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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (14 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184543353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845433536
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With complete instructions for tried and true techniques, from the basic set-up to the finishing touches, an illustrated guide to how a sewing machine works, and advice on the accessories needed to achieve the desired results, this is a great book for the newbie sewer.--Notions Magazine, June 1, 2010 "June 1, 2010 "

I've been sewing for a long time, but I was self taught, and I'm still at a beginner level. This is exactly the book I need to improve my sewing skills! If you are a self taught sewist, this book is a wonderful resource that is able to answer your questions. I like Me and My Sewing Machine because it explains techniques that aren't common sense, and that I'm probably doing wrong. This book will help you sew projects that are beautifully crafted and durable. The information in the reference section is invaluable, and the patterns are cute, easy to sew, but will still help you work through new techniques. I wish Me and My Sewing Machine had been available years ago!--Connecting Threads, June 24, 2010 "June 24, 2010 "

Me and My Sewing Machine is an excellent reference manual to carry in your store.--. "American Quilt Retailer, July 1, 2010 "

This helpful sewing manual covers much more than its name implies. Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide by Kate Haxell for C&T Publishing introduces all the basic sewing techniques. While quilting and patchwork are only mentioned briefly, this is a great beginning resource for the new sewer in your life. Includes patterns for seven simple projects and a useful glossary.--Small Quilts, June 1, 2010 "June 1, 2010 " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

KATE HAXELL learned to sew at an early age, making clothes for her long-suffering teddy bears. She went on to study art and design and then worked for Country Living magazine. She moved into book publishing and, as an experienced freelance editor and author, Kate has worked on, contributed to and written numerous craft books. Kate lives in London with her husband, two dogs, two cats and a canary.


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As a bloke with no sewing skills I found this book really good value. Not only does it tell and show you what things like seams and hems look like, but also how to set your 'generic' machine to sew them. It's a bit like a Haynes Manual - shows you before and after and also 'wrong' and 'right' sides. I have used it to alter trouser leg lengths and to make from a pattern, a dressing gown.

If you need one book either for yourself or as a present for someone buying or owning a sewing machine, this is it. Fancy techniques are no good unless the fundamentals are understood - the book excells at this. It is also very readable.

Recommended.
Ian, Hampshire
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This is a great book for those new to sewing. It tells you the basics of using your sewing machine and all the sewing techniques that you may stumble across in patterns that you don't yet know how to do are explained clearly. It also tells you things such as what size needles to use on different types of fabrics and the difference between a seam and a hem. Some have marked the book down because they don't like the patterns at the back, but you don't get this book for the patterns, you get it because it will help you to become a more confident sewer, the fact that there are patterns is just an added bonus. I have gained a lot from having this book.
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My 11 year old daughter has been wanting to haul the sewing machine out of the garage and "have a go" for ages! The in-laws helped her get the machine running and I purchased this book based on its clear layout and good reviews. My daughter read the book through and in a weekend we made the skirt for our forthcoming holiday. The instructions are clear and apart from a couple of instances when we had to read through a couple of times, it was relatively easy. I was suprised that an 11 year old could mitre corners and put a zip in with no prior experience. We were also helped by a delightful fabric shop owner who ensured we had all the correct equipment before starting. Can't wait for the next project now! This book with its easy clear layout, good pictures and "non technical" wording has really inspired my daughter. A great purchase.
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I am sure this is a great book - if you buy the paper version. On a Kindle, the pictures are too small and you have to keep flicking back and forth to try and match the pictures and the text.

From what I could see the book itself looked pretty good, and I am quite tempted to buy it in paper format. Just annoyed at having wasted money on a book I can't really read.
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When I saw this book at Waterstones, I bought it straight away because the wordings of the book and pictures are so clear and very easy to understand. This book is great for beginners. Kate made sewing very easy, interesting and understanding to follow. The book shows you step by step on how to sew from the basics to the nearly "difficult", but with Kate's explaination it is easy peasy to follow. Good book and an all rounder!!
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I love this book SO much. I hadn't sewn anything for ten years, but felt like trying it out again and bought a few books off of amazon. This is my favorite amazon purchase in a long time! It explains all basic and semi-advanced techniques you need to sew properly, from seams and hems to buttonholes, and it does so in a clear and concise language, broken down in simple steps with dedicated images to every step. It looks like a teenagebook on the cover, but I can tell that I will be using this book as a reference over and over again in my future sewing. Thank you so much Kate Haxell, you did a magnificent job with this book! I finally feel confident sewing again.

Coming back to add that I made the apron in the book, just to get things started, and it turned out great. I agree with comments saying the patterns aren't the most appealing, but they are useful when you need a simple project to try out all the techniques in the book. Thank you, Kate Haxell, I love this book!
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When you first look through this book, it seems perfect for beginners. It's really well presented, and all the instructions are laid out in a step-by-stap way with lots of colour photos. The language is nice and simple too.

However, once you actually try to follow the instructions it's not so great. The colour photos look pretty, but they don't show what you need to see. They're all close-ups, even when you need to see the whole thing. Example: she tells us to cut out a 'a classic ham shape' but there is no picture/diagram of what on earth that means (just an arty but useless close-up). I don't know what she means by that, and I'll never find out because there's no picture of the finished item either - just another pretty close-up.

It's the same story again and again - the photos have been cropped and edited to make the book look pretty, rather than to show a beginner what they they need to know. Simple line drawings or diagrams would be much more useful, but there's none.

You will learn some basics from this book, but the instructions are not as easy-to-follow as they seem.
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I like using a sewing machine because one can see the result very quickly, but I really don't know much of the machine itself except for the absolute basics. I have browsed through this book a few times and started reading it for real from the beginning, and already I feel more confident. I have learned some very vital things, thread tension to mention one, and am looking forward to reading the manual of my own, future sewing machine; words you would never have heard me utter pre-Kate.

This book is thorough without being heavy to read and for its price it is a gem. I happily recommend it to anyone who is prepared to invest a bit of time into learning some theory on their tool, instead of possibly destroying expensive materials and losing interest in sewing. Not all of the practice projects seem like they are for me, but I view them as an unexpected bonus to the tough stuff, so five stars out of five!
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