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About the Author

Deborah Moebes is a fifth-generation crafter and designer. After nearly ten years of school teaching, Deborah Moebes launched a children's clothing line in 2006, and began teaching sewing at Beehive Co-op in Atlanta the following year. Her classes there are in high demand, and her business has grown to include a thriving fabric shop and sewing lounge in the heart of Atlanta. She continues to add workshops and sewing events throughout the year, and regularly blogs tutorials, projects and articles on the new sewing culture.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Spi Har/CD edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440211612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440211614
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The pictures and directions are very clear and easy to follow.
columbiabelle
I bought this book when I bought my first sewing machine and it has definitely helped me so much with learning the basics that you need to know.
Sophia Alvarez
It's a great book both for beginners and seasoned sewers like myself.
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133 of 133 people found the following review helpful By T. Childs on August 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Finally, a sewing book you'll want to keep and reference for years to come. It passed my initial test for describing the basics of sewing in a clear way but wasn't so extremely detailed that I was like "hurry up already ~ I want to start sewing". The instructions did a great job at describing each step in a way that anyone can understand. I really appreciated how Chapter One began with the basics and matched beginner skills with a beginner project and then each subsequent project built on the skills from the previous chapter... by the end of this book I had sewn a gorgeous skirt!

Another great feature: the book is spiral bound and lays flat on the table while I work, and allowed me to reference the instructions and step-by-step photos at a glance.

Pros:
- Pre-project fundamentals of sewing were clear and concise
- Instructions were well written
- Lots of step-by-step photos
- Lots of projects (and project variations)
- Spiral bound book lays flat for easy reference

Cons:
- Nothing! The patterns all come on a CD so you can print them out over and over again.
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By J. Corbett on November 21, 2010
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For years, I have been too afraid to learn how to sew. I was intimidated by the machine, and I was afraid that I would never learn. Although I'm still only through a few of the projects, I now feel that I can do anything with sewing!

I think what really helps with this book is that the author doesn't attempt to intimidate you and gives you thorough instructions. I was more than happy that she gave a detailed list of necessary accessories and how to use them. I also appreciated her humor throughout the book (especially her little tangent about fabric).

Another important part of this book is that sewing is part craft and part art. It does take practice to build up skill in order to do all the stitches correctly, but that's the great part about learning! I purchased several yards of muslin just to practice all of the stitching, and the more I practice, the better I get. Hopefully within the new few months, I can start taking patterns and using them. And finally, I hope to take those patterns and modify them to fit a body perfectly. This is just the first building block in order to learn. Each project teaches you a new skill, and I find myself going back a few each time, so I can test myself.

I have to admit that I found the projects to be a little funny. I have no wish to make an eye mask, and the hipster belt looks a little strange. But the importance of these things is learning the skills required to make them and to move on and make your own items. So for now, I happily make the eye mask, because I know getting these skills will help me in the future.

Although there is a long list of things that you should consider getting before continuing the projects, I would recommend like crazy a pair of dressmaker's shears.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By I Like The Color Green on December 29, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm trying to learn how to sew and the content is great. The author writes as if she's talking to you and you're long time friends. The projects start off simple and the pictures are colored and detailed. My only gripe with Stitch by Stitch is all of the spelling and grammar mistakes. I am just a little disappointed that such a great book would have so many little mistakes. It's nothing that really detours you from content, but you'd think that the book would be edited before being mass produced.

The book is spiral bound and starts off with materials that you'd need to start sewing, a section on choosing a machine, and a section on fabric.

The projects are:
- Fancy Napkin
- Picnic Place Mat
- Reversible Tote Bag
- Relaxing Eye Mask
- Hipster Belt
- Piped Throw Pillow
- Patchwork Cafe Curtains
- Girl's Charm Pack Skirt
- A Wrap Skirt
- A Line Skirt
- Cap Sleeved Blouse

It also has a section on how to use commercial patterns.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Cathy P. on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I LOVED this book during the first few projects. I felt like I was taking a fun class. The first page of every project lists the skills you'll attain, and I felt pretty darn successful by the end of each one. During the project, the writer is a supportive and humorous instructor that makes the long lesson fun.

Halfway through the book, things changed. It seems like there was a rush to get this book to the publisher. There are spelling errors ("peak" instead of "peek" and "too" instead of "to"). One of the patterns is supposed to have notches and dots, but it doesn't. The pattern sizing is WAY off. There are picture errors--where there is supposed to be a picture of sewing on buttons, there is a copy of a picture from the previous page of creating a small pleat on one of the ties. Where the writer is supposed to be explaining how to make a buttonhole for the tie to go through (for the carport skirt), she starts talking about making it for a button (the buttons on this skirt have loops, not holes). Some steps seem out of order and create HUGE headaches (like when you get to mitering the hem on the carport skirt).

After reading some of these reviews, I'm starting to think I purchased the one and only draft of the book that somehow made it on the shelves of Joann Fabrics.

I have learned quite a bit about sewing from this book. Unfortunately, I've also had to learn how to figure things out on my own. But, hey, isn't that the best way to become a better sewer?
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