Teaching children to sew
I remember Home Economics when I was in school and learning to sew. I loved it and have never quit sewing and creating. This is no longer taught in most schools and it now becomes our responsibility to teach children to sew, paint, quilt and to enjoy art.
My granddaughter was here a couple weeks ago and she wanted to learn to sew. Can you see all three vintage sewing machines…..she sewed on each one of them. There is a Singer Featherweight and then two Singer 15-91’s.
- The first thing I did was have her watch me while I slowly sewed and made sure she learned to keep her fingers away from the needle.
- Start out slow so you can control what you are doing.
- I drew a couple of lines on some scrap fabric so she could practice moving the fabric and get comfortable with the foot petal.
We started with something fun and easy – a pullover dress for her bear. I folded and pressed the fabric so she could sew the finished edge. She did a great job and really concentrated on what she was doing.
Lots of concentrationThen she decided to add some batik squares to it……she loves my batiks! All of the vintage sewing machines only do a straight stitch. We used Elmer’s Glue to temporarily attach the squares and then she stitched them down.We didn’t do anything to the neck edge…it was more important to keep this easy and fun.Next up was making another little dress for her sister’s dragon.Once both of the dresses were done she asked if she could make a little doll quilt. I have a whole drawer of batik 2 ½” that were perfect for that but first we decided to try a couple other sewing machines.
I set up my Singer featherweight sewing machine so she could try it out. She did a great job of following directions and never had a thread jam on any of the sewing machines.
- Place the fabric under the needle.
- Turn the wheel by hand and make sure the needle is in the fabric.
- Lower the presser foot.
- Start sewing.
This vintage Singer 15-91 ended up being her favorite. We put some books under the foot pedal to raise it a little. She started sewing the squares together for her doll quilt but didn’t get it finished. That will happen the next time she comes over.
I have a future quilter in the family! Guess what she asked me……could I buy her a sewing machine some day? I grinned and said of course!
Are you wondering why she liked this 15-91 Singer better than the first one? Well…..I am so used to how my “favorite” sewing machine works that I forgot about it’s little oddity until my granddaughter was using it. When you stop sewing….it will continue stitching…maybe one stitch….maybe three. It depends on how fast you are sewing.
My Singer Featherweight and the other Singer 15-91 stop sewing when you take your foot of of the petal.
Her little sister was tickled to get a little dress for her dragon. Those are the t-shirts that the girls painted and I showed last week.
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Teach children to sew