Hey all! I have had so many questions regarding ideas for Santa Claus to bring his sewers. Thought I would just do a general post for reference.
My daughter was OVER the moon the year she opened hers. 5 years later it is still going strong. As far as price point and durability the Brother brand has it. With the added benefit of being the machines they are using class. A basic starter model is appropriate for most of my students some where in the $70-150 range. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that are out there but will allow them to continue to develop their skills and last them into their teens.
Walmart has a BLACK FRIDAY special on a Brother Machine, it is priced at $49.97. It is a stripped down model but would be great for a beginner. I would STRONGLY recommend getting the optional warranty with it, at around $7 it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
A great pair of sewing shears or scissors would be a wonderful stocking stuffer. The sky is the limit on price range for sewing scissors and shears. Don't sink a ton of money into a beginning pair $25 MAX but do get some that are just for sewing.
For the girls interested in designing their own clothing and projects Amazon has two books that are wonderfully illustrated and engaging for girls, tweens, and teens. They are not toys or "gimics" but actually have real design information presented in an age appropriate manner. I liked them so much I bought them for myself and at just under $25 for the BOTH, I didn't even feel guilty!
Along with the design book a solid set of colored pencils and markers will give your budding designers a chance to express themselves as they learn. There are several kits available, a couple of options on just to give you an idea. Fine tips and a variety of colors are recommended and since I am a mom too, get something with a case that is special just for designing, so that you don't end up chasing them around the house!