Thursday, May 02, 2013

Sewing School 2

 Sewing School 2

Lessons in Machine Sewing

By Amie Petronis Plumley & Andrea Lisle

Published by Storey, 15th May 2013

Longtime readers will know of my avowed antipathy to all things sewing, with the exception of my beloved cross-stitching projects.

With one daughter using sewing machines in school, I decided it was about time to think about digging up the ancient sewing machine in the garage and actually learning how to do something creative with it, rather than just dusting it periodically. I looked at worthy tomes in the local library which put me off, as they were all aimed at people who actually do already know their way around a sewing machine - which I most definitely do not!

This book proved to be absolutely ideal for me. A step-by-step pictorial guide, full of colour photographs, it is the next best thing to having a sewing expert sitting with you and showing you every step of the way.  From the basics of choosing and using a sewing machine, understanding what all the parts are called and what they all do, techniques of sewing and choosing the best stitches right through  to picking the perfect fabrics for your chosen projects - this book has it all.  Written in a simple,direct, clear style without in any way talking down to the reader, it even shows you what to do when things might go wrong.

There are eleven chapters of lessons, gaining in complexity, and then twenty sewing projects to tackle, again in order of complexity. These are very much geared to the interests of children, though many would appeal to adults too - making a quilt, a secret message  pillow, a wall-pocket for bedroom storage, a backpack, bunting, an art case, cuddly toys, a patchwork scarf and a water bottle holder, amongst many others.

A simply super book for encouraging youngsters to tackle machine sewing, and it may even persuade me to overcome my fear and get sewing too!

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