11 January 2017

Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine

If your little ones fancy taking up a new hobby to kick start the year, sewing is a great way to get their creative juices flowing. It's ideal for anyone that likes fashion or art in particular too, just like Minxy and I.

We've been putting the Shimmer n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine to the test recently and we've had plenty of fun with fabric, making a variety of items.




Aimed at children aged 8+ this is an ideal stater machine for tweens and teens that want to give sewing a go, without parents breaking the bank in the process on equipment, and before buying a costly professional/adult alternative. The set comes with 2 small pieces of material, patterns, thread, needles and a useful storage caddy to pop all of the bits and pieces in to. All of the essentials that you require although it would've been nice to have more or larger pieces of cloth for additional projects.

The machine is also pre-threaded for convenience and has two speed settings which can be altered via the pedal or machine itself. It doesn't however come with the 4 AA batteries that are needed to operate it or an mains adapter (we would recommend getting one as it can be frustrating when turning the machine upside-down to remove batteries mid project). 





You need to think safety first when needles and children are combined so the guard is a great feature to have, even if it makes it slightly more difficult to replace a needle or thread if they snap which we discovered does happen. It does protect little fingers however so it is probably worth the short delay when unscrewing it each time.




Minxy found the machine relatively easy to use after a little practice and assistance to begin, and she was able to make a pocket for her mobile phone. She is looking forward to making gifts for her friends in the upcoming month as her confidence with Sew Crazy increases.


You can watch the machine in action here:



The Shimmer 'n Sparkle Sew Crazy Machine has a RRP of £29.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon.




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27 comments :

  1. Ohh! My youngest has been wanting to make her own dolls clothes and asked for a sewing machine just before Christmas but I said no as I thought she was too young. This would be perfect for her. I will have to remember this for her birthday :D x

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  2. That looks great! My eldest daughter would love it as she takes after me for her love of sewing and making!

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  3. Brilliant kit to teach children how to sew!

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  4. What a fab starter kit for little ladies

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  5. Oooh great. My daughters would adore this . Such a great way to get crafty with the kids

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  6. Oooh great. My daughters would adore this . Such a great way to get crafty with the kids

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  7. What a great idea! I wish I'd learned how to sew!

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  8. Margaret Clarkson
    It looks really great. it's good to do something creative.

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  9. Would.be a good kit for mother and daughter to learn together

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  10. Would.be a good kit for mother and daughter to learn together

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  11. Claire Elizabeth Noke14 January 2017 at 22:43

    Awww... my daughter would go crazy for this ! :) looks ace x

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  12. FANTASTIC - I wouldve loved one of these as a kid myself

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  13. WOW! I'm a bit gobsmacked, (sorry) lol. But this looks great. Hmm.... Might get one for my granddaughter,

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  14. This looks like a great little sewing machine, I remember having a small sewing machine as a child, but it had none of these safety features!

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  15. christine shelley16 January 2017 at 17:28

    Isnt it funky, what a great way to encourage them to start

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  16. This is so cute, and a very useful toy to teach sewing to young girls, I could do with one of these lol I'm terrible at sewing and I'm 33

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  17. Wow, this looks fantastic my daughter would be made up with one of these.

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  18. This is a nice little machine and really good value considering the really high costs of a 'proper' adult sewing machine.

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  19. This is fantastic to teach youngsters to sew

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  20. excellent i never knew there were machines luike that

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  21. This looks fantastic my daughter would be made up with one of these.

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  22. Great product, allowing children to have fun, build up skills etc. Fashion is a interest for many youngsters.

    Rachel Craig

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  23. Crafts :- great skills. Can be a good hobby. Or possibly lead on to employment.

    Rachel Craig

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  24. My middle daughter would love this. She is always stealing my sewing box and making little creations.

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  25. Fab little starter machine for small projects, great for children.

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  26. My daughter would love this - I've not seen it before
    definitely going to look in there shops for it

    Kay Sherman

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