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Barbie Lightweight Portable Sewing Machine

by Jamac

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  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B00026FWVE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,513 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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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

Product Description

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.

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Customer Reviews

This is a piece of junk.
sjfern
This thing sewed maybe two stitches and then the thread either broke or came out the needle.
Busy Mom
My daughter was so excited to open the box!
TAN

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By TAN on July 8, 2005
I bought this at a local store for $20. It seemed cute, so I bought it.

My daughter was so excited to open the box! Last night, when we did, I realized what a piece of junk it was. It only sews one stitch length, so don't bother sewing anything but your basic cotton calico type fabrics (and it has trouble sewing through 4 layers, so don't think for a minute you're actually going to hem over a seam), it has no zig-zag, so don't plan on washing anything your child sews (the material will unravel) and it only speed control it has is low or high (the low speed could be scary for beginning adults, even) The presser foot has no pressure control, just on or off. The thread breaks constantly, the tension doesn't really adjust and the presser foot is so low in th "up" position that it's difficult to get the fabric under it.

I am returning it today.

Don't waste your $40, it's not even worth $20... I am highly considering getting an inexpensive full size machine instead.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on October 6, 2005
My mother bought this toy for my 6 year old daughter who was so exicited to get a sewing machine and sew like me. This thing sewed maybe two stitches and then the thread either broke or came out the needle. Thinking just the machine we got was defective we took it back, TWICE and the same thing. Not only was I disappointed but imagine my daughter. I plan on spending a few extra dollars and getting her a real mini sewing machine.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Rogers on August 23, 2005
Please believe all these reviews. I purchased a lot of 15 of these machines for $30, and I don't have the conscience to sell a single one. I spent 30 minutes trying three different machines, and every single one wouldn't work past one stitch. It's not the user -- it's the machine. I went to this site to confirm it wasn't me, and as you can see from the other reviews...it's the machine. I wish it DID work -- such a neat idea for the little ones.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By sjfern on May 26, 2005
Unless you are getting a machine for your child to just look at, don't get this sewing machine!! My mother purchased this for my daughters 10th birthday. She was sooo excited to use it, we got it out of the box and were excited to see it was threaded and ready to go. It sewed about 5 stitches, then the thread broke and it never worked again. I messed with the tension dial for an hour. Didn't matter what way we turned it, it never changed the tension. My mother is an avid sewer for the last 50 years and she couldn't figure it out either. This is a piece of junk. If you are looking for something that really sews I would recommend a low cost sewing machine. Who wants to learn on something that just frustrates them???
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gwen M. Wild on April 3, 2005
My 6-year old daughter and I have spent many quality hours together with this adorable sewing machine. I know very little about sewing, but we have been able to make bags, pajamas, and a sleeping bag fairly easily! I have been impressed with the simplicity and durability of the machine. The only difficulty we've had is that the thread breaks now and then while sewing but is no big deal to fix. This is the gift my daughter has used more than any other!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2005
My 6 year-old daughter received this as a Christmas gift and was very excited about using it. We quickly realized that it was too complicated for her. Even with an adult using it, the machine jammed up on the second use. My husband was able to get it unjammed and it immediately jammed up again. After several repetitions of this, I found myself wishing it had come with a receipt. I would most certainly not spend $40 on this machine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By home alone on January 18, 2005
This came out of the box and worked for four stitches total and then died. I called the manufacturer who never got back to me. My daughter is very disappoint..top of xmas list for her. Don't buy this. With S&H and tax, it cost $50. It is cheap junk. You can buy a beginner real machine at Sears for $75 and she can have it for years.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BKS on December 27, 2004
My daughter received this toy for Christmas and it's been a very frustrating experience. As an experienced quilter and seamstress, I wasn't expecting to sit down and sew a quilt using this machine, but I was at least expecting to be able to sew more than six stitches before the thread got all jumbled up and became a mess. The tension adjustment on this thing leaves much to be desired -- after over half an hour of playing around with it, I still haven't got it quite right -- but I do have a terrific headache! I really just want her to have something to learn the absolute basics on before she graduates to my old sewing machine, but it looks like I should have just gone for the real thing to start with. Take my advice, if you are a parent who sews, just use your own machine to teach your child or purchase an old used one. Your child will enjoy the time spent actually sewing much more than mine is enjoying the time standing by while I try to figure out the tension on this darn thing!
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