The Touch & Sew was marketed as a toy, but it's a real, working sewing machine — it sews a straight stitch with the help of a hand crank. That thing has come in handy for all sorts of simple repairs and projects over the years.
As you can imagine, my five year-old daughter went nuts when she saw me using a miniature sewing machine. She's been sewing with her grandmother for a while (thank goodness SOMEONE'S passing along some domestic skills) — this little sewing machine could be the start of a beautiful hobby for her.
Singer doesn't make the Touch & Sew anymore, but I did find this nifty Sew Fun sewing machine (above, with the pink knobs). I also see that the Euro-Pro Shark Sewing Center appears in the Amazon Kitchen and Home sale for $19.99 (60% off the usual $49.99 price tag).
Has anyone tried either of these sewing machines? Or can you recommend another model I haven't mentioned here?