Sewing is a great life skill, and everybody should at least know the basics of it. However, if you don’t start teaching your kid to sew at an early age, there’s a high possibility of them being indifferent to sewing as they get older. That’s why it’s important to awake an interest in your child until it’s too late. Also, it’s an affordable hobby in oppose to, for example, computer games.
The benefits are endless, and one of the most important ones is the artistic development of your child. Besides art, there’s the mechanical part as well.
Through sewing, your kid can improve the reflexes, creativeness, and project management skills. You don’t have to be a professional to teach your kid a few basic moves in sewing. That makes this a hobby that can be learned and developed without courses, classes, and special schools. However, there are many types of sewing classes, and it’s advisable for parents to enroll their kids in some of them.
When is the best time to start teaching my kid?
This is the first question every parent asks when it comes down to teaching kids to sew. Although the answer seems like a simple task, it’s far more from that. There are a ton of factors you need to pay attention to before teaching your child to sew. If we ignore the complicated part, the earliest age should be around four years. Bear in mind, this is a very general assumption, and it varies depending on talent, motivation, and the ability to learn fast. Because kids tend to have a short attention span, it’s not uncommon for injuries to happen. So, before determining the optimal age, you should work on your kid’s ability to concentrate on particular activities.
Remember to keep your children under constant supervision to avoid possible injuries and severe consequences. However, when your kid turns around 8 or 9 years of age, it’s relatively safe to leave them unattended around sewing machines for kids that have a lot of safety features and defensive mechanisms.
A tip for parents with young children is to control the pedal by themselves because you have the ability to control the speed and overall performance of the sewing machine this way. After a couple of projects, you can gradually teach your children to use the pedal by themselves.
Teach Your Kids Sewing Terms
Whether your kid likes it or not, it’s important to learn some of the basic terms used in sewing. It will help them read and realize some of the pre-made projects from, for example, newspapers. There are three basic sewing terms you need to teach your kid about – the seam, right side, and wrong side. The seam is the visible line where stitches hold the item together.
The right side is the side of the fabric that will be visible when worn, and the wrong side is the opposite (the one that won’t be visible).
Another important thing you need to teach your kid is to thread a needle. Do it away from the machine with a regular needle and thread. Although a vast majority of sewing machines automatically thread the needles, it’s still a valuable and useful skill.
Teach Them How to do Basic Stitches
Modern sewing machines have a lot of available types of stitches. Before you integrate those in your child’s training, you should teach them some less complex ones. Three stitching types need to be learned as quickly as possible.
Those three are – the back stitch, straight stitch, and a lock stitch. A back stitch is a stitch taught when the fabric is stretched along the seam. A straight stitch is used the majority of the time when sewing. And, a lock stitch is an invisible knot used in the beginning and at the end of a project. Other stitches like zig zag, overcasting, and such don’t drop into the “simple” category and should be learned later on.
The important thing is to teach your kid about the basic mechanical parts of a sewing machine. They will be able to understand the process with ease if they manage to comprehend the way it works.
If your kid shows interest in sewing, don’t hesitate to develop the interest further. Do it by motivating them and devoting yourself to your child’s new hobby. While it’s not the most “popular” skill, it’s still valuable and beneficial in everyday life.