By Brother

Reviewed for Middle School, 2008

Brother Sewing Machine

Got a tween who's glued to the tube for every Project Runway episode? Introduce your designer-to-be to the creative possibilities of owning a sewing machine! The practice of sewing ones own clothing may seem like ancient history, but stitching for style is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance, thanks to Bravo's hit TV show, and a resurgence of unique personal style in lieu of mass-market offerings. What's more, sewing offers a lot of educational oomph, from math and geometry needed for pattern-making, mechanical know-how for machine operations, and creative thinking necessary to design, execute, and problem-solve. A slam-dunk gift for a child interested in style! (Brother, $149.99)