Sewing Machine Basics

A step-by-step course for first-time stitchers

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This book takes the mystery out of the sewing machine, holding first-time stitchers by the hand and showing the easiest ways to get the most from their machine.

This book takes the mystery out of the sewing machine, holding first-time stitchers by the hand and showing the easiest ways to get the most from their machine.

In the climate of “make do and mend,” sales of sewing machines have soared, but many are only accompanied by a difficult-to-understand technical manual. Here, Jane Bolsover provides a comprehensive guide for beginners. Starting with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learn how to thread it and wind bobbins, why tension is important, and which needles to choose. There's information on the basic sewing kit you will need, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and how to cut out. The chapters then build into a complete sewing course, and at the end of each chapter is a simple project to consolidate the skills you have just mastered. The projects include items for the home, including a cushion cover and a lampshade, stylish accessories, such as bags and scarves, plus great clothing basics, such as an A-line skirt and a simple shift dress. Also included at the back of the book are two full-size pull-out paper pattern sections.

About The Author

Jane Bolsover has over 20 years’ experience as a designer and writer specialising in sewing and crafts. She was sewing editor on Essentials magazine, contributes to magazines, has written several books on soft furnishings, and now works as a consultant for a major textile and craft show company, for whom she organises craft demonstrations, workshops and displays. She is the author of Sewing Machine Basics (published by CICO Books) and holds workshops through Rowan at Liberty of London and John Lewis stores. The author is based in Dorking, Surrey.

Product Details
  • Publisher: CICO Books (October 2010)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781907030734

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