It’s called Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching. I’ve been so excited to share the book with you, but…it’s hard to vouch for a book on sewing when you know less than nothing about sewing. So I asked Daniel to review it for us since his sewing accomplishments far surpass mine:
Daniel Reviews a Sewing Book
The first time I sewed something was in second grade when my class made pillows. I embroidered a cloud and thunderbolt on mine along with my initials. It was a terribly ugly pillow, but I loved it. Since then, I’ve occasionally worked on small, hand-sewn projects from a pipe tobacco pouch to quidditch robes to a small purse for my oldest daughter. I find the simple rhythm of the needle to be therapeutic and relaxing. But I’ve recently become interested in larger and more detailed projects that require a sewing machine.
At first, I felt a little weird about being a man who sews. But that’s one of the great things about having a big beard and tattoos. You can get away with sewing a purse even though it might be a little weird because, hey, you still look pretty manly, right?
Anyway, I think this book is a great resource for beginners like myself. All of the instructions and descriptions are complete but not overly long. This allows you to search the book and get a quick understanding of how to do something without getting lost in details. I also think the projects included in the book are a perfect way to get started. Nicole includes a lot of great tips that I’ve already found useful.
Now, while this book is one great resource, I don’t think it’s the only resource you’ll need. But I think Nicole is clear about that, too. You’ll need your machine’s manual and perhaps a few websites and other sources of info. You’ll also need a spirit of perseverance. On the night I started working on an apron for Lucy, I spent half an hour trying to figure our how to thread my bobbin and another half hour changing two broken needles. I know the learning curve here will be steep but I’m excited about keeping on trying. And I’m happy to have this book as an outline for this endeavor.
Nicole is giving away one copy of Sewing School 101 to a Carrots reader so just leave a comment on this post to enter! Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight EST.
P.S. The winners of the Mama’s Notebooks giveaway were Karen P. and Hannah F. And for those of you who didn’t win, Mama’s Notebooks are and 10% off until July 9th at 11:59 PM with the code FORGIVE10.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary review copy of Sewing School 101. Links to the book are my affiliate link.