Well, we did it. We bought the 8-year-old a used Janome 3128 for his birthday (Thanks to Sewista for reviewing this machine!). He's been borrowing my machine to make this big blanket to use as a tent and talked about making PJ's, so I figured why not. Then I worried about how it would go over - will he think it's weird that we gave him this instead of a video game or something? See for yourself:
As soon as he saw the foot pedal on top he knew what it was before I even got it out of the box. I'd say this is happiness.
Here's a sample of his sewing technique - lots of lectures about fingers and needles were given, of course. He does have to learn that this machine doesn't automatically sew backward with the push of a button like mine - that's why he's pushing the back-up lever and waiting for something magical to happen.
Here's his first creation - I see a monogramming business in his future...NOT! I did hear him say, "Oh, now I've got to get some fabric." Maybe I'll let him borrow my Hancock gift card...