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My First Sewing Machine Book: Learn To Sew: Kids Paperback – October 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453858687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453858684
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Alison McNicol is an expert in teaching children to sew and has written the Learn To Sew: Kids series of best-selling sewing books for children.

More About the Author

Alison McNicol is a writer, crafter, cake maker and creative business expert, and author of a host of books on sewing, craft, cakes and creative entrepreneurship.

Alison also created a successful chain of branded sewing clubs, and her My Sewing School package is now helping women world-wide pass on their skills and make money teaching kids and adults to sew in their home or local area. ( www.mysewingschool.com )

Following the success of her Learn to Sew: Kids range of children's sewing and craft books, Alison decided to share her business experience ( gathered during years of designing and launching a successful range of craft kits that sold in store worldwide) to write The Craft Business Handbook: The Essential Guide to Making Money from your Crafts and Handmade Products. A companion book, Craft Business Heroes, featuring interviews with 30 of her fellow craft business owners followed.

Alison is also a passionate Cake decorator and applied her cake and business skills to author "Start A Cake Business From Home - How To Make Money from your Handmade Celebration Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops and more!"

Customer Reviews

It is very informative and easy to read.
Montanamomma
I bought this book for my 8 yr old daughter, since I'm teaching her to sew.
Roseanne Miske
This book is helpful for that beginner sewer.
T. Olin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Mac Clintic on March 30, 2011
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My granddaughter just turned ten. I bought her this book for her birthday. She had never sewn on a machine before. She read the book before coming to my house to learn to use the sewing machine. She knew all the parts of the machine and did a great job at her first lesson. We used the pattern for the Ipod holder for our first project. I highly recommend this book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Montanamomma on January 5, 2012
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This is a great book for beginners. It is very informative and easy to read. My daughter is ten years old and just received her first sewing machine. This book explained all the basics of the machine and was filled with sewing steps in language that she could relate to. She practiced for two days with the paper exercises in this book. We simply made copies and she set there for hours learning how to control her foot pedal, raise and lower her presser foot and pivot properly. I would highly recommend it for any beginner.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne Miske VINE VOICE on July 18, 2011
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I bought this book for my 8 yr old daughter, since I'm teaching her to sew. The book is very colorful with lots of drawings and cute photos. Some of the construction techniques (as in the tote bag) aren't really 'correct' (such as hemming the top edges of the bag BEFORE you sew the front/back together), but it does simplify the construction to be much easier for a child. And my daughter was thrilled with the results of her tote bag, even thought it really isn't finished properly.

One thing to note--all of the cutting measurements are in Centimeters, so we had to do some math before cutting. But it turned out to be a good metrics learning exercise for her!

I'm sure we'll be making more of the projects soon.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jplenty on May 24, 2012
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Ordered this book because my daughter is 6 and wants to learn to sew. We just bought her a sewing machine and since I am self taught, I wanted to get some insight as to how to properly teach her at such a young age. I love the book, it starts from the very basics and has practice sheets for locking stitches, pivoting, straight etc. The only downfall is that the instruction measurements for the projects are in centimeters and not inches, but she is from the UK. So if you don't mind converting, then it's not so bad. I just ordered her other book Fashion School and I'm anxious to get that as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MB VINE VOICE on May 19, 2011
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I really like this little book for teaching hands how to pivot or make shapes or just learn an easy first time project. It's a little thin, which was disappointing. I was hoping there was more to it. However, there is plenty to get you or your child started. I don't know how to sew but this little book helped me a lot! I am now teaching my kids how to sew with our machine and its going well. The book has some patterns you can cut out too. You can make a simple skirt, a stuffed dog, or even an ipod pouch. It's a good book. I just wish there was more to it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Edith Beale on January 31, 2012
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I purchaced this book for my grandaughter who received her first sewing machine for Christmas. For the price I expected a little more that what she already knew from going through the book included with the machine. I think the pages shown before ordering were deceiving.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2012
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This is a very solid introduction to sewing machines and sewing for elementary aged children (my daughter is age 7.) It introduces all the parts of the sewing machine and what they do, and how to thread a bobbin and needle. It then discusses different fabrics and terms. It has sewing practice guides, for learning to sew straight or curvy lines, etc. Then it includes several introductory sewing projects - a bag, a stuffed animal, an easy skirt, etc.

My daughter and I really enjoyed this book and have made almost all of the projects. However, we both wish there were more projects included! It is a pretty small little book, which makes it less intimidating, but just a couple of more beginning projects would have made it a 5-star intro for us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By erek Stenborg on January 9, 2012
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My First Sewing Machine Book: Learn To Sew: KidsColorful, Simple to follow and Instructional. Just what's needed to begin and inspire rather than confuse and frustrate.
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