My eldest grand daughter turned 8 in December. This is the time to start to teach her how to use a sewing machine. Small problem. I could give her one of my machines but mine are Bernina's and that means that they are heavy and I don't want to give any of my machines away. I did have a Husqvarna Machine, but I have lent that one to a friend and I know she uses it all the time. Only thing to do was to buy a new one for Monique.
I am not familiar with the Janome but an entry level machine is less than half the price of the equivalent Bernina. It is also far more intuitive and quite light to move around. It has all the stitches that a beginner sewer would need, including some fancy ones. Grandma just has to work out how to use it so she can teach Monique.
Being a sewer myself I also know the extra things you need for the machine. Like bobbins, cutters, extra feet, needles etc. So, I purchased these along with the machine.
I found the little bag on sale while we were in Caloundra. I bought it not knowing what I would use it for but it is perfect for all these extras.
When her sister turns 8 I will buy her a machine as well. I remember that I hated having to share my mothers machine between her and my sister. A girl should have her own. I hope she likes this. It is not something that you can take for granted. I taught my daughter to sew at the same age and she loved it and has always thanked me for teaching her. Fingers crossed.