Teach Kids To Sew

Parent Guide: Tips to Teach Your Child To Sew

Learn to Use the Sewing Machine

The very first thing your child should learn is how to use the sewing machine.  Read the sewing machine manual and teach your child the importance of the manual and how to find answers, if needed.  If you have an older machine that may not have a manual, you can do a search online for one.  Many mahcines have online manuals you can download.

You child should learn to thread the sewing machine and bobbin, select stitches, backtack, raise and lower their presser foot, change a needle, how to use the handwheel and foot pedal. This may take time, but repetition will help your child learn to master these important concepts.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When something is out of sight, it's generally out of mind. Don't let this happen with your sewing machine. Keep your sewing machine out in the open so your child can easily access it when needed. You may wish to set up a small area for your child to sew, away from other active areas in the household. Always remember to supervise your child when they sew.

Don't Expect Perfection

As your child is learning to sew, be patient and remember, they are learning. It's ok if your child sews a crooked line (or many). In time, your child will learn how to control and steer the fabric through the sewing machine with precision. Sewing takes time and repetition to master important skills and concepts. Allow your child the time to learn these things.

Start With Something Easy

Your child's first project should be one that will help them get used to the sewing machine. A great project would be a bean bag or two. This will help them get the feel of how the machine operates and they can have fun with the project they made.  The Learn To Sew Kids Curriuclum includes clothing and craft projects for beginners, and will take your child on a step by step interactive journey as they learn to sew, starting with basics. If your child is wanting to start with a non sewing machine project, here are some great hand sewing projects.

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Girls Ages 6+

Boys Ages 6+

Teens Ages 11+