Sewing is a fabulous hobby to introduce to your kids when it’s done the right way.
Children can learn to love creating things with sewing machines and many even go on to become very skilled at it.
What can you do to encourage interest in this fun and creative hobby while making certain that your kids have a great time doing it?
Check out these handy tips for helping kids enjoy sewing and not be afraid of using that intimidating-looking sewing machine!
1. Don’t Pressure If They Are Scared of the Machine
Sewing machines can be intimidating; remember when you were starting out and worried about stitching over your fingers or the fabric running away and out of control?
Think about that from the eyes of a child with much smaller hands and less dexterity.
Since pressuring would only compound any fear your child has, keep showing them how you do it by helping them with hand positioning and learning how to use the pedal until they feel more comfortable doing it on their own.
If your child just doesn’t want to do it, don’t force that it; the experience won’t be enjoyable unless they want to do it.
2. Choose Easy Patterns to Start Out
Before anyone can progress to more complex patterns to sew on an advanced machine like the Janome Memory Craft 14000 sewing machine, they have to start at the very beginning.
Choose very simple projects to teach the basics of machine use and make easy-to-trace patterns that can be reused.
Use manila folders or cardboard from cereal boxes to make pattern pieces that are more durable, easier to handle, and simpler to trace around on the fabric.
3. Let Them Pick Their Favorite Fabric
Half the fun of sewing with a Janome sewing machine is getting to use beautiful, colorful fabric to make fun things.
Keep the interest by letting kids choose a wild and crazy fabric for their project so they’re happy with what they’ve created once it’s finished.
4. Draw Stitching Lines to Guide Them
Learning to keep the seams straight and in just the right place takes practice.
You can help that learning process by marking stitch lines just inside the fabric edges where the stitching should go.
Given a guide like this to follow, kids will improve their skills as they learn how to follow the line.
As skills advance, they’ll be able to sew straight and in the right place without the guidelines.
5. Teach Repetitive Tasks In Fun Memorable Ways
As you already know, making things using a sewing machine can involve a lot of repetitive tasks, from just knowing the start and end process when sewing straight line, to pressing seams and many other finer details needed for different projects.
Turn repetition into a game by making a memorable rhyme so kids will remember the whole process and the repetitions won’t seem so boring either.
6. Guide But Let Them Do It
Once your child has figured out how to use the pedal and do basic stitching on a sewing machine, continue to guide them and make suggestions but let them do it.
Show new techniques and skills, then turn them loose to practice that new skill on their own.
Don’t keep pushing little hands out of the way to demonstrate every time, as doing is an important part of the learning process as is making mistakes.
7. Have Fun Together
Most importantly, have fun together because if sewing becomes stressful, chances are your youthful sewists won’t enjoy it and could very well just give it up.
Turn sewing time into fun time when you can bond over creating beautiful things!
Kids Love Sewing - With the Right Encouragement
If you’ve experienced feelings of pride and satisfaction making projects with a sewing machine with either a beginner model or one more advanced like the Janome Memory Craft 14000, then you already know how a kid will feel when they finish their first project.
With the right guidance and encouragement, your kids may learn to love sewing even progress to making their own garments or quilts.
It’s a wonderful hobby to teach and share with kids of all ages!