April 23, 2013
I’m Melanie and I just found out about these patterns (and this community) from Ravelry (a knitting community). I learned to sew when I was little and learned to quilt right after I was married. I briefly managed a quilting store, but after having my son (who would wake up from naps when he heard the sewing machine) I started doing more knitting. I design knitting patterns, but I’ve been starting to get back into sewing lately and I’m interested in sewing garments now.
My husband bought me a 1923 Singer 66 Red Eye treadle machine for my 40th birthday last month which I’ve been cleaning up and getting ready to use and I thought it might be fun to sew something from that era on it, once it’s going again. I also have a Singer Featherweight, a serger and two newer Pfaffs.
My husband, son and I live in North Texas, just north of the DFW Metroplex, with a dog and a cat. I’ve decided that this summer, I’m going to teach my son (12 years old) the basics of sewing, just so he knows how, so I’m looking for easy ideas that would amuse a 12 year old boy. Any suggestions are welcome, even if you think I should just go lie down until this idea goes away. ;)
Great to be here!
Welcome Melanie! I’m also in Texas, a couple hours south of you.
I have had boys made potholders and oven mitts for their Grandmas. Also pillows, quillows, and other things they could use daily. It’s also good to have them know how to sew on a button.
October 30, 2012
Hi Melanie, welcome!
My boys made me spectacle cases and a cute embroidered case to hold a pack of paper handkerchiefs! I still have them (thye are 27 and 24 now!) But I am with Geneece- teach then how to sew on buttons, mend a seam and take up a hem! Or sew a Roman blind, my biggest boy did that with some advice from me!
April 23, 2013
Thanks for the tips about the buttons – that’s a great idea and has obvious real -world uses! I had been thinking about having him make a simple drawstring bag, then he can throw his stuff in it (or some stuff at least), but I’m open to the other suggestions too! Thanks!
February 13, 2013
Hello and welcome!! Some of the best tailors in the world are men so GO FOR IT!!!! Can’t wait to see your first creation, post loads of pictures!
October 30, 2012
Welcome to the forum! As for teaching boys to sew, I think it’s a very practical skill to have. I know exactly how you feel, because I finally convinced my brother to sew several years back when I had a mountain of sewing to do and no one else in my family could operate a machine even half-way decently.
My brother is as much of a “man’s man” as they come, but since I was working on a contract project for Nike, he felt it wasn’t too “sissy” to participate in. Of course he couldn’t do some of the trickier things that I do, but once he learned how to do straight stitching he was a pro at it. Sewing machines are really very technical things, if you think about it, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a guy that doesn’t like to operate equipment.
You might try more heavy duty materials such as denim or camoflauge for them to practice on, or let them use webbing and D-rings to make flag football belts.
I look forward to seeing some of your own projects, too!
October 25, 2012
My husband can use a sewing machine for plain sewing. (He had to for work on curtains and drapes for his theatre work.) He has also been known to help me out with hems and other plain hand sewing when I was pushed for time, sews on braid and buttons and generally helps out if needed.
He is also very good at doing fittings on me!
I also taught my son basic sewing, but now he’s left home, I don’t think he does much!
April 23, 2013
Great ideas! Thanks so much to all of you.
I don’t really expect him to take up sewing as a hobby, but I want him to understand the basics (because you never know when you might need to know something), and I want whatever he does to be fun for him. I was planning on letting him choose his own fabric, but was thinking quilting cotton. He loves camo – maybe he’d like to work with heavy duty camo fabric? I thought we’d do this over the summer, so I’ve got plenty of time to figure out a project for him.
I was also going to let him pick which machine he wants to work on. He’s a gamer, so he might be interested in one of my computerized Pfaffs, but he’s also into steampunk, so the treadle machine might appeal to him. I just want him to have fun with whatever we do and I really appreciate all the input from you guys!
March 14, 2013
Welcome! I envy you being able to knit! I can crochet, but I could never even tell if I was knitting or purling when I tried it many years ago.
I was in Ft. Worth in October 2011 for a Jane Austen Society annual general meeting. It is a very pretty city, and I enjoyed sightseeing along with the JASNA events.
Sounds like you have a great collection of sewing machines. If your son is into steampunk, maybe a simple vest pattern would be fun. Then he could try his hand at cutting out a pattern, make buttonholes, and sew on buttons.
April 23, 2013
A vest would be fun! I might hold that for a second project though – I’m thinking more of straight lines to get started. On the other hand, if he really, really, really wants to do a vest, there might be enough determination to tackle it even though it’s a harder project. Thanks for the idea – lots to think about!
my son likes the sewing machine just for the sake of operating a machine – the fancy embroidery stitches are interesting for the sheer joy and interest of making and watching it work!
November 23, 2012
Hi Melanie, welcome! I was a member of the old forum for years, but have been a bit slow coming across to this new one. I’m also a member of Ravelry (Marva, it’s also for crocheters!)
My brothers both learned to sew when we were young, and are both quite competent. I don’t think either of them have done it in years (my younger brother was going to adjust the shade pockets for his car window, but I didn’t want him using my sewing machine so I did it) but my older brother did some quite impressive stuff making ‘rave pants’ in his late teens/early 20s.
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