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Great for Beginners!
on January 10, 2011
Although I am quite crafty in other ways, I had never been a machine sewer until I got a sewing machine last Christmas. The machine sat in a box until this Christmas, when my husband got me a copy of this book. What an amazing gift! I quite literally went from taking the machine out of the box to having a finished skirt for my daughter in less than four hours--and that included setting the machine up!
What sets this book apart from commercially-prepared patterns is that it actually explains what you're supposed to do, with great pictures to illustrate. There's an illustrated reference section in the front about various sewing techniques that's invaluable for a beginner. I suppose if you're an experienced sewer, that's not a big deal, but I found it to be EXTREMELY helpful, and I have consulted it often.
I can see how more advanced sewers might find this book a little "basic," but I found it to be totally approachable, non-intimidating, and easy to follow. The patterns are simple, but the resulting projects don't look that way. What a great way to build confidence and skills!
Since Christmas, I've made three of the skirt patterns, and am just starting on one of the "basic bodice" tops. Every project I've finished has looked just as cute as the pictures, and that makes me proud and fires me up to try the next pattern and make something else for my daughter.
The only downside: I think I'm addicted to sewing now, and I've spent far too much money on fabric to make cute things!