Well, I survived my first sewing lesson - with Emily. :-) I finally made myself give her a sewing lesson. She has been begging me for months and I've been procrastinating for months. However, I couldn't wait any more. She is so eager to learn and I really needed to do it. I was afraid though, very afraid. LOL!
It went very well. It only took about 30 minutes and she loved it. At the end she said to me, "I'm SO happy!"
First, I taught her the basic elements of the machine - presser foot, pedal, wheel, etc. I showed her the guide lines on the machine so she would know how to keep her seams straight.
Then she practiced some straight seams at different lengths - 1/4", 1/2", 3/4".
She did remarkable well at picking up what needs to happen. I think a lot of it comes from watching me sew.
Finally, I let her do a project. She wanted to make a little pillow for one of her stuffed animals. I thought it would be a good, little project to start with. Here is the final result.
Great job, Emily! The only problem now is that I'm going to have to fight with her over the use of the machine. :-)