Sewing Safety Tips
As your level of sewing increases sewing safety will be more second
nature, until then, keep these safety tips in mind. Learning to sew
involves learning how to use the sewing machine, needles, pins and
scissors carefully. They are sharp and each can cause problems if
not used appropriately.
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Sewing Safety Tips
Sewing Posters including a Sewing Safety Poster available here:
- Using scissors
Kids will be using scissors from the beginning, however, they'll start with kid's scissors and as
they get older, they'll work toward sharper and nicer ones. I
wouldn't use the super sharp sewing scissors until around age
12-13. Teach kids to be cautious with scissors and always watch
carefully when they are cutting.
Put scissors away after using them. This will keep them in
better use and discourage someone in the house mistaking them
for common scissors to cut paper or other projects.
Try some of our
no sew projects to practice cutting and using the scissors
- Using Pins
Be careful not to stick fingers with the pins when sewing. If you
drop your needles or pins, be sure to pick them up so they don't
get stepped on. A magnetic pin cushion works great for this.
Holding it in one hand you can sweep the sewing area and the
magnet will pick up hard to find needles or pins.
Don't sew over your pins. Always take the pins out when you are
sewing. This is not only dangerous but is not good for the sewing
machine needle or needle plate.
- Seam Ripper
The seam ripper can be dangerous if not used
carefully. Always be careful when ripping out seams with it. Be
sure to "rip" seams away from you.
- Heads up
Keep your head up while you're sewing on the sewing
machine. The metal part of the machine that goes up and down can
and will hit you in the head if you have your head down trying to
watch your sewing.
- Watch your hands
When sewing on the machine keep your hands away from the needle.
Hold your material with your hand guiding, but keep hands at a
- Rotary Cutter
When using a rotary cutter, make sure you close the blade
before you set it down. Don't allow children to use the rotary
- More Safety Tips
Having good light and taking your time when sewing are good tips
that will help your projects be successful as well.