* Buy a real sewing machine! Don't be seduced by a "kid's sewing machine" that is essentially a toy. These machines aren't worth the $19.99 they cost and will just cause frustration. Trust me, I've experienced many a melt down at camp with these machines. Those little "mending" machines don't work either.
* Look for a machine with a drop in bobbin. These machines are MUCH easier for a kid to operate.
* Keep it simple. Don't worry about all the bells and whistles for a first machine. Just get your basic model that is simple to operate.
What age for a sewing machine? I got my daughter a machine for her sixth birthday. Most machines say ages 7 and up. You know your child. If they understand the concept of sewing and have been hand sewing for awhile and are responsible, then a machine will help to expand their sewing skills and creativity.
If you purchase a machine for a young sewer, don't forget to add some cute fabric and a few spools of thread to get started!
Janome Sew Mini when sewing with kids. From my experience, it's the best starter machine for kids.
*A real machine, but it sews slowly so it's safer for little hands. Simple and easy - just what a new sewer needs!
*Great size, lightweight. Easy to store and doesn't take up too much room.
*Nice price. I always buy mine when they go on sale at Hancock's.
*Drop in bobbin and nice selection of stitches.
*Sews up little projects with ease.
* Doesn't last forever, which is fine if you only want it for a starter machine.
*No zipper foot.
*It's hard to sew through multiple layers of fabric or fleece.
*It's a starter machine. This wouldn't be the machine I would recommend for an adult or a kid over the age of 10. Purchase a full-sized machine instead (see the tips for buying a machine at the top of this post.)
I hope this helps! I've had so much fun machine sewing with kids. A machine really opens up a world of possibilities for kids and sewing!
*This post is an edited version of one I did last year. I was going to write a new one, but why when the info is still the same?!