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Ideal for beginners, jam packed with info & great photography too
on 28 January 2013
This sewing manual is written by the former editor of Sew Magazine, she was known as Laura Cruickshank then. It is a brilliant reference guide for beginners. The book covers the tools you will need, how to use and look after your sewing machine and techniques such as seams, tucks and pleats and corners, trims and edges.
It is then broken down into 3 areas of sewing: Dressmaking, Home furnishing (including quilting) and embellishing & customising covering several different techniques within each of those sections. It then finishes with 8 projects incorporating skills from all 3 sewing areas covered in the book. The projects are rated by simplicity and give the time needed to complete the project too. You will also find a useful trouble shooting section addressing common problems at the back of the book.
The book is really easy to follow; it is very photo heavy which I love as I am very much a visual learner. I think it's much easier to understand when you can see things rather than having to try and figure it out from just text. There are also some very useful tips scattered throughout the book too.
I think this book will prove an invaluable guide for beginner-intermediate sewists.