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My First Machine Sewing Book: Straight Stitching (My First Sewing Book Kit series) Paperback – March 1, 1995


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About the Author

Winky Cherry has been teaching children to sew for more than 30 years. She is the author of the My First Sewing Kits series. She lives in Mill Valley, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 6
  • Series: My First Sewing Book Kit series
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Palmer/Pletsch Publishing; Book and Access edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935278400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935278408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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178 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Lois Vara on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was purchased for my 9 year old granddaughter. She was totally involved as we browsed the pages. The colorful layout and simple explanations encouraged her to continue reading and learning. The practice patterns for "steering" the sewing machine are an excellent idea. The games maintained her interest and encouraged skill-building. The easy-to-make crafts will keep her busy and make wonderful presents for her friends. As a long time sewer and grandmother of eleven I highly recommend My First Sewing Machine Book!
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Charlene L. Lindenmayer on March 30, 2002
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Very Good Book. Purchased for my 9 year old niece. The step by step guide and checklist covered the basics she needed to learn in terms she understood. We completed the kit in one afternoon.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on January 1, 2009
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If you don't even know how to thread the machine, this book might be a good starting point for you.

I am a 20-something just learning to sew. This book helped me get started in an easy and pleasant manner. With this book I did in 30 minutes what I couldn't do in three hours with my machine's manual; I learned to thread my machine, wind a bobbin, make straight stitches and turn corners. I also learned about trimming corners and turning points. The star pillow project was a great way to make sure I understood all the basics of machine sewing. After this book, I went on to Sew Fast, Sew Easy by Elissa Myerich to make some other beginner projects.

I will certainly save this book for my daughter when she is ready to learn to use the sewing machine.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2001
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I bought this book awhile ago and my daughter just used it. She is 11 yrs old and I think that it had a lot of practical excercises. The star she made was very good for her first sewing experience and I did not have to explain every step.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SabbathLily on February 23, 2010
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I unearthed my mothers sewing machine and apart from hazy childhood memories I have no idea how to use this thing. I checked some books out at the library but they never mentioned how to actually use the machine. (I do know what a tailor's ham is however.)

I figure we needed to start at the basics so I bought this. It's written for children and although the language is a bit cutesy, without it I don't think I would have learned as much as I have. With it's practice sheets and easy to understand language it should be part of every beginners bookshelf.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By doting grandma on February 18, 2007
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Our grandson has been facinated with my sewing machine so I bought this book. He made himself a loose pair of "pirate" pants his first try, after doing all the exercises in the book. I would highly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Green on February 26, 2008
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I have two beginner sewer's. One that is 12 and the other is 9. The oldest completed the project in a few hours and enjoyed every minute. The 9 year old had quite a bit of difficulty and did not complete the project. We will keep practicing. I ran off paper copies for them to practice their sewing. So don't use the original templates. You will need lots of trial pages. Even my husband gave it a go. Ü

I would recommend this to anyone with a child who wants to learn to sew.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Wallach on August 18, 2009
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My First Machine Sewing Book is an excelent book for all ages. Too many books take it for granted that the reader has prior knowledge of the subject. I bought this book for my eight year old grand daughter. However, I will have to buy her another copy as her grandfather found the book and patterns easy to understand and has been enjoying learning to sew. I recommend it's sister publication "My First Sewing Book." The two books take any beginning sewer step by step into the world of sewing. sincerely R. Wallach
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