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Thread: 1,340 kids see 99 handcranks.

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    1,340 kids see 99 handcranks.

    For earth day last week, GF, Iris, and Chrisquilts and I took 4 Singer 99s to let the thundeing hoards make some bookmarks. Lots of teachers/sponsors gave them a spin also. We had a spare machine just in case. Didn't need it. ran out of a couple of bobbins... great fun

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    Very cool!

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    a great way to get the kiddo interested!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    a great way to get the kiddo interested!
    I agree with this.
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    Great hands on history lesson!
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    that is wonderful, Leon!

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    What a neat idea! I know the kids love it. ��
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    Looks like everyone had a great fun time! And, something the kids will never forget. Great job!

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    That's great, leon.
    When my boys were little they all learned to use my sewing machine. Kids and machines seem to
    go together! They were fascinated and I taught them how to use it.
    My youngest son made all kinds of wild pants in high school. They were hilarious and the kids
    all thought he was crazy cool!!

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    Well, I don't know about the kids or the adults with them but I had a great time. I love doing things like this and enjoy seeing the kiddos faces as they realize they're both sewing and using a power tool. The adults who ply with them have the same look on their faces, too. A great way to spend a day having fun with your hobby. FYI: Both Leon & Iris are also fabulous.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Sounds like it was a great day! I love seeing kids use a sewing machine for the first time.
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    Wonderful way to get kids interested in sewing machines! I marvel sometimes at what truly marvellous inventions sewing machines are.

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    The kids were also surprised when they found out one of the machines is 90 years old.
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    Thanks to your group for doing this. I believe you could take that show on the road by offering it through quilt guilds around the country, or at least they could be inspired by what you did to do something similar on their own. I'm reminded of the "instrument petting zoo" that some orchestra's offer as part of their young people's concerts. I have to be sure to show my 66 hand crank to my grandson. He sort of avoids the more modern machines when I've offered to let him try something (too girly), but just the look of an antique machine might put a different spin on the experience. Also, a crank might be less intimidating. It wouldn't look as if it could run amok on its own.
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    What a great opportunity for them. Kids need to see and experience "real" sewing machines, not just the plastic junk they see at Walmart. Good job!
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    a crank might be less intimidating" Absolutely, I hear this so often . Iris's Grand daughter wanted to go to a bra making class but hates electrics. She needed a zig zag. hmmm. poor unsuspecting Fleewtwwod/Brother got called into service. She loved it.Name:  Lala and Anne sewing with fleetwood handcrank crop b.jpg
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    In this case, it took two hands to guide the fabric, so the teacher became the power source. She thought it was a hoot.
    She runs the make your own bra shop.
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