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.
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.
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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