Little Sewists

After having them learn to hand sew for almost a year, I finally let my oldest two girls onto the sewing machine. Would you believe they are as addicted as I am? Especially Jireh. 

I don’t have a photo of it, but on Sunday we had a bunch of people over and one of our friends ripped the stitches of his pocket somehow. Jireh offered to fix it for him. All on her own, she hand basted it, wound the bobbin for the machine, threaded the machine with the proper color, and sewed it up. She then put it on a hanger, folded it neatly, and put it in a bag ready for pickup.

Miriam is making clothes for her doll and she has come up with some really cute patterns on her own. She thought of and executed a sweater/jacket and a leotard all on her own.


My favorite part of this is that they got a really good foundation by hand sewing. They learned how to put right sides together, what a seam allowance was, and an intro to construction. All I had to do was show them how to use the machine and they were off! Not having to be hands-on when they do this is a big win for me, as well as for them because that means they aren’t as limited in when they can do it.

Both girls are so excited that they can do it on their own, that they wake up asking to sew and use their staying-up privilege after the littler ones go to bed, as sewing time as well. 🙂

Chips off the ol’ block for sure!

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6 Responses to Little Sewists

  1. Emily says:

    Great work, ladies!!

  2. sheila0405 says:

    I wish I had learned to sew. It’s one of my failings in school. Our Home Ec teacher had some medical issues and somehow I fell through the cracks. My mom sewed when I was younger, but she never let me help her. You’re giving your children skills for life.

  3. Lindsay says:

    This is so amazing. On a recent episode of Project Runway, one contestant has said multiple times that she started sewing at age 8. Every time she says it, I feel a stab of jealousy. I just started at age 27 (with a few scattered experiences in junior high) and I am sad that I have to start at the beginning when I have so many grand ideas that I know I own’t be able to execute for a long time (if ever!)… Your girls already have a great foundation that will take them far in the sewing world! Kudos to you for helping them develop their talents!

  4. Jessica D says:

    Like Lindsay, I ALSO came here to make a Project Runway comment haha:-)

  5. I can’t wait till my daughter is old enough for this! She already has fun in the dresses and costumes I make her =) My mom taught me a little when I was at home, but I forgot most of it and taught myself how to sew at 21. You’re never too old to start learning yourself! I always get inspired to make more watching Project Runway, ha ha.

  6. I’m so excited for you! That is just wonderful.

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