This is kind of stating the obvious, but sewing is a huge part of my life. My daughter has been at my feet in my sewing room since she was an infant. When she started getting interested in sewing, we happen to win a copy of Sewing School 2 and for her birthday, I got her a Janome Sew Mini sewing machine. It served it purpose, but it's quality matched it's price; cheap. All of a sudden, the little boy turned 7 and instantly decided he wanted to learn to sew too.
We turned to our Sewing School 2 book again and just like that, he made a few projects and caught the sewing bug.
Our little Sew Mini was on it's last leg and after a few projects, it finally bit the dust. I went searching for a replacement machine with only 1 feature in mind, speed control. My sewing machine has a little dial where you can reduce the machine speed regardless of how hard you press on the foot. I think for kids, this is really helpful. But, I wanted something affordable as well. I finally decided on the Brother CS-6000i.
I can't say enough good things about this machine. Keep in mind, I am not being compensated for any of this, so these opinions are totally not influenced. The machine costs less than $150, comes with a billion little accessories, has a great LED light, and it super easy to thread and use. We had it out of the box and the kids sewing with it in a flash. I'm so happy with our purchase and it's feels so wonderful to have taught both my kids the love of sewing.
This little gem is going straight to the keepsake box!