Sewing Kit Ideas for a Beginner

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Q: My almost 4-year-old daughter has requested a "sewing kit" from Santa. I think she is expecting a small sewing machine that she could use, like her mama. Do any readers have any recommendations? They seem to range from $20 to $120, but I'm not sure if any of them would actually be able to be used or be expected to last very long. Or should I just make up a little "kit" with some threading cards, felt and a nonsharp needle? I'd love any advice of when your kids were ready to sew and what worked well for them!

Sent by Heather

Editor: Readers, have you tried the small sewing machines aimed at kids? Do they work? Are they worth it? An alternative to her own sewing machine, as you say, might be putting together some attractive materials just for her in a pretty box and getting her started on hand sewing or using your machine with you.

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