by | Nov 18, 2020 | Gift Ideas, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2021 @ 11:39 am.

What's the best kids sewing machine? And what makes a great sewing machine for kiddos? We surveyed our most crafty parent readers to get their insights. We learned that the best kid sewing machines are lighter, smaller and less complicated their adult dopplegangers. Also nice: safety features like a removable needle guard. Given this advice, we looked at 7 models of kid-friendly sewing machines. In the end, we decided to recommend these models.

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Best For Beginners

Lower speed mode = great for kids
Built-in safety features and simple controls are what make this machine a good bet for kids starting out. Also nice: includes fabric and thread to make one project. Caveat: no reverse.
$34.99

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Best for Beginners: KPCB Sewing Machine

Small, lighter and less complicated—those are the basic rules when it comes to the best sewing machines for kids.

We asked the crafty parents among our readers (yes, our parenting books have over 2 million copies in print) for their advice as they got their kids started with sewing.

Yes, regular sewing machines can run hundreds of dollars—but if you want your child to try out sewing, we’d recommend something simpler and more affordable: KPCB’s Sewing Machine. After surveying our readers and comparing a dozen sewing machines aimed at kids, we think this one is best for beginners.

Why? The attention to safety is a big reason—note the detachable safety guard to protect little fingers. 

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Easy to use. We liked the simple controls.

• Safety needle guard.

• Includes fabric and thread to make one project.

• Built-in cutter.

• Lower speed mode = great for beginners.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• No reverse.

• Will require adult assistance to get going.

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Best for Youngest Sewers

No thread or bobbins required
We loved this machine to teach skills like maneuvering fabric. Also nice: all supplies included to do 5 projects, with felted fabric. And you can buy additional projects. Built-in safety guard.
$29.69

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Best for Youngest Sewers: Cool Maker, Sew Cool Sewing Machine

Yes, kids as young as three can learn how to sew. And while this kit is aimed at children age 6 and up, it is a great place to start for sewing-curious kiddos. 

Why? We liked the safety: you can’t touch the needle. And it sews without thread (it uses only felted fabric). 

Here’s more:

What We Liked

 Includes 5 projects: keychain, stuffed rose, marker holder, pouch, stuffed kitty.

• Can’t touch the needle = safety built-in.

• Learn the basics like following direction and maneuvering fabric.

• Runs on 4 AAA batteries.

• No thread, foot pedals, bobbins or needles.

What Needs Work

• More toy than a real sewing machine. That’s a feature, not a bug, in our opinion. Sure, it would be more accurate to call this a felting machine rather than a sewing machine . . . but the goal is to teach basic skills with safety in mind. And this machine does a good job.

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Best Kids Sewing Machine Splurge

Lightweight at just 5.48 lbs.
For kids age 10 and older, this is a great next step for young sewers: easy to use and just the right size. We liked the 12 built-in stitches, foot pedal and backstitch button. A great gift.
$59.99

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Best Kids Sewing Machine Splurge: Aonesy Portable Sewing Machine

If your kids tried out those beginner machines and fell in love with sewing, this machine is what we’d recommend next: Aonesy’s Portable Sewing Machine.

It is simple to use, with many stitch options. Plus it is lightweight (5.48 lbs), which is important for kid sewers. Best for kids age 10 and older. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Portable and lightweight. Yes, you can run this machine on 4 AAA batteries or plug it in.

• Easy to use.

• 12 built-in stitches.

• Reverse! Many kid sewing machines lack this feature.

• Cuff slot.

• Backstitch button.

• Thread tension dial.

• Foot pedal.

• Smooth stitching.

What Needs Work

• A bit pricey.

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