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Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects Spiral-bound – March 8, 2007
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Edited to add - there are huge amounts of people out there who have had problems with this hat, as I found out after doing a search on the net. And I am REALLY unimpressed with the author - I wrote to her website early August and a very sweet assistant told me she couldn't help but perhaps I would find a flickr group that could - they couldn't - and that Lotta would issue corrections or contact me after she came back from her holidays - she hasn't!
Another project was a, at first glance, very simple bag - it did work out in the end but after realizing that many details were missing in the directions.
Overall, not enough great projects to warrant the struggle involved in figuring out how to put them together!
I cannot recommend this book, however, because the instructions are incomplete and often downright confusing. I've completed 5 of her projects now. About halfway through each, I had to wing it because the instructions were inadequate for every project. I can't imagine that they've been tested with actual people attempting to work through them. User-testing would have helped this book immensely.
If you are a really beginner, you will not be able to do nothing, she only says: "sew this part to the other part" and nothing else.
If you already can sew things with your sewing machine and knows a bit about patterns, you will not be able to do nothing, because the patterns don't fit, only those that you could have figured out alone, like a place mat or a super-simple tote bag (it even have internal pockets!).
I am very disappointed with this book. If you want to sew easy, quick and fun projects, buy a magazine like the "Adorn" one. You do these things and save a lot of money.
(sorry about the terrible english!)
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For a person experienced in sewing, some items and sewing approaches look impractical. For a novice, some instructions may be unclear and confusing. I just made the apron. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wonderlander
I wish I had read some of the reviews of this book before I started making some of the projects because there are definitely some issues with the patterns and the lack of clear... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MaryJane Brodsky
Some great small projects and gift ideas in this book. It's a keeper!Published 13 months ago by spilly
i m so in love with this book. ;) for a beginner like me. makes me eager to create more..combining color and so on. love it. thankssPublished 23 months ago by D-HB
Suggested by my granddaughter as a great gift for another beginning non-sewer. Includes patterns and easy-to-follow instructions for making several common household items.Published on September 10, 2013 by Lynn Roberts
I ordered this book hoping for some inspiration. I sew a lot both craft and clothes. While the layout was attractive any book loses its appeal when the instructions are incomplete. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by sewalot
I made three of the projects and they all turned out perfect. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to make a gift. As for me I just have a need to sew.Published on March 20, 2013 by Lynn