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Thread: Talk about starting them young!

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    Talk about starting them young!

    My 3 1/2 year old son is CONSTANTLY coming up to me and saying, "I wanna help you work, I wanna help you sew!"

    So he sits on my lap and holds his left hand flat on the material to the left of the presser foot, with his thumb tucked under his fingers, to avoid the "dangerous" needle.

    Can't wait until he's big enough to do it on his own!
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Just think he might grow up to be a Taylor of cloths some day
    May you always have Love to Share , Health to Spare, and Friends that Care!

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    How sweet. I know you will always treasure this special time you were able to spend with him.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomOf3 View Post
    My 3 1/2 year old son is CONSTANTLY coming up to me and saying, "I wanna help you work, I wanna help you sew!"

    So he sits on my lap and holds his left hand flat on the material to the left of the presser foot, with his thumb tucked under his fingers, to avoid the "dangerous" needle.

    Can't wait until he's big enough to do it on his own!
    Congrats to both of you. HOpe he hangs on to his interest
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    That is so cute. How about a picture?
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    my youngest granddaughter was 4 when she made her first quilt- i picked up a small ($89) brother machine at walmart that had speed control on it- set up her small care bear table & chairs & turned the speed to the slowest the machine would go- she layed her fabrics out on the floor- arranging as she wanted- the only things i did for her was cutting & ironing. (she did some of her own cutting with a pair of kids safety shears but did bring me a few pieces to cut for her. some of her seams were 1 1/2" wide- few were anything close to straight- but she was Thrilled with her quilt- and sent it to her dad who had just deployed- it meant everything to him & to her- and now- 8 years & 3 more deployments later he still carries that quilt around the world where ever he goes. at no time have i ever told her- 'no-you can't do it that way' and over the years her skills have improved- her love of sewing has grown- she believes if you can lay it out & invision it-you can make it
    as long as safety is always practiced i think if they are old enough to have interest-they are old enough. our only rule over the years has been---no one under 18 can go near a rotory cutter- scissors work just fine- and you have to be enough (& over 12) to use the iron- and they can not just cut up fabric for the sake of cutting it up- they always have to have a plan-and use what they take. when my granddaughter's come to visit they sometimes spend hours just (pawing) through my fabric shelves...the oldest one loves designing purses for herself & her friends- and some other clothing/assessories---the youngest prefers quilts & pillows-
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    How wonderful to hear these stories!! The quilt carried on deployment brought tears to my eyes just imagining the love that it shares over 3 generations of family! Many of us were probably lucky enough to have had mothers and grandmothers who set the example, gave us some basic skills and then just let us be creative and learn from our mistakes and successes. May we all help foster creativity in future generations!
    "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."
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    what a wonderful story.

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    I'll try to post a pic later today...
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
    "Just keep in mind that your function here is to have fun and not to be someone else's interior decorator! So ... go forth and have fun!" ~Krystyna
    I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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    Great kids and great moms!!

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    Oops, I mean great grandmothers too!!

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    Oh my goodness, Please get a picture of that for a wonderful memory. When he's an athlete in high school show it to him.

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    I was an only child and when 4yrs old my Mom sat me at her Singer Featherweight with lined paper and no thread and made me follow the lines. When I got pretty good at that, I drew stars and circles and hearts and followed that. It took about 3 weeks before I got to have thread! I made doll clothes for years and when in jr. high I was making my own clothes. I made pajamas with set in sleeves, collar, buttons and button holes and bias tape trim while my classmates made aprons! I made prom dresses, etc. and now sew for others for $$$. I have an embroidery machine and I quilt. I love love love to sew! I am now a senior citizen, have many sewing machines, sergers, but I treasure that old Singer Featherweight most of all. My Mom had nothing to leave me except that machine. It is my legacy, my treasure and the memories will always be sitting on her lap, learning to make that machine turn corners, etc. Teach him early, my son and daughter both can sew, though they aren't in love with the process, they know how, and daughter has 2 daughters so maybe it will come around...now I do all the sewing and am thrilled that they will wear my things..get lots of comments like, Oh Grandma's been busy again! Their teachers order quilts for babies from me (I am in AL and they are in TX) so I guess I have made some friends!

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    Grands are the best! My granddaughter was about 2 when she sit in my lap and sewed with me. By the age of 3 she had her own machine, no needle but she was happy to run fabric under the foot. I think it taught her speed control of the machine. By age 6 she was free style sewing. She made her first nine patch lap quilt at age 9. She is a teenager now and doesn't have much time for sewing but I know she'll remember and can start back up when she gets older. I have many happy smiles remembering her time in my sewing room, seeing all the pincushions with pins stuck in as far as the would go, a yard of fabric with a big piece cut right from the middle, my ironing board cover cut to ribbons because she forgot to put a mat on top, a shoebox full of pre wound bobbins she loved to wind for me.
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    How sweet! And he is absorbing a lot of what you do, just watching. Nice to give them a little project that's real. Have you thought about having him try simple weaving...my daughter loved that; 1st paper strips, then yarn, and later fabric. My sons did the weaving with medium weight string on cardboard, which the teacher had cut with slots.

    My daughter was about 3 when I went into my bedroom and realized she had done a little sewing herself on our blanket. She had taken the string off a sleeping bag in my son's room, and laced it round and round through the open weave of the blanket. After that I got her some patterned "sewing cards", which she enjoyed.

    She took her first sewing class in 3rd grade weekly for the year. They made PJ's and tote bags, among others. Each day they made them un-thread the machines at the end of class & re-thread at the start next class. The teacher started them off by sewing through paper (no thread) straight then curvy lines, and all kinds of patterns. Next they did the same WITH thread, and finally practiced on fabric. It was a very worthwhile class.

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