I had this book when I studied Needlework many years ago...it really does teach you everything you need to get started plus more. Am pleased I could get hold of another copy. I have given several to friends, that wanted to learn needlework skills, as gifts...they were well received. Illustrations are extremely clear. Sewing machine facts out of date, of course, but the essential seam, fabric and care knowledge has barely changed and that's where this book is perfect.