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The Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine

By Wendy Gardiner

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Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 31 October 2013
Thousands of people buy a basic sewing machine and never get it out of its box, lacking the confidence to get started and daunted by off-putting manuals. This book will change all that. Sewing machine guru and popular author, Wendy Gardiner, has written a user-friendly guide to using a basic sewing machine, with the elements you would get in a manual, naming parts, showing how to thread up, checking stitching and tension etc, followed by a section building skills as you start using a sewing machine. This is followed by 9 great projects: a Drawstring Bag, an Appliqued Pillow, a Clutch Bag, a Pillow with Piping, Tab-Top Curtains, a Quilted Pot Holder, a Scarf, Apron and a Decorated Towel, all specially designed to build skills such as sewing seams, buttonhole sewing, adding zips, blind hems, quilting, free machine embroidery, using twin needles and making pleats, trims and pockets. There is a glossary of all the important terms, and an excellent trouble-shooting guide.

Table of Contents

Foreword 2 Introduction 6 Your sewing machine 8 Tools and equipment 14 Winding and fitting the bobbin 24 Upper threading 26 Checking stitching and tension 28 Trying out your machine stitches 30 Using your machine 32 Straight stitch 34 Drawstring Bags 36 Zigzag stitch 40 Heart-Felt Applique Pillow 44 Buttonholes 48 Party Clutch Bag 52 Zips and piping 56 Perfectly Piped Pillow 62 Hemming ways 66 Cafe Curtain 68 Quilting 74 Quilted Pot Holder 76 Free motion 82 Swirls and Flowers Scarf 86 Twin needles 90 Retro Apron 94 Bobbin work 102 Decorated Guest Towel 104 Advanced techniques 108 Tucks 110 Trims 112 Couching 114 Patch Pockets 116 Useful information 118 Troubleshooting 119 Glossary 124 Index 127

About the Author

Wendy Gardiner is a sewing guru! She has been editor of various sewing titles for many years, and for the last ten years editor of Sewing World, Britain's leading sewing magazine. She loves everything to do with sewing by machine and has recently presented six DVDs on the subject. Keen to promote sewing as a fun, affordable hobby, she is also co-manager of the ISEW website, a magazine resource site packed with sewing projects and techniques and backed by leading companies in the sewing industry. Wendy also continues to run creative sewing weekends.

Reviews

Dec 13 If sewing machines look as complex as the controls on the bride of a spaceship, then this is the book for you. Learn how to get to grips with your new machine and embark on a lifetime of machine sewing fun! I wish I had had something like this when I got my first sewing machine. It tells you what everything does on an average model, what all the feet and accessories are for and what your need to buy in order to get started. You can also read why you need these things (always a good idea) and all about different needles, how to work with all the fabric types and what thread is out there too. There are those useful staged projects with plenty of photographs that Search Press do so well, and these include how to do things like wind a bobbin, thread up an check tension. When you can do all that, get stuck into making lots of simple but useful and attractive items to practice skills like buttonholes, putting in a zipper, hemming and piping. It is true that the book that comes with your machine tells you some of these things and it does of course pertain to your particular model, but it certainly does not tell you all of this in such detail. There is even a chapter on free machine sewing, another on using twin needles and an exhaustive troubleshooting section. All of this might sound daunting, but everything is explained in remarkably few words and plenty of pictures, so I reckon that my eleven-year-old self on receiving my first sewing machine would have been happy with it. I've seen lots of books on this sort of thing for beginners, but this is the most user-friendly. * Myshelf.com * Dec 13 The Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine takes the mystery out of sewing and helps readers to develop their skills and make the most of their sewing machine. It's an extremely comprehensive, user-friendly manual that includes nine great projects with step-by-step instructions and photographs, which help put what you read into practice. Making items like drawstring bags, a cafe curtain and a decorated guest towel will build every sewist's confidence. Neither patronising nor overly complex, and backed-up with a glossary and trouble-shooting guide, this would help keep your sewing on the right track whether you are 16 or 69. * Mumtopia * Dec 13 This book would be a great guide for a beginner just getting to grips with their machine. It covers the machine settings, the feet, the different stitches, needles, fabrics, threads etc. It tells you how to thread a machine, how to wind and install the bobbin, how to sew zips, sew buttonholes, do applique, add piping, sew bias binding and many other techniques. There are easy to follow clear step by step photos of each stage as well a written instructions. For several techniques there are projects to encourage you to experiment and apply what you are learning in the book. You can also find a useful trouble shooting guide in the rear of the book as well as a glossary of sewing terms. * Sewing Directory, The * Feb 14 Perfect for beginners this guide contains the answers to all of your sewing questions. It contains a concise but comprehensive overview of the basic components of a sewing machine as well as advice on equipment, fabrics and the fundamental skills involved when using your machine. Illustrated throughout with incredibly clear photographs and diagrams for each tutorial, this book is extremely user-friendly and shows just how rewarding and enjoyable sewing can be! With nine engaging projects placed strategically throughout the book you can utilise what you have learnt and gain confidence as you progress to more challenging techniques. An invaluable reference source for the slightly less experienced sewer. * SEWING WORLD *

EAN: 9781844488285
ISBN: 1844488284
Publisher: Search Press(UK)
Dimensions: 26.11 x 20.45 x 0.99 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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