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*lots of hand sewn projects that can be completed by a young child and are very beginner level friendly.
*Great sewing basics in the intro.
The not so good:
*All the projects are pretty basic. There is not a lot that a child could advance to.
* Most of these projects can be found elsewhere on the web for free: For example instructions for drawing and sewing your own stuffed animal.
*The skills used in this book are 90% hand sewing. There is not a lot of machine projects.
This book is great for: A family who has no sewing background, doesn't want to invest in a machine, and wants to offer their child a very basic foundation before buying another book to further their skills.
This book should be passed by: If the parents already know how to sew, read craft blogs, or want to teach their child machine sewing in addition to hand sewing. Also if the child already knows how to sew items together by hand then this is not the book for them.
Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
This is a very very basic sewing book, and quite honestly, I would be embarrassed to be the author of this book. This book teaches all of the wrong ways to sew. Kids are smart and this book dumbs them down. The kids pictured in this book are more than capable of sewing quality work. They are capable of following better instructions, and creating better work. The projects in this book are horrible. And I am not only talking about the end product these kids churn out, but these are just horrible projects to be included in a "sewing" book.
This book teaches bad habits and poor sewing technique. If these kids are eager and willing to learn to sew, then give them quality projects and better instruction. These kids can do it, but it appears by the projects and teaching methods in this book that the author did not give them the benefit of the doubt.
A child should not be taught to sew whip-stitches on the outer side of a pillow, or a cushion, or anything for that matter, UNLESS, you are going to teach them a proper whip-stitch so that it adds to the decoration and quality of the item produced.
This book goes along with the mentality that every child deserves a trophy. No they don't. They deserve respect, and to be taught proper methods they can build on. Techniques they can take with them wherever they go and whatever they do sewing wise.
Why didn't this author teach the kids to sew a proper pillow by putting right sides together, stitch the edges, turn inside out, and stuff it? The whip-stitch can be used on the closure and concentrated on one small area, until its perfected. Learning to perfect a small area will go much farther in the long run than praising a whip stitch poorly done. How will the child then feel when their item needs washing and it comes out a frayed blown apart mess? This will tear down their self esteem faster than the tears will flow.
The kids did a fantastic job given the teacher and methods they had to work with. But its easy to see that they could have gone so much farther with a little patience and better instruction.
Another pet peeve of mine is the fact that the author does not teach proper sewing language. She says "use your scissors for paper" or "use your scissors for fabric". Wouldn't it be better to establish now that scissors for fabric are called fabric shears?
Overall this is a cringe inducing book that should not be read by experienced seamstresses. But more importantly it should not be used by anyone wanting to teach proper sewing skills to children.
Enter this book. Not only is it full of beautiful photographs that help teach sewing steps, I was pleased to see how many boys were included in the photographs--sewing just like their female counterparts. The projects are fun and intrigue both girls and boys. My son absolutely loves this book! It is wonderfully written amd photographed. I highly recommend it!
I am really disappointed that the binding is of such bad quality, because, as stated before, the actual content of this book is very good.