Tips and Tricks to Teaching Kids How to Use a Sewing Machine

If your child is showing interest in sewing, chances are that they love the idea of making something that they can wear and use! Inspire their inner fashionista! I normally recommend that kids can start sewing with adult supervision around age 6 and begin without supervision around age 8. Here are some ways to start!

TALK ABOUT SAFETY

  • It is important for them to understand how a machine functions and to keep fingers clear of the fast moving needle. Have them practice “steering” with the pedal. Let the kids get a feel for how fast or slow the machine can go with the machine. Guide them by telling them when to start and stop.
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SHOW THEM HOW THINGS WORK

  • Teaching kids how to thread the sewing machine and thread a bobbin properly will come in handy later. They can practice this over and over. Understanding how to do these things will help them troubleshoot issues themselves in the future and keep the machine in excellent condition.
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MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER

  • When the kids are young, draw a stitching line directly onto the fabric for kids to sew onto using chalk or a fabric marker. This way, kids can learn how to be a pro at sewing straight lines.
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GIVE THEM INDEPENDENCE

  • Trust that they can do things by themselves! They will be so proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.
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GIVE THEM FREEDOM

  • Let them experiment and have fun. Lay out different fabrics and allow them to work with various stitches to be self-expressive.

There are so many benefits for kiddos who learn to sew. It can be an excellent opportunity for kids to be creative, develop confidence and learn practical life skills. They can seek independence and create personal style through projects and garment construction. It can be extremely satisfying to get noticed for what we wear and use and to say, “I made this!”

You can register for Tween Sewing Camps and Sewing Classes for ages 9-14 at the Art Center! Use the navigation tab above to view classes and camps for kids.

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