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    What toy sewing machine would you recommend for a 6 year old. From what little research I have done, the toys I've seen do chain stitching. Won't that come out easily? I don't want the little one to get discouraged when her sewing comes apart. Any advice is welcome.

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    I bought a little Singer toy machine for my 5 yo DGD which only chain stitches. She got very frustrated with it. I am now just teaching her to sew on my singer 15-91. She sits in my lap and I push the foot pedal. I'm hoping soon to get a handcrank and we'll switch over to that.

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    I would not buy a toy machine. My DGD(who is 5) wanted one and we had Santa Claus leave her a Janome last Christmas. Can't remember the name, but it was only $49. It doesn't have a light or an on/off switch, and in hindsight, I wish we bought her one that did.

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    I bought a toy one for neice too, and it was just junk!

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    You can get a Janome Jem on sale at Hancock for less than most toy machines. I think it would work much better and last longer for her than a toy one.

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    I hear those are a waste of money and it is better to just get a real machine and teach them and watch them closely to make sure they are observing safety. Some people have kids younger than that on here sewing on real machines. You just really need to emphasize the safety some kids are better at that than others. When my daughter hits about five I will just give her my cheap brother and teach her to sew on that. I think the kids will enjoy it much better too.

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    I have only seen one modern "toy" sewing machine that really has potential to encourage a new little seamstress. It is a Hello Kitty machine by Janome - http://www.target.com/Hello-Kitty-Se.../dp/B000B8WSJ2 It's actually quite a competent little machine and not a toy at all. :)

    You can buy a similar machine without the Hello Kitty coloration - http://cgi.ebay.com/160634372459

    Adult quilters buy these tiny machines for classes and such.

    Most chainstitch sewing machines are so frustrating to operate that they can turn a child off of sewing. You at least want the machine to sew a decent seam. These have several different stitches and take ordinary feet and accessories. Plus they sew slowly, so that a child won't be intimidated.

    I bought the Sew Mini for my granddaughter because she was scared of her mom's big machine - she feels more confidence with this one and that's important for someone learning a new skill. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    You can get a Janome Jem on sale at Hancock for less than most toy machines. I think it would work much better and last longer for her than a toy one.
    I agree with this! Something she can grow with! Janome Jem's are a great little machine. I have one!

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    Get her a vintage 3/4 machine like a Singer 185J or a 99. They both are drop in bobbins, easy to work on and parts are readily available if something ever does happen. I did a machine for one of our members daughter for her Christmas present and she really enjoyed it. She was 8yo and it was a perfect fit for her and it is built like a tank so she can use it like she stole it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leggz48
    What toy sewing machine would you recommend for a 6 year old. From what little research I have done, the toys I've seen do chain stitching. Won't that come out easily? I don't want the little one to get discouraged when her sewing comes apart. Any advice is welcome.
    Personally I'd invest in the simplest real machine you can find. Perhaps a used one. She'll probably be sewing like a champ before the year's out. AND REALLY SEWING, not play sewing.

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    Do not buy a toy. An inexpensive good name machine is a better bet. A toy will probably just frustrate her.
    Quote Originally Posted by leggz48
    What toy sewing machine would you recommend for a 6 year old. From what little research I have done, the toys I've seen do chain stitching. Won't that come out easily? I don't want the little one to get discouraged when her sewing comes apart. Any advice is welcome.

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    Great information; I appreciate all the input. Thanks!!!

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    And my daughter was frustrated with the handcrank. She had a hard time holding onto the fabric and keeping it straight with one hand while cranking. I got her a vintage Kenmore and she loves it!

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    This is soooooo cute!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Get her a vintage 3/4 machine like a Singer 185J or a 99. They both are drop in bobbins, easy to work on and parts are readily available if something ever does happen. I did a machine for one of our members daughter for her Christmas present and she really enjoyed it. She was 8yo and it was a perfect fit for her and it is built like a tank so she can use it like she stole it!!

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    Love that Barbie Pink machine!!!

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    I bought all 3 of my grandkids Jem Golds
    They are great machines

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    think about it... have you tried to sew with a toy machine? it is difficult. it would be even more difficult for the child. if budget is an issue, just try hand sewing. then just jump in with a full-sized dsm. there can be a lot of learning with a child on your lap learning to maneuver the fabric. if the child can sew alone but not reach the pedal, put the pedal on a sturdy box. HTH

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    forget frustrating her it will frustrate you. I had gotten a toy for like 10 at joanns and it is a chain stitch and it is a piece of junk my dd has only sewn on it 4 times and I hate messing with it. I am looking at some other ones. I am all about getting her a small cheep one but you get what you pay for. If you can afford the money go with a real machine. like the hello kitty one. you can also go to a few dealers and see what they have in their clearance section. my dd most of the time will use mine and she is only 3 1/2. but that is with me helping her.

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    I agree, a toy isn't the way to go. You might be able to get a Kenmore Mini-Ultra (same as the Janome Hello Kitty machine) for as little as $49 through Sears.com. I bought a Janome Sew Mini for my kids, but I felt the noise and hot AC adaptor were both dangerous and mine had poor stitch quality. I ended up getting them a Brother HS 2000 for about $200, and it's perfect for them. They were 6 and 8 when they started. Vintage is another inexpensive option.

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    Got Heather's Kenmore at a garage sale for $20 in a cabinet. She named her "Angel".

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