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Old 07-03-2016, 00:36   #1
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Sewing projects for kids

My 12 year old daughter wants to have at it on the sewing machine. We have a sailrite lz1. Any recommendations on good starter projects? I of course would like her to make new sail covers and a couple sail bags, and she wants to cut apart her cloth to re-design them. Neither probably a good first project.

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Old 07-03-2016, 01:44   #2
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Our 9 year old daughter also loves to sew (at home, no chance of fitting a sewing machine on our boat). Cloth is cheap. At least here you can buy scrap cloth from shops really cheaply by weight so she can do what she pleases. It's bags and pillows so far. Still waiting for that pencil case for navigation tools I asked for
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Stuffied animals or dolls. Can be as simple or complex as you want. Ugly dolls are about as simple as it gets, just two halves sewn together and stuffed.
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Small blankets for dolls and such...placemat size quilts (dual purpose) simple nine patch squares


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Why not useful, but easy stuff, like bags and winch covers? They could be stylized like cutsy stuffed dolls etc.

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Stuffied animals or dolls. Can be as simple or complex as you want. Ugly dolls are about as simple as it gets, just two halves sewn together and stuffed.
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Our first daughter, Eulalie is quite likely the youngest girl to circumnavigate all be it not alone. We had a Singer hand crank which was hard to sew your hand to the material with. We let her repurpose many or her outfits and went to great lengths to get her material to build new outfits from scratch. Later she went to a respected fashion design school and is now working as a stylist at a leading department store chain specializing in women's fashion.

Home spun courtesy flags are a great training ground but some of ours had to be flown high up the mast so as not to attract too much scrutiny.
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I used to sew when I was a kid but haven't since - so I guess I'm very like your daughter in terms of skill. I'm doing tote bags just to get my brain working again. It's fun, you can decide your own dimensions, fabric, depth, width, etc. (Can you tell I'm having a ball??)

I may graduate to ugly stuffed animals though, the imagination soars!
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a friend of mine got a job as a sewing person in a sail loft. the first things he was taught to sew were sailbags, tool bags, bags in general, as those are simple and easy to stitch.
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Thanks for all the ideas, we definately don't need any more stuffed animals....maybe she can create some new ones with her eixisting. Flags and small bags are doable lots remnants and a few old tired light sails that could be cut up. Mostly I don't want her to get discouraged, so have her work on some confidance building projects to get stiching down.

Can anyone recommend a good brand of foot switch, our machine came with a generic one with the motor contoled out let and the light plug, its a crackly mess I need to replace, having something easy to control will help her on the machine.
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Our first daughter, Eulalie is quite likely the youngest girl to circumnavigate all be it not alone. We had a Singer hand crank which was hard to sew your hand to the material with. We let her repurpose many or her outfits and went to great lengths to get her material to build new outfits from scratch. Later she went to a respected fashion design school and is now working as a stylist at a leading department store chain specializing in women's fashion.

Home spun courtesy flags are a great training ground but some of ours had to be flown high up the mast so as not to attract too much scrutiny.
Thats funny my wifes best friend growing up is a sylist in LA and will be visiting next month, she is the person who put the design bug in our daughter several years ago. Very cool to hear your daughter was able to take something like that and run with it. Thats some good parenting!
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If she has access to different types of cloth, pregnancy crisis centers are always looking for burp cloths and baby blankets.
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Can anyone recommend a good brand of foot switch, our machine came with a generic one with the motor contoled out let and the light plug, its a crackly mess I need to replace, having something easy to control will help her on the machine.
If the machine is all mechanical and has a duplex ac outlet in the case, you definitely need to get a pedal designed to take all the current the motor can use, i.e NOT a pedal for an electronic machine that has a small coax type plug on it. If you hooked one of those pedals up to the machine, it would instantly burn out.

I fix sewing machines for a living (I should be doing that right now instead of surfing CF).

Here are a few for your consideration on eBay, or do a search for Universal sewing machine foot pedal.

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How-to for a ditty bag. Once the 'sewing circle to rectangle' concept is learned, on to winch covers!

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Can anyone recommend a good brand of foot switch, our machine came with a generic one with the motor contoled out let and the light plug, its a crackly mess I need to replace, having something easy to control will help her on the machine.
You have a sailrite machine. Call up sailrite for the foot pedal.
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