If you have a child or grandchild or know a child, maybe they want to learn to sew. My grands have always played in my sewing room while I worked. My kids did that too, although for many years they didn't have a choice because I sewed in the kitchen or a bedroom! You might have small people underfoot while you're sewing too.
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- Wait until the child expresses interest and is not afraid of the machine.
- Start simple, with a project they pick. Or just let them play with stitches on the machine.
- If they pick a project that looks kind of advanced, offer some interim choices or do practice pieces.
- Slow the speed on your machine.
- Tell them to watch the fabric and the foot, NOT the needle!
- Boys can sew too. Sewing machines are power tools...
- Finishing the edges is optional on some fabrics, and those make good first choices.
- Let the kid choose his/her own fabrics. Even if you don't think they go together, they will enjoy it more if it's their choice!
- If they get bored, let them finish another day. (Encourage them to finish though, because that's what gives the sense of accomplishment.)
- It doesn't always have to be a project. Sometimes we just like to play with the materials.
- Do cool stuff. Make things they will use, like pillow cases and iPod/iPhone bags, and tops they can wear. Or sew dog or cat scarves and hats.
- Relax the rules sometimes. DON’T be surprised if they don’t want to hem knits or do French seams!!
- It’s fun to embellish ready-to-wear garments.
- Listen to music while you’re sewing and sing along if you know the words.
- Have fun with it!
|Try all the fancy stitches!!|