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Thread: WHEN IS RIGHT TIME?

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: What is a good age to start little girls to sewing? What is too young? Anybody been through this?

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    It depends on the child...some are ready a lot sooner then others....Has she shown interest? :D

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    My little boy who is 4 pushes on the foot pedal and I guide the fabric through. He would love to do more. Maybe 5 or 6 would be a good age to be aware enough not to get their fingers in the way.

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    Start playing with gd sewing little things she 4

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    I started at 9 with my mother's help. It wasn't long before I tried it when she wasn't with me and I sewed a needle through my finger. I've been sewing ever since but I quickly learned that it wasn't a toy. I'm sure it depends on the child, but I remember wanting to sew for quite a while before she would let me.

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    My 5 yo started quiting when he was 3. I let he do it all. He cuts, sews and pins his own quilts. It is all in how you teach them. When they are ready they will start giving you queues.

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    You can start them with yarn and the big plastic needles with the sewing cards around 3 or so. Well, if they still make those sewing cards.

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    both my daughters started when they were about 4 with very simple things - the eldest continued (but not the youngest) and she now makes the most beautiful corsets - self taught haven't got her into quilting yet she prefers me to do that!!!

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    Kids sitting on my lap helping me sew when they are 3 or 4. It depends on the child though, when they get to advance from that. Some are very safety conscious at 5 others not til way older :D:D:D

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    My youngest to start was about 3 1/2. She is now 13 and is an avid quilter. I do think 3 1/2 i young and most do better at 8-10 yrs old. It all depends on their interest and basical skills with crafts.

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    If they show an interest, i say go for it!! My 3yr old GD loves to help me so i give her little things to do. She loves to even turn on my machine. I would never turn her away from it.....she my be the best quilter when she grows up ...LOL

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    My oldest sister taught me to sew on mom's machine when I was 3 and I've sewn ever since. My daughter was 18 months when she said, "Uppy, Mommy, my do." So I put her on my lap and held her hand as she used one finger to guide the fabric through. She hemmed a blanket and sewed a fleece robe (a very basic one) before she decided that she was done. I think it depends on the child. I had sisters, one 8 yrs older, two 6 yrs older that thought it was great fun to teach me what they were learning. By the time I started kindergarten I could sew on mom's machine, had two sets of pillowcases that I'd embroidered and could crochet doilys thanks to a grandma that wanted me to sit still while she watched her "stories" on tv.

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    I think it has a lot to do with their eye/hand coordination. Some can do it at 3 others have to be older. It also involves their patience level and yours.

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    any good children's books on sewing in your local library?
    there are some really great craft books directed towards children...

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    we got my 8 year old an old singer 185 for Christmas, made new again by Lostn51. She absolutely adores it and named it Barbara lol because Barbie was too much of a baby name. She was sewing squares in the pic that were sent to her by dotcomdtcm.

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    I let DGD sew alone at age 2 with a needleless machine. She learned how to make the machine go fast or slow, lower the feed dogs and raise them up.

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    when they are old enough to have an interest and to follow simple instructions.
    my youngest granddaughter made her first quilt when she was 4.
    i bought her a little (her size) sewing machine...a care bear table and chairs...also just her size. she laid out her fabric (she has her own 'stash-box'- she's a little textile obsessive)
    on the floor, arranged and rearranged. when she had it (right- to - her) she started sewing...she had little safety shears to cut with...if she wanted something cut that was larger than she wanted to deal with she brought it to me to cut...and when she had her quilt top together...then and only then...she let me press it for her.
    then we tipped a dresser on it's side for her to stand- walk on ; loaded that baby up and she quilted it with the 'big-machine'.
    she pieced and quilted the whole quilt (twin size) in about 3 days of visiting and got that quilt into the mail...it was a special project for her daddy who had just been deployed...and she wanted to make sure he didn't forget her while he was gone...6 years later; it's still his favorite quilt :thumbup:
    i did not stress over seams that were 1" wide...or crooked.. i know no matter what it would be ok ... and it is ... with all 3 girls i never (got on them) about technique...i did not want to discourage them in any way. as the years have passed their skills have improved through practice without me ever making them take anything out or 'fix' anything. they have always been happy- positive in their experiments. the older 2 girls spend most of their time anymore making bags/purses (self-designed) and the middle child is a wonderful hand-embroider-er...she does an absolutely beautiful job and makes pillows & stuff like that out of her finished embroideries...she did mention before christmas that she thinks it would be fun to just sit at the machine with a box of my scraps next to her and start sewing them all together until its' a quilt...FABULOUS IDEA! i so want to take her up on that one...just have to find some time...those girls are so dog=gone busy!

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    I started in Second grade , first by just playing with my Mom's scraps . I had my own liitle box of stuff I thought was pretty. She would let me cut and play as liked with them. She then progressed me to a needle and thread so I could hand sew some things together. It kept progressing from there.

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    my daughter was about 8 when she showed interesting. She took a class that our homeschool group had going. She made a bag and a skirt. She has more of an interest to sew clothes but this year (now 16, almost 17) she had decided she wants to make some baby quilts to donate to the local pregnancy crisis center where she volunteers. My dad bought my mom a new machine last year so my daughter inherited her old one (which is still like new LOL - better than mine actually)

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    Mysippycup2,
    Awesome that she is showing so much interest! And love the pink machine! :)

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    Thanks to all for the tips on child sewing. I am so impressed with all of you.

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    I started with my daughter before her 5th birthday.

    Here she is at the machine....
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    And her finished quilt :o)
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    I tried to teach my Grandaughter earlyer this year but things fell thru do to my Daughter in law. I think if a child shows that they show responsablility a 6 year old would be a good age to start sewing. My Grandaughter who is 6 tossed a $100.00 sewing machine down the basement steps to get back at her Mom. That was a machine I purchased for her.

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    I have a child's sewing machine and it goes very slow, but is really easy to get straight lines. (Because it's really small and portable I confess to borrowing it myself.) I wish I had it when my girls were smaller. I agree- it's when they show interest and responsibility. The child must be able to follow your instructions, and as long as they can do that, then they can start very young. As with any subject with kids, some are gifted and way beyond their years, and others won't be ready for some time. Take it child by child. If the child has the interest, follows instructions really well, and you have the time to fully pay attention to the child, then enjoy your time together building memories!

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    I started very young, I remember getting the big catalogs and stacking them up so I could see what I was doing, started following lines on paper, we had a kenmore with the knee bar, wish mom still had it, it was a great machine. Never to early if you ask me. If the child is interested that is.

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