It looks innocent and cute...
But believe me it causes little girls to cry and almost makes moms swear.
We were at the store, and this was sitting on the clearance table for $9. Miss C looked at it and turned to me and said, "Oh mom, it's a sewing machine just for me." Her big brown eyes looked up at me sweetly. "Could we get it please? Then I can sew just like you." What's a mom to do?! We bought it, and she was soooo excited.
Then the horror began. It just didn't work. Now for $9 I wasn't expecting a Bernina, but it just didn't work. We couldn't get it to sew for more than one inch. Then it would jam up. The needle would get unthreaded, it's next to impossible to thread. She would cry because it didn't work and she was so frustrated. I wanted to throw the thing at the wall.
Finally, much to her dismay, I told her we were returning it to the store. She was sad about it for a whole day until she finally accepted the sewing machine's fate. She loved the idea of sewing, and I want to encourage that in her little soul.
Now, I'm asking all of you for advice. Are there any reasonably child-safe sewing machines out there that aren't cheap crap? I would love to buy her something that is usable, but safe (AKA with the full needle guard). And to clarify, of course this would be with full supervision. I don't intend to leave her alone with a working sewing machine. Everything I seem to find online is junk. I haven't visited a sewing store yet to ask about products, but would love to hear any success stories.
The machine was returned today. I now have my $9 back, but I have a sad little girl who misses her pink sewing machine.