I am so happy that the crafty gene is in my girl's blood too. Abby is 4 years old, will be turning 5 in just a few days. My parents bought her a Janome Sew Mini for Christmas, and I FINALLY let Abby set it up last night.
She had sewn on it right after Christmas when she stayed at her Paw Paw and Grandma's house for a few days. I am so glad that she has given the girls their first introductory sewing machine lessons. I don't think my nerves could handle it.
She was so sweet and decided to make a pillow for Aly's American Girl doll. She sewed the 3 side seams, turned and stuffed it with only a tiny bit of help from me. Shh, don't tell Aly, but Abby can sew a better seam than her big sister. I was really impressed. I sewed up the last side for her since it is kind of hard to sew up the final end of a stuffed pillow on the sewing machine.
As far as the machine goes, I think this is a great beginner sewing machine for kids. It was only $40 on sale at Hancock Fabrics. Regular price is $60, but I still think it is well worth it if your young kids are showing a real and persistent interest in sewing. It only has 1 speed and doesn't go very fast, so it is easier to make sure they don't get their little fingers under the needle. Aly has her own Singer sewing machine too, but I think I am going to let her use Abby's for a while just because of the sewing speed issue. She hasn't learned how to control the speed of the Singer very well yet, so maybe she can sew straighter more even seams if she isn't having to focus on not going too fast at the same time.