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3.0 out of 5 stars Light on the Basics, Heavy on Sewing Projects, August 6, 2005
This review is from: Sewing 101: A Beginners Guide to Sewing (Hardcover-spiral)
If you want to learn how to sew women's garments or home decor items, then this may be a good book for you. But if you want to learn sewing basics using a sewing machine, or want to also sew men's garments, then buy a different book. The "Sewing Basics" section is about 50 pages long, half of which consist of descriptions and photos of tools and supplies. Instructions for basic sewing techniques are limited and brief. There are no comprehensive instructions on the various types of stitches.

More than half of the book consists of "Home Decor" sewing, so, if that's what you're interested in, I recommend that you instead just buy the book "Home Decor Sewing 101" by the same author. I also bought this book, and while there doesn't appear to be overlap between the two books in regards to the projects featured, the Home Decor book is more comprehensive.

I would have given this book an even lower rating, but, it deserves a few stars simply for the nice layout and copious color photos that accompany every page. Additionally, the spiral binding allows the pages to lay flat when open, which is great for using right at the sewing machine.

In summary, if you want a book full of beginning sewing projects, then this book fits the bill. But if you're looking for a good beginner's sewing book with basic techniques, another book might be better.
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Initial post: May 24, 2009 6:56:30 AM PDT
C. Cong says:
Which book would you suggest for a beginner to learn more about a sewing machine?

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 11:09:13 AM PST
Thanks for a very helpful and informative review. A "a good beginner's sewing book with basic techniques" is exactly what I'm looking for, and this review makes it very clear that I need to keep looking. Thanks for telling exactly what I needed to know!

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 1:59:18 PM PDT
D. Wells says:
Can you recommend a book for a 20yo male who wants to learn to sew, presumably with items of interest to men? My son has the machine, the drive and desire but needs a good beginners book tailored towards men.
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