There’s a definite learning curve to sewing with heavy-duty fabrics, but I can assure you that with the proper tools and techniques, most machines can, and do, happily handle canvas, denim, and leather.
When I saw a tutorial for fabric-covered picture frames in the copy of Girls’ Night In that my tween was flipping through, I snatched it out of her hands (don’t worry–she’s used it it!) and took it as my immediate excuse to stop cleaning the house and refinish a picture frame right that second.
If you know a kid who loves nature crafts, then it’s worthwhile to provide that kid with a guidebook to the natural world, one that shows her the processes that form all the things that she enjoys creating with.
Are there still sweatshops because the people who should be forcing companies to change are instead spending their time hitting the thrift stores, sewing their kids clothes using organic cotton, and buying boutique-style outfits off of etsy?
You know that kind of sewing machine that I’m talking about. Maybe it’s got a ton of fancy stitch settings. Maybe you just press a button and boom, it hems your skirt. Maybe it does some cute embroidery while it’s at it.