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Thread: What's your opinion on sewing machine safety

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    Junior Member fabuchicki's Avatar
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    At what age do you think it's OK to teach your child to use the sewing machine? My daughter (who is almost 7) is really interested in learning but (of course) I'm worried for her fingers. What do you think?

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    My machine came with a finger guard, which I immediately removed. can you steer fabric while she operates pedal, or vice versa?

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    I've seen shows on tv where people work with children quilting as young as 4. I think as long as she is well-supervised, it would be a great experience to share with her. It'll be something she'll always remember. I crocheted with my mom when I was about 7. I think you just have to be very patient and laugh with her a lot! My mom would tell me what I lacked in skill I made up for in enthusiasm. Those times are still treasured memories for me...50 years later. I taught my son needlepoint when he was in the first grade. He still laughs about how much fun we had together. My grandson likes to sit in my lap when I sew. He's only 2 1/2, so I just let him pick out fabrics and we sew them together. We have a "quilt" started of scraps he's picked out of my box. They are random, to say the least! But he thinks it's fun!

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    if she's interested, she's old enough. lucky you!!! years and years of bonding, fun and memories await you both! :P

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    I've been working with my granddaughter off and on with the sewing machine for over a year (bought her a machine for Christmas 06) and she just turned 7 a couple months ago.... she is "scared" or "respectful" of the needle as I was upfront and told her how careful she has to be... I don't have a guard for any of my machines.

    On her last visit we worked on some needlepoint and she really liked the hand sewing so I think next time I will give her something to hand piece and see how she likes that.

    I agree with Patrice, if they want to do it, they are old enuf!

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    My grandaughter can sew, she is now 6. She started at 5. I had her sew lines on paper to start, when she got speed control she got fabric and thread. I put the foot control on a stool so she can reach it. Rememer kids learn the nost at a very young age :D

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    I've been sitting at a sewing machine for as long as I can remember. My mom started me very young on her old black one direction (no reverse stitich) singer. My oldest daughter, never had the urge to sew. My soon to be 7 year old I started at age 5 with hand sewing, she has her own little chain stitch machine that doesn't work very well so she's getting my first little mini-singer that I got when I was her age. My 4 year old, when she wants to hand sew I have some plastic needles (they have a little ball looking thing instead of a point, and are over sized) that we found at hobby lobby with the needle work kits in the kids section. I use a paper punch to put holes in fabric that she can use yarn to "sew" with. Usually she uses them to string beads on yarn though. I agree with the other ladies, if she has an interest she's old enough to give it a go. Very closely supervised of course. If after she tries the first few times, you don't feel she's ready for the sewing machine, show her how to hand sew, still supervised with the needle of course. I found it easier for my little one to start with a bigger needle, like a darner, with a big eye at first; then move her down gradually as she gets better and more confident.

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    I let my daughter start about that age. The machine I had that that time had a speed control and we put it on "turtle" speed until she learned some.

    Have fun.


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    My oldest granddaughter was 4 (now 7) when she wanted to help sew. We started with her handing me the quilt squares and now she helps with sewing on the machine. My 3 year old GD told me last week she wants to makes quilts. So I will start working with her. I seen a Hello Kitty sewing machine at target I think I'll get to start working with her.
    Hello Kitty is a big favorite around our house.


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    I think I was about 5 when I started sewing. I learned on my mom's old singer. I made doll clothes and Barbie clothes. :) My daughter is 10 and she has just now asked about learning to sew. I don't know why I didn't think about teaching her sooner like my mom did with me.

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    I learned as a small child with my Grandma...I recieved my own sewing box and learned how to hand sew blocks... Slowly over time I graduated to the machine... I can not remember a time when I was not "helping' her :lol: I loved quilting then and I love quilting even more now...

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    The machine is one thing, but watch out for the rotary cutter. Safety first!

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    My earliest memory of sewing was probably when I was 4. My Mom had a White machine and then that broke and she had inherited the old black singer with the gold scroll work. She had it rewired and a foot pedal attached and she still sews on that today. I learned to make pot holders first and then moved on from there. I have a daughter who started to dapple with the machine which was a cheap singer when she was 5. She is now 12 and let me just tell you she loves what the Bernina can do. She is intimidated by the Bernina though which is a good thing. Best to always be safe and cautious. But, I too say that if they show an interest then it is time to start makiing something. No matter how simple they will love it because they created it. :-) I know I always did and so did Katie. My son Buddy is 11 and is now asking to sew. Why NOT!!!! Time to get him started. Every man should be able to run a machine.

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    What a great question. I taught my daughter the basics when she was young? Maybe 8 or so? Then when she was a teenager she made her sleeping PJ pants and shorts from flannel. She did a great job. She knows enough to get by and mend something, but never did really like it. Now she's buying her first house, and on the phone yesterday she said "I think I'll make the curtains."

    I've heard that sewing skips everyother generation. If grandma sews, then mom usually doesn't sew much, not feeling as good as grandma, then granddaughter takes it up again. That's true in my family. My grandma sewed, my mother barely gets by, but my sisters and I all sew up a storm.

    Most off, if your child has an interest, by all means teach! (notice I said child, because boys and men) sew too! As all of you know, sewing is a great way to spread your imagination. Stitch on! Sara

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    My granddaughters were 5 & 7 when I showed them how to sew on buttons one day to occupy them, they absolutely were entranced. From there we started doing simple sewing and they are pretty darn good at it now and love it. My DIL is now interested in learning to quilt, never having had any exposure to it. I think we all need a hobby of some sort so am thrilled about them doing it.
    P.S. we have never had an accident w/machine. :D

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    My grandma taught me when I was 7. I remember because the next year when I turned 8, I could finally join 4-H. I started on gingham fabric so I would have a line to follow. Made an apron that summer. Now I have that machine-It is a Singer Featherweight. Kind of looks like a kids machine-it is so cute!

    Oh to be blessed with a daughter that is interested. My DD would rather jump from perfectly good airplanes and ride the ATV. She is not much for sitting in one place long enough to learn. She said I can teach her daughter instead someday. : )

    Have fun with it!

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    I was sewing when I was 6. Can't remember when I got my first sewing machine. But Janome suggests age 8. And one of these!



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    Miss treated you just showed the one I'm getting for my granddaughters. We do love Hello Kitty, and its a Janome. What more could we want. :lol:

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    I saw several on ebay, around $50. My friend with the twins wants to get one each for their birthdays. I can just see all of them sitting at the dining room table, sewing away!!

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    my son was mesmorized by the mechanics of my sewing machine from the time that he was three. he had to know what made it work, so 'helped' me take it apart for cleaning one day. after that i couldn't hold him down. he had to do it! when he was four, he sat on my lap and began stitching. now forty and married, he is still the mender in his household on his wife's inherited singer. she herself has almost no interest. he can mend and patch and close up opened seams, and is happy that he is self-reliant in one more way.

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    i neglected to mention that my daughter, now forty-five, hated sewing and had to be forced to learn. she had her own machine at age fifteen , but never went near it. i think i waited much to long. now, however, she has become a quilter and it gives her great pleasure. go figure. neither one ever had a safety cage around the needle and learned to respect the hurt it could cause.

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    I think what age a child can start sewing on a machine really depends on the individual child and how capable they are of handling the responsibility that comes along with using a sewing machine. I would never have allowed my oldest daughter to use my machine until she was at least 8 but my youngest could have easily handled it at the age of 4. Although her interest was more in taking things apart and I learned to keep my machine out of her reach! Neither of them, sadly enough, are interested in quilting. I am desperately hoping I can entice my g-kids to join me in my obsession. :lol:
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