We love it when little ones show interest in sewing. However, depending on their age, it might be difficult to find a suitable sewing machine for a child. We created this post to help you with that important decision.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay For a Kid’s Sewing Machine?
You don’t need to spend very much to get a really good children’s sewing machine. Many makes and models can be found for well under $100. If you want something with more features that they can grow into, you should look at spending around $200. The list below will give you some options in the $65 to $150 category, which is what most people look for when purchasing for a child. If these aren’t enough and you want to learn more about other types of machines that you can use as a beginner, you can find more at this link.
Top 9 Kid Friendly Sewing Machines
In the list below you will find the best beginner products that I would consider if I was to purchase for a child who is just starting out on his or her journey. You can rest assured that nothing I have reviewed below is cheaply made or of poor quality. Each machine should give your child an enjoyable sewing experience. Don’t fret over you decision too much because you really can’t go wrong with any of the machines below.
Here are our favorite easy to use sewing machines for kids:
1. Janome Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine
The Janome Crystal Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine was designed with beginners in mind. And the fun colors make it a great children’s sewing machine. Kids can choose from bright blue, aqua marine and Pink.
We love that this machine is simple and so easy to use. It comes with a modest 15 built-in stitches and a 4-step buttonhole. The front-loading bobbin system is convenient, and the heavy-duty metal frame makes this machine more durable.
The Easy-to-Use machine also has some customizable features, like stitch length, ZigZag width, darning plate and reverse lever.
The 3-piece dog system allows for smooth fabric feeding, and the removable free arm allows kids to work on pant legs and sleeves with ease. There’s even an LED light that illuminates the sewing space, so you never miss a beat.
This Janome machine comes with a built-in bobbin diagram, tutorial videos and a quick start guide to make it as easy as possible for kids to start sewing.
At 12 pounds, this machine is lightweight for kids of all ages to use. Its dimensions of 16” x 7” x 12” also mean that this sewing machine won’t take up the entire desk.
2. Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine
The Singer Start 1304 is the perfect name for this little sewing machine. Made by one of the best-known sewing machine brands in the world, this is the ideal machine for beginners because of its simple design.
In total, this machine has just 6 stitches. It also has a 4-step buttonhole, so kids can add fun buttons to their projects.
The automatic bobbin winding is so convenient, and a numbered diagram printed on the machine helps you get started. The needle automatically disengages when you’re winding the bobbin, which means you don’t have to worry about little fingers getting injured. The bobbin also stops winding automatically when it’s completely filled.
There’s a removable storage compartment that allows you to store your sewing accessories in an easily-accessible location. The machine comes with three presser feet: zipper, all-purpose and buttonhole.
Weighing just over 11 pounds, this machine is easily portable and just the right weight for users of all ages. The machine is compact, too, with dimensions of 13” x 7” x 11.5.”
The simplicity of this machine is what makes it such a great choice for kids. You don’t have worry about being overwhelmed by a lot of features or accessories. Singer includes just enough of everything for users to get started and enjoy sewing.
3. Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine
The Brother XM2701 is a very popular beginner sewing machine and for good reason. This cute little sewer is really easy for beginners with jam-resistant drop-in bobbin winding and easy to use auto-threading. It comes with 27 stitches that will allow your little one to try out many different projects.
The included features are very nice to help keep children interested and creative as they increase their skills. Your child will have a lot of options and be able make quilts, hems or dresses and more on this one machine. It’s also a very easy to use unit, which can be a huge help for younger users while still having the functionality that an actual machine has.
It’s also very sturdy, runs smooth and is quiet. I had no issues when sewing on many different types of fabrics. Stitch quality was outstanding and never did I feel like I was working with a toy or cheap product. My neighbor’s 7 year old daughter has this one and she LOVES it. She has done dozens of projects on it without any problems. This product is also featured in our beginners sewing machine review page here.
4. Brother XM1010 Sewing Machine
The Brother XM1010 is a full sized machine, but is very light and portable and super is easy to use. It isn’t very expensive either as you can often find it for well under $100.
The XM1010 comes with 10 built-in stitches and a 4 step button hole. You can also move the arm down and use it as a flatbed. There is an easy stitch selector dial, thread tension dial and easy bobbin winding. The reason why we have added this particular kids sewing machine unit on this review list is because of its great functionality that not many models out there can match. Not to mention, the price is affordable too.
Threading is a breeze as all you need to do is follow the diagram that’s on the side of it. This is very helpful for beginners. It runs really nice for this price and does a good job. Of course you are not going to get the functionality of a higher end product, but for the price this one does the job very well and it really returns the quality for the money that you have spent on it. So, all in all, it’s a quality product that you surely can not go wrong with.
5. Janome 2206 Sewing Machine
One thing that sometimes gets overlooked when purchasing one for a child is simplicity. If you are buying for a child it is a good idea to purchase something that won’t overwhelm them with options. The Janome 2206 is perfect because of this point. It comes with 6 stitches and this is more than enough options for someone just starting out.
It’s also very easy to use. Even though it doesn’t have an auto-needle threader it is very easy to thread. Stitch width and pattern are chosen by moving the dial at the front of the machine.
This is a Janome machine so quality-wise it is top-notch. It runs quietly and does an excellent job and produces beautiful results. If you do decide to purchase this, I guarantee that you and your child will not be disappointed.
6. Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine
The Brother CS6000i is a sewing and quilting machine, so if your child loves to quilt, this machine may be a good fit for you.
This model is a little more complicated and better suited to more advanced users. But its user-friendly design makes this machine a great choice for children.
The CS6000i includes some impressive features, such as:
- 60 built-in stitches.
- 7 styles of 1-step buttonholes.
- 9 presser feet: zigzag, buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, blindstitch, walking, button fitting and spring action quilting.
- Automatic needle threader that pushes the thread through the needle.
- Wide table for quilting and large sewing projects.
- Adjustable sewing speed for easy control.
- Built-in free arm that allows kids to work on cylindrical items, sleeves and pant legs.
- Backlit LCD display.
- Hard cover included.
The CS6000i may be loaded with features, but the machine is still lightweight and modest in size:
- 13 pounds
- 16” x 6.7” x 11.4”
The CS6000i is a computerized machine, so you’ll select the stitches using the LCD display and controls.
We love that this machine is still easy to use despite its more advanced functionality.
7. Singer Simple 3223 Sewing Machine
Another great beginner option from Singer is the 3223. This model has more stitches and functions than the Start machine, but it’s still simple and compact enough for kids to use.
The fun raspberry color also makes it a great fit for children.
The Simple 3223R has 23 stitches to choose from as well as a 4-step buttonhole. Stitch selection is easy – just turn the dial. And the metal frame ensures that this machine is durable.
Automatic bobbin winding makes life easier, and the high presser foot lifter allows you to sew several layers of fabric at once. The free arm makes it easy to sew collars, cuffs and pant legs. There’s also on-board storage (a classic Singer feature) that makes accessories easily accessible.
Speaking of accessories, Singer includes quite a few with this model, including 4 presser feet (button, zipper, all-purpose, buttonhole), darning plate, screwdriver, edge and quilting guide, pack of needles, bobbins, seam ripper and auxiliary spool pin.
This Singer machine really is “Simple,” but that’s what makes it so great for kids.
8. Singer 7258 Computerized Sewing Machine
The Singer 7258 computerized sewing machine is a little more advanced, but is still a great option for kids who have experience with sewing. This computerized machine comes loaded with stitches and accessories, so kids can get started on fun projects right away.
In total, this machine has:
- 100 built-in stitches: 8 stretch, 9 basic, 76 decorative and 7 automatic buttonholes.
The automatic needle threader makes life so much easier – especially for young users. Singer says the machine can be threaded – from spool to the needle’s eye – in seconds. That’s pretty impressive. The auto threader threads the needle’s eye for you. This is an easy sewing machine for kids to get up and running quickly.
The 7258 features a high sewing speed of 750 stitches per minute. The speed control lever allows you to choose your maximum preferred speed.
The LCD display and button controls make it easy to choose your stitch. There’s a diagram printed on the front of the machine that makes stitch selection a breeze. The optimum settings for tension, length and width are selected automatically, but you can customize these features quickly and easily.
The 7258 is a bit heavier than other models at 19.15 pounds, but it’s still pretty compact in size, with dimensions of 14.5” x 7.5” x 12.”
9. Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine
The Janome 15312 Helly Kitty sewing machine is easy to use and comes in a cute design featuring the lovable Hello Kitty character. The machine’s simple design is what makes it such a great option for kids.
The 15312 sewing machine has 15 built-in stitches as well as a 4-step buttonhole. The front-loading bobbin system makes it easy to get started with your projects, and the interior metal frame ensures that this machine will last for years. With the turn of a dial, kids can adjust the stitch length and the ZigZag width.
There’s a 3-piece feed dog system, which allows for smooth fabric feeding. A removable free arm also makes it easy to work on pants legs, cuffs and other narrow areas of a project.
Janome also includes four presser feet: blind hem, all-purpose, zipper and buttonhole.
Verdict – Which Model is the Best Kids Sewing Machine?
To be honest, you really can’t go wrong with any of the ones I recommend on this list. One that I’ve purchased more than other is the Brother XL2701 for a few family members and they have really loved it. It is also a great machine to get started with especially if you’re trying teach your kids how to sew. Another wonderful product is the Hello Kitty Janome 15312.
I truly believe that you and/or your loved one will not be disappointed with any of these on this list. You really can’t go wrong with any of these on this list. If another one seems more suitable for your young one don’t hesitate to purchase it. Picking up one of these is wonderful way to bond with your children through sewing. So, for you parents out there, you can read this guide to help you out if you are planning to do this with your child.
So, why should my child learn about sewing?
The reason why parents should be teaching their children how to sew is because it is good for them also because Patch.com has said it as well. And, if you want to learn more about the sewing basics, you can check this article that is about sewing basics for kids from Instructables. Being into arts and crafts also teaches the little ones to be more creative in many different ways, this is a very good way to channel their energies to.
What Makes a Good Girl’s Sewing Machine?
When looking at machine for your child, you want to find one that is:
- Reliable and
- Easy to use
Thankfully it isn’t difficult to find something that fits in all three of those categories. These have come a long way over the years and have also dropped in price. You don’t need to spend very much money to get a quality child-friendly sewing machine that your kid can have fun with and learn how to sew on. It’s a great practice to keep children busy by doing creative things instead of facing a computer or playing video games all day. This little activity brings out their creative side even more than most kids already are.
Once you have the perfect sewing machine for your kid, then it is time for your child to learn the basics, but where should they start? Thankfully, there are many books and guides that you can start off with, we have listed them all on this website and you can go through them to find out which one works for you and your children best.
There are a ton of easy projects that you can start them off with when they have gotten their very first machine. This sort of activity is great for young minds as it gets them off the computer and internet, both of which are great but in excess can be detrimental to a child’s overall well being. Sewing is a creative, fun and very useful skill to have these days. Who knows, maybe your child might need it one day to survive!
Jessie has spent her whole life sewing and crafting. Her passion is to teach others to sew, especially her grandchildren. She currently lives in Washington State and loves to spend time with her family and enjoy the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
50 thoughts on “What is the Best Sewing Machine For Kids That is Fun and Easy to Use?”
I just recently bought my gradnddaughter the kids singer zigzag sewing machine. Total waste of money and plan on taking it back today. I am loking into the Janome Fast Lane that you recommended, however, I was looking at Walmarts selection and there are several others of the same name brand that are a little less expensive. The Thunder and the Blaze. What can you tell me about these other two? thank you
I’m glad you returned the singer zigzag as that machine definitely is a waste of money. Any of the Janome Fast Lane’s are perfectly fine and are all exactly the same. I hope that helps.
Oh thanks for this. Last yr got my 9 yr old that kid one that is the even a real sewing machine. This yr we want a real one so going to add these all to wish list. I was thinking a kid one but these seem better so appreciate seeing this.
Thank you for the information, found it very useful.
Admiring the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.
what do you think of this one?
Discovery Kids® Sewing Machine
1st sewing machine, trying to keep the cost down and difficulty
also how about cool sew?
I haven’t used the Discovery sewing machine. I do have a review of the Sew Cool on my website. It is a really nice and fun little machine. It does have one pretty big flaw though in that the needs break too easily and they aren’t easy to fix. If you are really careful with it, it would be a fun machine, but there no guarantee that it will last.
Thank you for the all the information you have out together. My soon to be 7 year old was in a sewing camp in summer and worked on a husqvarna Viking emerald 118. She wants a sewing machine for her birthday. I am conflicted whether to buy a sewing machine that she is used to or the ones you have suggested. Please advice. Thanks!
I’m not familiar with Husqvarna so I won’t be much help there. However, if it is something she is comfortable with and enjoys using its probably not a bad idea. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
I have a Viking Emerald 118 and I really like it. It’s mechanical but has the added feature of a speed regulator and a needle down position. The price point that I have found for this is $399 but some places will sell it for $350.
I believe I have the step up from the Emerald. It’s a tank of a machine and very basic. The problem I ran into as a new sewer is that no one was familiar with my machine mechanics and had a difficult time even threading it, spooling the bobbin, etc. Just the basics was so difficult even for experienced sewers. I guess the engineering of the machine is quite different from most machines found around here. So, if she plans to take the machine anywhere like to a class, the viiking will be a beast to haul and the other adults that might need to help her if she isn’t very confident in how to thread it, etc, might be at a loss in helping. I had to watch several youtube videos for my machine to learn how to thread it, etc. On the other hand, I tried taking private sewing lessons years ago with my Viking and the sewing teacher was salivating over the machine, trying to get me to just leave the machine behind since it was so heavy. I got the impression she REALLY wanted to try out my machine when I wasn’t around! The price piont of the Viking will be substantially higher. Think at least twice the price to basically do the same things. Now for durability, maybe it will outlive all the cheaper machines. Who knows? One pro I can think of compared to other machines is the foot pedal is huge compared to other brands, but if that is a concern for people, I believe most name brands sell separate larger pedals if that’s important. One drawback of my particular Viking is the straight stitch isn’t exactly “straight”. It seems like maybe this is common in some brands. It is more of an ever so slight slant. It drives me crazy. And tension and everything is good, so that’s not it. It just doesn’t do a true straight stitch.
How does the Janome green Hello Kitty compare with the machines already reviewed? The reviews place it at a 4.6, I’d just really like to know the difference between this machine and the others already reviewed.
Hi Laura – I’m not sure about what green Hello Kitty sewing machine you are talking about. I do review the green 3/4 sewing machine in this list. Could you send me a link for the one you are taking about if this isn’t the correct one? Thanks 🙂
Hi, i have the same question on the Janome green Hello Kitty sewing machine. I’m looking for a good beginner sewing machine for my 7 year old granddaughter and although I want a good machine, my seven year old will want something really cute. The green Hello Kitty sewing machine looks to have good reviews. Any additional comments would be great. Susanne
I have to apologize to the two of you. I know the machine you are talking about and thought it was already on this list. I have added the review to this page. You can also see other Hello Kitty sewing machines here.
Great job on the review. Quick question. My seven year old daughter wants to learn to sew and I have no idea how to. What is the best kids machine I would be able to read about and teach my daughter….Dad
Any of the machines on this page would be fine. What I would do is check out YouTube to see which machine has the most training videos for threading, basic usage, etc. That way you and your daughter could get the basics down together. Once you feel comfortable with the machine I would purchase one of the beginner sewing books from the list I have in the top menu. One of the “kids” project books would be great as it starts them off with very easy projects and move along gaining more skills. I hope that helps!
I agree – Great review and comments. I’m fortunate to have a seamstress friend who will be teaching her niece, my daughter and another friend’s daughter alike. Joann’s is very expensive. There is a quilting place around here, If I was stuck I would ask anyone who goes if they would consider teaching a little one.
Hi, My wife and I are trying to decide between the first 3 machines you reviewed to be given as a Christmas gift to my 10 year old daughter. Given all are currently available at the same price, do you recommend any particular one? Do all three models have reverse and finger guards like the Janome Fast Lane? What separates the two Brother machines? Please keep in mind we’ll be learning with my daughter.
If you are choosing between the two Brother models, the XL2610 is the better machine. It has more options and is easier to use. Especially for button holes. Neither will come with a finger guard, but you can purchase one to add on to it.
Hi, thank you I have been reviewing your reviews for the past week. My 7 year old is asking for a sewing machine. I also would like to sew. I have read your reviews on the beginners Manuel and computerized. Are the computerized too advance? Do the janome or any of the beginner sewing machines have reverse? Auto threading? I feel overwhelmed. Can she make a dress for herself on any of the above machines. We are willing to spend up to $160 but only if its a better choice for her. Help? I feel so overwhelmed. She would like to “learn to sew, make doll clothes, and dresses for herself” if that helps any?
Hi Sharon, 7 is a tough age to recommend for. It really depends on your confidence in them and how much direction you are able to give them. However, based on all that you have said I would go with the Brother xl2610. It is currently under $100, has auto threading and is easy enough for her to use after some practice. Thanks for visiting!
The Brother LS2400 was not one of your recommendations. Do you think this model would be good for a 7 year old? There are just so many choices! I want to get her a good one with options but I do not want to get something that would be overwhelming and hard to use! Very confused!!!
Hi Lauren, I actually haven’t tried the ls2400 so can’t really give an opinion on it. There aren’t very many reviews for it either so it’s hard to tell if it is worth it or not. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
Thank you so much for your reply!! If you were me which machine would you buy if you were purchasing for a 7 year old? I have read all the above info and am just having a hard time deciding!! Too many to choose from! Thanks so much for your advice!!
Thank you for the reply! Sorry for all the typos in my last post. I saw a free arm singer machine 1507 WC and the brother machine that is similar you’ve recommended. My grandma swears by singers, but I heard they aren’t “made like they use to”? Also, with the janome portable can you make a kids dress or is it not capable of that? I like the idea of her being able to work on her own with the janome. She is very smart, but just turned 7. Sorry for all of the questions right now our thoughts are wanting her to have options but appreciate the safety features of the janome. Thank you. I love your site! 🙂
No problem at all. The Janome can definitely make dresses. It is a great little sewing machine.
What do you think of the Anna Bl20A by Baby Lock? I decided to stop at a sewing store in my town and they recommended this sewing machine for beginner sewer. You can only purchase them through a dealer but what I thought was nice is the sewing store offered unlimited sewing machine lessons for free with the purchase. The cost for this machine was, $188.00, but with the free unlimited lessons I thought it may be worth it? Any thoughts?
Where can I purchase the Brother finger guards? I am really considering purchasing the Brother XL2610 for my 8 year old daughter but want the additional safety feature. I sew and have a Brother, not sure what make, it is quite old but still hanging in there. If she does not take to sewing, I will keep the machine for myself!
I was actually looking for them myself the other day and couldn’t find them. I used to just get them from Amazon, but I couldn’t find them the last time I checked. If I find some I will let you know. If you happen to find some please let me know too. Thanks!
My 8 yr. old daughter was in tears yesterday on Christmas because her Singer toy sewing machine frustrated her so much. I do not know how to sew. We did take a beginning sewing class together and plan to take more. I am going to get her a different one and am trying to decide between the Brother xl 2610 or Brother LS2125i. Which one would you recommend. Since we are both beginners. Thanks
Both machines are good for beginners. I do like the XL2610 a bit more. It is a bit easier to use and has more options that she may grow into in the future. I hope that helps. Jessie
Hello I want to purchase a sewing machine for my 9 year old daughter! She loves to make things. I wanted to purchase either the Janome 2206 or the Janome 3128 what is the difference between the two machines and would you reccomend one over the other. We are both beginners any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I haven’t used the janome 3128 before, but they look like similar machines. The janome 2206 has 2 less stitches, but has a free arm (for quilting), front bobbin load. The 2206 has a few more features than the 3128. They both have good reviews so it really depends on what your needs are.
This is so helpful. I teach a couple of classes for kids and which machine to buy is always the big decision for everyone! Thank you.
Thanks Peggy! 🙂
Thanks so much for your advice and taking time to answer my questions. This is a great site. :-))))
Hi! I bought a Janome Hello Kitty (model 15312) from Walmart for my 8 yr old daughter. The bobbin is sideways in a compartment below the metal sewing surface. I am a ‘beginner’ to sewing too, so this is extremely frustrating since I can’t figure out how to get it to work (even after watching a YouTube video). Do you know if all Janome machines have the bobbin in this location or are some models with a drop-in bobbin? Should I keep trying at it or take this one back and get a machine that has a drop-in bobbin? (Especially since I want something easy enough for my daughter to be able to handle.)
Hi Ann, The Janome Hello Kitty 15822 and 18750 do have a drop-in bobbin. It definitely makes life easier, especially if you are both sewing newbies. I’d consider returning it if it is too frustrating for you as well. I hope that helps.
Thank you for this excellent article. My daughter is 6 and is interested in learning how to sew. Would all of these machines be appropriate for an adult beginner to use as well?
Any of these would absolutely be a good place for an adult as well.
Thank you so much for this blog! As I was researching sewing machines for kids, your site was the most detailed. When choosing a birthday present for my six-year-old granddaughter, the Janome Fast Lane Fuschia seemed like the best fit. We ended up getting it in Lovely Lilac. The three-quarter size is perfect for her and the finger guard is a great safety feature. Her 3 1/2-year-old brother wants to try it, too.
I have two handy tips to pass along. We set the machine up, all threaded and ready to go,in a spare room and just wrapped the box. That way, Caitlyn could start sewing right away without waiting for set up. Also, the wrapping paper had dots on the back of it for a cutting guide. I had Caitlyn so down a line of dots, then pivot and sew along another line of dots. Instant straight lines! She has already completed three simple projects On her machine.
That is great Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing! I love to know that I’ve helped someone out. Jessie
Hello – your blog is great but I’m still unsure on what machine I should purchase. It is for my 16 year old son who has decided he wants to learn to sew. He has zero experience other than dragging my Mom’s 55 year old Singer (with the built in console) into the house and quickly finding out it didn’t work. He’s fairly computer savvy but as far as I know has never sewn on a button or even threaded a needle.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Being that your son is a bit older and computer savy I would go with the Brother CS6000i or the Singer 7258. Both are easy to use and inexpensive. They will also have enough features to keep him interested. Let me know if you have any other questions.
I was wondering what age you are considering these machines for. Is there a sewing machine for a 5 year old to start with?
For a 5 year old I would recommend the Janome Fast Lane that is in the list. It is small, so very portable and has a finger guard. You’ll have to work along-side them at that age, but at least that machine is safe and performs like a sewing machine.
Hi, thanks for your sharing with us. I also have two daughters and they love sewing. I prefer Janome 11706 3/4 Sized Hello Kitty to another machines, because It’s easy to use for my little daughter (7 years old).
I have been looking for the fushia sewing machine for days and now i finally found it. you all should try it!
I didn’t know there are sewing machines for kids. My mom should have bought me this when I was a child.