Most of us have an ordinary sewing machine. It can be basic, mid or top range with lots of potential we've probably never unleashed. This book shows us how you can get the most out of our machine, simply by changing feet. We learn how to work with all fabrics, even the most slippery and stretchy and discover great time-saving tricks such as easy zippers and buttonholes. Filled with help and advice, there's also a useful guide for those considering upgrading or buying a machine for the first time. This one is essential reading. --Machine Knitting Monthly
Aimed at all levels, this book helps you to understand that there is a little gadget to get just the effect you want. Simply by changing the foot on your sewing machine and adding an attachment you can do the most amazing things. Everything from the basics to specialised feet, ways with edgings and fancy stitching. Excellent text, photographs and instructions to get the most from your sewing machine. Includes a buyer's guide for sewing machines. --Karenplatt.co.uk
There are lots of different gadgets and accessories available for sewing machines, but do we need them all? As with kitchen gizmos, it s all too easy to succumb to the sort of bits and pieces that are used once and then languish in a cupboard. But, if you don t look at what s available, you could be missing out on something that would make your life easier or encourage you to try a new technique. Simply by changing the foot, you may be able to get more out of your sewing machine. Many machines come with a few basic feet, but if you re into making soft furnishings, maybe it s time to consider a piping foot or a ruffle foot. If you re going to be doing some machine quilting, a walking foot or stitch-in-the-ditch foot could be a good buy. For decorative stitching, think about an open-toed foot or an embroidery/darning foot and for a bit of fun, there s always a flower attachment that stitches lovely decorative circles. The book looks at 29 different feet, and every one is fully explained with easy-to-follow instructions (and photographs) to demonstrate how to get the most out of it. There are also lots of useful tips for using gadgets such as a bias binder maker - and, if you re thinking of getting a new machine, you ll fine the Buyer s Guide very useful. --Stitch Magazine
About the Author
Wendy Gardiner is a sewing guru! She has been editor of various sewing titles for many years, and for the last ten years editor of Sewing World, Britain's leading sewing magazine. She loves everything to do with sewing by machine and has recently presented six DVDs on the subject. Keen to promote sewing as a fun, affordable hobby, she is also co-manager of the ISEW website, a magazine resource site packed with sewing projects and techniques and backed by leading companies in the sewing industry. Wendy also continues to run creative sewing weekends.