I had it in my mind that I would get my granddaughter a real sewing machine, used, somewhere this summer. She is going to be 5 and likes to 'help' me sew. She sits on my lap and guides the fabric thru as I operate the pedal, slowly. She has a 'toy' lap top that is frustrating - small screen, batteries, black and white -a real toy! So I figured instead of a toy sewing machine, I'd get her a real one. And Saturday at a community yard sale, I found one for $15. A Brother, that does have straight and zig-zag, just the basics. It took me awhile to get it threaded and the tension adjusted. But it works. I can tell a big difference from my Elna and this little Brother but I won't have to worry about the batteries dying on her, and it makes real stitches. Pre-school will soon be over and Grams' Sewing School will be in session.