Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Machine Sewing for Kids

A while back, I posted a review of Sewing School, published by Storey Books.  I really liked all of the projects and tips the book included about how to begin teaching children how to sew.  Sewing School focuses on hand sewing.  Many of the reviews for that book included comments from readers wishing for more machine sewing projects to do with kids.  

So, the authors of Sewing SchoolAndria Lisle and Amie Plumley, wrote a sequel--Sewing School 2.  
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I had a chance to look at an ebook copy of it.  I really like it!  But, before I go any farther describing this book, I want to mention that I WOULD NOT purchase a kindle edition of this book unless you are going to be looking at it on your computer (not on a kindle). Even then, this is one of those books that will be much, much easier to use in print than electronically.

My daughter, Sami, has been asking since last week to learn how to sew on my machine.  She even bought a kids' machine at a garage sale, which didn't work.  Because she wants to so much, I have promised that I would teach her.  I have to admit, though, that I was at a bit of a loss as to where to start and what to make.  This book will make it simple for me.

The book starts off which what supplies are needed.  It explains all the different parts of a sewing machine and gives good safety tips.  There are a bunch of simple sewing projects (like bags, organizers, a scarf, decorations, a pillow, and more...) that you can use scrap material around your house to make.  Yay!  I love crafts that we can make with things we already have.  

I think the authors have done a great job writing a book to teach kids  how to sew with a sewing machine (and guide their parents)!  There is one minor thing that I wish there was more information about in this book.      
That topic is choosing a sewing machine for a child.  I have been told that children's sewing machines are a waste of money.  But, what is the best basic sewing machine for them to learn on?

Books often help pave the way for me.  They make a project seem doable when it seems formidable to me and I'm not sure where to start.  Sewing School 2 is just that kind of book for me and my family! 

Please note that I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for review from Storey Books.

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