Sewing is an art that many tend to overlook. There are some schools that offer sewing classes for home economics. If your child doesn’t have this option, consider teaching your child how to sew on a sewing machine at home. This task may seem like a daunting endeavor at first. However, if you just follow the steps provided in this article, you’ll realize how much fun this will be! It is also another excuse for you to bond with your little ones.

How to Teach a Child to Sew on a Sewing Machine

You have to be sure to get the correct sewing machine for teaching your kids. Sewing is an art not only associated with the creation of clothes and home textiles like dresses, table cloths, and towels but also with different kinds of materials, like leather for example. Leather can be used in manufacturing handbags, jackets, and even toys.

Because there is a sewing machine that can sew leather and it’s not a bad idea to go ahead and invest in one along with your normal one because it will be a ton of fun to teach your kid how to sew different kinds of materials and textures.

After investing in the right sewing machine, it’s time to teach your child how to sew on a sewing machine!

1) Make Sure They’re Eager To Learn

Your child has to be interested in learning how to sew. Allow your child to make mistakes, be patient and most importantly, to have fun. If they have no interest, to begin with, then there’s no point.

2) Teach Them About The Items Needed

Make a list of the different items that will be needed to sew. Has your child gone shopping with you to get all these items so that they become familiar with them?

After you’ve purchased them, make sure that they understand what each item is used for. This means items such as needles, threads, and how they function in the sewing machine.

From there, you can teach them so sewing hacks that will help make sewing a lot easier for them.

3) The Importance Of Safety

You need to be sure to constantly bring to your child’s attention the importance of focusing so that they are aware of the value of safety.  They need to know where to put and where not to put their hands. Always be a part of the process so that they can feel more confident.

For instance, teach them how to use the pedals while you are holding the fabric, this will allow the child to feel a part of the process. Once they feel comfortable, you can allow your child to take over control of the fabric as well. By doing this, you ensure their safety as they learn. 

4) Understanding Different Textures & Fabrics

By asking your child to pick the pattern, fabric, and threads they get to learn more about the variety available and they become more knowledgeable about what goes with what, plus it’s a ton of fun.

Once your child finds a pattern they like, ask them to practice sewing it, again and again, adding different color combinations or different materials. This will teach your child a large variety of sewing skills which they can use it with every new project they do.

Teach a Child to Sew on a Sewing Machine

Teaching your child how to sew is something that you should definitely go for. Not only will it teach them a new skill, but it will help them excel at their motor functions and with their attention to detail. It will also expose them to a world where they will be able to understand different textures and color combinations.

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Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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