Hand held sewing machines
For a small piece of equipment they come with quiet a few features, most of them are pre threaded and run off batteries. No wires to impede your sewing. The Rex Mini Sewing Machine is a perfect example of an excellent hand held sewing machine.
This machine is more than capable of handling most mending jobs and at under $20.00 it’s too good a bargain to miss. You have in your hand a machine that is incredible powerful. As well as bei9ng perfect for sewing buttons on and performing small repairs, it’s nice to show your daughter how to sew with.
It’s very light and easy to use. I was surprised by it ease of use and at how effective it is. To be honest, before using one of these hand held sewing machines I hadn’t given them a moment’s thought, now I’m hooked. I bought my own shortly after having a play with one that my friend had.. The price is just a giveaway, I mean under twenty dollars, there’s not much you can get for under twenty dollars these days.
The manual tells you to thread the machine through the spring loaded capstan at the top to get the right thread tension. I found it easier to send the thread to the lowest position of the spring loaded capstan and pull the thread through manually.
What you need to remember about these little machines is that they are designed for quick fixes. They are not perfect and won’t work on thick fabrics.
They’re also not very fast. Basically you wouldn’t attempt a full project with one of these. That said, they are excellent for small mending jobs, if one of your children has lost a button or torn some clothing, this machine will tackle it in no time.
I would definitely have a hand held sewing machine in my box, in fact I have. There are some frustrations with these machines to begin with. They can feel awkward when you first start to use them but practice makes perfect, and you soon get the hang of it.