We are asked all the time about what sewing machine to buy for your child who is interested in sewing. It is a hard question to answer with so many options and prices for basic sewing machines.\nThe first answer is to buy the best that you can currently afford. This is also the same recommendation that we make for adults who are learning to sew.\nDo....\n\nBuy a quality machine from a good supplier with a brand name you recognise.\nIf buying a second hand machine (yes this can be a great option) ask the buyer to show you the basics and that the machine works well.\nIf you have a sewing machine, then you are best to start on your machine and see where the interest leads.\n\nDon't...\n\nUse a machine is damaged or has old worn cords and parts.\nBuy a "toy" sewing machine - they are so limited in their functions\nExpect your child to know exactly what to do without help and support\nLet a child use the machine on their own without supervision.\n\nBest Buys...\n\nMachines that have a speed control - this is our top must have.\nBasic machines with a top loading bobbin are easier to use than a front loading bobbin.\nSimple stitches - your child will not be using hundreds of stitch options in their sewing.\nSimple, clean, basic sewing machines from a named brand.\nA computerised machine is much more user friendly than a mechanical one.\n\nSewing Adventures Studio is proudly supported by Echidna Sewing in Capalaba. Gary Walker the owner of Echidna Sewing, a local family owned business of 25 years, is a passionate supporter of teaching the next generation to sew. The team at Echidna provide us with our amazing studio machines for our kids classes and adventures and back us up with exceptional service. \n2020 has been a very unusual year and currently sewing machine stocks are still slowly being replenished, so buying a machine is a little harder at this time.\nSewing Adventures always suggests you buy from a dealer like Echidna Sewing - the customer service, range and follow up is second to none!\nPlease also check out this article from Gary about buying a sewing machine. This article talks about the FS150 which we have in our studio but it now a "retired" model.