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Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time Hardcover-spiral – August 25, 2010
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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.
- 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
- Nothing! The patterns all come on a CD so you can print them out over and over again.
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.Read more ›
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?
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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There are plenty of nice reviews about the books contents so I will not rewrite those. I will start off by saying that if you are interested in garment sewing you can skip this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Le Monde
This is a well written book. I like that the author doesn't assume any knowledge of sewing. It's very easy to move ahead if the reader is familiar with the topic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tigerina
I really like this book. It's the first learn to sew book I bought. Lots of pictures, thorough descriptions. This is a must have if you are learning. Also, S.E.W., by Diana Rupp. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rx3mom
This book is well laid-out and written. The author starrts from the very beginning of learning to sew and brings the reader through an introduction of what getting started in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephanie
As soon as I got this book, I sat down and read it cover to cover. I am coming back to sewing as a hobby and this book made me so excited to start again. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shannon Day
It's an ok book but I would have liked to have seen illustrations in addition to the photography to explain the manipulation of fabric that she tries to describe in words.Published 15 months ago by M. Beal