Okay, I'm going to give you some things to look for in a sewing machine. Get a side spool pin, not a stand up spool pin, and a top loading bobbin. If you want her to be able to sew on things like denim, make sure the machine has a strong enough motor. It's good to go to a dealer that gives a free owner's lesson with the machine. If you buy at WalMart or Target of course they won't do this. An independent dealer usually will, and a Viking Sewing Gallery (inside the larger JoAnn's stores) will. they will teach her to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, put in the bobbin, what kind of needles she needs, how to access her stitches, and sometimes more.
Happy Birthday to your daughter!
at 10:59 AM on Apr. 1, 2013