From: Central NY
I have 4 grand daughters - 15, almost 9, 8, and 6.
Over the weekend, the 8 year old - B is her nickname - came to stay to learn how to use the sewing machine she begged for for Christmas, and that grandma & Art got for her. Well ... first ... she had every reason under the sun to postpone lessons. (Art is in rehab following knee replacement surgery, so it was just grandma and B except for a brief visit to the rehab center yesterday afternoon.)
This is my most challenging grand - often disrespectful, doesn't listen ... beyond the 'norm' for this age. My son has had her in counseling, but she follows the example of her mother (they are divorced) who is a rude, all about her individual. Beautiful little girl that I pray for often, she has reading issues, gets bullied in school because she is small for her age, and she acts out in school. Sigh. Okay then ...
I was about at my end of patience and regretting our $70 (w/s&H) expenditure that we laid it out. Finally, I threatened lessons today, or I was returning the machine for a refund. Of course, she had a meltdown at that point and finally decided she wanted to make a purse which, when described, was a cross-body bag. I asked her to draw what she wanted, then I drew up a pattern piece for the purse and she chose some fabrics from my stash. She cut the purse, and the lining, I showed her how to make straps ... how shocked she was when I ripped strips from a fat quarter - LOL, and she cut the flap. She was initially in disbelief when straps, flap and everything was tucked inside before stitching the lining to the bag before turning everything right side out. She did all of the sewing, except stitching the lining to the bag seam - I wasn't sure that little 3/4 Janome had the guts but it sure did. Her bag was decorated with her design of flowers made with zigzag stems and flower buttons. I should have taken pictures.
Today, she overcame her fear of the needle on the machine - which turned out to be the reason for her excuses, learned how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, cut a pattern, pin pieces, sew a straight line, stitch and clip a curve, and hand sew buttons. Grandma did the pressing - we'll leave her fear of irons for another day. She can't wait to show her friends what she made, and she can't wait to return to make something else. I am hopeful that learning to sew will give her something to feel proud of and gives her confidence.
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