A few months ago I set up a station in my sewing room for Big Sister. She has her own machine that sits on a kid's table, so she can reach the pedal.
We haven't been able to use it as much as I'd hoped, but it's been great for teaching Big Sister the basics of operating a sewing machine.
I think she likes it, don't you?
I recently came up with a beginning sewing machine project that Big Sister could do almost entirely on her own -- a felt circle garland. I ordered one-inch circles from the bbd supplies Etsy shop, which come in great colors and saved me the trouble of having to cut out lots of circles by hand (that was worth every penny!). We already had white thread in the machine, so we stuck with that. Big Sister came up with a color pattern.
I got Big Sister started and showed her how to guide the circles to the presser foot. She was nervous about it initially, but in minutes she was doing it completely on her own.
I was so proud of her for both guiding the felt and controlling the pedal. She's a natural!
Although she didn't have an endless attention span for this project (there was a mystery box waiting to be opened!), she did stick with it long enough to create a pretty garland.
And it looks very nice on the foot of her bed.
I hope we can make more of these soon. They'd look great on the Christmas tree, around a doorway, on wrapped gifts, and plenty of other places.