John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine, Red

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This retro-inspired John Lewis Mini sewing machine is a perfect sewing machine for beginners. It has enough functions to let you experiment and have fun, but not so many that it's overwhelming.

Features include: 10 stitch options, drop-in bobbin, and free arm (great for adjusting cuffs or trousers). It also has a double presser foot and push lever reverse for when you want to reinforce a stitch. It's suitable for light to medium fabrics, so you can mend and make things as you wish.

Click here to view the John Lewis Mini sewing machine manual.

Hints & Tips: To produce the best results from your sewing machine please be aware that the needle should be replaced after approximately 8 hours of continuous use. We have a plenty of needle packs to pick from when the occasion calls.

Please be aware: Though our John Lewis Mini sewing machine is light, compact and great for sewing projects, only lightweight fabrics are advised. For beginner projects including cushion covers without a zip, buntings and similar, the Mini is ideal. For projects that involve curtain making, hemming jeans and sewing ​heavier fabrics, you may prefer our JL110 model which is fully equipped for the task.

John Lewis sewing machines are compatible with Janome sewing machine accessories

Alphabet styles Information Easy way to sew letters
Auto thread tension Information Ensures stable stitch quality
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Buttonholes Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
Buttonhole styles Information Gives flexibility when sewing different garments
Buttonhole type Information The fewer steps, the easier and faster the process
Not included
28cm x 23cm x 12.5cm
Electronic foot speed control Information Gives greater control, even at slow speeds
Eligible for International Delivery
Embroidery options
1 year guarantee included.
Hook movement Information Oscillating is a half-circle movement of the bobbin; rotary moves full-circle, reducing thread jams
Integrated drop feed Information Feed teeth drop down so fabric has free movement. Useful when quilting or embroidering
Integrated dual feed Information Provides equal feeding of top and bottom layers of fabric. Useful when quilting
Integrated needle threader Information Makes it easy to thread the needle
Knee lifter Information Lets you lift the presser foot when using both hands to control the fabric
Lock stitch facility Information Ensures all stitches and patterns are securely locked off at the end of the sewing sequence
Manufacturer's Guarantee
1 year
Max speed limiter Information Controls maximum speed of machine, irrespective of how hard the foot control is depressed
Model name / number
Needle up/down function Information Lets you to programme the needle so it always finishes in the down or up position. Useful when pivoting on corners
Reverse button Information Sews in reverse to reinforce the stitch
Sewing Machine Type
Sewing speed Information Measured in stiches per minute
450 spm
Stitch memory Information Memorises characters, letters and numbers: useful for name tapes
Stitch options Information The more stitch options, the more designs you can use
Stop/Start button Information Lets machine be used without the foot control
Suitable for fabrics
Suitable for user
Thread cutter Information Neatly cuts the thread after sewing
Tutorial DVD
Twin needle Information Produces parallel rows of decorative stitching in one easy step
View-through bobbin cover Information Shows you when your bobbin is low on thread
Weight Information Unpackaged weight
Width adjustment Information Lets you adjust the stitch setting manually


Standard delivery within 5 working day


International delivery not available


We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 76 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product tor everyday use This excellent machine is very lightweight and (once you've taken in the instructions!) extremely easy to use! Perfect for simple tasks such as taking in seams, machine-stitching trouser hems and repairs. I found it much easier to thread the needle without using the threader provided. 22 September 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by not satisfied I purchased a mini sewing machine for my grandaughter for last xmas. . We booked her for sewing lessons andused their machine . When she did use her machine she was having a lot of probs with the bobbin . We returnrd the machine and to be fair when the assistant used it nothing went wrong . She tried again at classes and gave up on it as someimes it was okay and sometimes not . In all she has used it about 8 times . She wanted to use it at home today and had problems with it again. At the moment she is using it and it is going okay but for how long . We are going to have to buy a more expensive machine at some point - but I dont feel we had good use out of the mini machine 13 September 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by win one, loose one bought two of these sewing machines for my twin grand daughters 8th birthday. They absolutely loved them, then disaster, within 2 hours one of the machines, a pink one, would not pick up the spool. Fantastic service at John Lewis's, they changed it straight away for another pink one. The new machine was up and running , but again within 1hr the same problem arose. The machine this time was exchanged for a red one, so far it has been OK. If we encounter anymore problems we will ask for a refund. 08 September 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great machine - pity there's no light I bought this for my granddaughter's 8th birthday, and it is almost perfect - sews well, very easy to handle. She is delighted with it and learned to use it very quickly I didn't check to see if if had a light, as it never occurred to me that it might not - but it doesn't, which means you can only use it in a good light (This is why I'm only giving it a 4) The instructions for threading the needle are rather odd, involving sticking a needle threader in from the back of the needle (a challenge on a small machine) - it's perfectly easy to thread directly if the needle is up and the pressure foot down. 27 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great birthday present I bought the Mini sewing machine for my granddaughter's 8th birthday and she is thrilled with it. I think it will give her many years of enjoyment as well as being productive. She is about to make some bunting which I think I am going to be presented with soon! A really good buy at a reasonable price.Up to John Lewis's usual high standards! Well done! 21 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brilliant little machine Love this little machine. I was not sure what to expect after reading some of the reviews on here, but I am so pleased with my little machine. I keep it in the conservatory to do little hobby sewing projects and I keep my full sized machine upstairs. I purchased this mini one to take on holidays with me. It's great having the decorative and more functional stitches too. I don't expect it to do what my full sized machine does, but this is just so light and convenient and fun to use. 17 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by lovely little machine Perfect for my 10 year old's first sewing machine. Simple to operate and looks very young and trendy! 17 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really useful product i love going round John Lewis and came across this mini Sewing Machine and fell in love with it. I make cards and also do Scrapbooking but I was struggling with holding a needle to sew around my cards. It does ten different style of stitching and is just what I needed to finish my cards and scrapbook pages. 10 June 2015
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