Could we be looking at a future Coco Chanel?

Learning to sew


It started back at Christmas, ‘Mum can I have a sewing machine please?’ but with one thing and another we just couldn’t add it to the already bursting gift list so, it rolled over to her birthday and for a very long time now Alice has been quietly reminding me, ‘I’d really love a sewing machine mum for my birthday.’ So I thought, why not?

When a child expresses such a deep desire, and we all know they can fizzle out from one moment to the next, maybe we should jump on that train and see where it takes them?

A recent trip to Hobbycraft sealed the request because as we walked into the store we were greeted by a wall of colourful sewing machines, from incy wincy ones right through to professional models. Alice spotted one and fell in love.

Pink. That was all it took.

For once, I was really excited about giving the girls their birthday gifts this year. They have never been huge on lists or knowing what they wanted (unless it is a mobile phone which is still a no) but this year Alice had requested and we had listened.

Watching her open her gift and seeing the joy on her face was a moment I shall remember forever. How could my little girl want a sewing machine?

Along with her sewing machine for kids, I had also wrapped up a Sewing for Beginners book and some fat quarters to get her started.

sewing machine for kids


She was itching to begin but life, being what it is, got in the way. It wasn’t until almost a week after her birthday that we finally got the box open and Alice started to sew.

I started her off with some pieces of felt and guided her to use the machine, running different sized stitches up and down, getting used to how the machine works, threading the needle, catching the bobbin underneath and sewing backwards and forwards.

I could see she wanted to move on to making something so we worked out how to make a bag and off she went again. We saw our mistakes and learnt from them and I have a feeling everyone in the family may be receiving handmade gifts this Christmas.

This is an ongoing project and one I know I will have to find the time to be hands on with to help her but I shall find the time, as I know how much this means to her and when your child finds a passion I think you should do everything to make sure it stays alive – move over Coco Chanel, there’s a new lady on the block…

Disclosure: I approached Hobbycraft asking them if they would like to work with me on Alice’s wish list. They sent the beautiful PINK sewing machine pictured in return for this review. All words and thoughts are my own and I want to thank them for making Alice’s dream come true. You can buy one too from around £50



  1. August 3, 2017 / 7:24 AM

    What a wonderful gift for a little girl and fantastic for a child to be interested in sewing from a young age. Just knowing how to use a machine has saved me a fortune in being able to mend. Let alone the clothing, curtains etc that I’ve made. These days here in SA children no longer learn basic sewing skills at school as I did and it’s left a big gap. Now I’m wondering how I can get one of these machines, Is Hobbycraft quite a big chain? If I ask a relative to visit one when in England and buy for me would it be a store easy to find and would the parcel be small enough for hand luggage?

      • August 3, 2017 / 12:18 PM

        Thank you Mari, very keen to get one for Acacia

  2. August 8, 2017 / 8:36 AM

    I love that this was something that she wanted and still wanted even though it didn’t appear under the Christmas tree. A great way to let her creative juices flow.

  3. August 8, 2017 / 8:50 AM

    so lovely …my daufhter has her own machine too and she loves to sew, Her favourite thing is to make me pillows!

  4. August 9, 2017 / 10:04 PM

    Oh lovely that she actually wanted a sewing machine, fab hobby to have and am sure the family will appreciate the hand made gifts!

  5. August 10, 2017 / 6:56 AM

    I love that she wanted such a practical gift and is now developing a skill and a hobby which could last a lifetime. The sewing machine looks very cool too.

  6. August 10, 2017 / 9:05 AM

    When I was a girl I wanted a sewing machine too! You never know where this hobby could lead – I hope she continues to enjoy her projects!

  7. August 10, 2017 / 9:20 AM

    Brilliant stuff! I remember wanting a sewing machine too and this one looks perfect to learn the ropes on. I think the first thing I made was a bag too – have fun! x

  8. August 10, 2017 / 3:56 PM

    What a great craft to get stuck in to! I hope she keeps it up. Think of the summer dresses she can make for you!

  9. August 13, 2017 / 8:55 AM

    Oh that’s gorgeous! I’m 37 and I’d like that sewing machine too!

  10. August 21, 2017 / 8:32 PM

    That’s so lovely. How wonderful she has her own… I used to have my own too, until Ruby stole it! :D To be fair to her though, she actually knows how to use it far more than I do, I can’t even thread it, and she’s made some incredible stuff! :D

  11. August 21, 2017 / 9:09 PM

    Sydney got a sewing machine till Christmas, we’ve been quite slow at learning to use it, but I’m really excited to see what she will use it for.

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