Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

Help for Christmas

jduggan | Posted in General Discussion on

My 12 year old daughter is taking sewing in school and seems to love it.  I want to get her a sewing machine for Christmas.  Seems to like embroidery (made a canvas bag in school and sewed her name on it and was very excited).  There are a million machines and no Consumer Report style review…




  1. carolfresia | | #1


    I'd recommend determining your budget first (at least $200, probably, to get a good starter machine), and find a good local dealership. Visit the dealship and ask what's available in your price range--and don't be afraid to refuse to spend more. If they pressure you to do so, this might not be the place to buy. If you purchase the machine from a dealership (as opposed to a department store or discount warehouse), you'll be insuring that the machine can always be serviced locally. This can be a lifesaver. Also, many dealerships offer classes and clubs, which might be fun for your daughter, even though she's taking sewing in school.

    A machine that does embroidery and sewing will cost you a lot more than just a sewing machine, although there are some mid-range models that have basic alphabets for personalizing things. You might want to stick with a sewing-only machine to start with, and if she's really into embroidery, you could consider an embroidery-only machine at a later date.

    GOod luck--a sewing machine is a terrific present!


    1. jduggan | | #2

      thank you great advice.  I will look for a local dealer.  You aren't aware of any on-line rating service are you?

      1. FitnessNut | | #3

        Another option you may wish to consider is buying a reconditioned used machine from a reputable dealer, maybe even the same one you shop at for the new machine. Often these are higher priced machines when new and have been traded in for a top of the line $$$ machine. You can find some excellent bargains on what were formerly top of the line machines. That may be a way to get some of the extra bells and whistles while preserving your budget. A good dealer will offer a warranty with such a machine, so you can take it back for servicing if there are any problems.

      2. Elisabeth | | #4

        You can look at the reviews at http://www.patternreview.com Lots of machines reviewed there.

  2. Alexandra | | #5

    If she likes sewing don't get her a cheap machine, nothing is more frustrating than fighting with the machine.  If budget is a consideration, get a used machine, there are many available because of trade ups, and you will get much more for your money.  Make sure to get a rotory bobbin, they work much better than the cheaper shuttle type (not sure if that's the right term).  A good machine will last for years and years and years if she takes care of it, cleaning, oiling, and regular maintenance by a professional.  I started at a young age and had a rotten first machine that regularly reduced my to tears.  I guess the sewing gene was too strong for that to stop me, but having working tools is more conducive to creative expression.

    Good luck

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All