How Young?

How Young?

Post by Polly Esthe » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 11:39:47



We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
darling was 5 on May 5.
    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
four.
    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said - can
I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?  Would she
get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even own
a needle.)
    ???   Polly
 
 
 

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Post by Gen » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:09:14


Good grief, put her at your machine and let her go.  Show her how to keep
fingers out of the way.  When my DGS was 3, we realized he was not upstairs
with the rest of us.  Looked and the ba***t light was on.  He was in the
sewing room, standing in front of my new Designer 1 machine sewing
away----on a pant leg for his pj's!  He informed me that the machine didn't
have a lever behind it to put the foot down like my other one did, so he
stepped on the pedal and the foot went down, and he started in. The machine
had been turned off.  He figured out how to turn it on.
Gen


Quote:
> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said -
> can I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?
> Would she get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
> mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even
> own a needle.)
>    ???   Polly


 
 
 

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Post by Leslie& The Furbabies in MO » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:46:14


I had my granddaughter making a quilted pot holder at age 4- on my Janome.
She went thru my stash and found a fabric that would match their kitchen and
did each step on her own.  Her mother is, also, one who doesn't own a
needle.  She throws away clothing that needs a hem tacked up or a button
sewn on.  Granddaughter still talks about her sewing experience- she's about
to turn 14!

I'd say go for it!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.


Quote:
> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said -
> can I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?
> Would she get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
> mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even
> own a needle.)
>    ???   Polly

 
 
 

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Post by onetexsu » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:49:09


When I turned 4 my Meemaw showed me how to thread a needle (the sharp
kind) and then taught me to hem a handkerchief and to stitch my
initials on it. I still have that very first handkerchief I ever made.
Get 'em young and you'll have 'em forever.

Sunny

 
 
 

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Post by Joann » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:40:56


I think 5 yrs old is fine. But I wouldn't leave her side till I was sure
she understood. I can't remember how old I was but I'm sure I was hand
stitching by then.
Joanna
Quote:

> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said -
> can I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?  
> Would she get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  
> (Her mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't
> even own a needle.)
>    ???   Polly

 
 
 

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Post by Anne Roger » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:58:59


My son is 6, he has sewed with me on the machine, I have one that you
can detach the foot pedal and start and stop it with a button instead.
He wants to do more, but I used to do it with him sat on my knee and I'm
not sure he's quite ready to go beyond that, but he's too heavy to sit
on my knee much now. My daughter is 4 and she hasn't really expressed
any interest, each child is different, I guess.

One thing my son liked to do was paper piecing a scrappy pattern as he
could choose each piece and would make sure it was different from the
previous one. He's actually got great colour and design sense, I
remember arguing with him in JoAnns when he was almost 4 over what
fabric to use for a border, ended up buying both, then using his choice!
I've learnt to listen to him now!

Cheers
Anne

 
 
 

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Post by Robert » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:19:48


My indulgent parents bought me my 1st sewing machine for Christmas
when I was 4 -a toy hand-crank Necchi that produced a chain stitch and
played a music box. I have it still, and it would still sew if it had
a needle. I was able to do simple hand embroidery stitches by then.
Mom let me use her electric SM at age 6.

It depends very much on the child, but I would think a motivated
5-year-old could easily use a hand-crank machine. Might need help
threading it.
Roberta in D

On Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:39:47 -0500, "Polly Esther"

Quote:

>We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
>darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
>begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
>remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
>four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
>comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said - can
>I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?  Would she
>get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
>mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even own
>a needle.)
>    ???   Polly

 
 
 

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Post by Belinda Alen » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:15:34




Quote:
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
>mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even own
>a needle.)

I was not quite 4 when I started designing clothes.  Embroidery came next.
Winters were long and about two weeks each year saw us snowed in without power.
Handcrafts and reading novels were the answer to preventing cabin fever.  Oh, I
started reading at near age two, I don't remember learning to read.

What ever age a child, either gender child, shows interest, then start them.
The more information and skills taught at a young age the more the child will be
able to learn over the years.  Yes, start with the more simple projects so the
child will be able to learn and not become stressed with inability to complete.

I home schooled my children for the first few years, then thing happened that
made public school the only choice.  Well, they all became excellent students
once they learned the language and unwritten rules of public school systems.  I
do hold a college degree in vocational education which helped.  

LOL, my oldest constantly returns from some days at work laughing that of course
the home schooling was worthless.  Without those years of home schooling he
would not know more on some topics than college grad, nor own the vocabulary to
explain what ever to the college grad.

 
 
 

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Post by Sand » Thu, 20 Aug 2009 23:52:16




Quote:
> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>     I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>     Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said - can
> I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?  Would she
> get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>     How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
> mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even own
> a needle.)
>     ???   Polly

The oldest three of my grandsons has sewed with me, making a simple
placemat. Two of them were fine with it, but very glad when it was
finished and haven't expressed any further interest. The third one is
anxious to make something else. :)

As for the handcrank, I had one and tried to have the boys use it. They
were frustrated at trying to keep the fabric moving straight *and* crank
the wheel at the same time. I finally found a finger guard that I can
put onto almost any of the presser feet for my Bernina; the boys *much*
preferred using that machine, and I could relax a little about my fear
of sewn fingers. <G>

I found my finger guard on ebay, but I think Bernina makes a foot with a
permanently-attached foot these days. I think.
--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net

 
 
 

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Post by Listpi » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 00:39:12


I would agree with this: having to crank and watch the fabric at the same
time is probably going to be more of a problem with a five year old than
using a powered machine.

Viking's Kids Can Sew program sets the lower age limit for kids in class at
six---and that's random kids who don't know the person they're working with,
in a multi-student class setting.  So I'd surely think an interested five
year old one on one should be able to do it.

I remember having my own fabric scraps, needle, thread and small handful of
buttons to sew on fabric at three.   I remember at six helping teach the
little girl down the street who was three exactly the same thing.

And I remember at four getting in some trouble for taking Mom's Singer
apart---although the pieces were all in a nice neat row.  I was convinced
I'd be able to put it back together again as long as I didn't lose the
sequence of what order they came off in, but never got the chance to prove
or disprove that. :) (It did go back together quite nicely, just not by my
hand.)

--pig

On 8/19/09 10:52, in article

Quote:

> As for the handcrank, I had one and tried to have the boys use it. They
> were frustrated at trying to keep the fabric moving straight *and* crank
> the wheel at the same time. I finally found a finger guard that I can
> put onto almost any of the presser feet for my Bernina; the boys *much*
> preferred using that machine, and I could relax a little about my fear
> of sewn fingers. <G>

 
 
 

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Post by Sherry Star » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:20:15



Quote:
> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October. ?This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
> ? ? I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching. ? Children have changed so much since I was little. ?I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
> ? ? Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the ?microwave to Twitter. ?That said - can
> I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch? ?Would she
> get hurt? ?Would she be terribly bored?
> ? ? How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest? ?(Her
> mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even own
> a needle.)
> ? ? ??? ? Polly

My granddaughter made some potholders when she was 5.  Of course, I
was right there with her.  Her brother was 7, and he actually enjoyed
making potholders more than she did.  He actually sewed rows together
of a quilt I was making then.  He did the seam allowance better than I
did!

Sherry Starr

 
 
 

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Post by Sandy » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:59:04


Howdy!

My second son was a random kid.
Doesn't seem to have hurt him any...or us.

The first one took apart a golf cart when he was 3; his grandparents
were out on the course & R got bored ( duh!) so he started exploring
and poking and turning and ..well, they had to call the club house
to send out another working cart & a tow-cart.   Now R knows how to
re-assemble things as well.

R/Sandy - both kids sewed early on, made their own quilts, then
     moved on to other things like drums and cars & pedicabs ...


Quote:

> I would agree with this: having to crank and watch the fabric at the same
> time is probably going to be more of a problem with a five year old than
> using a powered machine.

> Viking's Kids Can Sew program sets the lower age limit for kids in class at
> six---and that's random kids who don't know the person they're working with,
> in a multi-student class setting.  So I'd surely think an interested five
> year old one on one should be able to do it.

> I remember having my own fabric scraps, needle, thread and small handful of
> buttons to sew on fabric at three.   I remember at six helping teach the
> little girl down the street who was three exactly the same thing.

> And I remember at four getting in some trouble for taking Mom's Singer
> apart---although the pieces were all in a nice neat row.  I was convinced
> I'd be able to put it back together again as long as I didn't lose the
> sequence of what order they came off in, but never got the chance to prove
> or disprove that. :) (It did go back together quite nicely, just not by my
> hand.)

> --pig

 
 
 

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Post by Liz Megerl » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 06:19:19


I had my daughter and two of the neighborhood boys sewing at that age.
They used my regular machine with the speed set to turtle so they could
floor it with equanimity.
We made mittens from fleece scraps.  Trace hand on paper, add seam
allowance, cut out pattern, pin to two pieces of fleece, sew around the
hand, turn inside out.
Have fun!
Liz
Quote:

> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said -
> can I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?  
> Would she get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  
> (Her mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't
> even own a needle.)
>    ???   Polly

 
 
 

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Post by KimW » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:01:06


Polly, I've been sewing on a machine by myself since I was 7 y/o. Granted it
was my version of doll clothes but it was a start. I have had my two 3y/o
grandsons sitting on my lap "helping" me sew for two years now. Granted I
don't leave them alone with it. But if she's responsible with her toys and
stuff, I think with a little backup from Grandma she could do ok.

Hugs,
Kim


Quote:
> We will be visited by our Arizona great-niece in October.  This little
> darling was 5 on May 5.
>    I am wondering if we could get out the hand-crank Singer and let her
> begin stitching.   Children have changed so much since I was little.  I
> remember sitting in Granny's lap and making doll clothes when I was only
> four.
>    Today's 5 year olds can probably program all sorts of devices and are
> comfortable with everything from the  microwave to Twitter.  That said -
> can I hope that she is focused and careful enough to machine stitch?
> Would she get hurt?  Would she be terribly bored?
>    How old were you when you began to sew? and what do you suggest?  (Her
> mother hems pants with Stitch-Witchery and her grandmother doesn't even
> own a needle.)
>    ???   Polly

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:05:06


Aha!   That ought to work.   My SM will set to turtle speed.  Now I don't
really know but I don't think AZ folks have much use for mittens.  OTOH we
could use some fabrics stolen from those funny feeling dishtowels ( don't
know their fiber name but they are great)  - she can make dusting mitts.
Polly

"Liz Megerle" <wrote>I had my daughter and two of the neighborhood boys
sewing at that age.

Quote:
> They used my regular machine with the speed set to turtle so they could
> floor it with equanimity.
> We made mittens from fleece scraps.  Trace hand on paper, add seam
> allowance, cut out pattern, pin to two pieces of fleece, sew around the
> hand, turn inside out.
> Have fun!
> Liz