Once a child shows an interest in sewing, parents want to find a child’s sewing machine that will introduce them to the craft without investing a lot of money just in case their interest doesn’t blossom. There is no set age that kids typically start to look at sewing seriously and children of the same age differ greatly in their ability to follow directions as well as in dexterity.
Choosing the best kid's sewing machine will depend on the child as well as the sewing machine’s features. For this review, I chose the line of Janome Hello Kitty machines including the models 15822 and 11706 and the LCD Screen Saving model as well as the Fast Lane which is also from Janome. Janome is considered by many sewers to make the best quality sewing machines for home use and they have the best variety of sewing machines targeted at children.
|Sewing Machine||Janome Hello Kitty 11706||Janome Hello Kitty 15822||Janome Hello Kitty 18750 LCD Computerized||Janome Fuchsia Fast Lane|
|Number of Stitches||11||24||50||10|
|Size (Inches)||9 x 5 x 10.5||14.5 x 10.8 x 7.5||14.8 x 11 x 6.6||10.5 x 5.8 x 9|
|Stitch Length||Up to 4mm||Up to 4mm||Up to 7mm||5mm|
|Easy Reverse Button?||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Button holes?||Yes, One-Step||Yes, One-Step||Yes, 3 One-Step||Yes, Four-Step|
|Available Color(s)||Aqua||White/Red||White||Fuchsia, Lavender, Yellow, Blue, More|
|Standard Accessories||Zig-Zag Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot||Screwdriver, Darning Plate, Plastic Bobbins, Needle Set, Buttonhole Opener||Zig-Zag Foot, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Specialized Bobbin, Satin Stitch Foot F||2 Bobbins, Needle, Threader, Foot Control, Power Supply Cord, Instruction Manual|
Not surprisingly, many parents’ first concern in choosing a sewing machine is the safety of their child. The addition or absence of a finger guard is a point of controversy among sewers and parents alike. Of this list of the best sewing machines for kids, only the Fast Lane has a finger guard on the sewing foot to ensure little fingers don’t slip under the foot and get stitched! This is why smaller children will fare better with this model or with the Janome Hello Kitty 11706. While the latter does not have a finger guard, it is made so that the up position in the presser foot is not as high as in a normal machine so there simply isn’t enough room to stick fingers underneath.
It is important to note that there are significant differences between these sewing machines which are made for kids and those that are full-size sewing machines made for adult use. Although adult supervision is always advised, a child’s sewing machine should be easy enough to use on their own from threading it, to selecting stitches, to guiding the fabric through the feeder. Often, people will purchase a full-size standard machine that has only basic stitches as an entry-level machine instead of purchasing one that is made especially for children thinking they will get a better quality machine that will last longer. In reality, the best kids’ sewing machine will often be more durable than a standard machine at a bargain price.
In addition, the fact that these are made on a full-scale is likely to mean that the features will be harder for kids to use effectively and safely. Full-size machines also operate with a faster stitch speed that can be difficult for kids to control.
The prices are not included in this review because they vary greatly from one retailer to another. In all instances, you can expect to pay significantly more for the Janome Computerized 18750 because of its sophisticated design. This is probably not going to be an optimal choice as a first-time sewing machine for kids of any age but it is a great choice for teens and older who have had some experience using a mechanical machine and are ready to advance to the next level. Although it includes a much larger range of options to choose from with 50 stitch types, the LCD screen instant selection and other features are geared towards ease-of-use.
Parents often find themselves turning to their child’s sewing machine for fast sewing jobs due to the ease and quality of sewing that makes it easier than using their standard sewing machine. Sometimes children’s sewing machines that are smaller and lightweight are also a better choice for taking classes. The Fuchsia Fast Lane is a great classroom tool since its 5-pound weight makes it highly portable. One thing to keep in mind with this model and the Hello Kitty 11706 is that neither model has an easy reverse button for finishing off seams.
The Janome Fast Lane is referred to as the “Fuchsia” Fast Lane at many locations but this is not the only color choice available. Kids can also choose from lilac, yellow, blue, teal and more colors to suit their personal taste. The different models of the Hello Kitty sewing machines offer a cute and colorful Hello Kitty print that kids love. The cartoon graphics and fun colors shouldn’t mislead you into thinking any of these children’s sewing machines are toys. All are made with the same quality workmanship and technology that the Janome name is known for.
Simplicity like that found in the Hello Kitty 11706 and the Fuchsia Fast Lane is what you should look for in a sewing machine for the smallest children who are just starting out. For older kids and those who are more advanced at sewing, the Hello Kitty 15822 and the Hello Kitty Computerized 18750 LCD are great choices that will work for all of their sewing projects as well.
Today’s sewing machines have evolved to include a selection of computerized monogramming, embroidering and quilting machines that allow sewers to expand their creative side. In fact, the market has grown to include all types, shapes and sizes of machines that include a diversity of functions.
Although the capabilities of these machines are impressive to almost any sewer, many people share the goal of finding the easiest sewing machine to use that will accomplish their needs. For this review, I chose the Brother PE770 embroidery machine, the Brother Designio monogramming machine, and the Singer Confidence Quilter as the easiest sewing machine to use for each specific sewing purpose.
Whether you will be using your machine to create clothing or crafts for you home and family or as an at-home embroidery business, you still want to find an easy to use embroidery machine that saves time. You don’t want to spend all of your time trying to figure out how to get the design you have on paper onto the fabric! The Brother PE770 5 x 7 inch Embroidery-Only machine fits the bill with a number of convenient features including a built-in memory.
The PE770 has an expansive 5” x 7” field that makes it easy to work on large designs and lettering with less re-hooping. The fact that this is an easy to use embroidery machine doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a lot of features to offer.
Additionally, you can use a flash drive to import more designs to the machine or insert your memory card into the built-in card slot. When you purchase or designs, just save them to memory until you want to use them again. There are also multiple editing features that allow you to alter designs to fit their destination.
The easiest sewing machine to use is always one that is easy to thread. The PE770 is easy to thread and it features an auto thread cutter that for stitching and trimming precision. Brother sewing machines are known for their quality, ease of use, and versatility.
Now that so many sewing machines are computerized, the line between embroidery and monogramming is much more blurred. If you want a machine that will primarily monogram, and you want to find the easiest monogramming machine to use, then simplicity is going to be key. One good choice is the Brother Designio Series DZ820E.
The Designio is a designated embroidery with the following unique features:
There are also numerous machines that incorporate embroidery and monogramming into regular sewing. In most cases, the easiest sewing machine to use is a dedicated sewing machine that doesn’t require you to change adjustments, thread, or CDs.
Like embroidery, computerized machines are often used for quilting. Although the Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter is a combination sewing and quilting machine, it is still the easiest quilting machine to use for sewers at all levels.
The Confidence Quilter has 98 stitches built in and includes fully automatic one-step buttonholes. A programmable needle makes it simple to switch to quilting mode. The machine comes with four bonus quilting feet in addition to the general purpose pressure foot and an extension table to manage your quilting projects.
A quick set-up makes this the easiest quilting machine to use for a variety of sewing projects. The electronic twin needle control and adjustable stitch width/length give you more option for customizing your sewing and quilting projects.
Many sewers who have never tried them find computerized sewing machines intimidating. When their goal is to find the easiest sewing machine to use, the idea of manipulating a computer doesn’t sound like the easiest option. In reality, the computer moves the various components of the machine to produce more accurate stitches for professional results. Many computerized machines made for home use produce results that are just as professional looking as those made by commercial sewing machines.
Some machines come with built-in designs that are accessed on the LCD screen. You simple select the stitch you want and the machine makes it. Depending on the specific machine, you may also have the option to edit the stitch to create custom designs.
You will also be able to access other stitch or embroidery and decal designs online. These are found on many online sites where they may be obtained for free or sold. Those machines that have a USB port or memory card slot are the easiest sewing machine to use to transfer new designs from the computer to the sewing machine. There are also some computers that can hook up directly to the internet to download the patterns directly into the memory.
These machines come in a wide range of prices and complexity that should also go into your decision about which one is right for your needs. If you want the easiest to use embroidery machine for occasional personal use, you won’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good quality machine. Always consider the brand name in your decision and stick with those that have a good reputation for providing consistent results and being durable.
Nothing is more enjoyable to a seamstress that having the tools to create unique designs. All of the machines listed in this review are considered the easiest sewing machine to use of their kind and should add to the creativity of your craft!
Selecting a leather sewing machine presents unique challenges. Most tabletop machines intended for home use lack the power and special features necessary to truly function as leather sewing machines, while industrial machines tend to be expensive and less user-friendly. This article compares three machines poised to bridge the gap, promising heavy duty results from tabletop machines.
With a cast aluminum body and simple lines, the Janome HD1000 radiates the sturdiness of sewing machines from an earlier era. Marketed as “Heavy Duty,” the HD1000 costs claims to be an affordable sewing machine for denim and leather.
In the same price range as the Janome HD1000 is the Singer CG590. With a rigid metal frame, the CG590 promises to bring “Commercial Grade” results, including the ability to tackle difficult materials.
While Toyota has been producing sewing machines since 1946, they’ve only been selling in the United States for the past few years. Like the other machines in this article, the Toyota FSG325 is positioned as a “Heavy Duty” machine intended for everything from crafting fine apparel to working multiple layers of leather and denim.
Motor strength is a critical consideration when sewing leather. While the Janome HD1000 is powered by a respectable 1.0 amp motor, the Singer CG590 boasts a 1.6 amp motor, one of the strongest available in a home sewing machine. The Toyota FSG325 comes in at the bottom with a 0.6 amp motor.
Because sewing leaves permanent holes in leather, choosing a longer stitch length ultimately results in stronger seams. All three machines offer stitch lengths well above the standard 2.5 mm, with the Janome HD1000 topping out at 4 mm and the Singer CG590 extending to 6 mm. The Toyota FSG325 is a middle-of-the-road option with a maximum stitch length of 5 mm.
Another important characteristic that helps qualify these models as leather sewing machines is their ability to handle thick material. The Janome HD1000, Singer CG590, and Toyota FSG325 all feature an extra-high presser foot lift that provides an additional ¼-inch of clearance when needed. To further accommodate thick fabrics, the Janome and Toyota machines allow the user to manually adjust the presser foot pressure. The Singer model takes this one step further and offers an automatic pressure system that adjusts to handle fabrics of varying thickness.
Like other leather sewing machines for sale, the Janome HD1000, Singer CG590, and Toyota FSG325 feature high stitch speeds, with the HD1000 reaching 840 stitches-per-minute and the Toyota FSG325 close behind at 800 stitches-per-minute. The Singer peaks at an impressive 1100 stitches-per-minute. To help handle these speeds, the Singer CG590 has a regulating dial that can be used to limit the speed when needed and both the Singer and Janome models include a finger guard to keep hands safely away from the needle.
Reliability is one area where the Janome HD1000 shines. All three machines have a metal interior frame, but the Janome has also incorporated metal parts throughout. By comparison, the body and many other parts of the Toyota and Singer are plastic. Complaints related to needle alignment, tension issues, bobbin performance, jamming, and broken parts are common with the Singer CG590. Although not as widely maligned as the Singer, there is concern that Toyota’s choice to use plastic for important components such as the drive gear is problematic.
The Janome HD1000, Singer CG590, and Toyota FSG325 each position themselves as the best home sewing machine for garment-weight leather in their price range. The Singer CG590 brings better specifications to the table nearly all the way around, although all three machines contain enough features to accomplish most home leather jobs. If you want a machine you can hand down to your grandchildren, Janome’s performance history, solid motor power, and reliability make it the best choice. However, the Singer has the best all-around set of features and it tends to be the cheapest of the three, making it a serious value if long-term reliability isn't your number one concern.
Coverstitch sewing machines are used to create a professional-looking hem to garments and evenly apply trims to flat seams. They are especially handy for people who like to make clothes from knit fabrics and need to make seams that retain some stretch. The coverstitch sewing machine works with either one, two or three needles on top and a thread looper below that weaves thread through the stitches to form a double-locking chain.
Sewing is done from the top of the material with the fabric edge underneath and it creates a single straight stitch for every needle that is used on the top and a chain stitch over the raw edge below. I chose Coverstitch machines from Brother and Janome and a hybrid coverstitch/serger machine from Juki for this review to provide a variety of options in feature and cost.
|Coverstitch Machine||Brother 2340CV||Janome CoverPro 1000CPX||Juki MO-735|
|Max Stitch Width||6mm||6mm||5mm|
|Max Speed (stitches/minute)||1,100||1,000||1,500|
|Special Features||Janome’s Seam Tightening System™||Multiple Stitch Options Including 5-Thread Safety Stitch, Sews Heavy and Difficult-to-Feed Materials|
|Number of Needles||1, 2 or 3||1, 2 or 3||2, 3, 4 or 5|
|Level of Expertise||Hobbyist/Enthusiast||Enthusiast/Professional||Enthusiast/Professional|
|Warranty||Limited 1-Year parts and labor, 5 years for electric||5 Years mechanical, 2 Year Electric, 90 days on material or workmanship||Limited 2-Years on motors, light assembly, wiring, switches and speed control, Limited 5-years on all other parts|
|Country of Manufacture||Taiwan||Japan, Taiwan, Thailand||Japan|
The first thing to consider when comparing these three models is the features that they all have in common. Each machine has differential feed which allows you to change the setting for how much material is fed through the machine. Adjusting the knob for this setting will help you prevent “tunneling” that can occur between stitches or put light gathering into garments where it is wanted. Both the Brother and Janome machines can be used with one, two or three needles while the Juki takes stitching to a whole new level! The combination of serger and coverstitch features make it the most versatile machine available.
Many people disagree about the advantage of combining the functions of a serger with those of a coverstitch sewing machine. Many find them more difficult to thread and to switch from one function to the other. The Juki MO-735 is no exception but once the technique is mastered, the process becomes much faster and easier.
Another complaint many buyers share about the Juki MO-735 is that the instruction manual is difficult to impossible to understand. Fortunately, the instructions on YouTube make it much easier to thread the machine and use the different stitches.
When overlock machines, or sergers, were first introduced on the market, one of the biggest problems many people had with them was threading. A single mistake in threading any of the three or four spools of thread could result in poor stitch quality. Not only was it difficult to find the problem in the threading guide, there was always the potential for the poor stitching to be from inaccurate tension settings. I know this firsthand because I took my first serger out to the trash dumpster and happily threw it in after two repairs and numerous attempts to thread it without any success.
Although a coverstitch sewing machine is threaded in much the same way as a serger, there have been many improvements since the original models. They also differ in that the coverstitch machine creates a coverstitch on the bottom of the fabric and it doesn’t cut the material off as the seam is sewn. The Juki MO-735 is the only machine in this review that allows you to choose between the overlock and coverstitch functions.
Both the Brother and Janome machines use three needles and three spools of thread. All three machines are color-coded to simplify the threading process and, like the Juki, videos are available on YouTube to help you thread and use the Brother and Janome machines.
All three of these coverstitch sewing machines are from leading brands of regular sewing machines so that you may already have a favorite. Going by brand alone may be all you need to make the right choice as long as you will be using the coverstitch machine for the same level of work that you use your regular sewing machine.
If you want a machine that will make it easier to hem the knit garments you make for yourself, the Brother 2340CV will probably meet your needs. If you are going to take on the job of making leggings for your daughter’s gymnastics team, you may want to move up to the Janome CoverPro. For use in a home business of making custom leggings, the Juki MO-735 is the closest thing to a commercial Coverstitch sewing machine that you can buy for the home.
Most sewers find that a coverstitch machine makes a valuable addition to their sewing room. For those who make knit garments or who need a tool that will help them create a smoother curved hem, no other type of sewing machine will meet the demand better. It is the frequency of use and the need for the most professional results that should guide you in making your choice. Once you have determined your need for durability and quality performance, look at the differences in features that will impact your sewing needs. Sometimes the smallest detail can make a big difference in the quality of your results.
Every coverstitch sewing machine is designed to give a professional finish to the garments you make. The difference between the three models reviewed here is in their ability to consistently accomplish that goal. The right machine for your use should fit your personal or professional sewing needs as well as your budget. The information provided here should help you decide the level of performance and extent of durability that you will need from the machine you purchase.
If you want to start sewing at home whether as a hobby or professionally, you’ve come to the right place. The machine you pick to begin with can really make a difference to the progress you make as a novice sewer.
When you’re choosing a machine as a beginner, also remember that you won’t be a beginner forever! You need a machine that will make your entry into the world of sewing as easy as possible, but that will also serve you well as you become more advanced. Some people think that starting with the cheapest machine possible is the way to go, and they may even start with a handheld sewing machine just to dip their toe in the water. I think that’s a bad idea though because those very inexpensive machines are often harder to use and may frustrate beginners.
So here goes, the top three sewing machines for beginners:
This is the #1 pick for so many reasons, you get A LOT for the price of this machine:
Easy to use – With an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin system and one-touch automatic thread cutter, you’ll spend less time fiddling with the machine and more time sewing.
600 built-in stitches! – While you might not use them all to begin with, as you sew more and more projects, your creativity is unlimited with this many stitches.
Control the sewing speed – This machine is capable of 850 stitches per minute (this is higher than average) so you can go fast, or while you’re still beginning use the slow sewing speed option to help you control your work.
There are so many more features that make this a great machine both while you’re a beginner but will serve you extremely well once you gain more experience. Click here to read the reviews from 300+ sewers and get the best price.
This is a great quality machine for the price you pay and you won’t feel the need to upgrade any time soon. A few of the features:
70 built in stitches and 7 one step buttonholes – There are a nice selection of stitches for clothing, decorative, heirloom and quilting. 7 different one step button holes that are automatically set to fit the size of your button makes button holes easy.
Wide table for extra work space – The wide table is a great addition and makes sewing large items like clothing and quilts alot easier, particularly when you’re a beginner as it means the fabric stays in place with less handling.
Great stitch quality Now if you’ve never bought or used a sewing machine before, you may think they all stitch the same. Not the case at all. I’ve used cheaper machines over the years and they are nothing but frustrating. If a sewing machine doesn’t form a stitch correctly and consistently, your seams can come apart, not sit flat or pucker among other problems. This Brother has a great consistent stitch quality.
While each machine in our top 3 is sturdy and durable, the Janome has the best durability of the 3. In a lot of reviews you’ll see words like ‘great workhorse’ mentioned and we totally agree. It has a good amount of features, while not being too overwhelming for a beginner. If you don’t need a heap of fancy stitches, this is the machine we would suggest. Some of its features include:
Double lift presser foot – perfect when you need the extra room under the foot for thick and or multiple layers of fabric
Computerized stitch selection – 30 decorative stitches and 6 one step automatic button holes
Time saving features – one press button for locking stitch, reverse, needle up/down and start and stop.
Monogrammed decals are a fun and versatile way to personalize all kinds of things. Purchasing vinyl decals for the sewing machine gives you creative control over the colors, style and detailing of the monogram decals that you create. Whether you want to create your own decals for your personal use or start a home business creating unique monograms for your customers, you want the best monogram decal machine for the job.
The selection of monogram patterns and other features are what determine how good a machine is for this job. This review is on the Brother SE400, Brother LB6800PRW Project Runway, Singer Futura XL-400, and the Brother PE770 for a variety of sophisticated yet easy styling and wide range of prices. All of these machines are easy to use, have convenient features that make them versatile, and they are durable.
The Brother SE400 is a combination computerized sewing and embroidery machine. It is a versatile machine for sewing, quilting and embroidering. Here are the remarkable features of this machine:
Another great choice from Brother, the Project Runway is the best monogram decal machine when affordability is at the top of your list. It has the following features:
The Singer Futura XL-400 has an extra-large embroidery hoop that gives it ranking as best monogram decal machine. It's features includes:
This machine is truly top-of-the-line when it comes to convenience and variety features.
The PE770 is the best monogram decal machine and an exceptional embroidery machine for applying designs directly to linens, clothing and other items. A function panel is centrally located on the front of the machine so you can conveniently access features such as the needle up and down, trim thread, and start or stop. You can position your design where you want it with ease and rotate the design or increase the size.
There are dedicated embroidery machines that do only embroidery and monogramming and those that offer more versatility. Computerized machines have made it possible to enjoy a plethora of embroidery styles and continue to express your creativity with new designs. It is important to get a machine that is easy to use and offers you a lot of choices in what you can create.
The machines listed here are the best monogram decal machines for creating all types and sizes of monograms as well as for sewing, quilting and embroidery. While they are great for this area of specialty sewing, they are also versatile enough to do anything you need to do. Any of these machines can be used to make decal monograms. Make your choice according to the added features and functionalities that will match your need for a diversity of sewing options.