This is me at age 15 sewing on that machine which we kept at the front window of the kitchen at that time.
This is a scan of the photo that hangs in the hallway at my parents house. Notice the date of September 1975. (Yes, that makes me 53.)
This is my brother and I and my brother wearing a shirt just like the ones I made. So, my first sewing machine projects were shirts with collars and sleeves, not to mention pockets and buttons! I soon afterwards made myself a dress that I proudly wore to elementary school.
Over the years I have continued to sew. I made some clothes for my girls, most recently the Vintage Vogue 8729. I have taught my oldest daughter to sew and she made several pieces of clothing. I taught my son and he made a zipper bag to keep his art notebook and pencils handy.
I taught my youngest daughter to sew in the form of a Summer Sewing Camp. That was 7 years ago when she was 9 years old.
How do you pick your first sewing machine?
Buy Used. If you cannot find one to borrow, buy one used. Look online, or search yard sales. This is a Kenmore Mini Ultra. Similar ones are on sale on Ebay. Some sewing machine repair shops have some to rent or buy used. Even some fabric stores have used ones. Our local quilt shop carries the Singer Featherweights which can be expensive. Read reviews online before you buy. Just be sure that the machine comes with the power cords and foot pedal. The instruction book, bobbins, and presser feet are great too.
Buy New. If you can't find one to borrow or buy used, there are three sewing machines that I would recommend to buy new.
Another recommendation is this Brother CS60000i found HERE. My daughter has a Brother sewing machine that she just loves. The younger children seem to be more comfortable with these computerized machines. This price cannot be beat for what you get. Among the many, many features, it does have the speed control also. This machine probably is the best value.
Summer Sewing Camp series: In the upcoming weeks I will go over supplies needed, a materials list and the actual projects with tutorials. I will follow up with other suggestions for following weeks of camp and charity projects. I will also include the best ways to teach children.
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