The Best Sewing Machine For Kids 2017

Kids loves to copy what their parents are interested in. Chances are, if you love to sew and craft, your child will too.

Give your child’s hobby the boost it needs with one of these three machines, carefully selected as the best sewing machines for kids.

Best Sewing Machine For Kids: Quick Overview

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Michley LSS-505 Janome Fastlane Singer 1234
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Some things to consider

When choosing a machine for kids there are a few things you should keep in mind:

You’re not buying a toy – Sure you’re buying something for a young child, but it is important to remember that the machine needs to be fully functional. It has to be capable of completing any project your child wants to embark on.

Build quality is important – It is important to remember that young children can be pretty heavy handed with their machine. Spending a little more means you won’t have to replace a machine within a few weeks.

You don’t need to spend a fortune – Sewing machines can be very expensive pieces of equipment. When first introducing your child to sewing they don’t need the latest $1000 computerised machine. Get a basic machine for under $200, I assure you, this will be more than fine for any aspiring hobbyist.


When doing anything with young children safety is the number one priority. Sewing machines can be dangerous and it is important to supervise your children at all times. Teach them basic safety procedures and impress upon them the importance of following them.

For younger children a machine that comes with a finger guard is strongly recommended. For machines that don’t come with a guard at purchase you can often buy a separate foot with finger guard from any sewing outlet.  

Review time

Over the years I have bought many a machine for the young children in my family that have shown an interest in my craft. Luckily there is a massive range of machines that are suitable for the young hobbyist.

Below are the three machines, that I think, are most suitable for young children looking to enter the exciting world of needlework.

Michley LSS-505 Lil’ Sew & Sew

Ok, so you have never heard of Michley before. This doesn’t mean you should dismiss this machine in favor of a more recognisable brand. The Lil’ Sew & Sew range is perfect for young children that are taking their first steps into the world of machine sewing.

The first thing that stands out is the price. It is very cheap at under $50, often when something is this cheap you worry about build quality, not so with the Michley LSS. This great starter machine easily stands up to its more expensive cousins.

The Michley LSS is lightweight allowing younger children to be able to carry their machine to the workspace. Thankfully this lighter frame doesn’t mean your machine will be unstable, while sewing the LSS feels sturdy, and most importantly, safe for little hands and fingers.

Even though you are buying this machine for a child, you are not looking for a toy. This machine has many of the features you would expect to find in a full priced purchase. From foot pedal control to forward and reverse sewing, the LSS is a fantastic training machine.

Eight built-in stitch functions allows for versatility without swamping your child in hundreds of options. Kids love to have control and allowing them to experiment with different stitch types is excellent training for the young beginner.

The Michley Lil’ Sew & Sew range of machines is perfect for young children. A range of options that is expansive without being overwhelming and a sensible price tag all combine to give this machine a well deserved place on this list.

What’s Great:

  • Incredible price.
  • Build quality is fantastic.
  • Lightweight allows little hobbyists to carry machine from room to room.
  • Eight built-in stitch patterns.
  • LED lit work area.
  • Two speed settings.
  • Double thread stitching.
  • Battery powered or plug into the mains with the AC adaptor.
  • Easy drop-in bobbin set up.
  • Very clear instructions on threading machine.

What’s Not:

  • No finger guard.
  • Foot pedal quality is a little “toyish”
Lowest price for: Michley LSS-505

Janome Fastlane Fuschia Basic

The name Janome is normally synonymous with expensive, top of the range machines. Luckily for us they also make a cheaper machine, perfect for young children, that doesn’t sacrifice the quality we have come to expect from this amazing manufacturer.

At under $80 you could be forgiven for thinking that the Fastlane couldn’t possibly live up to high standards of its $1000 brothers. Luckily this Janome machines lives up to its namesake. Fully featured with incredible build-quality, the fastlane is the complete package.

Weighing in at only five pounds this machine is easily portable by the smaller seamstress in your household. A common worry is that something this light cannot possibly be steady while under operation. Well fear not, while working on lighter fabrics the Fastlane feels incredibly sturdy and its four plastic feet prevent movement while sewing.

The clear threading diagrams and a drop-in bobbin system means that, after a little instruction, even the youngest child can get this machine set up and ready to go in under ten minutes. This is great for letting your child feel independent as they get their machine ready for work.

The ten built-in stitches allow your child to complete a wide range of sewing projects, that they control, without them feeling swamped in options. This allows your child to sew-along with you without being left behind because of missing features.

Not only does the Janome Fastlane sew great, it also looks great. Coming in over ten different bold and bright color schemes, this machine will look awesome in any kids room. Finishing off with a really effective finger guard, the Fastlane is an effective machine perfect for any aspiring young crafter.What’s Great:

  • Made to the high standard expected from Janome.
  • Fantastic value for money.
  • Weighs just five pounds.
  • Easy stitch selection.
  • 10 built-in stitch patterns.
  • Free Arm allows for easy hemming and cuff work.
  • Very simple threading procedure is perfect for young children.
  • Built-in accessory storage.
  • 11 different bold color schemes.
  • Presser foot with finger guard.

What’s Not:

  • No light for workspace.
Lowest price for: Janome Fastlane Fuschia Basic

Singer 1234

Of course, no list is complete without a Singer there some place. The Singer 1234 is perfect for an older child or young teen. Fully featured and heavy wearing the 1234 is a great first machine that is capable of all that the beginner needs.

It’s handy to remember that children often have shorter attention spans. What might seem like the most important thing in the world to them one day, will seem totally irrelevant the next. This is one of the reasons a cheaper machine is a good idea when making that first purchase. At under $100 the 1234 is an affordable starting machine for any young hobbyist.

As usual for Singers, this machine is made incredibly well. With a heavy duty metal frame and durable plastic exterior the 1234 can easily stand up to the sometimes heavier touch of the younger generation.

The singers easy threading system and simple stitch selection means young children can easily get to grips with setting up the machine and its basic operation. It’s more fun for kids when they are doing things for themselves.

Along with the Singer 1234 comes a great included project for your child to make. A wonderfully designed Tote bag is a fantastic first craft to make. Not only does it look really snazzy, but your child can wear the bag to school or out to play.

A great accessory pack includes all your basic needs, spare bobbins, a selection of feet and even some extra needles. All you need to give your child their first taste of the exciting world of needlecraft.

If all these features and the included project aren’t enough to convince you, all Singer machines come with a free online Singer Owner’s Class that teaches you how to set up your machine and a whole bunch of basic techniques that your child will love to learn.

What’s Great:

  • Built to the usual high standard of all Singer products.
  • Priced incredibly well at under $100.
  • Easy threading.
  • 6 built-in stitches.
  • Automatic bobbin winding system.
  • Simple stitch selection.
  • Darning plate allows for free-flow sewing.
  • LED lit work area.
  • Large range of included accessories.
  • Tote-bag project included to get you started.
  • Free online owners class.

What’s Not:

  • Can have difficulties with heavier materials.
  • Can be complicated for younger children.
Lowest price for: Singer 1234

Final thoughts

Over the years most of the children in my extended family have at one point shown an interest in my craft. I love to introduce to them to the world of sewing and it’s a great feeling to see their creativity flourish.

Of course not every child will go on to embrace their new hobby and for this reason it is important to not go overboard when buying their first machine. A basic machine with standard functions is perfect for them to find out if sewing is the right pastime for them.

I hope you will get as much joy as I have teaching your little ones the art of sewing.