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    Default inexpensive machine recommendations for 12 yr old

    GD is asking for a machine for Christmas. I think new would be appropriate since no one at their house sews or has an interest and would not help her with problems and I live 200 miles away.
    DS says he will get her something if that's what she wants. I think $200 is his maximum limit that he would be WILLING to spend. Got any ideas. ?

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    Default Re: inexpensive machine recommendations for 12 yr old

    This brother cs6000i gets mentioned a lot. It often goes for a little less sometimes. I had one for a for the house years ago. The cost is around $150.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Featu...de+table&psc=1
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    I've seen the cs6000i on sale for $127 and now with Christmas coming up I think you'll find that more and more for a while.

    Since she doesn't have sewers at home I think she would find the cs6000i tutorials on utube very helpful. They were clear, very well done and there were quite a few to cover all types of questions a person might have.

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    Default Re: inexpensive machine recommendations for 12 yr old

    I have used the blue Hello Kitty Janome ( about $125). For my Grandkids, and they were younger than 12. It also is a pretty heavy duty machine that goes through many layers . Has a teeny learning curve, pull about an 8" thread tail and put it under the presser foot when you start, or it unthreads itself. I used a similar machine as a travel machine and made a bolster cover for my sister using cording and heavy upholstery fabric and never broke one needle! I bought 2 toy sewing machines and they sewed less than 12" and never stitched again.

    The other idea is to pick up a vintage machine, clean it up and let her have at it. Good luck with deciding! Glad she is interested in learning!

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    Jean is right... the Hello Kitty is a wonderful beginner machine and i can't say enough about Janome!!! Check out Walmart on line.. (I know,,, i'm like a broken record),, BUT I know i had seen a Janome in the Hello Kitty style for 50.00!!!!!!!!!! Will check out and post if i find it) GB

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Janome-Ba...chine/51211977

    Found it.. I know this was cheaper a few months back,,, but it is the Holiday's...LOL
    Again,,, i trust Janome and Walmart is wonderful about returns if not satisfied... and NO COMPUTER stuff for expensive repairs..
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    Terry....the Brother cs6000i does get mentioned a lot....and Amazon has a great price ( $153) ....but in my personal opinion if I were to spend up to $200.00 for a sewing machine for a 12 yr old girl. I would find out if there's a shop near by that has machines ( new) I would spend the $$ with a shop that will also give her classes with her machine. Most shops will give free classes with a sewing machine ( or serger) if you purchase it there, whereas with Amazon, Wal-Mart, Sears etc. there's no classes etc. I have seen in two local privately owned shops where I live they have Baby Lock ( can't remember the model name) around $150.00
    Also, the Jo-Ann fabrics that is near me has a sewing machine shop INSIDE the store, and they offer beginner classes for the machines they sell ( a friend of mine purchased a machine at the Jo-Ann Fabrics here in town and she got 2-3 classes to learn how to run the new machine and was told that she could come back and re-take all or part of the classes as many times as she needed to.
    it's the same way with the shop that I purchased my Viking /Husqvarna Designer SE and the Viking /Husqvarna Serger 936 I have. I took the serger classes a couple of times....and I can take them forever.

    Jo-Ann's has Janome machines as well as Singer. When your GD wants to trade up....she can do that at Jo-Ann's. In fact just recently I was looking at a machine and was told that I would be given a $4000.00 ( that's right 4K) for my machine....BUT if I didn't want to trade in my Husqvarna Designer SE I could just bring in a cheap ( she even told me I could purchase $100 machine to get the 4K rebate to purchase the machine I was looing at )

    So, I would recommend buying at a shop......Jo-Ann's has some reasonably priced machines for a beginner and you get the classes too.....
    This is what I would do....this way, the parents know that the 12 yr old is getting the proper instruction etc.....

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    Look at Walmart, they have good starter machines.

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    When I was showing a young girl how to use her sewing machine the bobbin was hard to get in and out and she would get frustrated. I can't give advise about which machine is best but my advise is to check how easy or awkward it is to work the machine.

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    Just a word from personal experience with others buying a *cheap* machine from walmart. The machines walmart sells are made for walmart so they can sell them cheap. They are inferiorly made. Everyone I know that has gotten one has been frustrated to the point of giving up. Buy a better machine that she can grow into and both will be happier. I learned to sew at age 5 on my Mom's kenmore. It was a work horse and only went forward an backward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redcaboose1717 View Post
    Terry....the Brother cs6000i does get mentioned a lot....and Amazon has a great price ( $153) ....but in my personal opinion if I were to spend up to $200.00 for a sewing machine for a 12 yr old girl. I would find out if there's a shop near by that has machines ( new) I would spend the $$ with a shop that will also give her classes with her machine. Most shops will give free classes with a sewing machine ( or serger) if you purchase it there, whereas with Amazon, Wal-Mart, Sears etc. there's no classes etc. I have seen in two local privately owned shops where I live they have Baby Lock ( can't remember the model name) around $150.00
    Also, the Jo-Ann fabrics that is near me has a sewing machine shop INSIDE the store, and they offer beginner classes for the machines they sell ( a friend of mine purchased a machine at the Jo-Ann Fabrics here in town and she got 2-3 classes to learn how to run the new machine and was told that she could come back and re-take all or part of the classes as many times as she needed to.
    it's the same way with the shop that I purchased my Viking /Husqvarna Designer SE and the Viking /Husqvarna Serger 936 I have. I took the serger classes a couple of times....and I can take them forever.

    Jo-Ann's has Janome machines as well as Singer. When your GD wants to trade up....she can do that at Jo-Ann's. In fact just recently I was looking at a machine and was told that I would be given a $4000.00 ( that's right 4K) for my machine....BUT if I didn't want to trade in my Husqvarna Designer SE I could just bring in a cheap ( she even told me I could purchase $100 machine to get the 4K rebate to purchase the machine I was looing at )

    So, I would recommend buying at a shop......Jo-Ann's has some reasonably priced machines for a beginner and you get the classes too.....
    This is what I would do....this way, the parents know that the 12 yr old is getting the proper instruction etc.....
    I agree with this. I just looked at the CS600i on Amazon (149.99) and that throat space looks pretty small. If she is going to start quilting that lack of space might get frustrating fast. A quilt shop might have something in the price range suited for a beginner.

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