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Sew Fast Sew Easy: All You Need to Know When You Start to Sew Paperback – August 20, 2002
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I purchased this book to help teach my 20 yo daughter how to follow patterns. She has taught herself and makes items, but doesn't know traditional sewing techniques or how to use patterns. There was useful information in this book, but once you have worked through the projects, it's usefulness is limited.
This book does include the patterns, on traditional pattern tissue paper, right with it. This is extremely helpful to a beginner, who won't have to try to find patterns with features they won't even know. The instruction is useful, with minimal places of confusion. Better explanation of the type of materials that would work for each project might have been useful too.
In other reviews there were comments about the accuracy of the instruction. One person commented about the stitch length. I own 5 sewing machines, and there seems to be two different numerical scales used on them for determining this. This book points out what seems to be used on more of the newer machines. There are a couple of other things like this in the book--it would have been nice to explain both ways. A beginner, I would assume, would might be confused by this.
Otherwise, a great book with projects that aren't out dated. Just remember, this probably won't be useful as a reference book a year from now.
All in all, I do think this is a great book for good beginner projects. If you have any useful sewing experience, you might think this book is too basic.
I thought that the instructions could have been more detailed - I had trouble applying the piping to the pillow based on the illustrations provided.
Of all the sewing books I've purchased since "Sew Fast, Sew Easy," I'd say that this one is one that I regret the most. I recommend S.E.W. Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. It contains better instructions, more projects and more general information about sewing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book for a sewing beginner! I love how everything is explained in easy to understand terms. Recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about sewing!Published 1 month ago by Kristi Patterson
I purchased this book some years ago when I was taking sewing classes. I found it to be very helpful.Published 17 months ago by Brenda T.
This is pretty good, but it's WAY shorter than I thought it would be from the other reviews. It's a very thin book and not as comprehensive as I would have liked to REALLY get... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Dominique Jones
I am new at sewing and don't understand how to read patterns. My daughter-in-law asked me to make a dress for my Granddaughter for a special event, and I agreed, but Had no idea... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Rose Wilson
I was completely disappointed in this book! Only half of it was basic sewing. The other half is instructions for making a pillow and a skirt. Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Dee1175
I wish i had purchased this book when i first started sewing. Clear, concise instructions and explanations of the sewing machine, patterns and more. Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer