I was delighted to be asked to review Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh. Now that I've got my sewing machine, I need all the help I can get to get myself up and running with it and this book is ideal for a beginner like me or someone looking to refresh their sewing skills.
The book has an introduction which is followed by various chapters:-
The Sewing Box
Starting right at the beginning for any newbies like me, here you will find all the things you'll need as you embark on your sewing adventure.
The Secrets Of Sewing-Machine Success
This chapter will be very handy for anyone like me who doesn't know one end of a sewing machine from the other. Not only is there a guide on what each part of the sewing machine does but it also covers the accessories which come with the machine too.
It may seem basic to those who can already sew but this chapter starts with threading the needle and tying the knot. Temporary stitches, finishing stitches and basic machine stitches are all covered.
The Paper Pattern
I like how the book assumes you're a complete beginner and takes you through the most basic of things like a pattern envelope. I wouldn't understand the symbols without some help and this book provides it. This chapter shows you how to take measurements and how to use the pattern, including laying it out, pinning and cutting out and adapting the pattern pieces.
There's so many different fabrics to choose from that I get bamboozled just thinking which type of fabric would be suitable for a particular pattern. Here you'll find information on fabric construction and pattern as well as a guide to different types of fabric and a fabric glossary.
Basic Sewing Skills
This chapter covers various skills including seams, shaping and contouring, gathering and easing, fastenings, trimmings, embellishments, applique, the perfect finish, mitred corners and quilting.
After each of the basic sewing skills there's various projects for you to have a go at which incorporate the skill you've just learnt. There's twenty projects in total and patterns and templates for them are supplied at the back of the book. I really like the look of this tote bag.
I think this is a great book for someone just starting out on their sewing adventure like I am, it seems to cover everything I'll need to know and more. The illustrations too are detailed and very informative.
Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh. Hardback, 224 pages. Published by Jacqui Small Publishing (16.99). I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.