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A Beginner's Guide to Machine Sewing


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Table of Contents

Before starting 8
Your sewing machine 10
Preparing the bobbins 12
The ideal sewing box 14
Commonly used terms 17
Sewing simple items 20
Prepare your work 24
Sewing using a straight stitch 25
Make a corner seam 26
Finish off a seam: reverse stitch or knot 28
Oversewing 30
Cutting 30
Closing up a seam 31
Simple cushion 32
Working from a template 36
Sewing shapes 37
Adding a piece of fabric 37
Sewing several layers of fabric 38
Covering a button 40
Sewing a button using your presser foot 41
Closing up a seam by hand using small, invisible stitches 41
Soft toy 42
Using a zigzag stitch 48
Sewing bias binding in one single seam 49
Bunting 50
Embroidering a buttonhole 54
Topstitching a pocket 56
Sewing on a flat button 57
Preparing drawstring casing 58
Preparing a tape 60
Sliding a tape or piece of elastic into a drawstring casing 61
Small drawstring bag 62
Sewing frills 66
Following guide marks 67
Frilly flower brooches 68
Sew your own clothes 70
Sewing darts 74
Sewing facings 75
Making a fine tape 76
Hem by machine 77
Simple, strappy top 78
Work with raw edges and seam allowances 82
Make bias binding 83
Sew bias binding 84
Sew on press studs 85
Skirt 86
Sewing a shoulder 90
Inserting a sleeve 91
Making a reversible garment 92
Baby's reversible kimono 96
Sew accessories 98
Add rickrack braid 102
Attach heading tape 103
Make a flat hem 104
White curtains 106
Stiffening fabric 110
Sewing an applique 111
Inserting a zip fastener 112
Cushion with star applique 114
Quilting 118
Quilted throw 122
Preparing and sewing simple patchwork 126
A patchwork throw 130
Prepare and sew piping 134
Attaching piping to a cushion 136
Cushion with piping 138
Sew a bag 140
Making a reversible bag 144
Preparing and attaching straps 145
Adding a braid 147
Shoulder bag 148
Embellishing with decorative stitches 152
Removing excess fabric 153
Denim bag 154

About the Author

Clementine Collinet has been a professional children's illustrator producing pictures, games and books for toddlers for over 15 years. About 10 years ago she discovered the wonderful world of fabrics and began designing and making soft toys, mobiles and other toys for children. Clementine is inspired by fabrics and enjoys creating personalised gifts and designs for others.


September/ October 2014

Aimed at the beginner, this is the perfect introduction to the world of sewing. After chapters on basic equipment, there are fifty lessons covering all the skills necessary to proceed on to making the exciting projects that follow. Full size pull-out patterns are included, with full step by step instructions, ensuring satisfying results for all. This is the perfect book for the novice sewer wishing to expand their knowledge, especially useful with the current trend of home sewing. Excellent value for money.

* East Kent Embroiderer's Guild *

May 14

Getting the best from your sewing machine is made easy with this book. There are 15 projects and full-size, fold-out patterns too. The lessons are illustrated and step-by-step so this is fool-proof for beginners. The projects are simple, practical and useful. Learn all about your sewing machine and sew simple items.

* Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *

September 2014

This handy guide contains 50 lessons and 15 simple projects to get you started on your sewing journey. Ideal for beginners this book guides you through the preparation needed with details about using a sewing machine, the equipment you will need and a glossary of commonly used sewing terms. It has full sized, fold-out patterns and basic step-by-step instructions to guide you through each project. The lessons lead up to projects using the techniques you have just learnt and they increase gradually in complexity. The projects range from simple cushions and bags to more sophisticated clothes, toys and quilts and being able to make projects as you work through the lessons will really boost your confidence as well as making the learning process much more fun!


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