Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 44
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grandma Great machine
I bought 2 of these machines. One for my 6 y.o. Grandson & 7 y.o. Granddaughter. They love them! They sew great stitches. The only problem one of the bobbin covers was misplaced & I couldn't find any dealers that carry that part. Thankfully we found it!
February 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gran A great choice for teaching someone to sew!
This little machine was perfect for teaching a child to sew. It is clearly not a toy and would serve an adult well, too, provided s/he was interested in a simple machine. It would serve someone well for mending and small sewing projects. I particularly appreciated the fact that it has a single, moderate to slow speed, which helps a new sewer to be more accurate. One thing I wish that it had is a light, which most machines have; it was somewhat difficult to see to thread the needle. Although I did not mark it "excellent" in every category, for the price it is certainly worth the money. I may buy another one for a gift.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jerry very pleased
I'm not much of a reviewer, but the Janome Sew Mini deserves one. This machine sews straight line and zig zag. That's all I wanted. While it is slower than a full sized macine, it is powerful. I sewed through 6 thicknesses of fairly heavy cotton canvas on a hem corner and was amazed it powered through it. I wouldn't hesitate to hem blue jeans with this machine. The Sew Mini is extremely light, small, and portable, perfect
for my RV. Threading, tension and bobbin are very simple. It is made in Thailand if anyone's interested. Longevity is the only question mark at this point, but that not withstanding, this machine is well worth the price.
July 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mutt33 Mutt33Christmas customer
I bought the sewing machines for two of my young granddaughters and was very pleased with their performance. I tried them both before I gave them to the girls. Simple to operate and sewed quite well. With care they should be able to use them for a long time.
December 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OURELS Great Gift
I bought this for my pre-teen daughter, as she is reluctant to use the "fancy" machine I use. She loves the Sew Mini, and was constantly at the machine from Christmas day on. The slower speed and size of the machine were very well received by her. I am looking forward to the durability of the machine, it is a Janome after all! I plan to have it for taking to classes, etc, as others have stated when my daughter has decided she can handle the fancy machine, as the Sew Mini is consistent with feed and stitch quality.
This is a good basic machine. It does have only one speed and no light, but has multiple stitches. With an ott-type light, it is perfect for the young (or old) beginner, or for your "travel" machine.
January 24, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Alli Great simple machine but I think we got a lemon
My 6 year old bought this sewing machine for her first machine because we are having sewing club this summer. It worked great and she was able to do all of the functions herself after we went over them together. I think or am hoping that we got a lemon because after 3 little projects she did the bobbin seam on the bottom looked horrible. The bobbin kept jumping in the case and making noises. We changed the bobbin, cleaned it out, rethreaded many times, and even tried on different fabrics. My large old Janome works great and I haven't had any problems with it. I kept wondering what I had done wrong, but tried everything. We returned it and are going to order another one, hoping that it works better. She was disappointed but still wants to get this one. We read about it in a kids sewing book. It is very light weight!
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ABCD Mini is awsome
This little machine is awsome. I use it for quilting, hemming, dress making.. everything.
I am really happy with my machine and LOVE it. Everytime I use it, I get amazed to see how this little light thing can do everything for me. Comparison - this machine is like a laptop to a desktop.
July 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nanet Love it!
I love this machine. No problems with tension or breakage of thread. Lightweight. I take it to school with me--in my backpack! I pieced quilt tops with it and taught a friend to sew with it. I've even bought two more and gave them away as gifts. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there is no light and it is a bit slow. But, I use it at my kitchen table while I watch tv. If it went to0 fast I'd have to pay more attention to the sewing! As for the light, I use a small lamp next to it.
December 7, 2009