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5 Tips to Help Your Kids Start Sewing (#3 is the Most Useful)

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If you want to know 5 tips to help your kids start sewing, it means you think sewing is creative and fun. Especially with children! Kids of whatever age can be taught sewing. So you can prepare your little ones now to eventually be able to work on their own more complicated projects.

The most important thing to remember is to practice patience. When teaching kids any form of a skill, patience is key. Even if you’re a professional or highly skilled at it! Children are allowed to make errors and mistakes. But keep in mind that teaching the proper technique along the journey is crucial.

However, an even more pressing matter is having fun. Not all basic sewing tips for beginners are boring!
5 Tips to Help Your Kids Start Sewing
How to teach a child to sew by hand or machine is not a nightmare. Not that it’s cakewalk either. So here are 5 tips to help your kids start sewing.

#1 Begin at the correct age
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Even though there’s no appropriate time for your children to learn how to sew. Safety is the first thing that comes to mind when a coverstitch machine is a part of the learning experience. You can teach a 4 or 5-year-old to sew by hand. But in the case of a sewing machine, the ideal age to start is 8 years old.

At the age of 8, most kids are responsible and careful enough to operate the machine sans supervision. But before that, you can teach them how to achieve the same results using just their hands. If your child is interested and passionate about sewing that is!

#2 Let them be creative

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Encouraging creativity is the only proper technique to add fun to the activity. So don’t choose the fabric and pattern for them. Let them take care of that. I’m sure they’ll love it!

In fact, children are more prone to sticking with the project if they’re the ones choosing it. If you’re a parent, then you know what I’m talking about.

#3 Don’t buy toy machines
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Not all parents might agree with me at this point. And I get that. But here’s the thing. There are plenty of affordable and simple machines out there. The kind that kids can safely operate without much difficulty.

So why buy cheap toy machines that don’t teach your child anything at all! My advice to you would be to avoid purchasing toy machines. Cause they’re pretty much useless.

#4 Act as their guide
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Kids are moody, right? They might start out with a 100 percent enthusiasm for the activity. But, at the same time, you know that they won’t take too long to change that attitude. More often than not, this happens right after you teach them all about safety.
So if you wish to do everything under your control to avoid the loss of interest, here’s a solution. You are the guide of that fabric while your child handles the pedal. This way he/she gets the feel of how the sewing machine works. And you feel good about keeping their tiny fingers away from the needle.

Once they gain some confidence, you won’t have to convince yourself to let them sew without any supervision.

#5 Go slow
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Taking things slow should be a priority. As opposed to every kid’s faster is better energy. Sewing is not a game, right? The undertaking requires more time if you wish to obtain desired results. But obviously, you can’t expect your child to understand this on his/her own.

At the same time, some kids learn how to sew at a very slow pace. At such times, bring out the big guns. PATIENCE!

And if you’re an adult interested in learning how to sew, here’s a video for you:



That’s the End
Sewing might be a hobby and passion for you. So don’t worry, eventually, your children will develop an interest and curiosity in your favorite fun pastime too. It’s only a matter of time when they’ll want to sew with you.

Teaching a kid how to sew, at any age, is quite a challenge. There’s no denying that! But when you’re using proper techniques and working with the right kind of machines, it gets easier. Now, remember that there are plenty of kid-friendly sewing machines out there. So don’t be disappointed about that.

And finally, all 5 tips discussed above will definitely come in handy. As they did in my case!

So how about you share what you got? Are there any useful techniques that worked with your kid? Do tell. Your suggestions can go a long way.

I hope you liked the article and visit again soon. Thank you for reading.
Happy stitching with your kids!


About the author:
The work of Barbara Davis is directed toward enriching experiences with your own self and family. There are many fun and practical articles she creates on a regular basis. Cause Davis strongly believes in making the most of every single day. Even if that means striking the perfect balance between personal and professional life!

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