Me and My Sewing Machine: A Beginner's Guide Paperback – 14 Apr 2010
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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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Very disappointing! Very lovely and quite fine in particular for a "mens" bracelet as described. Within hours of wearing my wrist had turned blue. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Catriona Mack
Best sewing machine book that I've come across easy to follow, vital if your a beginner like me starting out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Enigma
Easy to understand and my daughter really enjoys working through it.Published 1 month ago by Jeffery Blundered
Easy and simple, yet interesting and inspiring. Would highly recommend to any beginner!Published 2 months ago by Kirsty Williamson
Fantastic book especially for people new to sewing great detailed pictures and info a just have for newbies!Published 2 months ago by EmmaC
Some useful information, but don't buy it if you are beginner. Everything is half explained and lots of knowledge is assumed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hal S.