Many people ask if my sewing patterns are good for kids. The answer is a resounding YES! But when sewing with kids we must also take safety into consideration. Cassandra Pollock, enthusiastic freelance writer, mom, and sewing aficianado, was invited to do a guest post on just this subject.
Safety First For Young Creatives
Creative skills are something that all parents should teach their kids. They impart the wisdom of patience, a steady hand, using your imagination and more with every day. Even as we live in the midst of the information age, technology and creative crafting skills are combining to make sure that kids can pair their wonderful digital tech with time-honored hobbies and skills.
Sewing, of course, makes up one of those creative skills. Whether through embroidery or new creations, machine work or hand made manual sewing skills, kids can make wondrous creations and induce themselves into the fantasy world. Key to making the whole experience fun, though, is safety.
Your Tools of the Trade
Key to any good sewing operation is a good set of tools of the trade. Make sure you buy quality – this includes making sure your equipment is made from good, solid metal, as some products use unsuitable soft metals from overseas that are liable to breakage and snapping, which can be dangerous. There’s also the question of manual versus automated. If the child wants to embroider with a machine, for example,opt for a good-quality embroidery machine with the correct safeguards.
Bear in mind the right type of scissors, too. Children of a certain age should use safety scissors and only ‘graduate’ to adult types when the time is right!
Teach Best Practice
Much sewing and embroidery safety comes from the techniques used. When you’re teaching or supervising, always make sure a thimble is in use when required. Ensure that use of the seam cutter is away and up from the hand and body, to prevent any slips and cuts. Rotary cutters are a common source of injury, so ensure they are locked and away when not in use, to make everyone aware of exactly where they can find them and so they don’t have a nasty accident. When it comes to ironing fabric, make sure the right type of iron is in use and on the correct setting to prevent accidents and damage.
Slow Down and Enjoy it
Of course, the best tools and best practice become secondary when you don’t concentrate. And who doesn’t want to concentrate? By really paying attention and enjoying the process of sewing and embroidering, you and the kids you’re sewing with can get involved with the project and really instill some love into it. This will really help to develop the world and stories you’re creating with your fabric creations.
Sewing is about love, imagination, and manual skills. All of which are great elements for any kid to benefit from in their life. However, it can be tricky and dangerous, with lots of sharp and hot objects creating risk. Slow down, heed these guidelines, and love your sewing experience.
Here are a couple of patterns you might want to try with your favorite little sewer! (click on the photo to learn more!)