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Gr 3-8-A sequel to Sewing School (Storey, 2010), which focused on hand stitching, this visually appealing title carries those skills over to machine sewing. It covers the basics: machine and fabric anatomy and selection, supplies needed, project preparation, and safety practices. Readers are guided step-by-step in the creation of 20 projects, with patterns enclosed in a pocket at the back. The projects have been tested by children within the book's targeted age range; are logically arranged, garnering more stars as their complexity increases; and draw on skill sets that have been previously covered. Clear, high-quality photographs and concise directions coincide with each step, while sidebars contain ideas for personalizing projects with embellishments. One chapter is devoted to correcting mistakes; hand-stitching skills needed in finishing up are contained in another. Information on creating a sewing group and a useful resource guide are included. Highlighting the many benefits acquired through learning to sew, this volume will serve adults as well as children. As a beginner's guide, it is first-rate and even encourages readers to expand their repertoire with the inclusion of more challenging techniques such as patchwork, drawstrings, and zippers. It is wonderfully designed and an ideal purchase for beginners, though its pattern pocket and spiral binding might not be best suited for heavy circulation.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Graduate from hand-sewing to the endless possibilities of sewing with a machine. Learn the basics -- threading the machine, feeding the fabric -- and then work your way through twenty fun projects that will carry your stuff, keep you warm, and decorate your room.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 17 years
  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612120490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612120492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
The first Sewing School focuses on hand sewing. Many of the reviews for that book included comments from readers wishing for more machine sewing projects to do with kids. I suspect that may have prompted the authors of Sewing School, Andria Lisle and Amie Plumley, to write this sequel--Sewing School 2.

I had a chance to look at an ebook copy of this book (on my computer). I really like it! But, before I go any farther describing this book, I want to mention that I WOULD NOT purchase a kindle edition of this book unless you are going to be looking at it on your computer (not on a kindle). Even then, this is one of those books that will be much, much easier to use in print than electronically.

My daughter, Sami, has been asking since last week to learn how to sew on my machine. She even bought a kids' machine at a garage sale, which didn't work. Because she wants to so much, I have promised that I would teach her. I have to admit, though, that I was at a bit of a loss as to where to start and what to make. This book will make it simple for me.

The book starts off which what supplies are needed. It explains all the different parts of a sewing machine and gives good safety tips. There are a bunch of simple sewing projects (like bags, organizers, a scarf, decorations, a pillow, and more...) that you can use scrap material around your house to make. Yay! I love crafts that we can make with things we already have.

I think the authors have done a great job writing a book to teach kids how to sew with a sewing machine (and guide their parents)! There is one minor thing that I wish there was more information about in this book.
That topic is choosing a sewing machine for a child.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mom of 3 on September 13, 2013
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My 7 year old son loves when I sew and keeps wanting to make projects. We have done a few small things, but I was looking for a book with lots of pictures and easy, practical projects. This book is IT. It is very difficult to find a beginning sewing book that is not aimed at girls. I was so excited I borrowed this from our library and when I discovered how great it was, decided I needed to order one (doing tonight actually). Tons of projects that can be easily adapted for boys and girls plus at the end of each project there are suggestions for how to change a project to make it your own. The projects encourage easy fabrics such as felt and often uses ribbon as ties or straps. The pictures are fantastic and are of real projects made by kids with all their creativity AND flaws. LOVE LOVE LOVE After we looked through the book the other day my son asked when we can start sewing things. I highly recommend this!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mag on July 5, 2013
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I bought this book for my 8 year old granddaughter. We are having a great time working on the projects in the book and learning to use the sewing machine. Very well written. I would recommend this book to anyone working with 8 and up great projects.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Burke on March 13, 2014
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This book has introductory projects to learn how to sew with a machine. I would say its best for kids from age 6-10. Every kid learning to sew likes to grab scrap fabric and sew it together in some creative way like a bag with unfinished edges and a no sew fabric strap. That's the type of projects this book has. They all remind me of ways my kids threw their scraps together when they were learning to sew at age 6. If you're looking for projects that have properly finished edges for the sewer age 10+, look elsewhere. There are only a few projects that suit the needs of older kids. What the book has going for it is that almost all the projects are simple enough so that kids quickly produce finished projects without frustrating young learners. Those finishing details skipped can often be the details that frustrate the youngest sewers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on January 16, 2014
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My 8 year old daughter was really excited about her new sewing machine and this book was a great companion! It also took some stress off of me. She sat down and read the beginning and was very anxious to start. We didn't exactly follow the order of lessons but we have , with very little me and a lot of just her, made two nice travel pillows, the "Sleepy Bear" project and an "Art to go go" project but the bathroom version. She loves to read about the different ideas and we would definitely recommend this book ;)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Tripp on July 16, 2013
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My daughter has been wanting to learn to sew for a while now. I got this book to review on my blog and am so happy I did. It is a truly wonderful resource for teaching kids to sew. It has fun projects- things that kids really want to make. It has bright colorful pictures and easy to follow instructions. It has pattern pieces right in the book with a pocket to store them it. I highly recommend this for anyone with kids wanting to learn!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H.R. on September 26, 2013
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My 9 year old daughter loved the first book and now loves this one. She has recognized many of the kids in the pictures from the last book. She loves to sew and this gives lots of great age appropriate items.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 3, 2013
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Sewing School 2- Lessons in Machine Sewing by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle is a book full of instructions and simple, fun and mostly useful projects for young people learning to sew.

I like teaching people to sew using a book. A well-written book will have things in it I might forget teaching, and it will also have projects geared specifically for teaching beginners. In the case of this book, the projects are designed with the tween set in mind. Also with a good book, I can step back and be available to help if necessary but they have the freedom to learn at their own pace.

It's spiral bound to lay flat with full color photos and diagrams. There is an envelope in the back of the book that has the patterns for the projects, but most of the projects can be done by measuring and cutting. A lot of them are based on rectangle and square shapes with straight seams which makes them very simple to sew.

The introduction starts by explaining the project pages- the difficulty rating system, materials needed, skills needed, a note for parents and skill check which explains what skills a new sewer is learning. Then it explains the anatomy of a sewing machine with photos. This section explains each part and how it's used. A further glossary explains other terms and tools you'll need.

After that it covers the basic supplies you'll need in a sewing kit. Then it gets into explaining exactly how to plan a project and sew it from picking fabric, cutting out a pattern, sewing, safety tips and personalization. All with great photos and easy to understand text.

After that- the projects. As mentioned, they are designed with beginners in mind, and for tweens.
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