Learning to sew can be a wonderful but intimidating endeavor. If you know crafty children eager to begin to learn the basics of stitching, you’re no doubt in the market for a good beginner sewing machine. There’s no shortage of good ones, from toys with simplified features for the youngest of sewers to actual sewing machines which will teach kids skills they can transfer to practical, creative sewing projects. Some of the best machines for kids are also great for beginners of all ages and come with a variety of exciting and versatile features. Here are just few of the very best.
1. Michley LSS-505 Lil’ Sew & Sew Multi-Purpose Sewing Machine
The Michley LSS-505 Lil’ Sew & Sew Multi-Purpose Sewing Machine with Built-in Stitches is a small machine with a long name and a lot of features! In addition to its 8 built-in stitch patterns, it comes with an LED sewing light, foot pedal and automatic thread rewind. It’s a machine that can handle forward and reverse sewing as well as sleeves, and it all comes in an attractive, light-weight machine that’s reasonably priced, which makes it a great first sewing machine for a child just starting to learn the ins and outs of machine sewing.
2. Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine
Students who are relatively new to sewing will enjoy the features of the XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine by Brother. Easy to learn with and easy to use, this 110 volt sewing machine comes with a manual that walks you through even beginning sewing steps. It has a stitch selector that helps you choose between the 25 built-in stitches, a drop-in bobbin and an automatic needle threader, all features that will help minimize frustration for young sewers.
3. Sew Cool Machine
Sew Cool is not a sewing machine, but a “threadless sewing studio” as the manufacturer calls it. Whatever you call it, this cool little machine is a fun introduction to sewing for children as young as six. It comes with guarded needles, special fabric and other materials to make nine projects including purses and pillows. A fun toy that’s easy and safe to use, it will help kids begin to understand how sewing patterns work.
4. Brother LS2125i Easy-to-Use, Everyday Sewing Machine
The name of the LS2125i Easy-to-Use, Everyday Sewing Machine by Brother should give you a clue to its friendly versatility. A machine that’s easy-to-use and good for every day is an excellent choice for beginners and novices. This lightweight machine comes with 10 built-in stitches including straight, satin, blind hem and zigzag stitches. The automatic 4-step buttonholer allows you to easily make buttonholes for any project. It even comes with a threading diagram right on the machine.
5. Brother XL2610 Free-Arm Sewing Machine
If your beginning sewers are ready for even more stitches, you might be interested in the Brother XL2610 Free-Arm Sewing Machine. It has 25 built-in stitches and 59 different stitch functions. That makes it a great machine for all sorts of projects, from making clothes to darning, hemming or even quilting. The automatic needle threader and a built-in thread cutter make getting started easy.
6. Michley Lil’ Sew & Sew LSS-339 Portable Sewing Machine
Sweet, small and light-weight are words you could use to describe the Lil’ Sew & Sew LSS-339 Portable Sewing Machine by Michley. Not for heavy-duty sewing, this portable 2-speed machine is still a good machine for young sewers to learn on. It works well with light fabrics and features both a straight stitch and a Z stitch. The drop-in bobbin will help kids thread the machine easily and it has an automatic thread rewind. A good choice if you’re looking for something both portable and affordable.
7. Janome 11706 3/4 Size Hello Kitty Sewing Machine
Lightweight and pretty, the 11706 3/4 Size Hello Kitty Sewing Machine by Janome will look attractive in any room, but also provides some quality features for any beginner. It comes with 11 stitches and a 4-step buttonholer. It’s easy enough for a young sewer to operate but will stand up to some more serious sewing on down the road. Since it’s easy to transport, it also makes a good machine to take to a sewing class.
8. Janome 15822 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine
If you can’t get enough of the Hello Kitty motif, but want to step up your sewing game a bit, you can try the 15822 Hello Kitty Sewing Machine, also by Janome. This one comes with 22 built-in stitches and a one-step buttonholer, as well as a built-in needle threader and a presser foot lift. Easy to set up and use, beginning sewers, especially little girls, will love its versatility and its cute design!
9. Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine
The LED lit work area and the instructional manual on DVD are two features that set apart the Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine. It comes with 27 different stitches as well as a one-step buttonholer and six unique sewing feet. Its built-in needle threader and top drop-in bobbin make it easy for novice sewers to get started and keep going! It also comes with free technical support for as long as you own it.
10. Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine
If you’re looking for a machine both easy to learn on yet packed with features, you’ll want to check out the Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine. It would almost be easier to list what this machine doesn’t have than what it includes. The 60 built-in stitches are easy to regulate in the LCD setting display, and its variable speed control helps in a variety of projects. You can use it with foot control or without. It comes with nine different presser feet and a detachable table that you can use when you’re ready to tackle bigger projects.