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Good for beginner/advanced beginner sewers,
This review is from: Me and My Sewing Adventure: An Intermediate Guide (Paperback)
This book is 130 pages long and is a reference book rather than a project book, though it does feature some projects too. It's a follow on from Kate's first book - Me and My Sewing Machine: a beginner’s guide, and introduces more intermediate sewing techniques. This book does assume some basic sewing ability.
The reference section is extremely comprehensive. There are chapters on the following subjects:
My Sewing Machines - choosing a vintage machine (should you wish to), presser feet, useful accessories
Before you Stitch - storing fabrics, marking and cutting out, hand sewing needles, how to use patterns, basting, pressing, basic hand stitches
Seams to Sew - all about different seams, the usual suspects plus some new to me such as an lace appliqué seam
Hems to Turn Up - all about hems, from handstitched to curved and bound to lace edged
Fastenings to Do Up - making your own buttons and button holes, zips, snaps, hooks and eyes, loops
Embellishments to Add - trims, piping, beading, machine and hand embroidery
Piping, Pleating, Patchwork - yoyos, ruffles, tucks, hexies, crazy piecing, trapunto, tied quilting
After this there are some things to make - 6 projects including a table runner, zip purse and yo-you embellished scarf. The projects are all step by step and within the projects, you are given the relevant page numbers in the book to refer to in order to help you with a particular spec. I really like the zip purse, it's a lovely curved shaped.
The projects are fairly basic, but this book is aimed at improving beginners, to whom I think it's perfectly targeted. If you're new to sewing, this would be a good book to have in your library. Having said that, there are some techniques in here that I haven't tried - I must have a go at trapunto quilting.