You can plan your own Summer Sewing Camp.
This is part of a series of instructions on how to teach your children to sew in the form of a camp. This series can also be used to teach yourself to sew. Click on the button below for the entire series.
Materials: I always bring the supplies, all notions and patterns. I have the campers bring their fabrics. Review Summer Sewing Camp Materials. For easier shopping I have included a PDF of fabrics needed here:
Supplies: What will you provide and what do they need to bring? I find it easier to get all the kits and supply boxes. Review Summer Sewing Camp Supplies.
Sewing Machine: Be sure their sewing machine comes with all the parts they need to sew. I have had a students come with the sewing machine and nothing else. Parts that have been missing have been the cords and foot pedal, a bobbin, a presser foot, spool pin, and extra needles. Be sure they have these. Also important is the instruction book. Every machine threads differently and the bobbins fill and load differently. Lost the manual? Find it online. You can learn how to thread almost any machine at Sew USA.
Lunch: Are you providing lunch or do they have to bring their own. If you are doing shorter evening sessions, maybe you want to provide a snack. Water is always a good idea also.
To replace, find the padding that is right for your ironing board. I found my at Amazon seen HERE.
Flip the ironing board over. Remove the outer fabric cover and wash. Peel back the old padding. Mine was in two layers. The nylon foam was so stuck that I left it on and only removed the pad. (Notice how the old white pad layer no longer reaches the edge of the board.)
Instead, center the pad over the board. Replace the clean cover over the top and begin to cinch. Flip the board over on the floor and cinch the tie and secure. Trim the excess padding. Secure the springs. Now your ironing board is as good as new.
Prepare Your Space: Be sure you have enough space for everyone. Pick a space that has good lighting. A kitchen table works great. I like to use placemats for everyone's machine. Have the powerstrip within reach of all or use two. Have the ironing board close by.
Proper Hair and Shoes: A sewing machine is a piece of machinery that is being operated. Just like learning to drive, it is safer to use the foot pedals with closed shoes. Children prefer sandals, flip-flops or going barefoot in the summer, but closed shoes actually work best. Platform shoes are also out. You want to be able to feel the pedal, but you want to be safe from pins or needles that may fall on the floor. Hair pulled back if long is also a good idea to have an unobstructed view of the machine. If someone wears glasses, be sure to use them. The arms should also be free of baggy sleeves or ponchos.
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