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A must have refernce book
on 7 January 2013
Sub titled: Learning the ins and outs of your machine - the book is split into two sections. Section one - Taking Control: covers mastering your materials and demystifying your machine. The second section - Increasing your Sphere of Influence has 5 chapters: Project Preparation, Hems and Edgings, Buttonholes and Zippers, Embellishments and lastly Surface and Thread Embellishments. Each section is well written and assumes you know nothing but does not patronise those that do.
As I read through the book I was inspired to go back to my machine and use those functions I have never tried, not forgetting those strange looking feet which have no instructions. At times I had to remind myself that the book was titled The Sewing Machine Classroom as it certainly contained much more. I have been sewing for close to 50 years but apart from school sewing classes (where I usually knew more than the teacher and often ended up co-teaching) I have never had any formal training. Reading this book I learnt the proper names for things and found the information on parts very informative. I now know the proper terms for things (if I can remember them all that is).
At the back there are some very useful tables for choosing the correct thread, needle, tension, stitch length and much more. I am eager to test my new found knowledge to see if I can improve my sewing results. I will definitely be referencing this book prior to sewing projects in the future. This one is staying on my shelf.
I'd recommend this book to all from those starting on their sewing journey to those who have travelled a long way.
Oh and forgot to say the spiral binding is a real plus as it lays flat to read the whole page without you needing to hold the book open.