It’s a golden time right now to be a kid passionate about sewing — and the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207 is a testament to that.
We remember when a ‘kid’s sewing machine’ was nothing more than your Mom watching you like a hawk as you tinkered around on her old Singer trying to reach the foot pedal.
Well, Singer are still in the game but their offerings for children are lightyears ahead of where they were back then.
Not only is this Singer ZigZag child friendly and well suited to beginner sewers, it’s also incredibly colorful and lightweight — no wonder it’s so popular with both kids and parents! It’s recommended for kids aged 8 and above.
However, it does have plenty of limitations.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Singer ZigZag sewing machine — both the good and the bad. We’ll also look at how it compares to the best sewing machines on the market today.
Singer ZigZag Toy Sewing Machine A2207: The Details
There’s quite a lot of argument in the sewing community over whether this Singer sewing machine for kids is a toy or a ‘real’ first sewing machine.
Truthfully, it’s somewhere in between the two: it can sew light fabrics and teach your kids basic sewing skills, but it looks like a toy, works like a toy and is marketed like a toy. Your child certainly isn’t going to be quilting on it.
It looks good though. Just like an ‘adult’ machine, it’s got a foot pedal, tension dial, and comes with a sewing project too.
With a main white body and flashes of pink details, it’s probably more suited to girls (although we’re sure there’ll be a handful of boys wanting to have a go too!).
Importantly, it’s very lightweight and portable, weighing 2 pounds and equipped with a handy carrying handle on the top. Perfect to take with you to sleepovers and craft parties!
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Dimensions: 12 x 4.5 x 9 inches
- Stitches: Zig zag chainstitch
- No bobbin
- On/off switch
- Requires 4 1.5V LR6 AA batteries (not included)
Here’s what comes in the box alongside the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207:
- 3 spools of thread
- Measuring tape
- Needle threader
- 1 plastic needle
- 2 pieces of fabric
- 1 ribbon
- 1 flower applique
- 1 butterfly applique
- Operating manual with project instructions
The materials included in the package are for your child’s first project — a DIY bookmark.
Singer: The Company
Singer are one of the most famous heritage names in the sewing world, and have been producing quality machines since 1851.
As the first brand ever to produce a zig zag machine, Singer are clearly continuing that tradition with this kids’ sewing machine. Their motto is ‘sewing made easy’, which is one of the reasons why so many people prefer to purchase their products over other brands.
Zig Zag Chainstitch
The only stitches offered by this Singer machine for kids are the zig zag chainstitch and the straight chainstitch, which you can select via a switch on the front of the machine.
It should be clear that this is not a machine to be doing any serious sewing on. Singer advise that the stitching is only durable enough for very light fabrics and paper crafts, and we’d recommend not trying anything outside of this as the machine simply is not sturdy enough.
Some buyers have complained that their stitches have unravelled if they put any pressure on them as there’s no bobbin but this is actually because they haven’t followed the instructions. There is no need for a bobbin on a chainstitch machine like this: in order to hold the stitch you need to tie if off at the end of the row with the included plastic needle.
Kid Friendly Features
This Singer ZigZag is 100% made for children so you can be sure that your child is playing safe and not exposing themselves to any harm while using it.
Here are a few of the kid-friendly features that Singer have incorporated:
- There’s a safety guard all around the needle so there’s no chance of pricking yourself
- The foot pedal is sized for young feet
- It’s lightweight and portable
- Both the machine and packaging have been designed to appeal to kids (it’s a great gift idea!)
- It comes with materials for a fun DIY project
Singer ZigZag Machine Review
That’s all very well and good, but does the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207 cut the mustard?
Is it worth buying for your child?
Let’s find out…
It’s a Great Introduction to Sewing
Our favorite part of this machine is how well it positions itself between a toy and a real sewing machine.
Sure, you may not be able to do that much sewing with it, but young kids will be able to get to grips with the machine and learn the various motions and skills necessary to be a sewing whizz in a few years’ time. It’s perfect for small and lightweight crafts, which should suit most young’uns anyway!
But most importantly, this is a safe machine for even the most crafty of young hands. One of the perils of letting kids loose on your sewing machine (even a mini version) is that they might prick themselves with the needle, get their hair tangled in the bobbin winder (a true story for another day!) or just generally wreak devastation on your prized machine.
There’s no chance of that with the Singer ZigZag, however. The guard around the needle is more or less impenetrable (even for adult fingers) and the sewing itself is very contained and neat.
It’s not a particularly sturdy machine but you can rest easy in the knowledge that at least it was a low cost purchase if it does end up bent out of shape on the floor.
One of the things we value most as parents is getting our kids where they need to be, with all the things they need, as easily as possible.
This Singer ZigZag makes it easy. At only 2 pounds and with a convenient carry handle, we can pack our daughter off to a sleepover with her little machine in hand and not have to worry about her leaving half of it at her friend’s house or struggling with a big craft bag.
It’s Super Cute
We love a cutesy design here at Sewing From Home and the Singer ZigZag machine certainly delivers on that front.
The white and pink color scheme is chic and trendy, without being too overbearingly feminine. Little girls will love it, and little boys hopefully won’t be too put off by it.
It’s Easy to Use
Although there are some difficulties with threading the needle which we’ll cover below, this Singer machine for kids is easy to use when it’s working normally.
The operating manual and project instructions are clear and easy to follow, while the working lights make sure young eyes don’t get too tired as they focus on their sewing.
The small foot pedal that comes with the machine is perfect for child size feet and it gives kids a good insight into how to work an adult machine while not being too tricky.
Other Things We Love
- It’s cheap!
- Spool and storage compartments mean everything is kept neat and contained
- The measuring ruler on the side of the machine helps you keep your measurements accurate without faffing around with rulers
It’s not all rosy with the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207 and there are a few issues you should be aware of before you buy.
Problems with Threading the Needle
If you check out the negative reviews on Amazon, you’ll find that most of them reference how difficult it is to rethread the needle if it unthreads.
While we would agree that it’s not the most simple threading process we’ve ever come across, it’s certainly not bad enough to be a deal breaker.
We followed the instructions in this tutorial and would recommend you do too if you find yourself getting frustrated:
If you’re only using the machine for its intended use and not putting too much pressure on it, it’s unlikely to unthread that easily or quickly — but be prepared for a little frustration if it does happen or when you need to change the thread.
It’s Not a Real Sewing Machine
This one may be obvious but it’s worth discussing anyway: you are very restricted with this machine in only sewing light fabrics and paper crafts.
While this may suit your child for a while, at some point they will want to move on to something a little meatier — and this Singer machine for kids won’t be able to handle it.
Thankfully, the price is low so you shouldn’t expect a sewing machine for life, just a great introduction to sewing.
Singer ZigZag Overall Verdict
We like the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207 but accept that it does have its limitations and minor flaws.
It’s a great machine for kids who need something in between a toy and a ‘real’ machine, which will give them a taste of sewing for a low price. It looks good, is safe to use and is portable. Ideal!
You are limited with what you can actually create with it, and most kids are likely to grow out of it reasonably quickly. The one flaw that many buyers find frustrating with the Singer ZigZag machine is the difficulty of threading the needle. As mentioned above, if you follow the instructions in the video tutorial, you shouldn’t find it too difficult or frustrating.
Where to Buy the Singer ZigZag
We couldn’t find the machine on Singer’s website, but you can buy the Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Toy Sewing Machine A2207 on Amazon where it is recommended for children aged 8 and up.
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Singer ZigZag Chainstitch Sewing Machine Review
Value For Money
Somewhere between a toy and a first sewing machine, the Singer ZigZag is a great introduction to sewing for young kids. It’s cheap, safe and portable, while kids will love the eye-catching design.
It’s very limited in what you can actually sew with it and there are some problems with threading the needle (although we’ve found a super tutorial to help you with that!), but it’s pretty hard to disagree with that low price.