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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (May 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607050781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607050780
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With complete instructions for tried and true techniques, from the basic set-up to the finishing touches, an illustrated guide to how a sewing machine works, and advice on the accessories needed to achieve the desired results, this is a great book for the newbie sewer. (Notions Magazine, June 1, 2010 )

I've been sewing for a long time, but I was self taught, and I'm still at a beginner level. This is exactly the book I need to improve my sewing skills! If you are a self taught sewist, this book is a wonderful resource that is able to answer your questions. I like Me and My Sewing Machine because it explains techniques that aren't common sense, and that I'm probably doing wrong. This book will help you sew projects that are beautifully crafted and durable. The information in the reference section is invaluable, and the patterns are cute, easy to sew, but will still help you work through new techniques. I wish Me and My Sewing Machine had been available years ago! (Connecting Threads, June 24, 2010 )

Me and My Sewing Machine is an excellent reference manual to carry in your store. Excellent step-by-step photography along with easy-to-understand instructions detail the various kinds of seams, how to put in a zipper or hem, and it even includes patterns for some fun projects. (American Quilt Retailer Magazine, July 1, 2010 )

This helpful sewing manual covers much more than its name implies. Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide by Kate Haxell for C&T Publishing introduces all the basic sewing techniques. While quilting and patchwork are only mentioned briefly, this is a great beginning resource for the new sewer in your life. Includes patterns for seven simple projects and a useful glossary. (Small Quilts, June 1, 2010 )

About the Author

Kate Haxell learned sewing from her grandmother at a young age, creating eccentric outfits for her compliant dolls. After obtaining her art degree, she went to work for Country Living, then moved into book publishing and editing. Kate's previous books include Decorative Knitting, The Seed Bead Book and First Knits. She lives in London.

Customer Reviews

The pictures and simple instructions are easy to follow.
ddavis
I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn or is starting to sew again.
S. Duke
She is just learning to sew and this is helping her understand her machine!
Lynn M.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By J. Conlon on March 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide", I just love this book. It goes into detail about how a sewing machine works and has a big picture of a sewing machine with all of the knobs and buttons labeled. A big plus for me is that it goes into detail about tension with pictures of what too tight or too lose top tension looks like as well as balanced tension. This is such a big deal to me because I have had many problems with the tension in my sewing machines over the years and I've never known how to fix it and now I know!!

I absolutely adore the pages about sewing machine accessories because they have great big pictures of the accessories with names and explanations. I am not one to read users manuals- too dry, so I am quite happy to know what all of these dohickees are for. The author moves into explaining how to run a sewing machine, different types of fabric and different threads and stitches - complete with pictures of the stitches , gotta love that.

Also covered in the book are all different types of seams, hems, different ways to fasten, sewing corners, different edgings, ruffles, box pleats, embroidering, making your own appliques , sewing on ribbons, lace etc. In the back of the book you will find different projects to make as well as templates and a glossary.

What I love so much about this book is that the steps are numbered and easy to read and for some reason if you do have a hard time understanding exactly what she means by reading it she has big pictures of each step so between the two you know what you are doing.

I definitely recommend this book, I am going to be referencing it a lot in the future, it has a permanent spot next to my sewing machine. This is one of those books you don't want to bother taking out from the library because you are just going to go out and buy it anyway.
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful By almstprfct17 on July 28, 2011
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Don't bother buying this book in Kindle version as it is a complete joke. The book was obviously never meant to be in Kindle format and it SHOWS. The book looks like a poorly made powerpoint presentation, and is obviously missing pictures. The pictures it does have are pretty useless as they are small and blurry. One image has a breakdown of all the pieces of the sewing machines which in so unclear its USELESS!!! I cant fairly judge the book because the kindle version is missing images, unreadable, and blurry in the images it does have. WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Bego on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wish I had had this book sooner, it would have saved me a lot of trouble. I recommend it to all of you who have just got a sewing machine and are eager to start using but really don't know how (like me).
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lane on May 5, 2010
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I honestly can't say enough good things about this book. I was more than surprised at how well it was written and presented. I have been on the look out for a great, basic sewing guide to recommend to new sewers and I no longer need to search. This is the book! Everything is well written, in an easy to understand format. Kate tells you just what you need to know without a lot of extra fluff. Step-by-step photos for each technique are a true blessing. Even after sewing for 20+ years, this book will have a permanent home on my shelf.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Hansen on May 16, 2010
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This is the book I needed many years ago when I had sewing in school. It's written in a no-nonsense, straight to the point manner. Each instructional chunk of information is on a one or two page spread along with clear illustrations and photos. With the popularity of Project Runway, this is the perfect book to get or give to anyone who wants to confidently venture into the world of machine sewing. It's also a handy reference of the essentials for any level of sewing skill.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Beck on April 10, 2012
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Unless you already know a fair amount about sewing, do not buy this book. As an actual beginner, I found this book confusing. I suspect that most reviewers are experienced and may have forgotten how it was when they began sewing. Clearly the author has, as she notes in the introduction.

My problems with this book begin with the unfortunately cursory explanation of how a machine operates, which mostly instructs readers to read their sewing machine manual, or, failing that, bring their machine to a sewing store. As a beginner, I needed more.

The book skimps on projects a beginner might try and details a slew of sewing projects way beyond a beginner's understanding. For example, seven different hemming techniques are shown, though nothing about hemming pants. At times the author introduces sewing terms without explaining them, e.g., basting (though there is a glossary). And the photos, while pretty, often didn't have enough contrast to illustrate the example.

As a final note, the book was devoted exclusively to women's apparel. I had bought this book to hem my own pants, patch holes, restitch button holes, and fix tears. That how my mother used her machine. I bet many mother use their machine the same way. This book did not meet my needs.

All in all, this book is for novices and up, not beginners.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Swan on March 14, 2011
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I bought this book for my son's girlfriend - her mother bought her a Brother sewing machine from Amazon for Christmas. I've taught a lot of people over the years how to sew. This book has beautiful photography and page graphics for the how-to and what the finished product will look like. Together we worked through the sewing machine booklet and this book so she would understand things. It's fun to help people learn skills and see them carry on using them. I'm going to be purchasing more books for gifts, and probably get myself one!
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