Sewing won the home making poll from last week so the next several weeks my home making posts will cover the lessons I teach my beginning sewers (ha! s-oh-er rather than s-ew-er).
In our house my children are very spoiled. When they turn eight years old Grandma and Grandpa buy them their own sewing machine! And these are not the beginner very basic machines. Consequently the very first lesson my beginning sewers receive is to learn all about their machines - how they operate, how to care for them, and what stitches they do. The lessons I will share I learned from a very dear friend who gave my older daughters sewing lessons when we lived in Fallon. (She's the same one who quilted their quilts!)
Since every sewing machine is different I leave it up to you to read your owner's manual and learn how to thread yours properly, wind the bobbin, and where to oil it and clean it.
Today we will start with labeling the tension, the width, and the length buttons, as well as sewing every single stitch that your sewing machine will do (except for the button holes).
The only other thing you need before starting is two long pieces of white or cream material about 6 inches by 15 inches. You keep them together to add stability rather than sewing through one piece of fabric.
After we adjust the tension back to its proper setting we get to sew using every single stitch on the machine! My kids LOVE this part.
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For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.