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Great for gaining confidence in using your sewing machine
on 21 January 2008
I have really enjoyed first browsing, (gorgeous pictures) then actually using this book, to make functional, simple but stylish items. I would describe my skill level in sewing as beginner improver, on a good day intermediate! Stuff like setting a zip, lining and interfacing simple bag shapes, making a machine buttonhole, a little hand embroidery. The first project I attempted was the embellished zip-up pouch which I am now proudly using as make-up bag. I have just completed the simple tote and have now moved on to the child's shift top. This last one requires photocopying and enlarging the pattern included in the book. Amy's instructions are clear, her "Basics" section where she describes common techniques, is pretty comprehensive. Her tone is very "can do" and encouraging. Check out the Bend The Rules Sewing Group on flickr.com where there are hundreds of photos of completed projects from this lovely book. As for the rule bending of the title, what Amy Karol seems to mean by this is "sew instinctively." For example, don't automatically tack or pin if you feel you don't need to. Overall, an accessible and inspirational book with projects you'll want to make.