I was nine, in third grade, when I began my first machine sewing project. It was a tank top made of some horrible polyester and had facings, a term and technique that really bemused me, because as a nine-year-old I could not for the life of me see where these funny curved things had a face. Much of my learning to sew has gone along these lines. And I vowed to myself that I would teach my daughter so she wouldn’t have to undergo the agonies of the self-taught.
After my daughter’s first experience with machine sewing she decided to take a break. A few years have passed and she is now seven and feels she is ready to face the machine again. This is her first project completed with supervision. (I serged the inside seams.)
Here are the photos. She took the pictures. They are very blurry but she was so proud of her pillow I told her I would post the photos.
I am curious. Not only how old were you when you began sewing, but how much help did you receive?
I received very little help and it has left me unsure how to teach sewing to a young girl. A family member helped me when she could but it was not often that I was at her home. 4-H at the time was not offering much hands-on instruction in sewing, at least that was my experience. Most of the easy sewing projects I can imagine for my daughter would he half her work, and half mine, for them to come out successfully. If the sewing isn’t strong enough to withstand use, she won’t be able to enjoy her completed projects, and I fear she won’t want to continue sewing. I don’t want her discouraged with poor results, but I also want her to own her victories when a project comes out well.