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Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight Paperback – July 19, 2011
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"Like a fun and patient teacher, Brett Bara guides readers through both sewing basics and more advanced skills without any of it seeming intimidating at all." --Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch'n'Bitch series
"Sewing in a Straight Line opens up unlimited creative possibilities. Now even with basic sewing skills, I can show off my personal style." --Christina Batch-Lee, Etsy.com
"This is everything (and more) a novice sewer could hope for in a book. From a refresher in the basics to beautiful projects, Brett reminds us that gorgeous clothing and decorations don't require years of experience."--Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge
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I like that the projects are simple, but look cool and cover a smattering of project types from clothes and accessories to home to gifts. And everything relies on your own measurements - so not only could you easily adjust things to be however big or small you wanted, the clothes can be made for anyone, which is refreshing. This weekend, I'm going to put aside the aforementioned quilt to make the purse - with a few modifications to suit my style. That's one of the things I like the most - I feel like this book is a great jumping off point for many ideas and every project leaves a lot of room for you to customize however you like.
Another plus - the directions seem very clearly written and I think the diagrams are helpful. I've read the directions for each project and have been able to clearly see in my mind how the item is constructed. I haven't found any directions that left me scratching my head in confusion.
I think this is a perfect book for a beginner because you can have fun, immediate success. That's what you need when you get started sewing (at least I did). This book is also probably really great for anybody who needs a shot of inspiration like I did. I'm really glad I picked up this book!
The one hour skirt looks nice and easy, I've done similar skirts and love them. This book does show you how to do a french seam, which I didn't know about, I always just zig zag stitched after straight stitched to avoid freying. The French Seam is much more professional looking, I would think. This skirt would be a great first project for a beginner. The cardi would be a great second project.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only 1 thing in the book I wanted the rest is mostly ugly so I pulled out the project I wanted and put the book in the Goodwill pile.Published 2 days ago by Raca
I ended up buying this book for my own collection after checking it out from the library. It has a lot of great basic patterns that would appeal to sewists of all skill levels.Published 1 month ago by DoU
As the owner The Handwork Studio, sewing camps for kids ages 5-15, this is the only book we use (with patterns from Simplicity) at over 40+ locations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laura Kelly
I am a fairly novice stitcher. I learned to sew as a kid but only recently took it back up - I'm two projects into my newfound hobby. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andi
Looking forward to making many of these projects in the months and years ahead.Published 15 months ago by Stephanie A Bullard
I was honestly surprised at this book's content. I was expecting incredibly simple projects, and there are a few, but there are also a lot of projects that would take a bit of time... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Monika G
I received this book as a Christmas gift. I wanted to like it, I really did. I'm not new to sewing, but I still classify myself as a "beginner" because I haven't sewn... Read morePublished 19 months ago by R.L.
I just learned how to sew and needed a really simple book with projects I can do. This one is great. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Read morePublished 21 months ago by chemistrymonkey21