Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Poor Daddy . . . He Doesn't Know How to Sew

Little Miss is starting her first ever dance class in a few weeks (ballet and tap!) and so we went on a quest the other day for a leotard and some ballet tights. 

Sidebar: Do you know how hard it is to find just a plain pink leotard with no bedazzlement on it?

Anyway, so we also swung by Hobby Lobby to pick up a few odds and ends I needed to finish up a project I'm working on.  As I tend to do when I go to the good ole Lob, I stopped by their clearance wall.

And then I saw this gal:

Yes yes, I just bought a toy sewing machine the other day, but though it is most adorable, it was driving me mad how many times I was having to rethread it just to get a simple line of stitching going.  Also it's only a hand crank model so it seemed maybe too complex for a little person to turn the crank and hold the fabric steady at the same time . . . what with the dodgy stitching capabilities and spontaneous unthreading and all.  I didn't even show it to Little Miss because I could foresee the headache it was going to be for both of us to try and get it to work, and I didn't want THAT to be her intro into the wonderful world of sewing.

So, back to the Lob.

She squealed with delight when she saw the sewing machine.  I kinda did too.  It's got a cute little sewing box included with some little thread spools, (as it turns out a most worthless) pair of scissors, a little measuring tape, and a needle threader.  It's made for kids who are at least 6 years old (so not really for a toddler), but I figured I'd be with her supervising so I kind of ignored that whole idea.  There's a little needle guard on it anyway so that little fingers can't get pinched or sewn through anyway.

As I try not to, but sometimes end up doing, this little outing spilled over into LM's naptime.  (Yes she's 3 1/2 and still takes a very healthy nap daily - - which is AWESOME).  She was at the point where even she was saying to me that she needed a nap.  (SO much better when it's their idea, right?)

But she was torn.  Because she REALLY wanted to try that sewing machine as soon as we got home.  I told her we'd wait til after naptime when Daddy was home so that he could be with Kee-ku and we could get down to sewing business.  She was amenable to all this.

She can be a crabster when she wakes up from her nap, but at first when she woke up she seemed ok.  She didn't get more than 2 steps down towards the living room before announcing, "OK!  I've had my nap.  Now let's get my SEWING MACHINE!"


Mr. Skooks was home by this point so we were all systems go.  Except that LM got it in her head that she was going to sew with Daddy.


I gently told her that Daddy actually didn't know how to sew and that's when the tears came.



So Mr. Skooks had to tell her that no, actually he doesn't know how to use the sewing machine.

It was at this point she turned to me, tears welling up in her eyes and said:

"Poor Daddy . . . . he doesn't know how to sew."

Oh my.  Poor Daddy indeed.  ;)

P.S.  We did end up sewing together for awhile after this whole sobbing episode and she really got a kick out of it.  We just sewed lines down some scrap fabric together which she really liked.  When her grandparents came over the other day she showed it to them and demonstrated how it worked.  After every few stitches she would turn to look at them with this goofy perma-grin.  LOL.  Priceless.

What can I say?  She comes by it honestly.


Ronni and Sean August 31, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

This story was completely adorable. And I LOVE the girl on the sewing machine packaging. She looks like she's dressed for a formal with her pearls and updo. I know that's how I always sew.

Anonymous,  August 31, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

Honestly, I can picture this entire discusson going down in the kitchen (or whereever) with your sweet husband patiently explaining he can't sew. I can even hear the sound of his voice as he says it. And it is always hard for a man to admit they can't do something. Here's one for you Mr. Skooks! Sammy

Skooks August 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

Ronni - LOL! I totally didn't notice the pearls and the updo before. Apparently I was too busy ogling the machine and all her little accessories. But yes, isn't is so true that we sewists make sure we look our best before we get down to crafting?

Sammy - Oh yes. Even Mr. Skooks who is multi-talented and truly humble does not know how to sew. And before I gave him the "You're only going to confuse her by saying stuff like that" eye (it only takes an eye), he did say, "Although I could probably figure it out if I needed to." BAH HA HA!


Lilith's mommy August 31, 2010 at 6:43 PM  

That machine is a pain! Lilith got one from Santa for Christmas this past year. That's what she wanted...a pink sewing machine. It was such a pain to thread, it's been just sitting there for a couple of months because she cut the thread right after I had threaded it. So, she just helps me on my machine. One day, she'll get this one: http://www.target.com/Hello-Kitty-Sewing-Machine-Green/dp/B000B8WSJ2

Skooks August 31, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

LM - I haven't had to rethread it yet, but I assume it will likely be a pain. It came threaded so we'll ride it as long as we can. Were she 5 or 6 I would probably just get her a very simple "real" machine, but for our purposes right now it does the trick. I actually did some research on toy machines and none of them get very good reviews so what can you do? I'm not going to buy her a real machine when she's 3 and I'm not sure she's even going to be into it as she gets older (though I hope so!)

Kathy September 1, 2010 at 7:54 AM  

What an absolutely adorable story!

Sara September 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

This story is fantastic. Love you Little Miss!

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