Choosing the Best Kids Sewing Machine

What to look for when buying a sewing machine for a child? We’ve got some great tips for choosing the best kids sewing machine, so you can get your kiddo just excited about sewing as you are!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner quilter who’s just learning to sew or an avid sewist who’s been sewing for years. I think you’ll agree when I say sewing is such a beautiful craft to pass on to our children.

On a less romantic note… If your kids are anything like mine, they’re sticking their hands into your sewing machine all the time. Which is kind of great but also kind of annoying. So it might be time to get those little thread artists a machine of their own. And let them start building a quilting toolkit of their own!

In this article, we’ll be looking into what to look for when buying your kids their (first) sewing machine.

What to Look For in A Kids Sewing Machine?

When buying a sewing machine for kids, there are several important factors to consider to ensure that it’s safe, easy to use, and suitable for their skill level. You don’t want to buy something that will be either too dangerous or too frustrating to use.

If you’re in the process of getting your kiddo a new sewing machine (perhaps as a quilting gift?), here’s a list of things to look for:

  1. Safety Features: Safety is paramount when considering a sewing machine for kids, especially younger kids. Look for features like finger guards, automatic needle stop, and a safety power switch to prevent accidental injuries.
  2. Size and Weight: Choose a sewing machine that is compact and lightweight, making it easy for kids to handle and store. A heavy and bulky machine might be difficult for them to maneuver.
  3. Simplicity and Ease of Use: Opt for a machine with simple controls and minimal settings. It should be easy for kids to thread, wind the bobbin, and select stitches. Avoid overly complex machines with numerous features that might overwhelm a beginner. I would advise against a computerized sewing machine, as they can be more complicated to use (and much more expensive!).
  4. Stitch Options: While a basic straight stitch and zigzag stitch are often sufficient for beginners, having a few additional stitch options can provide room for creativity as their skills improve. My kids love playing with the decorative stitches on my machine, so that’s something to consider.
  5. Adjustable Stitch Length and Width: A machine with adjustable stitch length and width allows kids to experiment with different sewing techniques and fabric types.
  6. Speed Control: Look for a machine with adjustable speed settings. This enables kids to start sewing at a slower pace until they’re comfortable with the machine’s operation.
  7. Threading System: Choose a machine with a straightforward threading system. Some machines come with color-coded threading paths to make the process easier to understand.
  8. Needle Threader: A built-in needle threader can be very helpful for beginners who might struggle with threading the needle manually.
  9. Accessories: Check if the sewing machine comes with essential accessories such as extra bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, and a screwdriver for maintenance.
  10. Price: Consider your budget, but also remember that investing a bit more in a quality sewing machine can result in a better experience and longer-lasting product.
  11. Age and Skill Level: Consider the age and sewing skill level of the child. Younger kids might benefit from simpler, more basic machines, while older kids with more experience might be ready for a slightly more advanced model.
girl using the best kids sewing machine

Where to Buy The Best Kids Sewing Machine

Much like your regular sewing machines, there are dirfferent places where you can get kids’ sewing machines. Personally, I would check all these options, compare prices and any additional services you may get. For example, I bought my sewing machine at a sewing machine specialty stores and they included one free machine servicing, which was nice.

Online Retailers

Online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Joann offer a wide range of kids sewing machines at competitive prices. You can easily compare different models and read reviews from other customers. Plus, you can have the machine delivered right to your doorstep, which is convenient.

Sewing Machine Specialty Stores

If you want to see the machines in person before buying, consider visiting a sewing machine specialty store. These stores have knowledgeable staff who can help you choose the right machine for your child’s skill level and needs. They may also offer classes or workshops to help your child learn how to use the machine, or a free machine servicing.

Second-Hand Stores

Buying a used sewing machine can be a cost-effective option, especially if you’re not sure if your child will enjoy sewing. Check out thrift stores, garage sales, or online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Just be sure to inspect the machine carefully before purchasing to ensure it’s in good working condition. I would recommend having someone with some technical knowledge looking at it before buying, as you’re not getting any warranty obviously.

Are Kids’ Sewing Machines Worth It?

This question seems to come up a lot and I am guessing when people ask if kids sewing machines are worth it, they’re mostly talking about the small toy-like sewing machines.

In my opinion, if you are serious about teaching your child how to sew, it is much better to buy an entry-level sewing machine from a reputable brand that will grow with your child for at least a few years.

On the other hand, I can understand that sometimes you don’t know, whether your child will actually take to sewing. Especially if you’re buying a sewing machine for a very young child, it might make more sense to buy a sewing machine toy first. They’re cheap and very user-friendly (when they work – the reviews really aren’t stellar), so they might serve the purpose of getting your kiddo excited about the craft,

I hope these tips help you choose a great sewing machine for your little one. And when you get it, bring out those scraps, and start creating. Start with our scrappy quilt ideas or a simple quilt from squares to get them hooked on quilting just like we all are!

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2 thoughts on “Choosing the Best Kids Sewing Machine”

  1. Since I am an avid quilter and always sewing my grandson started sewing when he was five, I purchased two “kid” sewing machines, (really check them out before you buy), they are very noisy and because of the finger guide they are hard to thread. So saying he didn’t like them, I bought a Janome 3128, had a governor on it so I could adjust the speed, and drew a “no fingers” around the needle. It is small enough to go into a rolling backpack so he can take it with him and he loves it

    1. Ula | Designed to Quilt

      Mary, that sounds great! So nice that you’re passing your love of sewing onto your grandson!

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