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Sew Cool

Sew Cool

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $34.99

Sew Cool is a threadless "sewing machine," which comes with all materials required for creating and decorating nine projects: eight sheets of Sew Cool fabric, three Sew Cool pre-cut featured projects, three pop-out patterns, one Sew Cool strap, fourteen pre-cut decorative pieces, eight plastic buttons, one bag of loose stuffing and one instruction sheet.

Sew Cool is a safe option for teaching children sewing basics, because it has no thread, no bobbin, and, the needles are enclosed in a sturdy plastic case. Creating the projects requires and hones hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and creativity.

At first, we were disappointed that the instructions said that only Sew Cool fabric could be used with the machine; it seemed rather gimmicky and potentially costly in the long-run. However, after watching several YouTube tutorials for the Sew Cool, we attempted and succeeded in using inexpensive, and easily accessible felt sheets. This definitely increased the appeal and opportunity for replay.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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