Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sewing For Dummies

When I was younger, probably around 10 or so, my parents let me take sewing lessons. They weren't cheap lessons, as I remember, and it wasn't long before they couldn't afford it anymore. I was disappointed but I understood that groceries came before sewing. Now that I'm over 30 it felt like the right time for me to get back into it. On Black Friday I bought a sewing machine in hopes that I'd be able to jump back into it. I set the machine up and perused the manual to figure out the basics. Winding the bobbin, threading the machine, etc. While the manual was helpful I found myself not knowing where to go from there. I mean, yea, I ripped up some old clothes to play with the machine a little but I was overly intimidated by purchasing a pattern and actually sewing something.

My mom and I went to Joann's to find some easy patterns and I thought I might be able to buy a book that would help me with the basics. Thankfully I have a very easy time learning in whatever style I choose. (visual, auditory, etc) I found a great book full of pictures called Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing. (Amazon Affiliate Link) The pictures are amazing but, while it did explain some things that I was confused about, it wasn't very in depth. See when I go about trying to learn something I want to know the why behind every aspect of it. Yes the book is great. Yes the photos are great but for someone like me it just wasn't enough information.

Later that day I went to Barnes and Noble and scoured through their crafts section only to find that most of the books on sewing were exactly the same. I then stumbled on Sewing for Dummies. I don't like to think of myself as a dummy BUT when it came to sewing it am 10 steps behind a novice. After reading only 2 pages I knew this was the book for me.

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Now that you've got the long drawn out back story let me tell you how amazing this book is. I'm only 3 chapters in and I already understand more about sewing than I ever think I'm going to. Again, however, that's how I like it. The woman who wrote this book (Jan Saunders Maresh) has been sewing since she was seven. She made a few assumption when writing this book and those are as follows:
1. You don't yet know how to sew or are looking for a refresher course.
2. You want to master the fundamentals of sewing.
3. You're looking for tips and tricks to make your sewing projects easier and more fun.
4. You want to start sewing as soon as possible.

Every last one of those assumptions apply to me. I don't think I could have asked for a better break down of what I need to start sewing and how best to tackle any project. There are those who say that there is too much information in this book but I, for one, (as I've said a hundred times now) truly enjoy the wealth of knowledge that the author is providing me.

If you are truly a novice seamstress, like me, don't be ashamed to pick this book up. You will NOT regret it.

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