This was supposed to be a party atmosphere with the Spinmaster Stitch & Style automatic sewing machine and the KumiKreator Bead & Braider, but as it happens (and has happened for the last three years) Covid reared its ugly head. So the two of us that were not in quarantine, decided to play and let you know about these cool toys!
I will start with the Stitch & Style. It is well made and definitely easy to use. It sews automatically. This sewing machine runs on 4 AA batteries that are not included. The material, sponge to apply the stickers, the clips and elastic, as well as a bunch of awesome stickers, are included! You do have to make sure the threaded cartridge is inserted correctly or it will not sew. The presser foot is low enough that little fingers cannot get under it, which is a very nice safety feature. There were only a couple hitches and these were easily figured out. 1) it would not sew. Fix; the cartridge was not inserted correctly. 2) the thread and material were hard to get out from under the needle because the machine stopped sewing before the end of the material. Fix; lift with the presser foot and pull slightly to cut the thread. We decided to make the sunglass/glasses case. we applied one of the supplied stickers with the sponge that is provided also. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, however, I feel that it would require some adult help with the younger children. All in all, this was fun, easy, and of great quality. I would recommend to anyone to get this for your children 8 and up.
Now, onto the KumiKreator Bead & Braider! This one was truly a cool machine! We had fun with it, it was easy to follow the directions, and mostly everything worked without a hitch. The stickers for the ends don’t hold as well as they should, and one end fell off when we were closing the clip and connection to wear the bracelet. No biggie! We just put another piece of sticker on and redid it. This part might very well require some adult help. I think that some stronger tape would be in order. the little cartridges come fully ready to use. Each one is a bracelet when combined with another color or two. There are also cartridges of a different color to use for making the necklaces. The machine is easy to assemble no tools are required, and no batteries are required just connect the arm and get the spools ready, then turn the crank until the red lines match up. Then you apply the stickers and put on the connections to each end. Voila! You have a beautiful bracelet that is ready to wear. I was super impressed with this machine and can see that it would be a great gift for a child 8 years and older. Bravo!