When my daughter asked me a month or so ago to sew, I was ecstatic. My daughter and I would finally join and do something we both enjoy. I didn’t think it would to bad teaching her some basic skills (winding bobbins, threading the machine, backstitching, etc.).
I sat her down at the machine and showed her all the different parts. I told her what each part did. I also had her practice stepping on the treadle to learn control. She liked to make it go really fast. I remember sewing when I was younger and thinking that going faster would be better, only to find out that sewing at a slower pace help avoid taking time to correct mistakes.
She did not enjoy pinning and pressing the he of the pillowcase. I explained that sewing is more than just sitting at the machine and sewing. There is a lot more to it. You may not like pinning, or cutting or pressing, but if you do not do these things, your garment may not turn out as great as it could be. After measuring and pinning, she finally got to sew. She sat quietly and did a very good job on trying to keep her stitching straight. There were mistakes but I didn’t want to discourage her by pointing them out.
It took us about 3 hours start to finish creating her pillowcase. She is very proud of what she has done and want’s to move onto creating clothes for her American Girl doll she received for Christmas.