Throughout the years, I’ve been helping people find the best sewing machines for their kids as they send me their emails and notes. Today, I plan on answering some of the basic questions from parents who have children that are interested in sewing.
I gathered the most-asked questions together to make an easy-to-use FAQs list for people who want to get the right answers about sewing machines for their children. Find out the information you need so your child can enjoy this hobby even more.
1: What’s the best first sewing machine for a child?
If you are looking to find the best sewing machine for your kid, I suggest you read this post. I have reviewed all of the sewing machines available on Amazon that I think would be perfect for your little ones.
2: Is 7 years old too young for a child to start sewing? What would be the perfect sewing machine for him/her?
Children who are 6 to 8 years of age are at the perfect time in their lives to get involved with this great hobby! I created a list of my top picks for sewing machines here as your child can basically use any on the list. Check out the convenient comparison table to see the features best suited for your particular child.
3: Are there any books or videos that can be included with the machine so a child can learn basic sewing?
Some sewing machines come with books and videos, such as the Singer 7256 that comes with a Martha Stewart Show DVD. Books you may want to try are “My First Sewing Machine: FASHION SCHOOL: Learn To Sew: Kids” and “A Kid’s Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends – 16 Fun Projects You’ll Love to Make & Use.”
I found a DVD-rom that people can check out which is “Thread’s Teach Yourself to Sew DVD – Season 1(there are 5 season in all so far).” While the DVD is geared toward adults who are learning to sew, it is still a great visual tool for your child as they will learn the basic terms and the parts on the sewing machine.
4: When purchasing a kid’s sewing machine, are there any extra items I should get?
Many of the kids’ sewing machines that I recommend come ready the moment you take it out of the box. But it is also ideal to have a few extra bobbins and needles. Before you purchase anything, check the owner’s manual to find out if there is a certain bobbin or needle it specifically takes. For example: people who have purchased a Brother XL2600i say that it only takes plastic bobbins made by Brother. So if you have any old metal bobbins, you don’t want to put those into this machine.
5: Are there any sewing machines suitable for international travel when my child goes on vacation?
The biggest problem your child will have taking their sewing machine to another country is the voltage settings and plugs. Most sewing machines run on 110-volt to 120-volt in the United States. Other countries may have a standard voltage of 220-volts, which would be too much for the sewing machine and could damage it. Also, the sewing machine will typically have three prongs while other countries such as Europe only accept two-prong devices.
There are universal converter plugs that can be used. Yet be careful. Some plugs won’t convert the voltage low enough for your sewing machine. So you may void the warranty if the machine is damaged. It is best to contact the sewing machine company and find out if there is a specific converter plug to use, or look for a converter plug that will lower the voltage enough to use the sewing machine. Yet there are no guarantees that it will work there.
6: How can I get a Janome 2206 shipped to Canada? Amazon won’t ship here.
The Amazon located in the United States doesn’t ship to Canada. So you have to place your order for the Janome 2206 from the Canadian Amazon website at http://amazon.ca. You can then see what sewing machines are available that would be perfect for your child.