Do you sew? (Would you like to learn how?)

By | January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm | One comment | Books & Reading, For the home


I have a sewing machine in my closet, given to me by my mom. It’s the same sewing machine she used to sew many of our dresses growing up, as well as blankets, pillows, tote bags, and much more. It needs a little bit of grease (and elbow grease) to get it running again, and I fully intend to do that soon. In the meantime, however, I’m gaining lots of know-how and inspiration by a charming book called Sewing Made Simple: The Definitive Guide to Hand and Machine Sewing by Tessa Evelegh, published by Chronicle Books.

Inside Sewing Made Simple is a plethora of sewing terms within its glossaries, tips on how to create and maintain a clean and creative workspace, tips on measuring and cutting, and full-color descriptions of notions (the little things that accessorize sewing, such as hooks, snaps, buttons, ribbon).

Each beautiful page is outlined with a pretty fabric pattern, so there’s inspiration on each and every leaf.

You’ll learn the basic stitches that are essential for embroidery work, how to mark and cut out store-bought paper patterns, and how to shop for fabrics. (Without a basic knowledge of fabric types and uses, a trip to a fabric store would be overwhelming to most!)

As you progress onward, more complex how-tos are addressed, such as sewing seams and pressing correctly with an iron.

At the back of the book are a wealth of sewing projects to tackle, each varying in difficulty according to skill and confidence level. From classic draperies to decorative pillows to an embellished tee-shirt, there’s a project for everyone!

You can purchase Sewing Made Simple directly from Chronicle Books or from Amazon.com…a perfect gift for the aspiring seamstresses everywhere!

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