Happy Birthday, Cate!
Is it a different projector? - Lily
The children were instantly enthusiastic about investigating the new sewing machine further. Together we learned about the different parts of the machine such as the presser foot (which can be adjusted with the presser foot lifter to hold down the fabric or paper), the upper and bobbin tread, the reverse switch lever ("to sew backwards"), and the foot switch to adjust the needle speed. In the process of sewing we also had to thread needles and learned how to change needles in case the tip breaks off.
A few impressions from trying out the sewing machine in the classroom for the first time on card stock:
Cate noticed how the tread is creating lines on the card stock and how you could created image with sewing as well. She then brought her paper to the message center to draw a flower on it before returning to the sewing machine. Cate then tried to "trace" her flower drawing with the needle.
Bea, at first a bit hesitant, touching and guiding the paper with only one hand and on the edge of the paper, developed great confidence quickly. After only a couple minutes she operated the sewing machine all by herself, being able to adjust the needle speed with her foot comfortably.