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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not good enough, 20 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects (Hardcover)
I don't know where to begin with this book. It's definetely NOT an encyclopedia of sewing. It's more like a collection of quick-read pages from a sewing magazine. The content is so disappointing, a majority of the 'sewing projects' are merely ideas to freshen up store-bought items in a quick way that involves fabric and scissors. The ones that are sewn from scratch are poorly described (such as the directions to sew a set of curtains saying something like 'cut fabric, sew bordes to main using french seams, yadayada, hang with curtain pins). That's not a how-to, thats the outline of an IDEA. I could have thought up that myself, I look to a book for directions.

Most of the 'projects' have only one photo, showing the item off from one direction only, and especially with the curtains I'd like to see the back.

All in all, I would not recommend this book to anyone. Novice sewers will be left to think up their own solutions for instructions like 'hang with curtain pins', cause Martha surely won't help them out. Advanced sewers will probably have thought of the ideas in this book themselves. But if you are simply looking for a collection of ideas of things to sew, you might find this book entertaining.... For about twenty minutes.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2012 15:37:32 GMT
Joy F. says:
Thanks for this honest review. It tells it just like it is, not simply someones opinion. I feel I've thumbed through the book myself and I know it's not what I'm looking for;you've saved me sending for it and returning it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2013 14:30:45 GMT
I agree. I'm pleased that I am able to use the 'look inside' facility.
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