Top 10 Best Kids Sewing Machines
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Top 10 Best Kids Sewing Machines

Best Kids Sewing Machines

A sewing machine is a great gift for anyone, especially children. Teaching someone how to sew gives them the confidence to be a maker, a fixer, and a designer. It helps them understand the craftsmanship that goes into the clothes they wear and the objects that surround their daily lives. But when faced with the number and types of sewing machines available, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Do you want something super basic that won’t intimidate your young stitcher? Or are you looking for something with enough bells and whistles to keep them interested? Maybe you’re looking for an entry-level machine for an adult who’s interested in taking up the craft, or for a smaller, portable machine to add to your existing lineup. Here I’ve reviewed the top ten kids sewing machines and what they each have to offer, in order of simplest to most complex:


1. Janome Derby Sewing Machine

Janome Derby Sewing Machine

(Janome)

Janome has a long history of quality and I’m in love with their range of brightly colored mini sewing machines. The Derby is an updated model of a popular classic that offers just enough features to be interesting while keeping things simple enough to jump right in. A drop-in bobbin is a great solution to what can be a frustrating experience for new stitchers, and the straightforward selection dial keeps things simple. Plus owning a machine in a kid’s favorite color is an enticing way to keep them interested.

Features:

  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 5 lbs
  • 10.5″ x 5″ x 9″

Price: $69.99

Buy the Janome Derby here.


Pros:

  • Under $100
  • 10 built-in stitches
  • Comes in a variety of bright, fun colors
  • Two needle positions
  • Finger guard
  • Single-speed foot pedal

Cons:

  • No buttonhole stitch
  • Lightweight is good for transport but may not be very sturdy
  • No sewing light

Find more Janome Derby information and reviews here.


2. Singer Start Sewing Machine

Singer 1304 Sewing-Machine

(Singer)

Singer is a brand you might already be familiar with. What’s outstanding is the full-metal body inside even their entry-level machines, meaning they’re going to last. While this is one of their most basic models, it does offer a buttonhole stitch, which greatly increases the scope of what you can create with it. The front-load bobbin will introduce new stitchers to the joys and frustrations they’re likely to encounter down the road with more advanced machines. Singer also offers online tutorials for all of their machines, which are perfect to those just learning.

Features:

  • Six built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Front-load bobbin
  • 10 lbs
  • 13″ x 7″ x 11.5″

Price: $188.95

Buy the Singer Start here.



Pros:

  • Heavy-duty metal frame
  • Includes all-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, darning plate, pack of needles, bobbins, needle plate screwdriver, spool pin felts, seam ripper, and lint brush
  • Automatic bobbin winder
  • Free online class
  • Limited 25-year Warranty

Cons:

  • Complaints include difficulty threading
  • Front-load bobbin (can be difficult to load)
  • Thread sometimes jams in machine

Find more Singer Start information and reviews here.


3. NEX Mini Sewing Machine

Nex Mini Sewing Machine

(Amazon)

This mini sewing machine comes packed with great features. The drop-in bobbin and printed guides make threading the machine a breeze, and the variety of built-in stitches offers a range of possibilities. It also offers the ability to run on batteries which means you don’t need to be near an outlet. One large drawback to this model is that it doesn’t work with full-sized spools of thread, so you either need to stock up on the small ones or be prepared to wind your own. The cord is also very short, so this is definitely a model built to be used at a kid’s table if you want to use the foot pedal. Fortunately, the push-button feature means you don’t have to.

Features:

  • 12 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • 5.8 lbs
  • 10.6″ x 4.7″ x 9″

Price: $45

Buy the NEX Mini Sewing Machine here.



Pros:

  • Uses DC 6V 1200mA power or four AA batteries
  • Can by run by foot pedal or push button
  • Includes thread cutter
  • Two speeds
  • Very simple to use

Cons:

  • Very short cord
  • Manual difficult to read
  • Does not accommodate large spools of thread

Find more NEW Mini Sewing machine information and reviews here.


4. Brother XM1010 Sewing Machine

Brother XM1010 Sewing Machine

(Brother)

Brother is another big name in the sewing machine world, and they offer a number of basic machines to learn on. I like this model because it’s larger and sturdier than the previous ones listed without going overboard on features. Ten built-in stitches and a buttonhole offer beginning stitchers plenty of options in a machine that’s built to last. This might be the one they learn on, but it won’t need to be replaced as they grow.

Features:

  • 10 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 10.8 lbs
  • 750 stitches per minute
  • 15″ x 5.8″ x 12″

Price: $94.13 (8 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Brother XM1010 here.



Pros:

  • Includes four sewing feet: zigzag, zipper, buttonhole, button sewing
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • Simple interface
  • 25-year limited Warranty

Cons:

  • Short cord
  • Warranty is very limited

Find more Brother XM1010 information and reviews here.


5. Janome 11706 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine

Janome 1170 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine

(Janome)

How cute is this? Janome offers a couple varieties of Hello Kitty-branded machines, and I know more than one experience sewist who has one in their closet. There’s nothing outstanding about this model other than the design, but isn’t that enough? Eleven built-in stitches and four-step buttonhole come standard with this sturdy machine that’s built to last longer than it might look. It’s a zippier model too, so might be better suited to older students or those with more confidence.

Features:

  • 11 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Front-load bobbin
  • 11 lbs.
  • 860 stitches per minute
  • 17″ x 9″ x 14″

Price: $129.52

Buy the Janome11706 Hello Kitty here.


Pros:

  • Includes three feet: Standard, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag
  • Works on heavy materials
  • Cute

Cons:

  • Some reports of bobbin tension and timing problems
  • Not as great with sheer fabrics

Find more Janome Hello Kitty 11706 information and reviews here.


6. Janome 2206 Sewing Machine

Janome 2206 Sewing Machine

(Janome)

This Janome is your basic, sturdy workhorse. It’s perfect for learning because it’s dead simple, but it’s also a great tool for anyone doing a lot of general sewing. It’s got some speed and some weight and it’s built to last. The only drawback is that you can’t control the stitch length. It comes designed with tiny, normal, and large stitches, and trust me, you’re going to want to avoid that tiny setting (two words: seam ripper).

Features:

  • Six built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Front-load bobbin
  • 12.8 lbs
  • 860 stitches per minute
  • 17″ x 9″ x 14″

Price: $169 (15 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Janome 2206 here.



Pros:

  • Free arm
  • Ability to drop feed dogs
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Includes four feet: Standard, Blind Hem Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag

Cons:

  • Only 3 stitch lengths to choose from

Find more Janome 2206 information and reviews here.


7. Singer Simple Sewing Machine

Singer Simple Sewing Machine

(Singer)

Now we’re dialing up the features! The Singer Simple is a great choice for beginners and pros alike. The extra stitch patterns are mostly decorative (though once you master the blind hem, you’ll feel like you can rule the world) but that 1-step buttonhole is truly magical. There’s an auto-threading device built-in, which some younger fingers (or older eyes) will appreciate to help navigate the thread through the needle, but can be tricky to get the hang of. You’ll either find this feature a life-saver or a patience-tester. This Singer also features their signature full metal frame, so it’s built to last. Conquer any sewing pattern with confidence with this small but sturdy machine.

Features:

  • 32 built-in stitch combinations
  • 1-step buttonhole
  • Auto needle threader
  • Front-load bobbin
  • 12.2 lbs
  • 750 stitches per minute
  • 15″ x 7.5″ x 12″

Price: $137

Buy the Singer Simple here.



Pros:

  • Amazing feature set for this price range
  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • Includes all-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, seam ripper, lint brush, edge/quilting guide, pack of needles, thread spool caps, bobbins, L-screwdriver, darning plate and soft-sided dust cover
  • 1-step buttonhole
  • Auto needle threader
  • Built-in thread cutter

Cons:

  • Automatic threader is tricky

Find more Singer Simple information and reviews here.


8. Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

(Janome)

This Janome is another step up from the previously featured model. It offers a few more stitches while still keeping things simple. This full-sized machine is larger and heftier than some, which can be a good thing. It won’t slide around your table while you sew, and it’s built to last. But the size and weight can be a deterrent to younger stitchers. This is a great just-enough-frills for an older student.

Features:

  • 12 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Front-load bobbin
  • 13 lbs.
  • 860 stitches per minute
  • 20.1″ x 10.5″ x 18.5″

Price: $189 (24 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Janome 2212 here.


Pros:

  • Includes blind hem foot, bobbin (specialized), sliding buttonhole foot, zig-zag foot
  • Full-size machine
  • Dependable workhorse

Cons:

  • Requires specialized bobbin
  • Some users have trouble with the auto-threading systems
  • Some reports of bobbin jamming
  • Heavy price tag for not a lot of features

Find more Janome 2212 information and reviews here.


9. Brother CS5055PRW Project Runway Sewing Machine

Brother CS505 Project Runway Sewing Machine

(Brother)

Shoo-la, look at all those stitches. Three needle positions, 49 built-in stitches including five 1-step buttonhole designs and basic embroidery options make this Brother a very desirable machine. While the computerized interface and sheer number of options might be daunting to a new student, the Project Runway branding and automated features might be just the thing to inspire a budding designer. This machine isn’t too large or too heavy for an older child to carry around, which adds to its convenience. Although feature-rich, this is a fine machine to learn how to sew on, and it might just be the last machine they ever need.

Features:

  • 50 built-in stitches
  • Five styles of 1-step buttonhole
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 10.6 lbs.
  • 850 stitches per minute
  • 16.26″ x 7″ x 11.65

Price: $115.99

Buy the Brother CS5055PRW here.



Pros:

  • So many stitches to choose from
  • Fashion Runway branding may be inspiring to young designers
  • Auto-threader and bobbin loader make things simpler
  • Quiet
  • Needle auto-stops in up or down position

Cons:

  • More advanced than some basic machines
  • Lots of plastic parts in machine construction
  • Some users have trouble with the auto-threading systems
  • Some reports of bobbin jamming

Find more Brother CS5055PRW information and reviews here.


10. Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

(Brother)

This may not look like an entry-level machine, but the added sewing table and decorative stitches make it a great learning tool for aspiring quilters. If you want to buy one machine that will last them a lifetime without needing to upgrade, this might be your guy. Although the interface digital interface and ton of stitch options might seem overwhelming at first glance, the drop-in bobbin, automatic threader, and 1 step-buttonhole features are perfect for beginners.

Features:

  • 60 built-in stitches
  • Seven styles of 1-step buttonhole
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Drop-in bobbin
  • 16 lbs
  • 850 stitches per minute
  • 16″ x 6.7″ x 11.4″

Price: $153.99

Buy the Brother CS6000i here.



Pros:

  • Computerized
  • So many stitches
  • Huge accessory bundle includes buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, zigzag foot, blind stitch foot, button sewing foot, walking foot, spring action quilting foot, accessory pouch with needle set, twin needle, spool pin, three bobbins, cleaning brush, seam ripper, screwdriver, eyelet punch, hard protective case, and oversized table
  • Works with foot pedal or start/stop button
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Adjustable speed

Cons:

  • Number of features can seem overwhelming
  • Reports of tension irregularity and fabric jams
  • Quilting table doesn’t connect to back of machine and may be wobbly

Find more Brother CS6000i information and reviews here.


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