I have always LOVED everything Melissa & Doug, until this product. The holes which were cut into the wooden shapes were cut hastily, rippling and chipping the picture around the hole, and leaving ragged edges -which makes the strings (that are supposed to be threaded through the holes) fuzz. When I pull the strings through, it takes great force, and makes a ripping sound (from the strings.) I was hoping that my two and three year old would love that they could thread and sew with these while I was sewing, but they quickly lose interest, and I can't get anything done because they have to keep handing them back to me to thread it for them.
I am mostly just disappointed that I got a dud from Melissa & Doug. I'll start searching for a new quality company that still cares about the products they sell.