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Old 08-24-2010, 02:28 PM
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I put kids on my lap, they put their hands on mine and we sew away :D I control the foot pedal.
Two yrs old and up, for as long as their attention span lasted. It is fun for both of us :D:D:D
When they can show me, that they are VERY safety conscious, then I will let them sew on their own.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:35 PM
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I got my DGD a Jamone Sew Mini when she was almost 5. It sews a little slower than a big machine but she can thread it and wind the bobbin. It sews just like my "big one". She has her own little table to sit at when she sews.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:13 PM
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Your story almost made me cry. I would have loved for my mom to get me started. She knew how to so but was a very poor teacher. Even when I was in 4th grade she would have sooner slapped me across the face. I learned to sew when I went to high school. Those days all girls had to take home economics. I learned fast and have been sewing ever since.

Now I have several machines. My favorite is my Bernina. It's also an embroidery machine.

I had to teach my self to quilt and it has turned into nothing but love for me. I love to retreat to my sewing room sometimes I just sit and look at my fabric and go though some books or magazines. I was lucky enough to get some of my older sister's fabric and books when she passed away at the age of 63. I feel so close to her when I'm in there and my learning is getting better and I know it's because she is with me.

Just felt the need to vent.

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Old 08-24-2010, 07:48 PM
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My DD never wanted to sew but my DGD loves it! When she was about two and a half I took the needle out of my machine and put the pedal on a stool and she was off and running. She learned how to control the speed sooner then I thought she would. She also learned how to guide the fabric straight all without a needle to hurt her. She loved doing her sewing. I let her pick what fabric she wanted to sew. She loved all fabric with dots and stars.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:55 PM
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Forgot to say when she was 6 I bought her a Janome Gem Gold portable machine. When she was 10 she asked for the 3/4 size Hello Kitty machine. I thought well, when she gets older the Hello Kitty machines will probably be a collectors item that most will remember having. The 3/4 size Hello Kitty is a real machine, made by Janome. There are toy Hello Kitty machines which are 1/2 size.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:46 PM
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That's awesome!
Originally Posted by raptureready
My dd was 18 months old when she said, "Uppy mommy, my do." So I sat her on my lap and held her hand while she guided the fabric through the machine. She has a thin blanket that she hemmed and a polar fleece robe that she sewed. I was 3 when my sister piled encyclopedias on the sewing chair, sat me on them and said, "Don't tell mommy you're sewing on her machine because she'll think you're too little and we know you're not." My sister was 11 or 12 at the time and knew how to sew on the machine. I did too after a couple of hours. She even taught me how to wind a bobbin, put it in, thread the machine and the needle. So, IMHO, if she wants to learn, teach her. Before I went to kindergarten my oldest sister had taught me to sew on mom's machine, my mother had taught me to hand piece, grandma taught me to crochet, and my older twin sister's had taught me to embroider---I still have my two sets of pillow cases that were made before I turned 5.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:58 AM
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I'm starting my DGD (age 3-1/2) out by watching me and explaining what this and that does. So far she knows what a hem is and knows what a jump stitch (on the emb machine) is. I will sit her in my lap to watch.

I think pretty soon I will let her sew with me guiding her and working the pedal too.

Her daddy's birthday is Aug 31st so maybe we will make him something??

Any suggestions on what?
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:50 AM
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My grand daughter is 3. She just started her first doll quilt on her little Janome.Its all crooked but I am proud of her and she was so tickled. I am more concerned with her learning to opertate the machine than get seams right,and she is well on her way...
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by dean's wife
Your story almost made me cry. I would have loved for my mom to get me started. She knew how to so but was a very poor teacher. Even when I was in 4th grade she would have sooner slapped me across the face. I learned to sew when I went to high school. Those days all girls had to take home economics. I learned fast and have been sewing ever since.

Now I have several machines. My favorite is my Bernina. It's also an embroidery machine.

I had to teach my self to quilt and it has turned into nothing but love for me. I love to retreat to my sewing room sometimes I just sit and look at my fabric and go though some books or magazines. I was lucky enough to get some of my older sister's fabric and books when she passed away at the age of 63. I feel so close to her when I'm in there and my learning is getting better and I know it's because she is with me.

Just felt the need to vent.

Good evening to all.
dean's wife a.k.a. Karol
And YOUR story almost made ME cry! I'm sorry your mother was like that.

I'm glad you have your quilting now. Especially with the memories of your sister. Maybe those memories can outweigh the bad ones of your mother?
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:15 AM
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Your right. The memories of my sister do get me through.

Thank you so much for the reinforcement. Some time we all need a little kick.
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