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    Default Re: teaching a child to sew

    I HAD that Singer hand crank when I was a child. I played with it a lot, but always wanted to use my mom’s White. I would say don’t start them out with a toy, it’s almost condescending. If they are even a bit interested, it will be worth it. However, always go with what you can afford. As long as we’re sewing, we’re happy.

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    Default Re: teaching a child to sew

    Quote Originally Posted by Gloriana View Post
    I HAD that Singer hand crank when I was a child. I played with it a lot, but always wanted to use my mom’s White. I would say don’t start them out with a toy, it’s almost condescending. If they are even a bit interested, it will be worth it. However, always go with what you can afford. As long as we’re sewing, we’re happy.

    I agree. My DGD made one project on that first machine, but then her confidence soared when she realized she could actually sew like grammie and not merely pretend to sew.
    Theda

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    Theda, my sewing time with my granddaughters is some of the MOST precious time. Enjoy these times, ...they go by us too quickly
    A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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    Thank you for the advice Sharon. There are times when I want to freeze time when she is sewing. I remember one Christmas break when I taught all my young sons to cross stitch. That was fun! They loved seeing their chosen pictures pop up on the fabric. That is one of my precious memories and I know what she and I share now will be another precious memory soon. It is also something that she will take with her through her life. I just want it all to go a little slower though.....
    Theda

    There is no Quilter's Anonymous because no one wants to quit.

    "Smurf Machine" - 1981 Necchi, "Anna Sophia" - Brother SE400, "Ellie Bleu" - Juki 2010,
    "Daisy Rae" - Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2.

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    Default Re: teaching a child to sew

    Get a nice basic electric machine. The Hello Kitty machine is a Janome model and it is a nice basic machine. I have taught girls to sew for several years in an after school program. People will donate machines to me to use and if a girl keeps coming to the classes and shows an interest, I will give her a machine. Most of them are basic machines with a few stitch options and that is nice for a beginner seamstress. Ive also taught Mommy and Me sewing classes. Once they get the hang of things they will often graduate to a better machine with more features. Id recommend a basic Janome, Babylock etc. with a zipper foot and buttonhole option. That way they wont be so limited as they advance in their skills.

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