Check out this little darling I got on Ebay. Cutest thing ever and so light. I picked it up for my daughter. She's started school now and is asking to make "real" things with me so I thought it was time to upgrade her to a "real" machine.
I started her out a year ago on a toy machine that only does chain stitch (which unravels all over the place) and I've been reading all sorts of reviews online for a proper children's machine. Initially I was hoping for something with a needle guard but no luck there. Instead I came upon this, the Elna Mini (or Elna Sew Mini) - it's about a third the size of my Janome and only weighs about 2 kgs (and yes, I have considered that maybe I will be sneaking it away with me on trips!) but best of all for beginners and kids, it is nice and slow.
The foot pedal is nice and small for tiny feet to control and the speed is limited so even if you slip and stomp down on it you aren't going to take yourself out with the needle. After seeing my sister in her youth sew through the bone in her finger (and then stare mutely at the needle stuck there, completely startled at what she'd done) I was keen to find something with a bit of a safety feature.
This machine seems to be very similar to a couple of others on the market. The Janome Sew Mini (the same name oddly) and the John Lewis Mini and then apparently Ikea even has a mini machine, although sadly not in Australia.
I can't wait for her to get home from school now. I'll let you know how the maiden voyage goes. And in the meantime, anyone want a children's toy machine in hot pink?