You can sew curtains on their rods and even mend a pocket in your pants, without removing them. Use them indoors or outside. Pretty slick. Huh?
The Dark Side of Hand Held Sewing Machines
If all that sounds pretty good to you, there is more to consider. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
And the handheld sewing machine is too good to be true. For example, here are some common problems cited by hundreds of reviewers:
The thread often slips off the hook (underneath, instead of a bobbin), and you end up with a lot of loose stitches. Many reviewers expressed dis-satisfaction because of the amount of time spent, trying to correct this problem and make their hand held machine work.
With these little hand held machines, if you don't tie off the end, it can easily unwind—in just a few seconds. Something you definitely don't want to have happen if you are wearing the product that you made!
Many handheld machines came with no instructions, with instructions that were not clear or with poor illustrations. Reviewers reported that they spent hours trying to figure out how to use the machines. Some never did.
Out of hundreds of reviewers, only one person said that she really loved her Handy Stitch handheld machine. The Singer Stitch Sew Quick fared a little better in the reviews, but most reviewers were not totally happy with it.
Many reviewers reported returning their handheld sewing machine, giving it to a thrift shop, selling it at a yard sale or throwing it in the trash.
If you are not an experienced sewer, why not consider the next step up, portable sewing machines? One portable sewing machine that got favorable reviews was the Janome Sew Mini. They sell for about $60 and would be good for your first sewing machine.