We both know that in this modern life, there are lots of activities for teenagers to entertain and relax in their free time, most of which involve computers and technology. Playing computer games or surfing the Internet is truly very interesting, but it can easily cause addiction, and other health problems in the long run. 

As a result, in this article I would like to recommend a tool for your children to do at home for entertaining which is a much more effective way to spend their free time. And that activity is sewing. Not only can sewing help teenagers relax but also improve their creativity. 

If you are a parent searching for a sewing machine for your kid at home to try for the first time or upgrade the one you are having at home, this article is made for you. In the article, I will list the top 10 best sewing machines for teenager being sold on the market. 

The article mentioned key features of each model as well as the advantages and disadvantages so that readers can have clearer ideas. 

Top products list:

1. Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine

 Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine, Lightweight, Full Featured, 27 Stitches, 6 Included Feet
Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine, Lightweight, Full Featured, 27 Stitches, 6 Included Feet

The first machine on our list today is, without a doubt, a model from Brother. Very lightweight, made totally from plastic, yet still durable and reliable. So, there is no need for you to fear any danger to your children when working on sewing projects with this machine. Not only can children use it easily and safely but they can also bring it along with them to sewing classes or other places. 

At a very cheap price tag, you can have a small machine with a floral decorative pattern on the front which is very eye-catching and attractive to children. It will not take up a lot of space in your desk.  

With 27 pre-programmed stitches, autosize buttonholes and a dial on the front for selection, the machine is very convenient and perfect for beginners. As a newbie can find it overwhelming if a machine contains too many functions, this one is very simple and user-friendly, even for kids of 10 years old.  

Not only does the machine offer automatic needle threading but also a twin needle function. With the former function that you will save time patiently finding the eye of the needle to put the thread through, while the latter can allow you to do some hemming on your clothes. 

Pros Cons
Very suitable for beginners for its ease of using  Quite hard to change and control the sewing speed
Perfect for simple projects with a cheap price The LED light is quite dim
Easy for portable situations because of lightweight design Troublesome bobbins

Despite some cons, I still believe that Brother XM2701 is the best sewing machine with a cheap price on the market now. A whole range of other cheap machines may cause more serious problems to users. But this one is easy to operate, and offers a lot of interesting features for beginners. Moreover, it is very lightweight, easy to move and carry; as a result, it is absolutely for youngsters to operate safely and smoothly with parents’ supervision. 

2. Brother Sewing Machine, XM1010

 Brother Sewing Machine, XM1010, 10 Built-in Stitches, 4 Included Sewing Feet
Brother Sewing Machine, XM1010, 10 Built-in Stitches, 4 Included Sewing Feet

Yes, another model from Brother with a very beautiful decorative design, very suitable for girls. Also very lightweight, portable and basic, very suitable for your children at home as beginners. 

Compared to Brother XM2701 as mentioned before, this machine does not have as many stitches and automatic features. It is very reliable for sewing and quilting some basic projects. But with more complicated work, you need to be more careful to test it out, or else it can cause damage to the machine. 

With 10 built-in stitches and 4 presser feet (zigzag foot, button sewing foot, buttonhole foot and zipper foot), this machine is more than sufficient for tweens to work on some basic projects on their own without asking or disturbing their parents. 

To select the stitches that you need, it is very easy to use the dial right on the front of the machine. You can see the patterns of the stitches right there on the dial. Even though 10 is quite a modest number compared to other models on the market, I believe that is good enough for your kids to fulfill their sewing projects. 

Pros Cons
Convenient for changing places Less automatic functions than other models of the same price
Sold at a reasonable price with 25-year warranty form Brother Need to purchase a protective case additionally
Suitable for users with basic need 

Overall, I believe this machine is very suitable for young people or beginners who want to take up sewing to perform simple tasks. You cannot ask for beter in this machine with that fair price tag and some greatly enough function. 

3. SINGER | 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

 SINGER | 7258 Sewing & Quilting Machine With Accessory Kit - 203 Stitch Applications - Simple & Great For Beginners
SINGER | 7258 Sewing & Quilting Machine With Accessory Kit – 203 Stitch Applications – Simple & Great For Beginners

About the competitors of Brother, I cannot miss mentioning Singer. And in the list of 10 best sewing machines for teenagers, I will choose to talk about the computerized model 7258 with 100 built-in stitch options. 

The machine is great for children as it is the combination between manual and automatic controlling. As a result, you can use the machine when you are a beginner and continue to make use of it when your skills are better in the future. There are buttons on the front of the machine for choosing the stitches, the length and width. To know what stitches you would like to choose, there are patterns right on the machine, very convenient. 

Everything with the machine is very easy to use, from the buttonhole sewing foot, choosing the stitch to adjusting the stitch length/width. Moreover, if there is anything too complicated, Singer has many videos free on Youtube instructing in detail how to get accustomed to the machine. 

The machine offers an automatic threading function, so it’s very convenient if you need to change the thread color regularly. This function can save you lots of time. Also, the automatic bobbin winder can stop itself when the bobbin is full, which helps reduce the wasted thread. 

Pros Cons
Offer 100 stitch choices as well as 6 autosize buttonholes The protective cover is made of plastic, may easily get broken
Automatic computerized stitch setting
Able to control the stitch position up or down 

All in all, the machine takes advantage of modern technology, but it’s not too advanced or else it will cause lots of confusion to teenagers. Instead, it combines automatic technology with mechanical control at the right rate and is sold at a very reasonable price. The only disadvantage is that its accessories are not really attractive. The protective case is made of plastic but not a hard case, which cannot make sure that the machine is well taken care of. It can still get broken if it is hit by something.  However, it is very easy for you to purchase an additional protective case as you wish online at a cheap price. So, I really would love to recommend this to you guys.

4. Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i

Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-in Stitches, 2.0" LCD Display, Wide Table, 9 Included Sewing Feet
Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-in Stitches, 2.0″ LCD Display, Wide Table, 9 Included Sewing Feet

Almost all of the machines in this list must be simple enough for tweens, teenagers or entry-level sewers to operate. So, what features can you experience at a very reasonable price ? 

There is a small LCD screen for you to see the information about your stitch choice conveniently, mixed with an aesthetic blue plastic making it look so beautiful. But the look may be too simple and plain for teenagers. Coming along with the machine, there is a plastic cover to protect your machine when not in use. 

Moreover, just by the look of it, we can guess that it is so lightweight, and yes, its weight is just 17.4 pounds. Very easy to work with when compared with some other heavy-duty machines. And with this function, it is just for simple fixing and mending projects, but not some kinds of layers or harsh ones. 

With beginners, it is important to be able to adjust the sewing speed to avoid making wrong measurements or positions. Children will love this when they can change the speed based on their skill level. 

Pros Cons
Perfect for entry-level users or young people for its simplicity  Not good well with layers or thick kinds of fabrics 
Offering the automatic needle threading function Dim light for working area
Allow speed controlling

To be honest, this is not the machine for working with heavy-duty projects but just some light and normal fabric such as cotton, so you need to examine your demand before purchasing. However, to me, with that fair price, the machine comes with more than enough stitch options and accessories to fulfill your ambitious creative sewing and quilting dream. 

5. Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine

 Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine
Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine

One more well-known name in sewing machine production is surely Janome with lots of great machines on the market. And when listing sewing machines for beginners generally or teenagers particularly, it will be a mistake not to mention the model Magnolia 7318. 

This is a mechanical model, so it’s very easy to set up, use and operate. You may just need to instruct your children the first time after purchasing, then I believe they can handle the machine themselves at a later time. 

Aiming at a newbie in the field, the machine offers a sufficient number of stitch choices, a four-step autosize buttonhole and some accessories such as foot control, zipper control,..I believe this is more than enough for your teenagers at home to fulfill their creative sewing dream. 

Also, the machine has a jam-proof bobbin, so no need to worry about interruption while working or when parents are not around to fix the problem. Moreover, to avoid interruption, the machine also has a transparent cover so that users can see through it to the inside of the bobbin. 

With the weight of under ten pounds, the machine is very lightweight, so there is nothing to worry about the danger when working with the machine. 

Coming with such great functions, the machine may be a bit more expensive than other models on the market. This is the part that you need to consider carefully. It will be worth the investment if you are thinking about using it for a long time, but maybe a bit costly if you are not really serious about sewing. 

Pros Cons
A transparent cover for seeing inside the bobbin High price in comparison with other entry-level machines
Lightweight, portable for easily carrying around
Durable through time
Easy for users to set up, use and operate 

Even though there are not many various stitch options on this machine, I can guarantee you that it will not cause any infrustration or annoyance during the working process. Running very smoothly with lots of features for you to keep track of the process. The only disadvantage is that its price can be a bit high as the company mainly manufactures the products overseas, so they have to endure the shipping cost. Beginners should consider this aspect carefully before actually purchasing.

6. Janome MOD-19 Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine

 Janome MOD-19 Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with 19 Stitches, Automatic Needle Threader and 5-Piece Feed Dogs
Janome MOD-19 Easy-to-Use Sewing Machine with 19 Stitches, Automatic Needle Threader and 5-Piece Feed Dogs

Firstly, you can notice that the design of the machine is very eye-catching in comparison with other models with just plain color, right? This model has a bit of red, blue and black geometric design near the dials at the front of the machine. That feature makes the machine look quite interesting and outstanding from other ones. 

Moreover, it is very durable because of being made totally from metal. The best thing is that despite having the metal frame, the machine weighs only 12 pounds, which means you can still easily carry it around as you wish. 

There are just enough stitch options for users to choose from, including straight to zigzag, satin, and a lot more. To be exact, there are 19 in total. Also, no need to spend minutes struggling to thread the needles, as that’s the function the machine offers users.  

There is a system of five-feed dog, which allows the fabric to move smoothly and avoid missing stitches. However, it can be a bit difficult if you want to change to other feet for using other functions. But I believe that you can get accustomed to the system after a few trials, as well as your teenagers. 

Pros Cons
An all-rounded machine for lots of different kinds of projects May have difficulty in changing the feet
Simple to set up and operate Cannot work well with thick or heavy fabrics
Great machine for beginners
Durable and powerful but not have the bulky look
Not being noisy during operation

Considering the pros and cons, I would still like to recommend the machine. Just look at the name of the machine, you know what to expect, right? With 19 preprogrammed stitch options which are shown right on the machine body, and a built-in lamp, I believe that you can get accustomed to the machine easily after a few first attempts. 

7. SINGER | Start 1304 Sewing Machine

 SINGER | Start 1304 Sewing Machine with 6 Built-in Stitches, Free Arm Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Beginners
SINGER | Start 1304 Sewing Machine with 6 Built-in Stitches, Free Arm Sewing Machine – Best Sewing Machine for Beginners

Before I start talking about the functions of the machine in detail, I have to say that this is the best teenagers’ sewing machine from Singer in the market at the moment. It is great for newbies as well as young beginners, but keep in mind that it may not grow with you. When you become more advanced in the area, you may find the machine too basic or not interesting anymore. So, keep this in mind for your consideration.

Inside the box, you will find 3 presser feet which are all-purpose, buttonhole and zipper. The bad news is that there is no hem foot inside and also no protective cover case. So, if you need one, you may need to purchase it separately. 

It is very suitable for kids and teenagers as its maximum speed is very slow, which makes it very quiet during operation. Its maximum start is just 350-400 stitches a minute. No need to worry about disturbing other family members. And for your teenagers at home, it can prevent them from getting hurt. 

Being sold at that price, to me, the machine offers very great stitch quality. Your projects will last long, because the stitches that you have made with the machine will not get torn down very easily. 

Pros Cons
Very light and there is a handle easily for carrying Not very versatile, so not suitable for advanced sewers
Quiet operation Can lose the upper thread if the length is not enough
Easy to set up and operate, especially for beginners
Being sold on the market with a fair price
Guarantee high-quality stitch

In conclusion, I believe that if you want to buy a simple sewing machine for your kids as a beginner, this model has nothing to complain about. The price is reasonable with sufficient enough features for basic tasks. It may not be suitable if your level of competency improves, in that case, you will need to consider upgrading your machine. 

8. Brother Sewing Machine, GX37

 Brother Sewing Machine, GX37, 37 Built-in Stitches, 6 Included Sewing Feet
Brother Sewing Machine, GX37, 37 Built-in Stitches, 6 Included Sewing Feet

First of all, GX37 offers 37 stitch options, which is more than enough for daily sewing projects. Especially, if the machine is for your children at home to use, I believe that is too much to ask for. 

Coming with a LED light, you can have a clear and bright working area. You can see clearly even when working in the dark or working with the kinds of dark fabric. 

This machine also has the automatic needle threading function, which can save a lot of time patiently looking for the eye of the needle to pull your thread through. 

I have to say that the machine is really easy to set up as well as to use for any beginner, even if this is the first sewing machine you have ever owned. There is a manual instruction to follow inside the box. If you have trouble reading it, you can choose to go on Youtube and look for instructing videos. 

In the case that your kids need to bring the machine to the sewing classes, to friends’ house or move between rooms, teenagers may even do it by themselves without the help from adults. The reason is because this machine is so compact and lightweight. The machine’s not-bulky look makes it totally suitable for girls. 

Pros Cons
Extremely easy to set up and operate for beginners Not made for advanced users
Functional but lightweight and portable for travelers
Being sold at a reasonable price but offer lots of convenient functions

If your children are young beginners in the sewing area, there is no hesitation in choosing the machine. Very simple and easy to use for your children, they can set up by themselves without adults’ guidance. With the price of just under $100 on Amazon Prime, you can get lots of interesting functions for your project. 

9. Aonesy Sewing Machine for Beginners

 AONESY Sewing Machine for Beginners
AONESY Sewing Machine for Beginners

Now, let’s come to the next machine which comes from a quite novel brand name, Aonesy. Even though the company is not as well-known as Brother, Singer or Janome, I believe this brand has its own comparative advantages. 

I think that I can call it a mini sewing machine, because it is very small, which is perfect for portability and for kids to use. Moreover, they can easily operate the machine without the parents’ supervision. 

The lightweight design does not make it unreliable to users. With 12 stitch options and a LED light, you can sew easily with cotton or suede, but you cannot expect it to sew through some kinds of thicker fabrics. 

Some other interesting features of the machine include controlling the tightness of the thread by using a button, offering thread cutter,…Very convenient and functional for your kids’ basic needs. 

Not inferior to other models from Brother, the machine has a dial right on the front of the machine for selecting the stitch, as well as another dial for changing the length of the stitch, very easy for your children to use. 

You would be wrong to think this is kinda like a mini toy sewing machine, because it can do more than that. It can last long and can produce high-quality projects, but not just for children to play with. 

Pros Cons
LED light for illumination to work in dark places The pedal is made with average quality 
The machine offers enough different patterns with 12 pre-programmed stitches
Button stitches avoid unraveling

All in all, even though this machine does not come from a  very well-known brand name in the sewing machine market at the moment, it is still worth considering if you are in need of a machine for kids. The machine is totally made for kids because of its small size but convenient and various functions.

10. HYEASTR Sewing Machine Electric Household Sewing Machines

 HYEASTR Sewing Machine,Portable Sewing Machine 12 Built-in Stitches 2 Speed with Foot Pedal
HYEASTR Sewing Machine,Portable Sewing Machine 12 Built-in Stitches 2 Speed with Foot Pedal

The machine offers children with 12 different kinds of stitches. It is very easy for them to choose the one they like, all they need to do is to adjust the knob to fulfill their need. 

With just 4 dry batteries, the HYEASTR can sew easily. Also, there is a mini thread cutter, so it is very convenient for you to cut the thread when you have finished. There is a LED light for clear viewing when sewing in a dark area.  The attached foot pedal can be used to control the machine sewing the fabric by hand. 

You can see that there is a ruler printed right in the body of the machine which is very convenient for measuring, cutting and choosing the stitch length. 

Pros Cons
Cheap price with good quality stitches  Look undurable and may get broken easily
Sold with sufficient accessories for beginners. 

Shopping Guide: Finding the most suitable sewing machines for kids

When deciding to buy the first machine for your teenager at home, I believe parents should not invest too much money on an expensive sewing machine. High-end sewing machines often contain lots of functions for advanced sewers, which is quite unnecessary for young beginners in the area. They cannot take advantage of all those advanced features, such a waste of money, right? Moreover, it can cause confusion and complicity to your child. As a result, the first advice I have for you is choosing a sewing machine with just some basic functions first, and you can consider upgrading it when your child has improved her skill level. 

However, there are always good and bad sides. If you choose the cheapest one on the market, there is a possibility that the machine is like a toy sewing machine for kids, which is poorly-made, mostly from plastic, can easily get jammed up, difficult to operate and cause disappointment,boredom to young users. Those kinds of machines are totally not worth buying. Even though they are very cheap, they will not last long and not function well. As a result, it is advisable to look for models with reasonable price, not too high-end but not too cheap as toys. 

With that, I think there are some features you can expect to have in your dream sewing machine. Make sure that your machine will be durable, easy and safe to operate, fully-equipped with all the basic and necessary functions for home daily projects. I believe safety is very important when considering buying anything for children, as it may be hard for them to be aware or react quickly enough in dangerous situations. 

Some other less-important functions you can consider include automatic needle threading, screen for stitch options, and an easy-to-use bobbin winder. 

Moreover, try to avoid models with foot pedals, as it can be hard for teenagers to use them; instead, opt for models with push-button. 

It is also important to pay attention to the sewing speed control. It can be dangerous and difficult for beginners generally or children particularly to work at a fast pace.Then, parents need to look for models with the average speed and the ones that allow users to change the speed when necessary. 


In conclusion, to me, sewing is a very interesting hobby for children to take up in their free time. By that, they can improve their creative minds as well as skillful hands. To help people to choose the right machine for their kids, in this article, I have mentioned some of the greatest sewing machines for kids on the market that I can find. 

We all know that there are lots of models on the market at the moment, each of them is designed for different target customers, maybe beginners, maybe advanced sewers. It is advantageous because a diverse market brings customers more choices, but can also cause confusion and disorientation for them as well. There have been many cases where customers are misled by the advertisements of the machine from the company. The advertisement makes the machine seem like a miracle and attracts lots of customers. However, it turns out that the machine contains lots of faults and disadvantages. Instead, it is better for you to read online reviews of previous customers who had owned or used the machine in the past. 

In the article, I have given suggestions on what factors to look at when choosing a sewing machine for your kids. Remember that cheap price is good, but don’t be too greedy. If you buy a cheap model which cannot last long, then it will be more economical to opt for the model that is long-term with a higher price. With children, the safe factor is of utmost importance. You cannot be there to supervise your children all the time, and they may want to do it themselves. As a result, you should choose a lightweight, easy-to-use and slow speed for your kids to avoid dangerous situations. 

Anyway, some children may be more talented than others, so they can be bored with a machine that is too simple and doesn’t have lots of interesting features. By taking into consideration the ages, skill level and preference of your children, I hope that you will find the most suitable one for them after making reference to my articles. 

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