I remember as a child watching my mother sew and it was neat. As a youngster, I took home economics where I got to sew things myself. When I was a young mom, I had a lot of fun sewing cute things for my daughter to wear.
Tonight, her mom needed me to watch her for a while so she could attend a PTA meeting. So, my granddaughter came over with her new Sew Cool sewing machine by Spin Master.
Sew Cool is designed for children ages 6 and up. My granddaughter used to love to watch box opening videos. I think she now prefers to star in them.
The sewing machine she bought came with 4 pre-cut patterns, 6 sheets of fabric, various patterns to make other projects, decorations to sew on and what amounts to little kid tattoos to put decals on pillows.
The first thing you need to do is remove the battery lid on the bottom of the machine. You then insert 4 AA batteries (not included). Then you close it back up.
Next we picked a pattern. She wanted to make the puppy pillow today. You place the two white backings against each other. When you turn the fabric over there is a dotted sewing line. There is also a 1 and a 2 with a space between them.
You turn on the on/off switch on the back of the machine. The needles adjust, make a sewing sound, and a light comes on. You insert your fabric under the needles. There is a round button on the front of the sewing machine that you push to start and stop the needles. You simply pull the fabric through trying to follow the pattern on the fabric.
The machine has 3 needles in a clear plastic casing. The combination of the 3 needles intersecting with felt makes it so the machine allows you to sew without the hassles of thread.
When you get to the number 2, you stop the machine and remove the fabric. At this point, you add the stuffing to the pillow. Once satisfied with the puffiness, or the is no more room for stuffing, you insert the fabric under the needles again. This time you go from the 2 to the 1 to finish stitching it closed.
We did have our fabric get jammed once. We stopped what we were doing and looked at the directions. It told us to turn the machine off then back on. Then using the dial on the side of the machine, raise the needles. Finally, push the button on the front again and continue to sew.
The box also came with decals and decorations. We did not try to do any of the felt decorations. My granddaughter did want to apply the tattoo type decals. You select the decal you like and cut it out of the sheet. Next, you remove the clear covering. The decal is placed face down on the location you desire for it to appear. With a wet cloth, you saturate the tattoo type decal. Once it is good and wet, slowly peel away the backing. That leaves the decal on the pillow.
I looked at Spin Master’s website and saw there are several sewing kits available. I am sure I will be purchasing a few to add to her fun.
It was fun, it was easy, it guaranteed the child’s success, etc. It was definitely a fun activity.