure to sewing? If so, the simpler, more basic, and more geared to learning, the better. Many child's machines are sold with kits that include instructions for simple projects along with everything necessary to complete them.
Type of projects
- Some children's machines produce only a chain stitch, which is easily pulled out. This is fine for "pure practice" sewing, but may not be satisfactory for projects that involve actual construction or are intended to be permanent.
Adult supervision and assistance required
Machines made specifically for children
feature super-simple operation and many have special safety features, but children will need some instruction and supervision. An adult should be close at hand when children are using the machines, especially at first.
By Ruth Butters
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