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sewing machine recommendations fo r a child please............

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murphyslaw Wed 03-Sep-08 09:29:27

My dd aged 9 is really into her sewing (unlike me I am totally useless). She desperately wants a sewing machine but the reviews that I have read about the childrens ones havent been good.

DOes anyone have any experience of these machines or can anyone recommend an easy adults machine to use?


Umlellala Wed 03-Sep-08 09:33:26

Apparently John Lewis are bringing out a (cheap) retro red one... Can't find on website, but they do have this one

I would def say get an adult's one. They use normal sewing machines at secondary school (so not long away). She'll be fine if she's sensible.

wilbur Wed 03-Sep-08 09:35:59

Where do you live, Murphyslaw? I have an old Singer that I would be happy to give your daughter. It is quite old but works fine, nothing special, but would be a good starter machine. I don't have the instructions, but I can show the threading etc, and Singer might also be able to help. I am in SW London.

murphyslaw Wed 03-Sep-08 09:46:25

thanks wilbur I really appreciate the offer you are very kind - but I live in Wales so its a bit far to travel grin

Umlellala - I saw this one in JL yesterday wasnt sure. Probably will go with this as the kids ones are approx £25 anyway.

wilbur Wed 03-Sep-08 10:09:34

Yes, would cost more in petrol these days! Good on your dd though, sewing is a great thing to learn and tremendously satisfying. Perhaps she'll be a designer one day.

Umlellala Wed 03-Sep-08 10:34:57 do a mini sewing machine - called the Easy Stitch. You can also look on jml website but watch out for the automatic video)

murphyslaw Wed 03-Sep-08 10:37:25

she is loving it - we made lavender bags this summer. She is currently trying to make a wedding dress for her teddy bear hmm

My mum is great at sewing - I however am dreadful but then I have never been taught how to do it in the first place! I really should learn.

Shes also trying to learn knitting but is struggling a little. It has forced me to pick up the needles after a break of 20 years! (my nan taught me to knit when i was small) I can only do purl and plain but we are getting by!!!

Thanks for the help

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