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Excited...just ordered the Janome Sew Mini for my little girl!
Please share your stories of teaching your little ones to sew.
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Date: 3/18/13 7:34 PM

Please, no flames re: age. My daughter has been wanting her own machine ever since she saw a cute little toy machine at Joann's. She's only only 3.5 so I didn't buy her the toy machine because it was for ages 6 & up but when I discussed it with DH, he felt I was being too cautious since I already let her help me with sewing tasks on both my Juki F400 and MO-644D serger. I decided to research the toy machines and threw caution to the wind and decided for $10 more, it might be worth it to get this Janome, which seems to be about a similar size to the toys but more functional. I sew many of her clothes and toys so she's used to being in the sewing room helping me with different tasks. I think this machine is going to be perfect for my budding little seamstress. I ordered from Hancock fabrics and it hasn't shipped yet so I don't know when we'll actually have it. In the meantime, I've been reading as many blogs, reviews, articles I can find on teaching a young child to sew on a machine. CraftyGemini has a fantastic video on youtube of her 3 yr old son learning to sew that had some good ideas. He seems a little more mature than my daughter so I anticipate very short periods of time spent on the machine...five or ten minutes tops at a time. I'm going to start picking up some miscellaneous sewing supplies to put in a sewing basket/box for her to give to her for Easter. I still use my very first sewing box I got when I was a child, in fact, it still has an unfinished sewing project in it from when I was about 7 yrs old...LOL! I'm not expecting this machine to be perfect, but I chose it so I wouldn't have to buy a $35 toy machine now and in a few months have to buy something else. At the very least, if she loses interest, it's something I can use in a pinch or if my machine has to go in for service or something. I'm just excited to share a new skill with her, something she's been wanting to do for ages and while I let her do menial tasks with me, I never let her sit at my machine so it will be exciting for her to be able to sit at and work with her own mini machine.

Please share your stories about teaching your child to sew and what machine you used to teach them!

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Date: 3/18/13 7:56 PM

The Sew Mini was the first real machine I bought for my daughter at age 7. So glad you did not go the toy route! I had first bought a toy Singer which lasted about 15 minutes. I threw it in the trash.

The Sew Mini was cute and sewed like...well, a real sewing machine. Then I found A Hello Kitty Green on clearance at Target so it was like moving a step up. It has a metal bobbin housing vs. the plastic one on the Sew Mini. On this model you could buy Janome feet and change them out...zipper foot, etc. She still could not change length or width of the stitch.

She is 12 now and has very little interest in sewing right now. I have a Janome Jem 760 in case she wants to make something. Kids these days pick up on the technology so quick. She figured out a small Brother combo machine quickly and has sewn on a Bernina I had for a short time. She recently tried out my new Viking Sapphire and had no problem. I have noticed that she does like having a speed control option.

The Sew Mini is a good start! It's marketed as a crafter/scrapbooking type of machine but I'm sure it will be fine for her. I would draw lines on paper and leave the Sew Mini unthreaded for my daughter to get the hang of sewing straight lines and she could see the holes she punched. Or just let her sew on scraps of fabric with bright thread. She made a lot of doll pillows and such.
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Date: 3/18/13 8:15 PM

My DD has one of those and she loves it - many people use it for crafts like card making, and this was what she originally bought it for but then made a couple of tough appliqued design bags on it - the base was Army Navy Store olive drab ammo bags, and then she painted acrylic and cut and frayed the painted pieces in designs and appliqued them on with the Mini! No kidding! It sewed 'em fine. Then she took up sewing and made a skirt or two on it, and then got another Janome made machine and uses this one for travel.
-- Edited on 3/18/13 8:15 PM --

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Date: 3/18/13 8:24 PM

No flames here. My DD sewed on my Husqvarna Rose when she was about 6. I used to set her up at the coffee table and use a child's chair. Perfect size...it meant she could still reach the foot pedal. That Janome looks cute...I often see the Elna version on Australian Ebay.

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Date: 3/18/13 8:25 PM

I honestly couldn't tell you what machine it was, but my oldest daughter was about 8 when she first helped me make skirts for her dance studio. She sewed the waistbands on, she was SO proud of herself!

I think it's AWESOME you got your daughter her own machine!

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Date: 3/18/13 9:49 PM

The Janome dealer nearby wanted me to buy a $200 machine (she didn't carry the sew mini) but I just can't see spending that kind of money on a child this age - if she really takes to it, I can always get a better machine for her for Christmas or her birthday...or eventually allow her to use mine as she's older and has acquired some sewing skills. I may have been more willing to buy a proper machine if she were older but at this age, I think this will be a sufficient starter machine. I'm very excited about it and even more excited thinking about the projects we can get into together once she's learned to use her machine and has had some practice time. Thanks so much for the support....I wasn't sure if I'd get flamed for thinking a child this age could attempt to learn ;-) And thanks for sharing your stories of your own children. So inspiring!

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Date: 3/19/13 0:19 AM

I was having a hard time deciding between this one and the Kenmore Mini Ultra or the 19106, each for about $60 currently at Tuesday Morning .com. I finally went for the one at TM. I think a lightweight one that really sews is definitely the way to go!

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Date: 3/19/13 7:39 AM

I 2nd the idea of sewing with just a needle on paper first.
My mom was a Home Ec teacher and way back when, they had sheets of paper with large squares to practice straight lines, pivoting, right angles, then sheets with spirals to practice curves. You can draw your own or use graph paper, marking off large squares for practice.
There are lots free Softie patterns online, a good way to instant success by making a stuffed animal or pillow first. This gets them used to the concept of thinking right-sides together and seams inside. Then go for PJ pants in a fun print.

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Date: 3/19/13 8:41 AM

Just dandy *said in my most sarcastic tone* I got an email that the machine is discontinued so they cancelled my order. I think Sew Vac Direct has it...I'll also check out the kenmore B mentioned. What about the juki 12z...I can't find many details on that one but it seems like it's a small basic machine. At any rate, she won't be sewing on her own machine this week but I'll get something ordered so maybe by next week. I love the idea of sewing without a needle first and using that for a paper craft of some sort. Back to the drawing board.

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Date: 3/19/13 9:08 AM

Have you tried amazon.com , I just ordered one of 3/4 hello kitty machine for my daughter about 2 weeks ago for her birthday. It was around $120. I initially had order the other bigger Hello Kitty one but returned it had a problem with tension and it was too big for her. They do have the sew mini for $69.00. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Janome-Sew-Mini-Sewing-Machine/dp/B005TL10AY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363698370&sr=8-1&keywords=janome+sew+mini

The one i bought is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Janome-11706-Hello-Sewing-Machine/dp/B0012PTMAG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1363698370&sr=8-2&keywords=janome+sew+mini

It sews really well for a 3/4 machine.
-- Edited on 3/19/13 9:08 AM --

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