Sew Cool Sewing Machine – Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

Sew Cool sewing machineThe Sew Cool sewing machine is a very popular sewing machine for kids. Many parents are picking this machine up for their little ones to introduce them to sewing in a safe, fun way. Many have asked me if it is a good place to start when teaching a child to sew. Before we get to my experiences with the Sew Cool machine, let me tell you a bit about it.

What’s Included With The Sew Cool Sewing Machine?

Inside of the packaging you will get 8 sheets of fabric, 8 buttons, 1 bag of cotton batting, ribbons, 3 patterns, user guide and more. There is enough material to complete 9 projects or you can be creative and make something of your very own.


Easy Sewing Projects For Children

Sew Cool machineAll 9 of the projects that are included with the So Cool kit are super fun and creative. My grand-daughter was absolutely thrilled with all of the cute characters she was about to create. She had her choice of cats, owls, ponies (to name just a few) and each of them are very cute so she had a tough time choosing her first one. The projects are very simple. Basically, your child will be filling each character with cotton and sewing the edges creating a small stuffy. They are very cute and my grand-daughter was so excited with her result!

When you run out of patterns or want to try something new you can also download or create your own sewing patterns from the Sew Cool Sewing Studio. There were a lot of very nice patterns to choose from that will keep my grand-daughter busy for a long time.

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Sew Cool is a sewing machine that uses a special process to “stitch” fabric together without using any thread. It is amazingly simple to use. Just follow the sewing guides and seam alignment and you will be on your way. Your child simply presses a button and follows the dotted line on the fabric and the sewing machine attaches the two fabrics together. There is no need for bobbins, foot pedals, needles or thread. Like advertised, it is very easy and very safe to use.


Does the Sew Cool Machine Work?

Now comes the most important part. Yes, my grand-daughter absolutely LOVED the So Cool sewing machine, but that didn’t last as long as I had hoped. In the beginning, the machine worked flawlessly. After just a handful of uses the needle broke. Needless to say, she was devastated. I wouldn’t be too upset about it if there was a way to replace the needles, but unfortunately there isn’t. Based on other reviews that I have seen on Amazon this seems to be a common issue with this machine. I should also mention that she was not rough on the machine at all. We followed all of the directions and worked as carefully as we could. It’s too bad that it has this issue because it has a ton of potential and it was so nice to see how excited she was after creating her first few projects with it. Hopefully, So Cool is able to fix this issue with future models, but for now I can’t recommend anyone purchasing this kids sewing machine.

My Recommendation

Janome Fast LaneThis would be a really nice machine for very young children to start out on, but right now I can’t recommend it due to its durability issues. So now you may be asking, “What should I get a child as their first sewing machine?” With guidance and supervision you can start a child on a regular sized or portable sewing machine. There are many very simple sewing projects that you can do with a child that can help them to quickly gain confidence as they improve. I would recommend any machine you use to have a finger guard and also that you are present to help support them as they learn. And, for them to learn faster I suggest going to this page:

One of my favorite sewing machines for children is the Janome Fast Lane. It is small, portable, comes with a finger guard and are very easy to use. However, please note that it is a real sewing machine and small children should be supervised while using it. They come in six different colors that look great. Be sure to click on each color as they sometimes vary in price.


You might also want to visit one of my other pages where I recommend some of my favorite sewing machines for kids. This list of sewing machines should help you with your search and hopefully help you find the sewing machine you are looking for. You can find these reviews here. Good luck and happy sewing!

18 thoughts on “Sew Cool Sewing Machine – Easy Sewing Projects for Kids”

  1. My older sister asked what I wanted for Christmas and I asked for a sewing machine. I watched a movie, ” crimes of fashion” and the girl had a cute little sewing machine. I wanted it!!! And so I stumbled upon you with the help of Google. Thanks a lot!!!! Now I have a better idea on what to ask my sis!

    -Sophie <3

  2. My daughter kept on telling me “Mom,I want a sewing machine for Christmas.”And I was like “What?!A sewing machine?” I went in the internet and found this sew cool.Then I was keeping a secret so she could not find out.Anyway,thanks about the idea.

  3. Santa is bringing this Sew Cool machine for my daughter for Christmas. Can you tell me if it will work with regular felt scraps or does it require the special Sew Cool refill kits? I think she’s going to go through the projects included really quickly.

    • Sorry, I couldn’t get back to you sooner Jennifer. I was away from internet service over Christmas. I believe that you can use Flocked Felt, which seems to be the same felt they use. You can get it much cheaper than the Sew Cool refills.

  4. I wish I would have seen this article before purchasing. We played with this toy for christmas for 4-5 hours and indeed the center 4 needles snapped like twigs. I do believe that if there was a way to change the needles this purchase would be worth it, but because you cannot, my daughter is very disappointed her new toy is out of commission.

    • That is too bad. I also feel like this machine would be a winner if they could fix the needle issue. I’m sorry your daughter had a bad experience with it. Hopefully they address this issue with newer models.

  5. So glad I found this! Santa brought my daughter a sew cool machine for Christmas. Luckily no issues yet, but I’m glad to know what might come up. She is 6, but already coming up with grand ideas for bigger projects and other fabrics. I’m nervous about getting her involved with my ‘big sewing machine’, but I don’t want to squash her desire to do more. Do you think with supervision a 6 year old can learn on a real sewing machine?

    • Hi Alex, I’m glad your daughter loves her sew cool machine. As long as she’s careful she should get some good use out of it. I have seen kids that young learn to sew, but you definitely want to supervise every step. It depends a lot on the child. I would start slowly doing very simple tasks and move on from there. If you feel they are ready, then you can move forward. If not, you could try again when they get a year older.

  6. Needle broke on my daughters in less than 2 days. I was sitting there with her while we worked on a project so I know she wasn’t being rough. Now I find out it’s useless. VERY disappointing.

  7. I was teaching my grand-daughter how to sew like with a real sewing machine and I looked at it and I saw that there was no actual thread. It was very confusing of what she was sewing with because when she was sewing the fabric was ripping? If it was made with thread how do replace it with a refill kit. I just want to know what she is sewing with?

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