After learning the basics in Me & My Sewing Machine, it’s now time to graduate to more sophisticated techniques in this follow-up book, Me & My Sewing Adventure by Kate Haxell. The author, with her characteristic clarity and easy-to-follow instructions, guides you through the challenges and nuances of professional finishes, fabric manipulation, specialty seams, pattern construction, and much more. Once you master these skills, you will approach any sewing endeavor with a newfound confidence and ease. The book also includes six motivating projects and an inspiring historical overview of vintage machines to complete your sewing education.
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Kate Haxell learned to sew at an early age, making clothes for her long-suffering teddy bears. Her skills have sharpened since and she now sews for real people. She is author of bestseller, Me & My Sewing Machine. She lives in London.Review:
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 Embell ishments 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. (2/20/14)
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