Top Sewing Machines for Kids

As a young child my mom taught me to sew on her domestic sewing machine, and it’s one of the best skills she ever taught me – so much so that I even made a career out of it.

I often hear from mom’s about how proud they are when their children come to them for the first time and ask to be taught how to sew (boys and girls alike). If they remain interested in the hobby, the next step would be to consider buying them a sewing machine.

You will want to look for something that has all the basic functions, such as a straight stitch, zigzag and buttonhole function – but will also be a good enough quality machine to last them for years to come. I have put together 5 sewing machines worth having a look at.

Janome HD 1000 Black Edition 

Simple, sleek and stylish, we love this sewing machine for children – it’s easy to use, store and keep clean.

Key Features include:

  • 14 stitiches, including a 4 step buttonhole
  • Heavy duty aluminium outer body – strong and sturdy to last for years to come
  • Built in needle threader
  • Drop feed for free motion sewing – great for quilting and creative projects
  • Removable free arm – easy for teaching how to sew sleeves and small projects
  • 3 piece feed dog system
  • Includes a hard cover case
  • Easily adjust stitch lengths and zigzag widths


Five Stars – “I still haven’t explored all the options in stitches yet, but those I’ve used are amazing. This machine also has a metal bobbin case which was a major requirement when I was deciding on a new machine.” by Daphne T. (CA, United States)

Five Stars – Great Machine: “This is a great machine, so glad I bought it.”  by Laurie C. (OR, United States)

To view more about this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Singer 4452 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Don’t be fooled by the name of this sewing machine, it’s actually an entry level machine and is really perfect for children and young teens.

Key Features:

  • Online Owner’s class – Singer has really great support, and online classes to help you and your child get to know your sewing machine so much better.
  • Singer Sewing Assistant App – a sewing machine with an app – tech friendly and great for kids
  • 32 Built in stitches
  • Built in needle threader
  • One step button hole – it doesn’t get easier than that
  • Top drop in Bobbin
  • Drop feed – for quilting and creative moments
  • Easy stitch selection dial
  • Adjustable stitch length
  • Adjustable stitch width
  • Adjustable pressure foot leather – great for sewing heavy fabrics and lightweight fabrics
  • Reverse lever
  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • Stainless steel bed plate
  • High performance motor
  • High speed stitching
  • Free Arm for smaller projects
  • Soft machine cover – to keep off the dust
  • Snap on presser feet for quick feet changes
  • Variable needle positions
  • 15 Transparent Bobbin class for great bobbin thread tension


5 Stars – Very user friendly: “Really amazing! Bought it as my first ever sewing machine and had almost no trouble learning how to use it” by Matt (CA, United States)

5 Stars – “it is perfect which my wife wants… nice colors… good quality… she loves the name of the brand for most of her life thru her great grandmother and grandmother…” by Michael S. (United States)

5 Stars – “Absolutely love this machine. It has power for quick sewing.” by Ana C. (United States)

To view more about this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Janome Jem Gold 660

Compact, lightweight and great value for money.

Key Features:

  • Built in needle threader
  • Magnetic type horizontal full rotary hook
  • One hand thread cutter
  • Quick foot conversion
  • Extension table and free arm
  • Full Rotary Pattern Selector Dial Allows You Easy Stitch Selection
  • Presser Foot Lifter ideally located so the presser foot can be moved up and down with ease
  • Concealed Tension Dial
  • Fail-Safe for Needle Insertion
  • Reverse Stitch Lever


five stars from me! – “I love this machine. It has just what I need for basic everyday sewing. Easy set up and use.” by sharon G. (FL, United States)

Five Stars: Great first sewing machine! – “Perfect light weight portable quilter to travel or use at home. This is a good beginner machine to purchase.” by Nancy (NY, United States)

Five Stars Great travel machine – “I was looking to get a lightweight machine I can travel with and this one was recommended by a friend. It’s a great machine for travel!” by Abby (CO, United States)

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Brother JX3135F

This sewing machine is SEW much fun – to start it comes with 3 different printed plate options, so you can pick the sewing machine that best suits your child’s personal style, making sewing fun right from the very beginning

Key Features:

  • 17 stitches
  • Free arm for sewing cuffs and other hard-to-reach areas
  • Automatic 4-step buttonhole
  • You can personalize your machine with Fashion Faces ™ decorative covers!
  • Automatic winding system
  • Quick change presser foot
  • Variety of stitch length and width
  • Built-in accessory compartment
  • Light and compact with built-in handle for portability
  • Accessories storage space: Yes, built-in
  • Accessories feet included: Zigzag Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Foot, Zipper Foot
  • Pedal: Yes
  • In the box: JX3135F machine, DVD, Power cord, foot pedal, screwdriver, bobbins, needle pack, twin needle, extra spool pin, darning plate, instruction manual


“I Love this machine, its exactly what I was looking for.” – by Linda F. (AZ, United States)

5 Stars – “This sewing machine is awesome …” by Jessica E.

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Juki HZL-27Z Deluxe Compact Sewing Machine

It’s lightweight, it’s fun to use and it’s quite a pretty machine to look at, this is a little machine that seems to have it all.

Key Features for this machine:

  • Automatic Needle Threader
  •  Large and Easy To Use Stitch Selection Dial
  • Reverse Feed Lever
  • White LED Light
  • Easy Drop In Bobbin
  • 7-Point Feed Dog
  •  Free Arm
  • Easy Sewing Start
  • 22 Changeable Needle Positions


5 Stars – Love mu Juki: “LOVE my Juki!!! Always used a different brand for last 39 years ….won’t go back!!” by katy (United States)

5 Stars – Happy Sewing: “Only used twice so far, but very happy. Easy to thread. Light weight. Can take anywhere.” by Terry P. (NY, United States)

5 Stars – Great Portable Sewing Machine: “My wife loves this machine and was impressed with the quality of workmanship and durability of the unit. We plan on using this unit when we travel in our motorhome. The need for sewing and patching will be met time and time again with this unit. Thank You!” by Harlan M. (TN, United States)

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Published by Sew You! Magazine

South Africa's first digital, sewing only magazine!

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