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#1 bmieke

Posted 13 June 2009 - 08:17 PM

I was just wondering if anyone has seen the kids sewing machines (Singer) in Australia. I saw them on Reprodepot, but am not sure about shipping it from America (cost of postage etc). Was hoping to buy one from an Australian company.

#2 3_for_me

Posted 13 June 2009 - 08:20 PM

I would try looking on the singer site and see if it gives a product stockist list in Aus.  Otherwise see if someone who sells Singer would order one in for you.  Not sure whether big stores like SL, Lincraft, etc would but my local independent fabric store is always happy to special order items from their suppliers for me.

#3 marniehau

Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:14 PM

What age is the child you are thinking of getting the machine for?  If the child is 5 years old or older, I would recommend that you look out for a real sewing machine with handcrank assembly.  You can find machines on ebay that are already set up like this - or you can add a handcrank mechanism to an old Singer 99 or Singer 66 machine.

If you have a sewing machine repair shop nearby, talk with the people there about setting up a traded in solid reliable machine this way.  It is very easy to remove the motor and attach a handcrank.  My daughter has enjoyed sewing on a machine like this since she was five years old.

#4 Sambient

Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:17 PM

I saw those too and it's in my shopping cart though I don't think I will be getting it.  Is it the black one?  I so love it - much better that the nasty dora ones they have at spotlight.

#5 3_for_me

Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:19 PM

Now that Sambient has mentioned it being black I have a feeling I have seen them at my local Lincraft.

#6 bmieke

Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:25 PM

Oh thank you.
The ones on Reprodepot were pink. It is for my son though (not that he would mind... pink is his favourite colour).

He has just turned 4 (yesterday) and a few weeks ago he said "Now I know how to cook  laughing2.gif When are you going to teach me how to sew?"

I actually have 2 machines here, but I like them a lot and would prefer that he practices on something of his own. I will check out Lincraft (I don't bother going there too often anymore but will make an effort).

#7 3_for_me

Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:29 PM

wub.gif Mine wants to know how to sew too, maybe I should take a leaf out of your book original.gif

#8 novy

Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:10 PM

Hi Belinda,

Lincarft does have them for $49.99. Here it is online.

#9 smithsholidayroad

Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:25 PM

Hi there,

I am so new to sewing..2 weeks!...but just had to say that my 4 year old also is so keen to learn! each night he says "lets sew" and just loves being part of it!  Cooper has CP so he needs me to support his body but he is learning to control his foot on the pedal and especially loves pressing a little too hard and watching the needle! lol  also a big fan of cooking!  

Glad to hear of these creative kids! so much more fun than watching tv!


#10 cward

Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:33 PM

I don't know what the kids ones are like but I have to say that my daughter (6) uses my machine and has no problems with it and loves all the different stitches it has.  I thought about getting her a kids one but I know she would be disappointed that it didn't have all the stitches mine has and so probably wouldn't use it.

Edited to add: I didn't realise it was you posting this Belinda.  I didn't even look at the original poster until I had finished.  Can't believe he is 4 now.  We really need to catch up, maybe in the holidays

Edited by cward, 13 June 2009 - 11:34 PM.

#11 don14

Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:23 AM

Hi ladies i got my ds a machine when he was 5
i picked up a 2nd hand machine from a quilting shop on sale for $50 for him it is an OLD machine but so sturdy and sews better than my newer machine.
A friend recently got a machine on special at SL for $140 for her daughters b'day.
My view is of it is to play then the kids ones are fine but the plastic battery operated ones imo are a waste of time as they unthread and need new batteries and don't work well if the batteries are not full of charge.in saying that i have never seen nor used the singer one in the pp link.
if it's to sew then you can't beat a real one and if they learn to respect it and treat it with care and learn properly from the get go then it will be more enjoyable for both of you.
wow that was a bit of a rant sorry Tounge1.gif

#12 100% cotton

Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:50 PM

My little one can't wait to sew too ;-)  There's a Totally Me Singer Sewing Machine advertised in the current Toys R Us catalogue.  It's white and pink.

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