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1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects Spiral-bound – June 1, 2011
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About the Author
Laura Malek is a photographer and artist living in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Her first book, 1, 2, 3 Sew, won a Gold Award in the How-To/Crafts category from the PubWest Book Design Awards.
Top Customer Reviews
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I love the pictures, colors, and diagrams.
I love that the full-size patterns are included in a pouch and that the patterns are on NOT a giant sheet of paper, but on their own pieces of paper!
I found a little mistake (that wasn't major) in the instructions and posted a question on the author's blog and she got back to me very quickly. The patterns and instructions have been tested and the mistake that gave me pause was just one of those things that can happen in spite of tender loving care! But if you did find a glitch that stopped you, isn't it nice to know that the author is responsive?
Projects in this book include several bags, toys and clothing for children, and basic household items with creative touches.
The bag I made had me do something new--putting dividers in the lining of a bag.
Even though I have hundreds of craft books, I don't buy every book I flip through. I am happy I bought this one...and happy with my very useful, new Craft Caddy bag!
Lets start with where I thought this book really shined.
After browsing through several beginner sewing books I really appreciated the progression of projects in this book. They begin very simple and build on each other, teaching new techniques while building on the skills previously learned. While some of the other books immediately jumped in to more advanced projects this book started by hemming simple tea towels. This won't be a bonus for everyone but as am absolute beginner I found it very useful to start at such a basic level: fold, press, and practice sewing in a straight line. For this reason alone I recommend this book; Fun projects of progressive difficulty to build your skill and confidence. Hands down of all the books I've browsed this one had the best projects for practical practice for a beginner. If you're sitting down with a sewing machine for the first time, this book should be by your side.
So what does this book do so poorly that after the recommendation above I rate it only "It's Ok"?
I personally found the How-To sections (step by step instructions meant to introduce new techniques) absolutely incomprehensible. I'm not the kind of guy who usually struggles with diagrams and cryptic instructions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm just getting into sewing and after looking through this book, I know it will be the one book that will allow me to sew some nice items. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Gray
Very good value for the money spent on the book as the patterns are included and the directions are easy to read.Published 8 months ago by Norma Harman
Starts from the very beginning, which is oddly hard to find. Wonderful projects!Published 11 months ago by MovieNerd1977
I bought this book at a bookstore after reading the concept and looking through the different pictures of completed projects. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rachel Sincere