Children’s Sewing Machines for Christmas

I have heard from parents that a few of the children I know are having sewing machines for Christmas and I have been asked which ones I would recommend. Below are a few that I know of although not all are tried and tested. Children are quite capable of learning to sew on an adult machine, I recommend supervision for younger ones and instruction in correct, safe use for all children.

•  The sewing machines we used to use in Children’s Sewing Club are Janome J3-24.


I chose them as being the first in the range with a variable stitch width, rather than just a choice of 3 widths, also this model had a hard case which I needed for carting them around. There are 24 stitches for stretch materials, appliqué, heavy material, pretty stitches. It comes with several presser feet, with more you can purchase and it has an automatic needle threader. They are sturdy machines capable of plenty of sewing time and many options to grow in to. It sells for around £189. There is a sewing machine shop in Bristol that are helpful. In Cheltenham there is where I buy machines.

•  Another Janome is the J3-18, which is similar, less stitches, no variable width for stitches, a 4-step button hole instead of a 1-step button hole and a soft cover. It is available currently for £139 at the above shops, until 24th Dec.

For something cheaper there is a selection of small beginner sewing machines on the market.

•  John Lewis sell colourful little machines for £59 ideal for beginners but they don’t have a light and you can’t change the feet, it has a small selection of stitches and is suitable for small craft items, simple clothes making (no zip foot or button hole foot) and repairs. I have one of these and it works just fine. They come in several colours, here is the link John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine.

John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine Pink

These are the machines I currently use for the children, just so much easier for me to carry around!

•  Hobbycraft have a selection of reasonably priced sewing machines. I like the Janome sewing machines although I haven’t used this one it has good reviews and has a free bag if you buy online. It is a Janome 2032 and is £99 if you look here it has the reviews and specs.

Janome 2032 Sewing Machine

•  Dunelm Mill have a Petite Janome similar to the John Lewis machine it is the Janome DMX100 priced £54.99. I haven’t used this but I do like the Janome machines


Janome DMX100 sewing machine uk

Let me know if you have any questions about these sewing machines, I will be happy to help.

If you have bought or are buying one of these machines or indeed a different one, for your child. It would be great if you could leave a comment to let others know what you think of it.

A small word of warning, I do not recommend you buy those really small sewing machines that you could lift with 1 finger. I believe your child will be frustrated with it and it will be resigned to the bottom of the cupboard if it doesn’t give up before then. It would be a shame to thwart their interest in sewing with such a machine. Spend just a little bit more for something you and your child can use and enjoy for years to come.

10 thoughts on “Children’s Sewing Machines for Christmas

  1. Hello,
    I teach a sewing group and there are 4 young girls. I am looking for a sewing machine that does not have a fast speed. They press the pedal down hard. The ikea machine is it slower than the normal sewing machines?Hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Hi Nadira,
      The IKEA machine is a great machine but it is not a child’s sewing machine, the speed is as for a normal adult sewing machine so children would need to get used to the pressure required. I have seen it used for children though. If you are looking for a slower machine, the John Lewis small machines are better for this. I have seen a sewing machine with a hare and tortoise button so the speed is adjusted via a sliding switch, can’t remember the make though. Hope that is some help. Cheers, Mandy

  2. All sewing machine are perfect for children. Especially i love this red john lewis machine. And i already purchased for my nephew. It works very easily.

    1. Thank you Ashley.

  3. I am looking for a sewing machine for my 7 year old granddaughter I want it to be safe but also like her mummy’s and she can do proper sewing help.

    1. Hello Brenda,
      Such a great idea for your niece. I like the small John Lewis machines, they are fun in different colours. The needle is kept reasonably tucked away from little fingers by the larger pressed foot. It sews well, I have been using the same machines in after school club in primary school, they have been very reliable, I have even used one to take to quilting classes for myself as they are light to carry. I would advise she has some instruction and a little safety talk re the needles and electricity. I hope this has helped. Many thanks, Mandy

  4. Would really like Janome kitty 11706. It’s really light weight… best for kids. It also has 11 stitches options which is preferable for kids and also has option of 4 steps buttonhole.The accessory storage compartment and free arm are additional useful features, very convenient for children.

  5. I love the John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine.
    Nice color like the Janome Fast Lane Fuchsia.

    Janome has some strong sewing machine and much cheaper than the JL sewing machine. Did you consider or looked at the Janome Fast Lane Fuchsia?

    Great color and good portable for kids.

  6. Hi
    I’ve been looking for John Lewis mini sewing machine for my daughter who’s turning 10 but not having any luck with it… have they stopped selling them?

    1. Hi Sonia,
      Sadly John Lewis have stopped selling their small sewing machine. I have found it a brilliant little machine for the children in after school clubs. They do now have another small sewing machine for £45, I haven’t tried it so can’t comment on how it works. It has more functionality than the JL one though. Here’s the link.

      Let me know how you get on.


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