Friday, April 27, 2012

Sewing Room Saturday: Early Instruction

   In the beginning of my children's sewing instruction the use of a sewing machine was a rather daunting thing. Speed and fabric control are skills even a seasoned adult can admit to struggling with- I do. When tackling this lesson with my kiddos, we placed a piece of lined tablet paper in the machine with an old (or dull) needle. This gave a plain pattern to follow while they focused on controlling the speed of the machine.
   After comfort was gained with straight lines, curvy, wavy and zigzag lines were drawn on paper with a dark marker for continued practice in maneuvering the paper under the needle while maintaining control of the speed. These early days of practice and patience gave way to confidence for the task of cutting and piecing those early projects.