Sewing Machine for Kids


sewing machine for kidsKids are quite capable of using a sewing machine from an early age, my Granddaughter was 8 when I taught her on my Singer Featherweight! It’s hard to find a suitable sewing machine for kids that actually sews effectively but I’ve managed to find 2, both on a special offer, perfect for a kids Christmas or birthday present.


Janome Sew Mini 140M Sewing MachineJanome kids sewing machine

Website: Hobbycraft
Price: £49



  • 8 built in stitches: Straight and Zigzag for general sewing tasks.
  • Create Buttonholes: Easy to do with the adjustable zigzag stitch.
  • Single selector dial: Easy for children to understand and use.
  • Adjustable tension: There is a tension dial for fine tuning stitches.
  • Portable: Very lightweight at only 2.5kg. Easy to take out, set up and put away, great for kids who don’t want to wait for your help.
  • Reverse stitching: Lock off seam ends by simply depressing the reverse button.
  • Free arm: For those fiddly areas like cuffs or trouser bottoms.
  • Dimensions: Size (H)23cm, (W)27cm, (D)13cm, neat and portable.

This nifty little machine comes complete with two bobbins, a needle, a needle threader, an adapter and an instruction book. It’s operated with a single dial making it suitable for kids 8yrs and up. It can be a little noisy but for the price it’s a good buy.


Pink kids sewing machineBeldray 12 Stitch Sewing Machine with Accessories, Pink


Website: AMAZON
Price: £50



  • 12 Built in stitch patterns: Simple to use for general sewing.
  • Reverse stitch: Great for finishing off seams.
  • Automatic thread rewind: Easy to rewind the thread.
  • Includes 200 piece sewing kit with carry case: Great if you’re just starting out and don’t have any sewing accessories.
  • Includes nylon storage bag for machine: Useful for keeping the machine protected and clean.
  • Includes a drawer: handy for storing bobbins and essential tools.
  • Built in sewing light: makes it easier to keep sewing lines on track.
  • Built in thread cutter: handy especially if scissors are out of reach.
  • Size: 27 cm x 11 cm x 26 cm: Compact for easy transport.
  • Weight: 1.9 kg: Lightweight for portability.

A cute girly pink machine which is suitable for beginners. This sewing machine for kids is great for beginners. It includes a sewing Bundle comprising of 200 pieces, all the essentials to help you get started. The accessories come in a neat carry case plus you get a handy storage bag for the machine.


These are both useful machines Janome Sew Mini 140M Sewing Machine chartand easy for kids to use. The Janome would be my 1st choice due to the price point and Amazon customer reviews.






The Beldray is a good deal with   Roll over image to zoom in        Beldray 12 Stitch Sewing Machine chartthe extra accessories and the pink colour is cute but it’s not as robust as the Janome.






The comparison charts and reviews will help you make your own mind up which kids sewing machine to choose.

You can buy either one by clicking the links below
Janome Sew Mini 140M Sewing Machine

Beldray 12 Stitch Sewing Machine with Accessories, Pink



Brother 1034D Overlocker


Brother 1034D Overlocker

You’ve got the sewing bug, have your sewing machine and have now realised you need an overlocker/serger……enter the Brother 1034D Overlockerwith differential feed. Now overlockers/sergers can be pretty scary things that can leave you with a headache just thinking about threading it, never mind the sharp knife involved! I’ve put together this review of the Brother 1034D Overlocker/Serger with differential feed I purchased a few months ago.





My main criteria

  • Brother 1034D OverlockerEasy threading. I’ve had an industrial machine in the past which took me hours to thread.
  • Easy to understand instructions.
  • Price under £200
  • Free arm flatbed
  • Removeable knife.


Out of the box

TheBrother 1034D came pre-threaded (yipee!), with a good range of accessories including Blind Stitch Foot, Gathering Foot and Piping Foot. It was light to carry and the built in handle made it easy to move around my work space.

The built in light was effective shining where it needed to shine. All my main criteria was covered and all for a fabulous price of £189!

I didn’t need anything fancy as my sewing machine takes care of the decorative stuff but I did want a good basic overlock stitch.

Can I thread it?

The short answer, YES. The machine did come pre threaded however, I needed to know I could re-thread it. I didn’t want to spend hours when I needed to change colour, broke a needle or snapped a thread. I removed all the threads and followed the instructions. Everything is colour coded and the instructions were easy to understand. Re-threading was a breeze and took me about 7 mns, another box ticked!


I started with a piece of towelling and if FrayedTowelyou’ve ever cut a piece of towel you’ll understand why I used it for this test.

I didn’t make any adjustments at all, used it straight out of the box. Remember it was already threaded and tensioned ready for use.



A perfect stitch, was I impressed Overlock stitch on frayed towel? YES! The machine ran smoothly, it was a bit noisy but I’m used to a quiet sewing machine.

The knife can be disabled by the means of a simple lever on the side of the machine and the free arm is easy to slip off for doing cuffs etc.

I haven’t tried the extra feet yet but will update this review when I do.

I’m delighted with this purchase and you can be too!

NOTE: The extra feet don’t come as standard so make sure they’re included if the deal.

Buy the Brother M1034D Overlocker here!