Sew Me! Sewing Basics

Sew Me! Sewing Basics

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Sew Me! Sewing Basics is geared towards would-be sewers of all ages, who may never have touched a sewing machine or even threaded a needle before. It's the perfect book for anyone who wants to get started in the craft, or just needs a quick refresher course in sewing. Choly Knight's friendly and easy-to-follow directions will get readers sewing with confidence, making repairs, and creating new garments from scratch. She starts at the very beginning, showing how to choose a sewing machine and introducing the most basic techniques and shortcuts. From cutting patterns and sewing seams, to binding edges, gathering fabric and installing zippers, each new skill is accompanied by a quick practice exercise to try, allowing readers to learn as they sew. Fifteen simple and straightforward projects are provided for sewing fun accessories from plushies, pincushions and placemats to hand towels and hats.
Publisher: East Petersburg, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 9781574214239
1574214233
Characteristics: 143 pages : illuistrations (cheifly color) ; 28 cm

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kkkkkathy
Aug 16, 2017

The author explains several techniques by showing us how to make an array of projects. I made the "In A Snap Wallet" to get the hang of using snaps, and also sewing curved seams. She has a gift for explaining the steps really well, making it easy to follow and avoid disaster. I already have plans to make another mini wallet for a gift.

This book is well worth reading for anyone wanting to expand sewing knowledge and skills, or looking for a new project. Even experienced sewists may pick up a different way of doing something they have done before.

(Additional comment: Nine months later, I have made four of these mini wallets, and also two card holders which are scaled down from the project outlined in this book.)

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chriscoleman
Dec 20, 2016

I have more than 20 years of sewing under my belt, so I have my own techniques for doing different things like buttons and zippers. This book has sections on doing these different things which is great if you absolutely don't know what you're doing, but not so good if you already do these things. Other sections are just plain vague. Like the section on choosing a sewing machine. She groups sewers into Industrialist, Fashionista, and Improviser and recommends a basic machine for the Industrialist, a computerized machine for the Fashionista, and an old hand-me-down model for the Improviser with no reasoning behind any of them. She spends time on color theory (pointless) and then sewing space (also pointless). She makes anyone learning to sew think it's going to cost a fortune and require a separate room in your house. It doesn't. One of my machines is a Brother computerized machine with a clear bobbin and shuttlecase window. The one she used for her photos is all metal. You cannot see a thing. The first project is a pillow sham and it looks shoddily made. If you want to gauge a seamstress's talent, look at the end product and there you go. These projects are poorly made.

jclterrib Aug 18, 2016

Loved the cover so had to pick up...wasn't disappointed. She touches on different fabrics-- pros and cons, color wheel, tools, and one's sewing space. Fun pictures, projects and instruction for the beginner.

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