There are many types of sewing machines a beginner can choose for themselves and I can tell you from first hand experience what to look for in shopping for sewing...Continue Reading
Hi everyone, welcome back.
After I posted my last post about sewing machines for kids, I have got some positive feed back. Some people suggested I create another post about small sewing machine, for many of them are looking for that kind of information. Well, here we are.
Maybe you need a small sewing machine for your limited space,or you need to travel a lot with your sewing machine, or you just want a machine that can do some quick repairs… Whatever you want, I hope you can find a right one in this post. As I had stated before, there is no the best machine for all kind of duties or all kind of demands, machines behave different in different tasks.For example,HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini,which I had labelled it a toy level machine in my last post,surprisingly get a lot of fans and positive reviews, because it performs well in thin fabric and simple stitches, and it’s very easy to operate. But when sewing some other fabric which is thicker, it’s a terrible machine.So when you are buying a small sewing machine, you’d better have a fully understanding of the capabilities of the machine and know exactly what you are going to do with this machine,otherwise you will waste your time and investment.
What I am doing here is to show you the capabilities of each small sewing machine model, and I hope I can help you dig out your real demand.If there is anything I haven’t covered here,please let me know by leave a comment down this page or sent me an email,so that other people can learn from your feedback.
First, let me show you what I have collected in my table:
|Free Arm||Button Hole||Built in Stitches||Built in Light||Automatic Threader||Drop Feed Dog|
|HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini||20.99||1.46||N||N||1||Y||N||N|
|NEX Sewing Machine||45||6.1||Y||Y||12||Y||N||N|
|Janome Sew Mini Colors||59||5||N||N||4||N||N||N|
|Janome Lady Lilac||78.3||5||Y||N||12||N||N||N|
|Janome Hello Kitty 11706||133.32||12||Y||Y||11||Y||N||N|
HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini
PROS:1.Has all the basic sewing functions.
2.Small and portable.
3.It’s not a toy but fully working machine.
CONS:1.It moves around when using because it is too light.
2.The bobbin case may become loose and move freely,the bobbin need to re-aligning occasionally.
3.It can only sew ordinary thin fabric.
This is a real small sewing machine with basic sewing functions. With its compact design, it’s only 1.46 pounds weight and as small as four cans of coca cola. Despite its tiny body, it can fulfill most of the basic sewing projects, and fit for thin jean,woolens,cotton,velvet… (Remember to change your needle when sewing jean and other relatively thick fabric.)
This model comes with a pedal and a hand switch to turn on/off the machine,You can control the sewing speed with another switch button to select the high/low sewing speed. Remember the pedal of this model does not control the sewing speed.What may upset you is that it does not have a reverse stitch function.
This model has a lot of similar models according to its shape.Like Michley LSS-202,FlatLED Mini Sewing Machine,eshion Mini Portable Sewing Machine… All these models have the same appearance and the same functions.I guess they are all come from the same factory and label with different brands.Any way,this model is very economical and practical, it does well in simple sewing projects.
NEX Sewing Machine
PROS:1.Economical but functional.
2.Can sew 6 layers of thin denim.
3. A toy-like machine but works very well for those who has a very good experience with sewing machines.
CONS:1.The instructions were difficult to understand .
2.The foot pedal is too small.
Well, how can I say? It has 12 built-in stitches and only cost you $45. It’s really an amazing machine! And there are more features than you can expect:
- Free Arm for sewing sleeves.
- Built-in sewing light.
- A four-step button hole.
- Built-in carry handle,easy to carry with.
- Stitch length and zigzag width adjustable.
- A built-in drawer to store your attachments.
This model is so energy conservation that it can run with only 4 “AA” batteries(The power supply and battery cannot be used at the same time ).It can use a hand switch or a pedal to start and control the sewing speed(high & low) with a slider switch.Unlike HAITRAL Sewing Machine Mini,it has a reverse sewing function.
Janome Sew Mini Colors
PROS:1.It’s simple to set up and use,perfect for kids and beginners.
2.It’s several steps above a toy but perfect for a beginner.
3.Compact designed,perfect for traveling.
CONS:1.Lack of a light.
2.Jammed a lot and had difficulty making a straight stitch
This Janome Sew Mini is made in the same factory as Janome’s larger machines.But it has a lot of limit compared with Janome’s larger machines.It has no Free Arm, no button hole function,no built-in light…It is designed as a second machine for the experienced user or as a starter machine for the young enthusiast.
As stated by Janome,this model is the only real sewing machine in its price range.It does well in basic sewing projects,light but solid machine,does everything you need it to do.And I think it is sweet to have 3 colors available: Honeycomb, Beachcomber, and Merlot.
PROS:1.Stitch quality is excellent.
2. Beginner adults can benefit from using it for simple projects
3.easy to use.
CONS:1.No buttonhole function.
2.More for kids than adults.
3.There are 8 stitches,but really it is only 3, a straight stitch(with several lenght choices,as there is no stitch lenght adjuster), a zig zag(with several width choices) and a decorative stitch.
Compact and portable designed,available in 11 colors,has a finger guard to protect little fingers, this model seem to designed for kids.But it’s far more than a toy,it comes with essential features for finishing many types of sewing projects, from quick repairs to paper crafting, creating doll clothing,zipper insertion and quilt piecing. It’s a perfect choice for both beginners and kids,or as a second machine for experienced seamstresses.
PROS:1.Performs well on small crafts and quick mending.
2.Easy to use,an 8 year old girl who has never used a sewing machine can hem her flannel pajama bottoms well with a few seconds of instruction.
3.Has a easy to control low speed.
CONS:1.Poorly made from cheap materials,does not work well on hem tape.
2.Crude and loud.
3.Buttons and knobs turn hard and the needle threader is absolutely poorly designed with a loop above to guide the thread into needle path.
This is a crafting machine with basic sewing functions.It’s perfect for simple projects, you can see it’s not a heavy duty designed because it can run with 4 AA batteries. If you have a lot of small craft projects and you don’t want to drag out your big machine,this is a good second machine for you.It’s also good for kids or beginners who want to start with small sewing projects.
Janome Lady Lilac
PROS:1.It is a very basic machine but it offers almost everything a child needs to learn to use a sewing machine.
2.Lightweight and easily fits in a suitcase.
3.The instructions is easy enough for a 7 year old to read and follow
CONS:1.Has no built-in light.
2.It sound clunky and there is no way to oil it.
3.Easy to break down,sounds like knocking instead of stitching.
Mini,portable,finger guard,10 other colors are available except lilac,his is another kids targeting sewing machine from Janome company.It’s a little more expensive than Janome Sew Mini Colors because it has 12 built-in stitches and comes with a free arm.Don’t be misleading by its colorful appearance,it’s actually a multiple functions sewing machine,it can sew on lightweight Denim,Cotton,Knits,Flannel…It does well in mending,paper crafting,creating Doll clothing,quilt piecing…
PROS:1.Simple to use,not a lot of buttons,comes with step by step directions and diagrams.
2.Doing well when sewing heavy duty fleece fabric.
3.Perfect for anyone looking for a simple machine.
CONS:1.It does not do a great job on denim
2.It shakes and has glitches when sewing
3.Vertical bobbin not easy to install
A heavy duty machine with metal frame but only 12.7 pounds of shipping weight. With some settings you can sew denim and hem jeans. It’s really a portable,simple and reliable machine.It’s also easy to operate and good for beginners.