I didn't know if you would be interested in a human interest story that involves my three year-old daughter, Ashlee. I am sending pictures to show you. I see her as a child prodigy to other children out there. Let me explain:
At 3 1/2 years old she has already started sewing. She made her first project about four weeks ago. This is something that has never been forced upon her. She has always had an interest since she could walk. At around 13 months old she would help Grandma put pins in the fabric. At 16 months old she would sit on Grandma's lap at the sewing machine and help guide the fabric through as she was sewing. She has been using scissors ever since then also. She would 'cut' her pieces of fabric out all the time and 'sew' them on her child machines. One of her first words she spoke was 'fabric'! She enjoys going to Joanne's fabric store whenever she gets the chance. Most of them know her at Joanne's up in Wenatchee.
We had bought three different sewing machines geared towards children (ages 6 & up) but none of them would be sufficient for her. I finally bought a $150 intermediate sewing machine back in February. I should have bought it sooner! This is when the sewing really took off. She could not sew enough. I finally thought it was time for her to pin, cut, sew, and yes, even hand-sew the opening close.
She loves sewing machines, especially the bobbin. She can change the feet on the machine, thread the needle, and loves to clean the bobbin case. All this is mostly done by just her watching. She does not like to be shown what to do. She watches----then does it herself.
I bring this to you to show that kids have instincts to know what they might want to do at an early age. I hope this will inspire other children to do the same. Find something that interest them and learn it---go for it.
Thank you for your time,