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Me and My Sewing Machine Paperback – May 16, 2010
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With complete instructions for tried and true techniques, from the basic set-up to the finishing touches, an illustrated guide to how a sewing machine works, and advice on the accessories needed to achieve the desired results, this is a great book for the newbie sewer. (Notions Magazine, June 1, 2010 June 1, 2010)
I've been sewing for a long time, but I was self taught, and I'm still at a beginner level. This is exactly the book I need to improve my sewing skills! If you are a self taught sewist, this book is a wonderful resource that is able to answer your questions. I like Me and My Sewing Machine because it explains techniques that aren't common sense, and that I'm probably doing wrong. This book will help you sew projects that are beautifully crafted and durable. The information in the reference section is invaluable, and the patterns are cute, easy to sew, but will still help you work through new techniques. I wish Me and My Sewing Machine had been available years ago! (Connecting Threads, June 24, 2010 June 24, 2010)
Me and My Sewing Machine is an excellent reference manual to carry in your store. Excellent step-by-step photography along with easy-to-understand instructions detail the various kinds of seams, how to put in a zipper or hem, and it even includes patterns for some fun projects. (. American Quilt Retailer, July 1, 2010)
This helpful sewing manual covers much more than its name implies. Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide by Kate Haxell for C&T Publishing introduces all the basic sewing techniques. While quilting and patchwork are only mentioned briefly, this is a great beginning resource for the new sewer in your life. Includes patterns for seven simple projects and a useful glossary. (Small Quilts, June 1, 2010 June 1, 2010)
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I absolutely adore the pages about sewing machine accessories because they have great big pictures of the accessories with names and explanations. I am not one to read users manuals- too dry, so I am quite happy to know what all of these dohickees are for. The author moves into explaining how to run a sewing machine, different types of fabric and different threads and stitches - complete with pictures of the stitches , gotta love that.
Also covered in the book are all different types of seams, hems, different ways to fasten, sewing corners, different edgings, ruffles, box pleats, embroidering, making your own appliques , sewing on ribbons, lace etc. In the back of the book you will find different projects to make as well as templates and a glossary.
What I love so much about this book is that the steps are numbered and easy to read and for some reason if you do have a hard time understanding exactly what she means by reading it she has big pictures of each step so between the two you know what you are doing.
I definitely recommend this book, I am going to be referencing it a lot in the future, it has a permanent spot next to my sewing machine. This is one of those books you don't want to bother taking out from the library because you are just going to go out and buy it anyway.
My problems with this book begin with the unfortunately cursory explanation of how a machine operates, which mostly instructs readers to read their sewing machine manual, or, failing that, bring their machine to a sewing store. As a beginner, I needed more.
The book skimps on projects a beginner might try and details a slew of sewing projects way beyond a beginner's understanding. For example, seven different hemming techniques are shown, though nothing about hemming pants. At times the author introduces sewing terms without explaining them, e.g., basting (though there is a glossary). And the photos, while pretty, often didn't have enough contrast to illustrate the example.
As a final note, the book was devoted exclusively to women's apparel. I had bought this book to hem my own pants, patch holes, restitch button holes, and fix tears. That how my mother used her machine. I bet many mother use their machine the same way. This book did not meet my needs.
All in all, this book is for novices and up, not beginners.