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sewing how to book for a child ??

mem1 | Posted in General Discussion on

My ten year old niece has her first sewing machine but lives hundreds of miles way fromanyone who can help her withher sewing She is a great reader and i would love to get her some books which will help her . She just fiddles at this stage making bags etc so something which is specifically meant for a child would be great, any suggestions???


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    paddyscar | | #1

    Hi Mem:

    Having retired from the library field I would recommend Kids Can Press which has several choices on their web page.  Their books are well written and they have been in business for years.  http://www.kidscanpress.com

    If you don't find one there, let me know and I'll send some other titles.


    1. mem1 | | #2

      Thankyou Francis I have been perusing that sight and have just decided on the quilting book and another book which has projects from The Little House on the Prairie series . Marianne

  2. rekha | | #3

    I remember seeing books for children on this site and include the relevant excerpt:http://www.faqs.org/faqs/crafts/textiles/books/part2/




     "NSBC: Notes on Sewing Books for Kids
    [[email protected] (Carolyn Peterson)]

    I think _Let's Sew_ is a good beginning sewing book.  After an older teen or
    adult has the basics down from this book and wants to do more on their own, I
    suggest _Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern
    Primer_ by Pati Palmer and Susan Pletsch (list $7.50).  It expands on the
    basics with additional information about selecting thread, fabric,
    interfacings, etc.  There is basic fitting information, more pressing
    techniques and more basic sewing tips.  It could also be a good review and
    update on sewing techniques for someone who hasn't sewn for years, but wants
    to start again.

    MFSB: _My First Sewing Book--Hand Sewing_ by Winky Cherry. (list price $8.50)
    [[email protected] (Carolyn Peterson)]

    This book is written for the 5-11 year old child.  The projects in it are made
    of 2 identical pieces of felt, which are whip stitched most of the way around
    the edges, stuffed and whip stitched shut.  The projects are very appropriate
    for that age group.

    What I didn't like about the book: The sewing supply list includes thread
    snippers--it took a while to convince my 5 year old daughter that it was ok to
    use scissors to cut the thread.  The recommended needles and thread were a
    nuisance to locate--finally just used regular thread and needles I had on
    hand.  I didn't care for the instructions for knotting thread and finishing
    up.  The book is written in an awkward rhyme.

    I am usually a big fan of Palmer/Pletsch books, but was disappointed
    with this one.  It is the only one I have found that is geared toward a
    student that young, though.

    LS: _Let's Sew--A Beginner's Sewing Guide_ by Nancy Zieman. (list price $5.95)
    [[email protected] (Carolyn Peterson)]

    This book is written for the teenager and pre-teens.  It starts out with a
    reasonable supply list (IMO), explains the parts of a sewing machine and a
    serger, covers some information about information on patterns and some
    information about selecting fabrics.  The fabric information isn't extremely
    detailed, but has very basic information for a beginner."

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