John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine, Red

Product information

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, 2 needle positions, 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.

A twin needle can be used with the John Lewis Mini Sewing Machine, in the straight stitch function only.

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
John Lewis
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


Click & collect

Free from John Lewis or Waitrose shops for collection tomorrow from 2pm
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Standard delivery in 5 working days


Named or Saturday UK delivery


Named day UK delivery pre-10.30am


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.


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Q & As

Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 60 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sewing machine Just love my new sewing machine for them little jobs excellent 13 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JUST RIGHT Unit is right size and shelf configuration about right, but slightly unsure which way the lower of the 3 shelf units should be placed - a clue would be of help. Page 8 of User Guide refers to "shrives". Dictionary describes word as "hear confession of, assign penance to, and absolve...". "Shelves"? 13 May 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great little machine I bought this machine about 4 years ago to make a few projects like cushion covers, drawstring bags, bunting and I have just made my first top on it. It is not for use with thick fabrics but cottons it does really well with. This is stated in the manual. I have just changed the needle. Have found that it makes a loud noise if the fabric too thick or if the machine needs a clean. As I now need to add an invisible zipper to my top. I am just wondering if I can attach a zipper foot to it? 25 April 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ideal for 8+ We have 2 of these machines which are perfect for straight stitch on plain cotton fabrics. The Zig-zag is only suitable for non stretch fabrics in our opinion. So for small projects like dolls clothes, cushions, bunting and appliqué this is a good starter product. For an introductory machine they are a very affordable option. A child interested in sewing clothes however should probably go for the next level John Lewis Machine which has a light and can cope with a variety of materials. 23 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lovely machine for a beginner. We bought this for my 10 year old daughter to learn on. It is very simple to use and, having only one speed, it feels quite safe. That said, it does some fancy stitches as well as the basics. She has loved experimenting on it. A very good purchase. 17 April 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by How very disappointing. Having purchased this for my 12 year old daughter to learn to sew on, the first one broke within a day. The store replaced the machine and we tried again. The second one is even worse. I should have read the reviews before I made the purchase. I now have a very disappointed daughter. You would expect a product sold under the John Lewis name to be of much better quality. I am hopeful when I return to John lewis for the 2nd time within a week I will receive a full refund. I can then purchase my daughter a belated birthday present that actually works. 09 April 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Broken just after a year! I bought this machine as a Christmas gift in December 2013. It has been used sporadically throughout the year for light sewing. About 6 cushions in total have been sewn together using the machine. However, it has begun to miss stitches and it makes a loud noise when switched on. I didn't expect it to stop working just after a year. This is very poor value for money! After taking the machine to a John Lewis store an employee said that she couldn't fix it and it was just supposed to be a beginner's machine anyway. As the 1 year guarantee had expired she said nothing could be done! Not good enough! 08 April 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Broken after very little use I was given this as a Christmas present in 2014, but have only in the last couple of months started to use it. Have been using on light materials and doing very simple, basic stuff to make children's costumes for a school play, and it died on me, leaving me in somewhat of a tricky situation. I had trusted the John Lewis name would mean a reliable even if low-cost machine. Very, very disappointed, and in need of an urgent replacement. 25 March 2015
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