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SINGER SEWING MACHINE FOR KIDS

Letting your child handle a sewing machine on their own is a great way to reinforce their artistic personality, not to mention, boost their confidence. However, when choosing the best sewing machine for kids, safety and functionality are very important.

If the sewing machine is too difficult to use, your child might lose interest in sewing. At this stage, you’re inviting their love for the craft, so it’s important to find a sewing machine that is easy to use and safe. Many brands offer safety and functionality, but none that can compete with Singer sewing machines for kids.

Singer has been around for a long time, making sewing machines for children, adults, commercial use and even industrial sewing machines! From featuring an extensive catalogue of designs all the way to serving different purposes, their sewing machines have become synonymous with quality.

There is a huge difference between traditional machines and sewing machines for kids. While the former helps you make everyday wear dresses, sofa covers, pillow covers and more, the Singer sewing machine for kids has one core purpose; to enhance their love for the craft and spruce up their creativity.

To ensure your kid gets the best Singer sewing machine, we took it upon ourselves to test out a plethora of sewing machines. Here, you’ll find what we learned, along with a detailed guide on factors you need to consider when looking for a Singer sewing machine for kids.

So, let’s start rolling!

OUR TOP PICK

 

SINGER MX231 Sewing Machine, White
SINGER MX231 Sewing Machine, White
  • 97 Stitch Applications for any Fabric or Project
  • One-step Buttonhole that Create Consistent Buttonholes in a Style to Suit Your Needs.
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure to allow Adjustments for Very Heavy or Very Fine Fabrics.
  • Adjustable Stitch Length & Width
  • Quick and Easy Threading with a Built-In Needle Threader

 

This machine is highly rated in almost every store – and with good reason. It offers the most value for money and has everything you could want in a sewing machine for kids, from durability all the way to features. We believe this is a one-time investment that will last for years to come.

If you’re looking for a machine that reinforces or reinvigorates your child’s love for the craft without breaking your bank, this is a good choice.

BEST SINGER SEWING MACHINE FOR KIDS

1.     SINGER | MX231 SEWING MACHINE WITH 97 STITCH APPLICATIONS (4.5)

SINGER MX231 Sewing Machine, White
SINGER MX231 Sewing Machine, White
  • 97 Stitch Applications for any Fabric or Project
  • One-step Buttonhole that Create Consistent Buttonholes in a Style to Suit Your Needs.
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure to allow Adjustments for Very Heavy or Very Fine Fabrics.
  • Adjustable Stitch Length & Width
  • Quick and Easy Threading with a Built-In Needle Threader

Not the most “blingy” sewing machine out there for children, but it definitely takes the cake as one of the best Singer sewing machines for kids. For those of you who like to give your children all the options a sewing machine can offer, you simply can’t go wrong with the MX231.

The machine has 97 stitch applications, a combination of which can help them make any design they can possibly conceive. This also means that they can stitch any fabric they like without constantly being careful about the needle breaking.

We found the round switch dial on the left side extremely convenient to use. It stays out of the way at all times, ensuring that your child doesn’t accidentally change modes during sewing. For lefties, however, the dial might get in the way from time to time. It’s a bit bulky, and the switch is rather seamless, so we urge a bit of caution.

If your kid is just starting out and doesn’t really know how to handle a sewing machine, you’d be glad to know that this Singer sewing machine for kids can take some abuse before giving way. Although a bit heavy (15.12 pounds), even if your child knocks it over in a fit, it won’t break or stop working as easily.

The presser foot pressure can be customized based on your needs. There is a spring in the mechanism which you can rotate to easily make the switch harder or softer. Although there is a Front Load Bobbin that makes rewinding and winding easier, that, plus inserting thread into the needle can be a bit of a grind due to the design. Customers usually don’t like the front load bobbin because of this.

Having said that, Singer advises adult supervision if your child is under 12, and you’re teaching them to sew with this machine. There is an automatic needle threader, but we found manual insertion much more satisfying. However, that is just our preference.

Our favourite bit is the automatic 1-step buttonhole setting, which helps your child create professional buttonholes with just one step!

The sewing machine’s price is well worth what you get in return. Before buying, though, remember that Singer no longer includes manuals with the purchase. You are going to have to print the manual yourself. Furthermore, your child might struggle at the start – and so might you consider the size. It can be a bit too small, especially for people used to those heavy-duty sewing machines.

It takes a while to get used to it, but once you do, you won’t regret the purchase!

Pros

  • Best value for money
  • Overall, one of the best Singer sewing machines for kids and beginners
  • Convenient
  • Cost-effective
  • Best value for money
  • Durable
  • One-step buttonholes
  • Great warranty (1-year default. You can purchase 3-4 years protection as well)
  • Great for light, medium, heavy and very heavy fabric

Cons

  • Can take a bit of getting-used-to
  • The front-load bobbin and the automatic threader isn’t as efficient or satisfying

2.    SINGER MX60 SEWING MACHINE MX60 (4.4)

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SINGER Mechanical MX60 Sewing Machine, 12.42 pounds, White
SINGER Mechanical MX60 Sewing Machine, 12.42 pounds, White
  • 57 Stitch Applications for key sewing techniques
  • Easy Stitch selection
  • Pre-set stitch length and width for simple stitch selection
  • Buttonholes as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Lightweight and Portable

For those of you who are short on cash but still don’t want to compromise on quality sewing machines, the Singer MX60 is perfect for you. Not only is it cost-effective, the stich quality, metal frame of the machine, 57 stitch applications and ease of operation all combine to make it a prime contender for our Singer sewing machine for kids list.

At the time of writing, this is one of the newer models that takes inspiration from the old and brings in the new. It’s lightweight and portable so that your child can easily carry it to their sewing classes in its case. The white is rather glossy and easy to clean; just make sure your child doesn’t touch it much during maintenance. Oil stains do come off, but there are chances that it will leave a mark no matter how hard you try.

It has a 4-step button hole setting as well that can be enabled via the selector dial. Threading is easy, too, with the simple guidelines marked on the machine. It’s not automatic, but it’s not that hard, either.

Speaking of which, there is a selector to adjust the thread tension right above the needle to give you even more flexibility with regards to the type of fabric you can work on. Just remember not to leave it on the tightest setting. It works, yes, but harder fabrics can break the thread easily on that setting.

Your child can use it just as easily as you can, if the need arises. Keep in mind, though, that it isn’t really the “perfect” sewing machine for adults.

Weighing in at 12.42 lbs., this machine is easy to throw around. If your child has a habit of throwing stuff, we recommend you attach it somewhere. Having said that, even if it does fall or faces a bit of abuse, you can rest assured that it can take it.

If you’re trying to make a speedster out of your young one, this sewing machine will oblige. Overall, this is a rather wonderful Singer sewing machine for kids with a convenient price tag.

The sewing machine doesn’t have as many stitching options though, if that is something you are looking for. The idea is to make sure the machine isn’t difficult to operate.

This is a great option for kids who are particularly serious about sewing, either as a hobby or even as a profession. The machine isn’t very confusing and lets your child focus on what they’re doing above everything else.

Within a few months, this sewing machine can enable them to work on domestic artistic projects.

However, it is also important to note that this machine doesn’t come with an instruction manual. You can find one online and print it, but it is an inconvenience, nonetheless. One of the biggest problems that arises because of this is thread tension. The wrong tension setting can lead to the thread (or even the needle!) breaking.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy maintenance (doesn’t require frequent oiling)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Easy buttonholes (4 steps) and stitch selection dial (6 stitches)

Cons

  • No speed control
  • No manual
  • Tension settings need to be precise

3.     SINGER SIMPLE 3232 SEWING MACHINE (4.5)

SINGER | Simple 3232 Sewing Machine with Built-In Needle Threader, & 110 Stitch Applications- Perfect for Beginners - Sewing Made Easy
SINGER | Simple 3232 Sewing Machine with Built-In Needle Threader, & 110 Stitch Applications- Perfect for Beginners - Sewing Made Easy
  • SINGER PORTABLE SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER 3232 portable sewing machine features 32 built-in stitches, a built-in 1-step buttonhole, built-in needle threader and a heavy-duty metal frame making sewing creative projects fun and easy
  • AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADER: Threading the machine is so easy that you can have the entire machine threaded, from the spool to the needle’s eye in seconds. The built-in needle threader helps you thread the eye of the needle effortlessly
  • SEWING SPEED: The SINGER 3232 sewing machine has a maximum speed of 750 stitches-per-minute, so larger projects can be sewn quickly
  • HIGH PRESSER FOOT LIFTER: The SINGER Simple 3232 sews several layers of thick fabric. The presser foot can be raised to a higher position for easy positioning of your project
  • AUTOMATIC REVERSE SEWING MACHINE: Push the conveniently located automatic reverse button to sew in reverse and reinforce the stitching

With a 25-year warranty, this sewing machine is built to last. However, that also comes with a hefty price tag. This machine, with all its features and a great promise of durability, would be our go-to choice for the best Singer sewing machine for kids if not for the price tag.

If you can afford it, though, you can rest assured that the machine will stick with your child for years to come! The singer Simple 3232 sewing machine for kids can be the perfect mechanical sewing machine you can buy for your child.

With 110 stitch application and four presser feet included in the box, along with an automatic 1-step buttonhole feature and more, this is not just a good sewing machine for beginners, but also has scalability potential.

The machine is made in the USA, for those of you keeping track so you can rest assured that the quality will be impeccable.

The minimalistic design may put off a few, though, considering that for the same price range, some very heavy-duty-looking sewing machines can be purchased as well. This machine has a very beginner type look.

There is a base model that you can purchase for just over $250 at the time of writing; however, for those of you looking to further enhance their experience, you can also buy an accessory kit along with the machine for a few extra bucks.

Although the name suggests that this sewing machine is good for sewing, it can also be used by adults for larger projects thanks to the 750 stitch-per-minute speed. At that speed, the 12.25-pound machine can hold its own easily, meaning that you can let your child use the machine at that speed as well without worrying about the machine getting unstable.

Apart from the massive price tag, the only problem people faced was that the automatic needle threader needed to be realigned every now and then. The mechanism almost always struggles with needles that have extremely small thread holes.

However, we urge that you let your child needle their thread manually, regardless. There’s a certain sense of victory there that automatic threaders simply can’t compete with.

Pros

  • Feature-rich
  • Extremely durable
  • 25-year warranty
  • Can sew through multiple layers of fabric
  • Can easily handle heavy fabrics
  • Versatile and easy to use

Cons

  • Prone to jams if not maintained
  • Costly
  • Can be a bit confusing at first and lead to threads jumbling up

4.     SINGER 2259 TRADITIONAL SEWING MACHINE (4.3)

SINGER | Tradition 2259 Sewing Machine with 19 Built-In Stitches, & Easy-To-Use Free Arm - Perfect for Beginners - Sewing Made Easy,White
SINGER | Tradition 2259 Sewing Machine with 19 Built-In Stitches, & Easy-To-Use Free Arm - Perfect for Beginners - Sewing Made Easy,White
  • SINGER SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Tradition 2259 portable sewing machine features 19 built-in stitches, a built-in 4-step buttonhole and a heavy-duty metal frame making sewing creative projects fun and easy
  • HIGH PRESSER FOOT LIFTER: The SINGER Tradition 2259 sews several layers of thick fabric. The presser foot can be raised to a higher position for easy positioning of your project
  • BEST SEWING MACHINE: Best sewing machine with quick-and-easy threading, adjustable stitch length and width, free arm, and on-board accessory storage.
  • FREE ARM SEWING MACHINE: The free arm provides easy access to cuffs, collars, pant hems and other difficult-to-reach areas. The on-board storage provides easy access to the included accessories
  • SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORIES: A variety of accessories are included with all-Purpose Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Zipper Foot, Thread Spool Caps (2), Screwdriver, Edge / Quilting Guide, Bobbins (Class 15), Needles, Seam Ripper/ Lint Brush, Foot Pedal, Power Cord, Instruction Manual, Machine Intro DVD

For those in love with the traditional style of sewing machines, this is as close as you should get when buying Singer sewing machines for kids. It features that signature neck style where your kids can peek in and see the mechanism at work.

This machine isn’t a cost-effective solution, mind you, nor is it the best of the best, but it doesn’t try to be, either. It gives you the best of both worlds by adopting a few good features from each side. For those of you who’re looking to enable your child’s love for the hobby but are on a budget, this sewing machine can work wonders!

The idea behind this portable sewing machine is to combine the robust capacity of traditional sewing concepts with the speed of technology.

Adjusting the length of each stitch and design is a simple matter of turning the knobs on its body. These knobs don’t get in the way when sewing – even for lefties. However, the most prominent feature of this sewing machine for kids is the reverse lever, which is a bit too big for comfort. We found that the lever gets in the way very often for lefties, and it is very easy to shift it when sewing in a hurry.

As the name suggests, this machine is very simple and easy to use, which makes it that much more suitable for children – even those under 12. Just make sure you’re supervising.

Weighing at 13.6 pounds, your child can carry it in a bag or its own frame to their sewing classes rather easily. The heavy-duty frame makes sure that it doesn’t get damaged in transit.

Unfortunately, much like many other Singer sewing machines for kids, understanding this machine will take a while. Without the manual, you won’t be able to operate it efficiently or make the most out of the machine.

We believe that this is a great machine for your child. Just remember that it isn’t meant to be the best. It might clog from time to time, but it’s nothing major and nothing that a little sewing machine oil can’t help avoid.

Pros

  • Easy to thread
  • Saves time and efforts
  • Customizable stitches
  • 19 built-in stitch settings
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not the most cost-effective or the most feature-rich option
  • Accessories that come with the machine are average-quality
  • You might have to invest in a pack of needles since the ones included in the machine aren’t very durable

5.     SINGER PROMISE 1412 SEWING MACHINE (WHITE) (4.5)

Singer Promise 1412 Sewing Machine, White
Singer Promise 1412 Sewing Machine, White
  • 12 Built-in stitches
  • 4 Step buttonhole
  • Front loading bobbin
  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • 18 Stitch functions

If your child is under 12 and you’re looking to unlock their creative side, this is easily the best sewing machine for kids. As a ‘first sewing machine,’ there isn’t much to complain about. Having said that, there isn’t much to boast either.

Out of all the Singer sewing machines for kids that we have reviewed, the Singer 1507WC is one of the best-designed machines out there. The body is the same, yes, but it’s the colours that make Promise a very promising sewing machine for children. It has a very elegant, minimalistic design that speaks for itself.

Apart from the design, this mechanical sewing machine is best-suited for beginners and performs basic sewing functions. Considering the features, it is safe to say that the machine is slightly overpriced.

It has 12 built-in stitches and a 4-step buttonhole function. The foot pedal is great for controlling the machine’s speed – but that might be something that your child would need to get used to. The metal frame with a plastic overlay is rather sturdy and can therefore handle some abuse.

The design on top, however, isn’t that durable.

A problem that we found with this model was that it could be a bit hard to thread like the MX231.

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Durable
  • Extra protection purchasable (3, 4 years)
  • Easy to use
  • Canvas cover included

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Relatively loud

SINGER SEWING MACHINE FOR KIDS – BUYING GUIDE

Although we have reviewed some of the best Singer sewing machines for kids, what if your child has their heart set on a machine that isn’t on our list?

There is a wide range of sewing machines out there, each with its own pros and cons. In this buying guide, we will explain our buying process and things that you need to consider before making a decision.

MECHANICAL VS. COMPUTERIZED MACHINES

One of the first considerations about sewing machines is whether it’s mechanical or computerized. Mechanical sewing machines are much cheaper than computerized ones, even if they have more features. Furthermore, computerized machines can get very complicated for children to understand – especially if you aren’t sure how much they love the craft.

We recommend going for a mechanical machine when starting out.

STITCHES/STITCH SELECTION

For children under 12, you don’t have to look for a machine with too many built-in stitches – they won’t really know the difference. But sewing machines usually last very long, and chances are that if they continue using it for long, they might start missing these features.

If you think your child will continue with the hobby – or if you think you’ll also use the machine, go for one with more decorative stitches.

AUTOMATIC NEEDLE THREADERS

Built-in needle threaders make the process of sewing much easier. Parents might be old fashioned and want to needle a thread themselves, but children might not be that interested or patient with it. We recommend you look for a sewing machine which includes an automatic needle threader.

SPEED

The faster your machine, the shorter work it’ll make of any sewing job. However, when learning to sew, a lower speed is always better. This is why it is a good idea to look for sewing machines that have a dial or a variable foot pedal to control the speed.

BOBBIN SYSTEMS

Bobbin systems are usually of two types:

  • A front-loading bobbin that uses plastic bobbins
  • Drop-in bobbin system that uses metal bobbins and therefore holds more thread

Both have their own uses, but drop-in bobbins are much more useful for longer projects.

FINAL WORD

The best Singer sewing machine for kids may vary depending on your child’s preference and what exactly you’re looking for. At the end of the day, the best sewing machine is one that speaks to your child – not the one with the most features.

However, price is also an important factor to consider. This is why we’ve listed 5 Singer sewing machines for children that range across a broad price spectrum. A sewing machine is a great investment for the future, so if you’re going there, remember to read our reviews twice. If, however, you’re buying a machine that isn’t on our list, remember to read our guide thoroughly.

We hope we helped you find the best Singer sewing machine for your kid and further their sewing ventures.

Happy sewing!