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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2012
I think this book is good value for money as it contains a good variety of projects and pattern pieces for several of them. I was looking forward to starting my first project 'Grannys Clothespin Apron'. I did find some of the instructions a little confusing and spent a long time trying to work them out. When I finally got to the stage of attaching the waistband I found the measurements were incorrect. I read back through the instructions and had followed them precisely so couldn't work out where I had gone wrong. I decided to search the internet for this pattern only to find three pages of corrections for this book with measurements, instructions, wording on patterns printed upside down. Just make sure you get a print of these corrections before you start any of these projects. I am disappointed at the amount of errors in this book, one or two you many expect but there are many more. On a positive note, there are lots of items I intend to make which will hopefully be a little simpler now I have my list of corrections!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
How often do you find you've got some great fabrics in your stash, but not quite enough to make an outfit with and too much to cut up for scrap quilts? Well this book has some amazing ideas of how to use up those pieces, from space saving organisers to aprons, tea cosies and bags. There are so many great projects in here your main problem will be that you don't have enough fabric to make them all!

At first I was a bit surprised by the ring binder format of this book but once you start looking through you realise that there are so many pages it is a lot easier to use this format as it means you can open it on the project you want and the book stays open, whilst you follow the instructions. No more trying to prop books open whilst you work from them.

Each project gets a few pages accompanied by photos and diagrams, including a useful diagram showing you how to cut all the necessary pieces out of your metre of fabric. Projects are split into topics including sewing fundamentals, homestyle, household affairs, craft organisation, on the go, from head to toe, carry it all, outfit your small wonder, accessorise your little one, playtime and your furry friends.

There's a useful pack of pattern pieces in the front of the book, plus the sewing fundamentals at the front of the book is really useful. It gives you information on fabrics, essential equipment, using patterns, sewing machine tips and techniques. This book is something you will come back to time and again.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2010
101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre contains some beautiful, modern designs. I am a beginner to sewing, but did find the instructions and illustrations clear. The book also includes a wallet of patterns. The book is very well-designed. It is spiral-bound so it lays flat which is very handy when you have your hands full of pins and fabric. There are plenty of patterns in the book. The patterns include clothes, household bits and bobs and stuff for kids. My one big disappointment with the book is that it uses imperial measurements. I had heard about the American version of this book and was delighted when I saw that they were re-publishing it for a non-US audience. The title has been changed from 'yard' to 'metre' and I assumed the patterns would also be converted to metric. Unfortunately it is only the title that has been changed. Whilst I can still work out the measurements, I don't think in yards and inches so I was a bit disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2011
Great collection of things to make, loved looking through and deciding what to make, as recently brought my first sewing machine. so found this book very good for a beginner, a bit American is its only fault.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2010
I bought this book after seeing it in a shop in town and thought I'd give it a go. IT's well laid out, fairly easy to follow instructions and some simple diagrams. I have made a couple of the projects in this book and so far, so good.
The only real criticism is that, and this has been mentioned by others, is that although the book is titled; 101 ways to sew a metre, all the instructions are in inches and yards. I didn't find this a problem, but less familiar sewers might. I am still mostly a beginner and found it easy enough to follow.
I would recommend this book, even to a beginner, as there are so many great ideas for both the home and your little ones. Definitely worth getting.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2010
I ordered this book for my sister for her Birthday as we both love sewing and making things for the home but I have to say I was a little bit disappointed with it. The content was modern and nicely displayed but the projects in it weren't anything new and in many cases had been done better in other books (for example Amy Butler, Tonne Finnager). Also, as suggested by the photo of the teenage girl on the front, I felt that the projects in this book were more suitable for a younger person or somebody with less sewing experience. I would say that if you wanted to buy a present for a young person who had just bought their first house and wanted to start making things this would be ideal as it's very retro with clear instructions. However, if you are an experienced sewer you may find it a little too simple and disappointing compared to other books.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2010
This is a great book if (like me) you don't have much in the way of sewing experience.

It has some really great and varied little projects, which I am looking forward to making! From Oven gloves, to Nightdresses, to soft toys and pet beds! I think there is something for everyone.

I love the fact that it comes with the patterns in a seperate pocket at the front of the book. I think this is/was an American book and like one of the other 'reviewers' mentioned, the title says metre but the measurements etc are all in Imperial (inches), which may make it more difficult if you can only work and think in centimetres. Luckily for me I can work in both, having Imperial parents and learning Metric at school.

If you can get over the fact that it is in Imperial rather then Metric though, I would highly recommend this book! FAB!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2011
Loads of ideas on what to do with those bits of fabric laying around.
Contains useful craft ideas!
Lovely layout
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2012
As the title of my review says, it is a very well presented book with some inspiring ideas. I have made the sewing machine cover since buying the book and am planning on making a few more items already. I am a beginner with a sewing machine, and I found the pattern easy to follow. The main annoyance of this book is the fact it says "1 metre", but inside the book is all in imperial, which I find annoying as I am a metric girl myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2011
This book is amazing! I'm relatively new to sewing and wanted to teach myself but with projects rather than practising 'pretend' skills. As the projects are using small amounts of fabric, they are also relatively quick to make. I have made 5 of the projects so far for me, my daughter and a gift and found all the instructions clear and the results have been fantastic. Although the basics and some of the sewing terms are explained on the book, I do refer to a another complete book of sewing picked up for 50p in a charity shop. Couldn't recommend this book enough as great quirky projects for home, gifts, baby and pets - amazing value for money!!! Go on, put it on your wish list...
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