Let me start by saying I am a novice machine sewer at the age of 28. I certainly have background in crafting/embroidery etc but the machine really intimidated me and I have no one (grandmother etc) to teach me. I really love this book and think it has made me a more confident sewer. It will NOT teach you how to use your machine. It won't teach you basic techniques like pressing, cutting/measuring fabric, using a rotary cutter etc. There are plenty of blogs and youtube that helped me with that. She does include an introduction with the kinds of tools you will need and/or are helpful as well as a basic introduction which is nice but you may need to do some research about your machine or consult a more comprehensive guide like Vogue for the details on the most basic techniques. What it does have are cute and useful projects I actually liked (as opposed to other "beginner books" filled with ugly and/or dated things I would never want to purchase let alone make) Each chapter is divided into 3 projects, with each project building on the skills learned in the previous. So, for example, the first chapter is themed around dining/kitchen. First you make simple dishcloth (learning to sew in a straight line, folded corners, making a basic hem, pressing fabric etc), then the next project is a set of cloth napkins (still sewing/cutting in a straight line, but now we add in "fancy" mitered corners, and finishing edge stiching), finally a table runner with pockets for flatware (add seamless pockets). By the end of the chapter you've really mastered the basics (straight line sewing/hemming, mitered corners) and are also comfortable with a more advanced skill (seamless pockets). Each chapter builds on the previous, though the author maintains you do not have to work the chapters in order. I am about halfway through and just chose to go in order because I want to build my skills.
Each project includes a high quality color photographic image of the final product. The actual directions include text and black and white drawings. At times I had to go back and reread a step several times because the picture isn't as detailed as I might like, but overall everything is simple to follow even for a beginner.
I have a friend who borrowed the book and is a very advanced sewer. She ended up getting her own copy because she likes it too. The projects are simple but also interesting enough for an accomplished seamstress. I think one thing that helps with this is for each project she suggests ways to alter the directions to make the project your own. For someone starting out the plain cloth napkins might be challenge enough but for a more accomplished sewer she suggests adding decorative trim or embroidery, or to use a higher quality fabric to make heirloom quality table linens.
I would have given this book 5 stars but I took one away because I think there should have been more pictures/detailed diagrams for the more complicated projects and basic instruction for things like cutting or tracing a pattern onto fabric. For a true beginner this would have been helpful. Overall I highly recommend it!