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I want to start teaching sewing to children and not sure about a good machine to get.
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Date: 8/13/13 3:13 AM

I want to get a durable but not overpriced machine. I will probably get two or three of them depending on the price. Which make/models do you reccomend?

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Date: 8/13/13 8:28 AM

There is a thread about sewing machines for kids here http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/79695

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Date: 8/13/13 8:35 AM

Sewing machines can be expensive. I have a SInger 1507 that I purchased for under $100 when Meijer had store coupon day.

If you do not have a Meijer store, check their website.

Or, visit as many dealers as you can find and tell them your plans and they may be eager to help you as you are planning on buying more than one machine.

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Date: 8/13/13 8:54 AM

Not sure how much you want to spend but The Pfaff Hobby 1122 is a sturdy well made machine. It is basic and so not confusing to a young student. It just has basic stitches and a really easy to do a buttonhole. A few middle schools around me use them. I actually bought one for my twenty something daughter because she wanted a basic machine that was easy to use. I actually am pretty impressed with it.

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Date: 8/13/13 10:55 AM

When it comes to teaching children, I would definitely want a sliding Speed Controller on whatever machine(s) you buy.

Most of the newer modern machines have this feature.

Children can have a difficult time controlling the speed with just the foot pedal.

Also a top loading bobbin and snap on feet make it easier for children to use a sewing machine.

Just a few basic things I've noticed when teaching my own children and grandchildren to sew.

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Date: 8/13/13 10:12 PM

I second the speed control!

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Date: 8/13/13 11:56 PM

If you get a machine that does not have the speed control, you can tape a pencil or dowel to the foot pedal so that when the child pushes it down it only goes half way. We use to do that for the kids who took our summer camps when they were first starting. It would allow them to press "all the way" without the pedal really going all the way down! (Just incase you find a good buy without the newer feature!)

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Date: 8/14/13 6:38 AM


I found a teaching my girls on a hand crank vintage machine worked well.
The speed was very controllable and they said it felt like magic because the machine was so old and beautiful.


You can get finger guards for feet on some machines which can help health and safety.

That said I had a small child's electric machine from age 5 and I have all my fingers.

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