If you are into something, getting your kids to do it would feel like an achievement in itself. You get to do many things together which will create a stronger bond between parent and child and if you are into sewing, it is not as hard as some people might think to get your kids to do the same. Here is a guide and frequently asked questions and answers that might help you get them into it.
You might wonder how young can they start? Well, you can start as early as they ask you how to sew. It is common to get this question among parents when it just boils down to your child and how much experience they have using their own hands in doing things. It is usually suggested for kids to start using a sewing machine at around the age of 6. However, at the age of 8, kids can sew without supervision. Let them be your guide on when to teach them.
Let them use a real machine. You are just going to disappoint yourself when you play with a toy machine when you find out it is a total waste of money and time. They are pointless and extremely hard for children to use. They don’t fail with a bang but yet again, they will fail. Let them use a real one.
Sew at their pace. Sew slowly because they need to understand that when you sew fast, it doesn’t really make you sew any better. As a teacher, you need to teach them when you are feeling really patient. Because kids will sew very, very, very slow. Slower than anyone or any machine could go. It can be annoying and stressful to sit around and wait. But the point is to not rush them.
Let them choose the pattern, fabric, material, the notions and the color of the thread. Let them choose everything! They will probably choose insane color combinations, bold fabrics and crazy prints. Most likely they choose to sew with very contrasting threads. Why not? Vision yourself picking out materials for a project you are about to make, let them feel that joy and excitement as well. But there is an exception, steer them away from complicated patterns or fabrics that are too difficult to work with like velvet. Have them work on fleece or quilting cotton if possible. You do not want them to frustrate them with these.
Let them do things over and over again. If they are having fun making a snake pattern for everyone in the world, then let them because it is all okay! Their comfort level at doing the same thing over and over will incrementally improve their skills and before you know it, they will be adding their own style on that thing they have been repeating over and over which is going to be amazing and will surprise you. also, it is fun to watch.
Help them use shears properly and help them cut fabrics efficiently. You will most probably see them cutting a small piece of fabric right in the middle of the whole piece. You just cannot explain to them that they need to position the pieces on the edge of the fabric but you have to show them how it is actually done.
Letting them use your sewing machine may not be the best idea. There are sewing machines for kids and sewing machine for beginners. These may be more suitable for kids. Continue using your sewing machine as you teach them and guide them while they use theirs.