Sewing Safety Tips
As your level of sewing increases 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
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- 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 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
- 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.
Posters including a Safety Poster
Included in our Kids Sewing Curriculum Set are 12 Sewing Posters designed to use when teaching
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