Sewing is a fantastic hobby for young children that helps them express their creativity while turning their attention away from the TV.
Thankfully, there is a handful of sewing machines for kids that are especially designed for children. Adult machines are typically too heavy and complex for most kids, and can prove unsafe in young hands.
If you have the time, you can teach your child the basics of the art of sewing by hand. However, when you teach your youngster to use kid-friendly sewing machines, the whole process of crafting will become much more fun and exciting for you both.
Thankfully, there are a number of sewing machines for children on the market that are safe and easy to use.
Here are our picks for the best options for young sewers.
- 1 What Makes a Sewing Machine Kid Friendly?
- 2 The Best Sewing Machines for Kids
What Makes a Sewing Machine Kid Friendly?
Before we get to our top sewing machines for kids, we thought it best to point out what makes a machine suitable for young fingers in the first place.
Firstly, you want a machine that matches the age of your child and their ability level to enable them to learn at their own pace. Machines for very young kids will have a plethora of safety features in place like a needle guard, for instance.
Ones for slightly older and more experienced children should allow for a little more creative leeway, but will still be decked out with easy to use features.
Look out for sewing machines with the following:
- Automatic needle threader
- Jam-resistant bobbin
- Stop/Start button
- Sliding speed control
- Automatic thread tension
While you may want your child to have plenty of creative freedom, we think it’s best to keep things simple and uncomplicated when they’re first starting out. Opt for sewing machines that have just a basic set of stitches, rather than hundreds, and make sure that there’s a good light on the workspace to ensure there’s no eye straining.
The best sewing machine for kids will also lightweight and portable — perhaps even with a handle. This means that they can take it to each other’s houses and to craft events, without having to lug a heavy machine around with them.
As they won’t be sewing multiple layers or heavy duty materials, kids don’t need workhorse machines — just ones that work, are safe and allow them to practise their skills.
We love when kid-friendly sewing machines are colorful and creative — the machine’s aesthetics can really inspire your child in their sewing creations.
Some machines will even come with their own project kits to start your kid off on a creative high.
The right type of sewing machine should come with easy-to-use features, simple user manual and everything your child needs to start sewing right away. Most importantly, the machine has to be safe for your kid to use by themselves.
The Best Sewing Machines for Kids
In our reviews below, you’ll find our picks for the best sewing machines for children, and beginner products that all offer an enjoyable and satisfying sewing experience.
Can you say ‘cute’?
We love this machine. Its tiny size, charming purple accents and easy to use features all combine to make this one of the best sewing machines for children on the market right now.
It’s recommended for kids aged 13 and up.
Not only will this basic level machine sew any fabrics from silk to denim, it’s small and portable with a variety of quick start features.
You have the choice between a hand switch or a foot pedal to start the stitching — great for mastering the art of foot control — 2 different speeds and a top drop-in bobbin for simple threading.
It’s definitely a great starter machine for older kids and has enough options and features to allow your skills to grow with the machine.
- Portable and easy to carry
- Can handle a surprising number of fabrics
- Comes with simple instructions
- Choice of hand switch and foot pedal
- Automatic thread rewind feature
- On/off control button
- Tension is good
- Bright LED light over workspace
- Basic — it only comes with a lock stitch
- Not suitable for very young children
If you’re looking for a sewing machine for very young children, you’re in luck: Sew Cool is suitable for kids aged 6 and up!
This is super-easy and safe sewing at its finest — plus a funky design that kids are sure to love.
And, of course, it’s really simple to use: there’s no need to use a foot pedal, wind a bobbin or thread needles, making it suitable for complete beginners. It’s also very safe: the needle is well protected by a guard to ensure no pricked fingers!
You just switch it on to make use of the materials provided and to start creating any of the 9 included projects.
Here’s a quick look at it in action:
- Funky and appealing design
- Extremely simple to use (no skills required)
- Stop-start button
- Includes lots of project materials
- Comes with 9 projects
- Extra project kits available
- Needles are covered with a safety guard
- Lightweight: weighs less than 2 lbs
- Can only sew felt fabrics
This is another cheap mini sewing machine that will suit older kids fantastically.
It’s lightweight and easy to carry, and gives your child the choice of using a press button or foot pedal to start sewing. While most people will want to start with the stop/start button, it’s a great idea to graduate up to the foot pedal once you’ve found your feet and want to develop your skills further.
This sewing machine can also be electric or battery operated. Ideal for small craft projects, this product is great for kids new to the world of sewing and anyone who wants to learn the basics.
It’s the perfect size for small fingers and it comes with an operation manual, different color threaded spools, extra needles, tools and electric scissors.
- Lightweight and portable
- Can be operated by battery or electric
- Great for small jobs and beginners
- Extra threaded spools, needles and tools included
- Can use stop-start button or foot pedal
- Two different speeds for ultimate stitch control
- Does not have a needle guard
- Only suitable for older kids
This Singer ZigZag machine is probably the most popular sewing machine for kids on the market — although it’s truthfully more like an advanced sewing toy rather than a particularly utilitarian machine.
It’s great for younger kids, however.
All good sewing machines for kids should have a safety guard over the needle, and you’ll be pleased to learn that this one does.
But that’s not all. It also comes with a carrying handle, foot pedal and lots of fun project materials. Furthermore, this machine has a pretty pink design, as well as a neat storage compartment for your child to keep their tools close to hand.
If you’re looking for a machine that children can truly make things with, as oppose to simply practise their skills, you may be a little disappointed.
- Lightweight with a carrying handle
- Comes with a safety guard over the needle
- Brightly colored
- Comes with operation manual and project materials
- Includes instruction for a bookmark project
- Small storage compartment
- Kids can practice foot control with the pedal
- Only sews paper crafts and light fabrics
- Tricky to change the needle
Woah, Nelly… that is one pink sewing machine!
Never fear: if your child isn’t a pink freak, there are 10 other color schemes to choose from instead.
At only five pounds, this compact sewing machine from Janome is lightweight and suitable for kids aged 7 and above.
Not only is it portable but it has an impressive range of stitches for such a basic machine: from zigzag and crescent to scallop and more, it comes with 10 built-in stitch options.
The presser foot with a finger guard is a nice touch, as is the top loading bobbin system and two needle positions. There are enough features and options for your kid to learn and grow with the machine.
Whether your child wants to learn paper crafting or simple sewing tasks, this sewing machine is great for any young sewing enthusiast — it’s one of the best quality children’s sewing machines on the market.
- Lightweight and portable
- 10 built-in stitches
- Two needle position
- Accessory storage
- Free arm and easy reverse
- Foot press with finger guard
- Threading diagrams and top loading bobbin
- Fabulous range of machine colors
- Finger guard protects fingers from the needle
- Comparatively expensive
This is another advanced (yet still cheap) beginner sewing machine that’s suitable for older kids that want to practise their skills. It’s recommend for those aged 11 and up.
Designed with the beginner sewer in mind, this full-size machine does everything it says on the packaging. It’s very easy-to-use and comes with 10 built-in stitches. With this popular Brother machine, you also get a whole host of accessories and a bilingual instruction manual.
For kids looking to experiment a little further with their sewing, they’ll be delighted with the free arm and the 4-step automatica buttonhole. Great for future fashion designers!
- Easy-to-learn and use
- Good for basic sewing
- Carrying handle
- 10 built-in stitches
- Automatic 4-step buttonholer
- Accessories including foot pedal, needle pack, bobbins and more
- Built-in storage compartment
- 24-year limited warranty
- Not suitable for thick fabrics
- Comparatively heavy at around 15 lbs
Now those are all of our picks for the best sewing machines for kids!
Which kid-friendly sewing machine is your favorite?