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Old 02-22-2012, 12:42 PM
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My daughter saw a play sewing machine at JoAnn's the other day and wanted it but it was for 6 years+. Do they make a toy sewing machine for 4 years old? She loves to try to sew on my machine...when I am trying to sew. I have her a small cutting mat, kid scissors and a box of scrap fabric. But now she wants to sew once she cuts the fabric. I will let her sit in my lap and I will sew it....though she did "sew" a piece by herself the other day.

So any suggestions?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:48 PM
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Those are age "recommendations". Only you can decide if you think she isature enough to try a toy machine.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:50 PM
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Thanks! I think she would be fine with it, of course with supervision, but didn't know if anyone else had a suggestion of one made for younger ages.

Thanks again!
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:14 PM
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I found one at the local Goodwill for a very small amount of $$$. Has a plastic tube over the needle for safety. Looks as if it was never used so wiped it down good with Lysol wipes and as soon as DGGD gets 3 or 4 I hope to teach her to use it!

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Let her start by sewing with no needle to get used to the machine. When you are sure she can keep her fingers out of the way of the needle then any simple machine will do. The toy ones are just toys and she'll get frustrated with it in a short time. I bought my DGD the Janome 3/4 size Hello Kitty Machine when she was five and she still uses it at age 14. It does everything she needs it to do and still sews great.
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my youngest granddaughter was 4 when she made her first quilt---using a little singer (real machine) set up on her (just her size) care bear table- the machine has speed control which i think is the most important feature for a childs machine- i would not waste my money on a toy machine- they only frustrate the child- my granddaughter's all have been sewing for years- the youngest started (building) her stash before she started sewing- she was about 3 when every time they entered a store that had fabric she would manage to get at least a fat quarter- more if she could talk the parents into it. (and although my stash has always been -free game-for any of them wanting into it---heaven forbid anyone helps themselves to a piece of her fabric...
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My granddaughter started sewing at 3. She operates the fabric and I do the pedal. We sew on the old Singer 221. She does a great job but tires quickly. I love that old machine for a child, but must supervise closely.
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Thanks everyone. If she keeps liking to sew, then I might find a small one for her birthday.
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:55 AM
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FYI!! I purchased a "Hello Kitty" sewing machine for my granddaughter a while back. After I couldn't get it running properly, I exchanged it for another....same problems. I returned it and got my money back. Shortly after, I noticed they removed all the machines from the shelf!
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How about offering her plastic canvas or burlap? That way she can do a sewing type hobby with a blunt needle. Not exactly the same, but maybe a safer substitute until she is older?
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