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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571206035
  • ASIN: B0076TQ87W
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sara Trail learned to sew at the age of just 4, she is now a successful quilter, sewing teacher, and clothes designer.

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It is easy to follow and non-intimidating.
JC Smitty
I would say this is a must-have book for tweens, or beginners who like to take things very slow.
Holly Golightly
Sew with Sara is one of the most refreshing beginner sewing books I have read in a long time.
J. Lanaux

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JC Smitty on May 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just received my book today and DVD (5/30/09). I wish I had this book months ago because it could have eliminated the expense of other similar books. I love the format. It is easy to follow and non-intimidating. Sara explains the sewing terms in a simple, non-complicated manner. The many pictures help as well. She encourages you to be unique, looks at mistakes as learning opportunities as opposed to "stressing."

Even better, Sara takes the reader to the next level by sharing tips on how to build your business as a seamstress. That advice alone would be an additional book for most authors--not Sara. This information is priceless for anyone who has a passion to sew.

Thank you Sara and C&T Publishing. I love this book. I strongly encourage Sara's DVD as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Bostwick on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that I wish had been around when I was a teenager. The author, Sara Trail, is an enterprising 13 year old who has been sewing since the age of four and has turned her hobby into a money-making venture along the way. In this book, she shares her enthusiasm and business savvy with her readers in an engaging and articulate way.

Her target audience is teens and tweens who are interested in learning to sew and making money from their sewing. I am just old enough that the abbreviated chat style language is a wee bit annoying, but it is perfect for the younger set. The writing style is lively and the many photographs mixed with eye-catching graphics keep the reader's interest. She writes as if she is speaking directly to the reader and entries from her personal journal are sprinkled in which lends a very personal feel to the text.

The first several chapters address the tools necessary for sewing and provide a brief introduction into the basics of sewing. I like that she gives suggestions on how to economize by borrowing a machine or visiting thrift stores for fabric. She also stresses safety techniques and includes her personal experiences with sewing injuries. The later chapters of the book address the sewing projects and her ideas for making money with them. The projects include a cellphone/mp3 player cover, an apron, hair scrunchy, a tote bag and a top, among others.

I was very impressed by her chapter on business basics where she discusses how to improve sales by dressing up the sales booth, making fliers, and presenting oneself to clients. She also includes a checklist for party planning (hosting pajama parties is one of her suggestions for making money).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Holly Golightly on July 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
1) it's a quick an easy to read.
2) sara is thorough and explains things well..so this book is GREAT for a beginner!
3) her personality is very cool, she's not overbearing in her descriptions.

I would say this is a must-have book for tweens, or beginners who like to take things very slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lanaux on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been sewing since I was a teen and I wish I had this book as a resource then. Sew with Sara is one of the most refreshing beginner sewing books I have read in a long time. Not only does Sara shares how to sew and tips for beginners, she shares a few journal entries about her adventures in sewing. This book has some cute projects to make that will help a novice learn valuable techniques. Sara also gives advice on making items to sell. She encourages the young entrepreneur with a few business-savvy tips on how to make money by sewing for others. She gives suggestions on what types of things to make and sell as well as where to sell them. Sara is definitely on her way to being big in the sewing world! I recommend this book for any beginner.
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