For the crafty kid, or adult, sewing offers an endless stream of opportunities to create. Little rivals the sense of pride that accompanies making something entirely of one's own two hands. However, any person who has ever hemmed a dress by hand can tell you, using a sewing machine generally results in less blood, sweat, and tears while still instilling that feeling of accomplishment. Of course, it makes little sense to purchase an expensive Singer for occasional mending or for a sew-curious 10-year-old child, who may use it twice and then promptly forget it. Perhaps would-be sewers ought to follow the example of Barbie, the eponymous iconic blonde doll, and test the sewing waters with her Lightweight Portable Sewing Machine.
Made by Jamac, the sewing machine makes a bold statement with its pink plastic body. The 120AC 60Hz machine receives power through an included AC adapter or from four separately-purchase AA batteries for portability. The electric foot pedal starts and stops the machine, while a speed control adjusts the rate of stitching. Younger or impatient sewers benefit from the pre-threaded needle and drop-in bobbin design. The machine features free-arm stitching for further ease. A small sewing kit comes with the sewing machine. Parents should supervise sewing with care, as it requires work with a sharp needle. This machine is not intended for children under 8 years of age. It is also advisable, as with any electrical devise, to read the safety guidelines and instructions thoroughly prior to use. The safety manual offers English, French, and Spanish texts. The sewing machine measures 24 by 12 by 6 inches and weighs 3.09 pounds upon shipping. --Jessica Reuling
She'll invent countless sewing projects with the Barbie Lightweight Portable Sewing Machine. The easy-to-use machine sets up on any desk or table to start making tote bags, pillows, dolls, flags, clothes and more. Features free-arm sewing, speed control button, easy-wind/drop-in bobbin system and power switch. The lower gears are constructed of heavy-duty metal for years of use, and the machine comes pre-threaded and ready to sew. Includes AC/DC adapter. Imported.