At around age seven, we became obsessed with having our own sewing machine. The parents finally relented a year later and were really glad they did. It provided hours and hours of fun, the only down side being the amount of batteries the machine required. With such fond memories, we think a sewing machine is a great gift for an older child.
We like this one from Hearth Song. You can plug it in or it can run on batteries and it has the added benefit of a lower speed setting for young beginners. This one is on sale for $29.99