When I was a child I had the most amazing Barbie doll clothing collection. I would venture that it rivaled that of the Gimbles' toy section. It certainly made me the most enviable kid on the block. My friends may have had all the accoutrements; campers, town houses, cars...but when it came to Barbies, clothes made the doll, so I was quite popular.
This was all due in part to my mother's amazing abilities with a sewing machine. These were the days before "fast fashion", when buying fabric was an amazing adventure. I grew up in Philadelphia where one could go to the garment district and purchase every type of trim, fabric and fake fur. Consequently I had gold, crushed velvet hot pants, with matching suspenders when I was 6 years old (caused quite a scandal at our local church one Easter Sunday) and the best halloween costumes a girl could conceive. Although I was never allowed to use my mom's sewing scissors or machine.
I had my own introduction to sewing in 7th grade. This was an era when schools offered classes that ranged from home economics, which included sewing and cooking, to shop, where I learned to work with wood, metal, and silkscreens. Both boys and girls were required to attend. I was sewing my blue dog pillow right next to the jr. high school quarterback.
Sadly, with the influx of inexpensive clothing, costumes, and sundries the art of sewing had taken a back seat to shopping. But lately there has be a resurgence. Due, I feel, in part to all the amazing YouTube videos available. However, when it comes to choosing a machine for yourself or your child it can be hard to know exactly what to pick. That's where this article from Teach You To Sew comes in handy. The site has gathered intel on 12 kid friendly machines. The list gives you a brief breakdown on the machine's features, a test group rating, price link on amazon, photo, and why they recommend the machine. In a world where there are just so many choices, this is a great resource for making an educated decision before taking the plunge.
What I love about the site, beyond this list, is all the advice they offer up on everything from setting up your own workstation to the different types of fabric you'll find on the market. I love the fabric breakdown page so much I've added it to my bookmarks. If you are looking to nurture a budding interest in sewing, be it your own or a child in your life, I highly recommend checking out Teach You To Sew. You'll save yourself a good deal of time because all the information you need is in one handy site, and as they say..."a stitch in time...or should we now say, a click in time..."