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Does anyone have a Singer SewHandy 50D?
How is it to sew on and is it a good child teaching sm?
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Date: 8/3/12 12:58 PM

As some of you know, I am trying to get enough Elna Stella or Elna Lotus or Elna TX Electronic sewing machines to start teaching children in my small town how to sew. The problem is that I am doing so on a very limited fixed income.

So, I was thinking that maybe I can augment my Elnas with the much less expensive 1960's Singer SewHandy 50D electric children's sm [I can buy 4 or 5 for the price of a decent small Elna]. They might be easier for the youngest kids to learn on and if the chainstitch they make is good enough, make some items.

What do you think? Should I hold out for the possibility of finding more Elnas at a price I can afford, or buy a couple of Singer SewHandys?

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Date: 8/3/12 1:05 PM

If the machine winds a bobbin and threads in the same manner as a full blown sewing machine, then this would (IMO) be good enough for small hands to learn the basics.

If they want to pursue sewing, the parents can purchase a machine for them.

I watched a video on youtube and it appears this little machine does only a forward straight stitch. No reverse to lock the stitch, so the user would have to be sure there was enough thread at the beginning and end to tie knots.

I sewed my first projects for 4H on a treadle (no reverse) and had to knot. If there is a will, there will be a way and we have come a long way from the old treadle (although old and new are still in use).


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Date: 8/3/12 1:49 PM

I think you should not get those toy ones, for kids to sew on. Get them a real sewing machine instead. that makes a real lockstitch, and will work good and not break. If you actually wanted them to hand crank, then get a child something more like a old hand crank real Singer 99 instead. That was the first machine I got my daughter when she was maybe 4 or so.

I don't think kids in a class would even want at all, to start out with hand crank anymore, I think they need both hands free to manipulate the fabric.

On on that kind of thought, get them (or you for that purpose) maybe some nice old green Kenmores or even maybe some electric Singer 99 or 66 machines or whatever, or even nix it all up, but for sure do that over that kids toy kind of one.

I don't think your Elna Stella or Elna Lotus or Elna TX Electronic kind of machine, would be good for teaching kids how to sew, if you don't already have a bunch of them,and have to buy a bunch of them instead and on a budget, just because people really like those and collect those, so they would want you to pay them several hundreds of dollars for them most times.

A bunch of them times several hundred dollars each would be real expensive. However you could get lots of other older and perfectly nice machines for way cheaper than that, more like $14.95 to $35, probably at local garage sales or the Goodwill store instead. I can't see why they would really all have to match up, or be just like each other either. If older kids though, it might be nice to have at least a zig zag.

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Date: 8/4/12 7:36 AM

Like Beauturbo, why not use whichever good brands you can find a deal on? The threading will not be that much different. Basic sewing just requires a good straight stitch with reverse. The rest is bells and whistles. Check thrift stores and such. Just make sure to try them out in the store first. I usually bring an extension cord.

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Date: 8/4/12 2:39 PM

I first thought of using a variety of good cheap mechanical sms to teach with, but I changed my mind.

You see, I may not find a venue where I can lock up my machines, and may have to carry them to and from the sewing site every time. The little Elnas I chose [I have 5 now] won't be a pain to tote around. I am getting near the big six O!

I have been trying to find machines that work well, but are cosmetically challenged to keep the price down to a reasonable level. I need one or two more machines because I plan on having six students at a time.

I already know that one of my prospective students is only 4 years old, so that's why I thought a SewHandy electric machine would be appropriate for her.

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Elna 33C SP sm, Pfaff 1473 CD sm, Viking 6030 sm, Singer Sphinx 127 sm, Singer Lotus 127 sm, Bernina 830 Record, Nelco J A-38 sm, Necchi Lelia 515 sm
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Date: 8/4/12 2:52 PM

I could see using it for a 4 year old. Just because then you would not have to worry about them, not taking their foot off some foot pedal if the needle went though a finger. And not having to be watching them all that careful all the time either. As I think someone real little would think to stop hand cranking or more automatic just do that, before maybe taking foot of a foot pedal if something like that happened. That is actually why I got my daughter when so very young a hand crank machine at first, plus also with the Singer 99 hand cranker, I liked it and wanted it too, so my plan was for when she felt she got to big for it, I thought I would just keep it for my selfish self instead! That back fired though on me, as even though she wanted a foot control machine after that, she still wanted to keep the hand cranker too :)

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