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    My eldest daughter(Anna 13) uses my maching an ellure plus.
    I have a soon to be 8 yr old (Eimly) that is interested in what Im doing. I waited till Anna was 12 before I let her sew, and it was on a Singer from the 70's.

    My old Singer, has issues.
    I have read on here about how some of you are letting your girls about Emilys age sew already and that they do well.
    She wants to sew, and I am attaching her "quilt" that she taped together from my scraps.
    My question is there a kid friendly machine that works well?
    I have seen the Hello Kitty ones, but I worry that I am paying for the license on the character and not getting a quality machine.
    Part of me is scared to death to let her quilt. What if she loses a finger! LOL I know, overbearing. But I don't want to miss this oppurtunity to catch her while she is really interested in this hobby.
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    I would go for an inexpensive brother I bought my granddaughter age 7 a Jamome Jem and she does so much better on the full size machine

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    The Hello Kitty is the same as the Janome Jem that is sold by Sears Kenmore. There isn't much difference in price, but the Sears machine is probably a little cheaper and of course will remain a "grownup"-looking machine forever! I would say make a note of the features on the Hello Kitty, maybe print out a picture of it, and take it to Sears to get the equivalent machine there. If you can't get the Sears Kenmore version, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase the Hello Kitty version.

    Have you checked the reviews on the Hello Kitty? They are uniformly good. Try Amazon and Overstock.com, or just Google "Hello Kitty" reviews.

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    For my boys, ages 7 & 9, I have a Brother HS 2000, which is actually fabulous for $200. Only caveat is that the needle is off- center when I starts, so they have to remember to set the right stitch for straight stitching with the patchwork foot. I bought a Kenmore Mini Ultra for $50 from Sears on the advice of others, but haven't tried it yet. I also let them use a featherweight. On the vertical bobbin machines, I load the bobbin for them to avoid problems. So far, no thread nests or hurt fingers, and these are wild and crazy BOYS, so I think a girl that age ought to be fine.

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    My 8 yr old DGD loved my Janome 3128. It is the right size and does not intimidate a child. if she wANTS TO SEW and sees you sewing your machine would be fine. Most here learned on mother or grandmothers machine. Like many things I came from a one machine household.
    By the way Hancocks puts this machine on sale regularly for less then $100.00.

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    I have see some machines in Pawn shops, Of cource we live close to Fort Hood, a lot of families that move in and out of the area.

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    Yes, I definitely would let her sew. My almost 4 year old grandson sews on my lap and he has learned to pin and use scissors. I keep my rotary cutters and seam rippers on a skyhook, but he does enjoy playing with my older ruler. His favorite thing to do when he comes over is sew. I guide the fabric through the machine and he rests his little hands on top of mine. He loves fabric and sewing machines. I set him up with some fabric in a hoop and he practices hand sewing that I later take out and replace with another piece. Have fun and enjoy each others company and closeness.

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    Since she is 8, I would start her on a full-size machine. It won't be long and she'll out grow the little one. Since she is enthusiastic about it, she should catch on quickly.

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    I just bought a Janome Mini from Home Depot for $70.00 for my 5yo Granddaughter. It goes slow so I don't worry so much about her sewing a finger. The only problem I had with it was getting the tension right, lot of playing with tension and different threads but it works great, I have even used it myself a couple of times.

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    Some of the less expensive Brother's have a speed control. My daughter lets her sixth graders sew on this type and they are able to use it with little instruction. Every year her class makes donation quilts. I think an 8 yr old would be able to use this quite easily too.

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    when my granddaughters decided it was time to start sewing i bought them a brother machine from walmart...for about $90...the best thing about the machine was SPEED CONTROL...i could set it on slow and even when the foot pedal is depressed all the way the machine still goes slow...my youngest granddaughter was 4 when she started...she is now 10, has completed 7 quilts in 3 years and loves that machine....the other 2 girls have moved up to other machines but that first brother is still going strong for the younest :thumbup:

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    I forgot about speed control. My Babylock has it. I don't use it, LOL, it is set to FAST FAST FAST.

    I know she could use my machine, BUT I already share my machine with Anna. I so hate having to wait my turn! Then change out the thread, yada yada yada. I figured it would be easier on everybody if there was a second machine, primarily for the kids.
    Speed control is definitly a feature I need to look for. Thank you I would have never thought to check on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greensleeves
    Some of the less expensive Brother's have a speed control. My daughter lets her sixth graders sew on this type and they are able to use it with little instruction. Every year her class makes donation quilts. I think an 8 yr old would be able to use this quite easily too.
    One of my Brothers has a push button for sewing and a slide to control how fast/slow it will sew. My grown daughter LOVES this feature B/C she has not mastered the foot control speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CloverPatch
    My eldest daughter(Anna 13) uses my maching an ellure plus.
    I have a soon to be 8 yr old (Eimly) that is interested in what Im doing. I waited till Anna was 12 before I let her sew, and it was on a Singer from the 70's.

    My old Singer, has issues.
    I have read on here about how some of you are letting your girls about Emilys age sew already and that they do well.
    She wants to sew, and I am attaching her "quilt" that she taped together from my scraps.
    My question is there a kid friendly machine that works well?
    I have seen the Hello Kitty ones, but I worry that I am paying for the license on the character and not getting a quality machine.
    Part of me is scared to death to let her quilt. What if she loses a finger! LOL I know, overbearing. But I don't want to miss this oppurtunity to catch her while she is really interested in this hobby.
    By all means let her sew and just let her start out on your machine. I have a Bernina 1260 and my granddaughter who will turn 8 in March is very interested in sewing and has used my machine with my guidance. She did very well. Cherish your time spendt together and what fond memories you will have.

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    I have a Janome 3050 It's great for my grand aughters age 9 & 10. Just put it in slow speed and let them go! I learned to sew at 5 on an antique treadle Paveway machine. WheN my mother could finally afford an electric she taught me to use it . As a 8 yr old it helped shape my life and I Have been sewing for nearly 70 years. My 4 sister also learned at a very early age as did my brother. Dont be to protective JANE 2

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    You have a lot of great suggestions here. I would second getting a full size machine. I started sewing at age 8 on my grandmothers full size 1946 singer, a straight stitch machine w/reverse. Once I started, I never looked back but have found the need to upgrade to machines with more functions over the years. Janome makes really decent machines with multiple functions for very little money as I'm sure most brands do. You can get a good quality machine with basic stitching, zig-zag and some embroidery stitches for around $200 dollars. Remember that they will probably use this machine until they are adults and are able to purchase one of their own. You are a wonderful mother for teaching and encouraging a craft that will last them a lifetime! Best wishes.

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    Yes, the Hello Kitty one is a Janome. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it if I were in the market. The reviews on that machine are unanimously good.

    But honestly, the only feature I need to see when using that machine to teach a youngster, is sewing speed control. I taught my daughter on my old machine without it, and she had a lot of difficulty controlling the machine (she's 5). Now with my newer machine that has the speed control, she does just fine. So that is the only *necessary* feature that I would look for in a machine for a child, anything else is just icing.

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    I bought my GD a Jem Gold when she was about 10 - I'd worry more about your GD using the rotary cutter than the sewing machine.

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    I bought my granddaughter the 3/4 size Hello Kitty. It's the same as the Janome only green with logo. It sews great. She was using a Janome Gem machine but wanted the Hello Kitty one because it was so cute. I figured the real Hello Kitty machine (the 1/2 size is a toy) will probably be a collector's item one day so it could be one she'll be proud to show her grands! She gets my white FW to go along with it, heck she get all my stuff, she's my only grand!

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    I started my DGD out on my bernina 180 and she loved quilting at age 5. I pushed the pedal when she said "Fire in the hole." Her dad is military. I bought her a small Brother at Wal-Mart about 3 yrs ago at age 8. She loves it. Her mother uses it also. I also have a small SearsKenmore, (by small I mean not alot of extra's on them but full size), at my son's house. They all work fine and I use them when I go to stay. I quilt everywhere. Don't hesitate to get her a regular sewing machine the kid ones do not last well. And by all means get her quilting!!!!!!!!!

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    I bought a second-hand kenmore 3/4 size, and while it doesn't have speed control, it is very simple and I think it would be a good beginner machine. It's a real machine, not a toy. There are only four or so stitch options - long straight stitch, regular straight stitch, wide zigzag and narrow zigzag. maybe there is one more, I can't remember. It's at my MIL's house right now. Anyway, my MIL and I use it as a backup machine and to take to classes and such, and it's works great for basic piecing. The lack of stitch variety is its major drawback for me, but it would keep things simple for a kid.

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    I have one of those little Kenmore's and they are very simple to use. Instead of paying more for a Hello Kitty which is the same as the Kenmore, get some stickers for your girl to customize her machine. (I decorated my Singer Spartan base with floral border stickers and it's very cheery.)

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    there are two types of hello kitty machines I have heard good things about the Janome one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    when my granddaughters decided it was time to start sewing i bought them a brother machine from walmart...for about $90...the best thing about the machine was SPEED CONTROL...i could set it on slow and even when the foot pedal is depressed all the way the machine still goes slow...my youngest granddaughter was 4 when she started...she is now 10, has completed 7 quilts in 3 years and loves that machine....the other 2 girls have moved up to other machines but that first brother is still going strong for the younest :thumbup:
    Your granddaughter whose 10 has made 7 quilts? That is just fabulous!!!! :thumbup:

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    I sat her down on my machine this afternoon. That took some prodding, thankyou! Don't know what scares me more her breaking my machine or her fingers! That was till I was reminded of speed control!

    She is doing Okay, and loving it. Telling her little sister who is 6. "I can't play I must go quilt now"

    We are putting together 4.5" blocks 10 strips of 8
    I looked online at the janome, thinking about going to our shop here in town, then maybe also to sears. I agree with yall, a full size would probally be best. I only like to buy something once!

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