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Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew Paperback – June 19, 2007
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I think a true beginner would have a lot of difficuly completing these projects successfully. I'd recommend starting with Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects. The directions there are very detailed and very good. Once you've got a few projects under your belt, you'll be able to figure out what's missing in Bend the Rules. I think Bend the Rules is a worthwhile book because the projects are great, but I do wish it had been better edited.
Overall, this book is good for beginners, BUT I had a hard time with some of the patterns, as they were missing some vital measurements. Thus, I had to guess and I was often wrong. Perhaps I am way more novice than I thought, but I have been a quilter for over 10 years ... so I think it might have been the book, not necessarily me. I also thought that some of the step-by-step instructions needed to be written out more clearly. I had both my best friend and my husband re-read some of the pattern instructions with me, because I thought maybe I was missing something, but it turns out that they couldn't understand it either.
Yet, I am still in love with this book. The ideas alone were worth the cost of the book ... and the photos are amazing! Amy is also a fun writer - often talking to the reader as though they are old friends.
The projects are good beginning projects- not too complicated, but you can probably find something in the book that you want to make and will actually use. And if your project doesn't turn out perfect, you won't feel like you failed-- the author explains why mistakes are an okay thing.
If you are an experienced sewer, you probably won't see any projects that you haven't seen or tried before. However, reading the first part of the book reinforced some habits I need to follow (changing my sewing machine needle often, pressing often) and gave me some technique ideas that I didn't know. I love her attitude about mistakes-- when to redo, when to take a rest and when to proceed with abandon. (I call it the "burning" stage and she is correct- it usually passes in time.)
A great beginning sewing book. Not as valuable for the experienced sewer, but worth a read for those wanting to build more confidence in their sewing style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charming book. Didnt use project patterns but found them a good source of sew-spiration!Published 2 months ago by M Shult
Enjoy the book. Lots of good basic info and also some really fun projects. Great value and worthwhile tips and pics.Published on January 3, 2014 by Sunny
Really a waste of money as far as I am concerned. Maybe it was meant to be for children or ?Published on October 12, 2013 by Sumac
easy to understand, clean, clear directions from basics to more advanced sewing techniques. inspiring! i will be using this book as a reference over and over.Published on May 20, 2013 by bonnie hennessy
This book is a fun, non-intimidating introduction for beginners. The tone is relaxed without being cutesy, and suitable for both kids and adults. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Katie Albright
While she has great ideas, the instructions and the pictures are very lacking in how to put the projects together. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Dawn
I love this book! The pictures are awesome. There are projects for every ablility level. I wanted to make all of the projects in the book right away. Glad I ordered it!Published on September 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The book title does not really reflect the content. I did not find "a new way to sew". A better description would be a compilation of a cute fun sewing blog. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by gail