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Thread: Looking for a new machine for granddaughter, ???help???

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    Looking for a new machine for granddaughter, ???help???

    My 10 yr old Granddaughter, 'seems' to have taken an interest in sewing...however, I have seen other interests, go by the wayside. I'd like to get an inexpensive little machine. It should be a 'good' one, I mean no bobbin, threading or correct stitching issues. I bought a 'kids' machine a few years back for another granddaughter, and it was not worth anything! She got too frustrated, with it & gave up. I'd like this experience to be better than that!
    Any luck out there with 'kids' machines??

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    You can get Janomes pretty reasonable. They want something that works for them. Got my niece a Janome for $50.00 on sale. I would get her something that has an easy manual read. Many mention the Janome Gem. I got my niece the Janome 123. Manual was easy for her and she now trouble shoots herself. She's 10 going on 11 in Feb. She maintains her own also. Many threads here on machines for the young beginner.

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    The inexpensive Brother machines ( about $89 at Walmart) are great beginner machines) they have speed control, are easy to learn/ use and hold up. I bought one for my youngest granddaughter when she was 4, she's 14 now & still loves and uses her machine. Makes clothes, purses, toys, crafts, all kinds of projects, even a quilt once in a while
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    The inexpensive Brother machines ( about $89 at Walmart) are great beginner machines) they have speed control, are easy to learn/ use and hold up. I bought one for my youngest granddaughter when she was 4, she's 14 now & still loves and uses her machine. Makes clothes, purses, toys, crafts, all kinds of projects, even a quilt once in a while
    This is the way I would go. I love my walmart brother it is awesome
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    Absolutely right! I have two of the Brother mechanicals and two computerized Brother machines. The mechanicals are fine, documentation is great, and sew very well. Each has a number of stitches so the beginner can have some fun playing with them, but not so many that a beginner is overwhelmed with the thought of learning them all.

    And, of course, the price is right!
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Walmart has a great sale going on right now. Check out their on-line prices. They have several priced below $100.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    My granddaughter Lily is 8 years old, and she has shown absolutely no interest in any of my newer machines. She does however LOVE to sew using my FW! Right now she is at a stage where even though she likes making stuffed animals, she prefers to get an idea (such as making a hat for my dog), then attempt to make it using my scraps. Her ideas don't always work out, but I've found that by not pushing her, she's having fun playing around with "her" machine and she IS learning from her mistakes. 😃

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    What ever they take a shine to is the one. Making sure it works and is not complicated to understand is what counts. Something that is easy for them to figure out if a little non-working situation arises.

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    I just suggested this on another thread. It's a Janome at Bed Bath & Beyond (online) for $70, I think you can use a coupon for it and it comes in several cool colors.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor...s?ta=typeahead
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    Though I am a huge fan of Brother machines, the new Juki HZL29Z is a good rugged little mechanical machine that's easy to operate. I own the HZL27Z, which this new model replaced. I was really surprised at how tough it is. It's on sale right now at my local Brother dealer for less than Amazons price.

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    I like the Janomes, but the cheap Brothers seem to hold up pretty well also. We use WalMart Brothers at our quilt museum, and they've held up over 5 years or so with lots of use by kids. A Featherweight is pretty awesome, though.
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    I suggested this on another thread. Joanns has a Janome for about $70 and a carrying case for about $30. It comes in a variety of colors. I just bought my granddaughter a hot pink one for Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    You can get Janomes pretty reasonable. They want something that works for them. Got my niece a Janome for $50.00 on sale. I would get her something that has an easy manual read. Many mention the Janome Gem. I got my niece the Janome 123. Manual was easy for her and she now trouble shoots herself. She's 10 going on 11 in Feb. She maintains her own also. Many threads here on machines for the young beginner.
    I bought the Janome 124, the Mini Sew, for $50. I do not like to sew on it. It makes more noise and doesn't work easily. It would not produce a contented seamstress. I think it is for someone who just needs to close a ripped seam once in a while. The Janome Gem may be a different story. I've never sewn on one, but think they are better quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziSew View Post
    I just suggested this on another thread. It's a Janome at Bed Bath & Beyond (online) for $70, I think you can use a coupon for it and it comes in several cool colors.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor...s?ta=typeahead
    Vanessa with Crafty Gemini and who works with Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Co has 2 daughters and each has one of these machines. My granddaughter is only 5 but I was thinking this would be a great machine for her later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziSew View Post
    I just suggested this on another thread. It's a Janome at Bed Bath & Beyond (online) for $70, I think you can use a coupon for it and it comes in several cool colors.

    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor...s?ta=typeahead
    They look great for a young starter, so I thought I would check the cost in the UK: Wow, I wonder why machines are so much more expensive here!

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