My 9 y/o daughter has had this toy for a few years now. It’s really nice for someone who likes to be creative and is crafty but isn’t old enough to operate a real sewing machine. The “special fabric” they refer to in their description is what you and I call plain old felt fabric which you can buy from anywhere. It’s totally safe because the needles are enclosed in a plastic guard and there’s no way for a child to squeeze their fingers in there without first destroying the machine. My daughter has made little felt pencil pouches for her teachers and even some clothes for her dolls with this machine.