Carol McLane (Carol.Mclane@COMMERCE.STATE.MI.US)
Tue, 30 May 1995 14:39:12 -0400
On 5/25 Lisa Dubke said -- " Mother's caution and a high medical
deductible dictated that I not ask my Scout to use the sewing machine..."
I'm not much on sewing, but I encourage you to teach the boys how to use
the sewing machine. It's not hard and a skill they should know. Our first
try with the sewing machine was when my son's patrol need to make a flag --
all 4 boys got a chance to sew a seam. Most sewing machines are made with
safety features to keep fingers out. We started with them practicing on
some simple cotton. BTW, all I learned about sewing was from my 4-H
days -- If there is any 4-H leaders out there -- thanks!
I sew patches on with my sewing maching using clear acrylic thread, but my
son sews on all his own patches by hand. Using the machine I have found
that it is really hard to pin the patches on to get everything straight and
lined up -- but a stapler works really well. Once you have it sewed on,
then just remove the staples and you can't see the holes.
Also, I always had a problem with the little numbers. When sewing them on
individually, I always got something crooked. Now I use a quick zigzag to
sew the numerals together then I have a sizable patch that I can line up
properly and sew on the uniform. Using clear acrylic thread you do not see
the stitches unless you look very closely
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City