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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine

A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine

It should be noted to avoid confusion that this is an updated version of Jane’s popular 2014 book Sewing School Basics. This book is a detailed manual for those new to sewing, which follows the format of 12 workshops covering the essential sewing techniques which build your skills as you work through the book.

It contains many well illustrated technique guides making it easy to see what you should be doing at each stage. As a visual learner myself I appreciate it when books use nice colourful illustrations which you can follow easily rather than just text. There are also lots of handy tips scattered throughout on the sides of the pages.

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Inside the book

This book covers several different types of sewing including dressmaking, quilting and applique and soft furnishings/sewing for the home. Each of the 12 workshops within the book focuses on a different technique, and also has a relevant project too. Projects include a reversible throw, vintage-style pillow, recycled patchwork bedspread, girl’s shirred sundress, denim skirt, a summer dress and baby’s smocked dress and pants among others. There are 9 full-size pull-out patterns in the back of the book so no faffing around with trying to enlarge patterns or download them which is a big bonus.  See the image below for some of the projects included in the book. 

There’s a detailed glossary and index in the back of the book making it easy to find out about any technique or terminology you want to understand. The fact this book is so easy to follow, and covers an extensive range of sewing techniques makes it an ideal reference books for beginners. Definitely a handy book to keep in your sewing library.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing by Hand and Machine by Jane Bolsover (CICO Books, £16.99)

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