What? Another multi-part post? I know, I’m getting sick of them too, but I promise this one will be helpful, and also the last for quite awhile. So please just humor me!
I was thinking the other day…”What is the best advice that you can give to someone who is new to sewing?”
– Get a great sewing machine?
– Clean your machine?
– Only use your fabric scissors on FABRIC?
– Pre-wash your fabrics?
– Change your machine needle more than once a year? (Oh wait, you should tell ME that one ; )
– Just be creative?
I think the best advice I could give would be to…
There were so many books to look through that I actually had to break them down into groups by how I rated them. Today we’ll cover all the one star books, and why I didn’t care for them. Then tomorrow will be the 2 stars… (You get the idea.) Here we go!
Get the Most out of Your Sewing Machine
by Marion Elliot – © 2010
I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this one, but I figured if the title fooled me, I’d better warn you just in case. This looked like a how to book at first glance, but is more of a cross between a sewing guide, a refashion book, and a regular sewing projects book. While it covers things like types of stitches, needle sizes and a few presser feet, there isn’t enough basic information to really get you started.
Fabric Sewing Guide
by Claire Shaffer – © 2008
This was a comprehensive book with neat little “Claire’s hints” scattered throughout it’s pages. Unfortunately there were virtually no pictures to help you understand the techniques being described.
Sewing Techniques & Patterns
by Marie Noelle Bayard – © 2006
Another sewing guide that is very comprehensive, but lacking in pictures to help you understand. I feel that pictures are a must to help new sewers follow along more easily. There is no need to get frustrated with a technique if a simple picture would clear everything up.
Encyclopedia of Sewing
by Donna Kooler – © 2009
I was expecting this to be a very helpful book since I already own the Encyclopedia of Knitting, and use that one all the time. Instead this book contains lots of “extra” information to sift through, and is very dry and boring. It covered what you would need to know for basic home sewing, but just seem dated for such a recent publication. I was a bit disappointed.
Have you come across any sewing guides that really weren’t worth your time that you think should be added to this list? Do you own any of the books above, and have they been helpful? I’d love to hear your thoughts on what helps/helped you learn how to sew.