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Sewing Machines for Tweens and Teens
Does Your Child Love Fashion?
Perhaps your tween or teen loves to sketch fancy ball gowns. Or perhaps, she's used every possible material she can think of, in order to craft dresses for Barbie? Even table napkins! Rags never get to the rag bin, because they would be perfect for some project?
Welcome to the world of tween and teen fashion design! While the fashioning of garments for dolls can be fun, you have the opportunity to encourage that interest further, and there are some great, simple sewing machines to accomplish that.
You would be surprised to know that a youngster, given a little basic sewing instruction, can take things from there, and advance quickly, given the opportunity to immerse herself in the endeavor.
Brother Sewing Machines
The Brother LS 2000, featured here, is the model I got for my tween and teen daughters last Christmas. It has worked very well for them, as a starter machine, and they both use their machines almost daily. My daughters are learning to sew in a 4H club, and the group uses a few different Brother models, which have been donated over the years. The girls took to their new machines quickly, as the features were so similar to the other brother models, that it wasn't like starting out in the realm of the unknown. This version is just one of the Brother models available, but any simple Brother sewing machine would work nicely for a tween, or teen, just starting out.
If your daughter is very tactile, in learning style, this won't be difficult for her to learn to use, especially with a little bit of guidance from someone familiar. I like the compatibility, particularly, with other models.
Your next question might be, where to go for sewing classes? If you aren't into sewing, then you may feel awkward with the idea of teaching your daughter the skill. I have junior high home ec. under my belt, and that's it. 4H has been a great resource, and is very much worth your while. Costs are minimal, and my daughters have huge selections of donated materials to choose from, when starting a project. Initially, the class was a little crowded, with limited machines. However, our 4H club divided meetings up, alternating weeks for beginners, and advanced students. With nearly one on one instruction, the girls have advanced greatly.
Having their own sewing machines has helped a great deal, as well. Prior to having their machines, they couldn't do much work between classes. Since, though, they bring several projects home, and work a great deal before the next class.
If you don't have a 4H club, check into community schools and activities, for the possibility. Other ways to find lessons could include inquiring at fabric and sewing shops. Some such shops will offer classes. Bigger craft stores, such as Joann Etc., often have a slate of relevant classes. You can also ask friends or family members who sew to do some classes with your child. Try putting together your own cooperative club, with a skilled parent teaching several children to sew, and with other parents offering classes about different skills: cooking, canning, crochet, scrapbooking, etc.
The image shown here is my daughter's appliquÃ© flower for a fun bag that she designed for the latest 4H fair display. She has continued with her interest in sewing for three years, and her floral Brother Sewing Machine LS2000
continues to be just right for her whims! Of course, I can't take her through Joann's without her being distracted by the thousand-plus fancy machines! One day, maybe!
- Klutz Paper Fashion
Fun fashion design, without the sewing...your tween can put her creativity to work, dreaming up interesting combinations. The sets highlighted were one of my tween daughter's birthday gifts, and she absolutely loves this artsy genre!
- Introducing Your Tween to Fashion Design?
Highlighted are some possibilities for giving your tween the chance to learn about sewing, and fashion, as a youngster.
My daughter's sewing adventure has been fun so far. She has unique color and material tastes, and her teachers are constantly surprised by the way she sees things! Yesterday, she whipped up a skirt on her little Brother machine. Last month's projects included a cardigan for her older sister and a beautiful cap sleeve blouse for herself. It's fun to see what she's done with such a simple machine!