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« on: October 20, 2013 02:47:46 PM »

I sew quite a bit and my kids love to use my scraps and buy their own fabric when I get supplies.
We have been doing mostly handsewing for a while, but this weekend my 8 yr old boy wanted to try the sewing machine. And if he does it the 5yr old girl wants to too. My question is how old do they have to be before you let them use the sewing machine? Any other advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013 07:31:33 AM »

I recently taught my 9 1/2 yo nephew to use my sewing machine. My two younger nephews were there at the time and they understood they would all eventually learn, starting with the oldest. They were really so wrapped up in their own projects (cutting shapes out of novelty fabric) that they weren't too concerned. I would think as long as they are big enough to reach the pedal you could sew with them at the machine. Or maybe just hold the little one on your lap and let her move the fabric while you push the pedal?
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013 08:05:33 PM »

I learned to use the machine when I was 5; my mom had me help make washcloth slippers for everyone.
I've sewn all my life and still enjoy it (sometimes, anyway--right now I have a backlog of repairs).

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013 02:28:04 PM »

Kids need to be talk enough to see what they are doing at the sewing machine itself and their foot must be able to reach the pedal- be VERY careful and watch their little fingers- you don't want them getting anywhere near that needle! The newer Brother machines have a speed control setting that would be helpful to use as well- it prevents anyone from putting the petal to the metal so to speak!
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013 07:12:50 AM »

I started my nephew on the machine at age 6.  He does great !  He's 7 1/2 now and very comfortable with the whole sewing process. 

When I set my limits for my sewing school, I used this list as my guideline :  http://www.teachkidstosew.com/sewing_student_check.html


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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014 08:33:26 AM »

it depends on the kid more than the age... will they pay attention to what they are doing to avoid sewing their finger?  are you set up that you can easily supervise them?  how does your machine adjust the speed (my has a speed control so I could set it to slow for a little person)?

It never hurts to try for a little bit and see how it goes.   

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