- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: CICO Books (14 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907030735
- ISBN-13: 978-1907030734
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sewing Machine Basics Paperback – 14 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Jane Bolsover has over 20 years' experience as a designer and writer specializing in sewing and crafts. As well as creating sewing and craft projects for magazines, Jane has written seven books on soft furnishings and patchwork, and edited many more. She has also appeared on mainstream television several times. Jane now works as a consultant for a major textile and craft show company, where she organizes craft demonstrations, workshops and feature displays.
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However, I was surprised to find given the universally good reviews on Amazon that I frequently found sections of the book (particularly the "teaching" sections) very confusing. I had to read text many times in some sections and even then I resorted to "having a go" in order to work out exactly what was meant. The diagrams were sometimes helpful but I also found these hit and miss. I think the main issue is that in each "step" you will be given multiple instructions, usually with one diagram which relates to only one of the instructions - often you don't know which! I usually end up either referring to another book to cross-check what I think is meant or looking up videos online.
I don't think myself to be someone who usually struggles with such things, so was surprised to see no one else had mentioned this on Amazon. I am potentially comparing this to a wonderful knitting book (Knitty Gritty - by Anneta Patel) which I recently learnt to knit with and it's coming up short against that quite high standard.
In summary, this is a nice book with some nice projects but unless you are already familiar with the basics or are willing to do a lot of re-reading and cross-checking as I have done then I feel there may be more clearly written texts available for the novice sewing machine owner.
The book starts off with an introductory section that explains how the machine works, other sewing tools and equipment you might need and explaining the different types of fabric and when to use them. The workshop section teaches you different techniques and then gives you a project at the end of each section to practice your newly acquired skills. Subjects covered include Seams, Hems, Stitches, Bias Binding, Fastenings, Zips, pockets, darts, gathers and pleats.
The book itself is easy to follow with large colourful diagrams and plenty of written instructions too throughout. I like the fact that the projects are not just your general women's clothing and gifts or small home accessories. There are useful sections on making curtains and blinds as well as a guide to understanding patterns. It also contains 7 full size pull out patterns in the back of the book.
This book is perfect for someone who has just got their first machine but would also teach a few new tricks to those who have been using a machine for a while.
After the "getting started" section, the book is divided into a series of workshops and each workshop ends with a project to make up, a cushion cover, an apron, a skirt and so on. Just about all the techniques you will ever need are used in these projects and the patterns included seem simple to use. I'm fairly certain I will use all of them - even the child's dress when I have no children, because it looks so pretty (and the charity shop will appreciate it).
One of the most useful features is a chart showing different fabrics along with the most appropriate needles, thread and so on to use with them.
So far I've had the book less than a week and my new sewing machine arrives tomorrow. My fingers are itching to get started.
Great projects to work through to develop your skills.
The projects are attractive and useful : there are 2 cushions (one simple, the other more complicated with a zip and piped edging), an apron, a bag, a scarf, a roller blind, a pair of drawstring trousers, a skirt, etc.
What impressed me most about this book is that the publishers have not skimped on ink - the book is absolutley bursting with gorgeous colour diagrams and photos.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my 9 year old granddaughter who wanted a sewing machine for Christmas, we thought it would just be a fad but this book has been fantastic and taught her loads of... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mrs C A Shorrock
Have only just started using a sewing machine, this book is perfect.
Good instructions and pictures.
Also explains about materials, tools and patterns. Read more
Bought as a gift for my wife. Seems straightforward enough and has a fair few patterns in the back. Looks good to me.Published 1 month ago by S. L. Reed
Ordered this to as I was returning to sewing and had just purchased a Janome Sewist 525s machine and have found this book simple and easy to use and it complements the instructions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wilma C