Sew Ready

For my birthday, I’m getting a sewing machine! Does anybody have recommendations of books for beginners? My last encounter with machine sewing was in 7th grade, when I managed to sew through my thumb with the machine and couldn’t figure out patterns. I think I failed that unit; I certainly came out of the experience hating to sew. I’m looking to sew simple things — small pillows, crafts.

I’m getting the Brother 25-stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine, XL-2600i, which was well-reviewed by Consumer Reports.

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4 Comments on “Sew Ready”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    I took a beginning sewing class which was so amazingly valuable, but I had never touched a sewing machine in my life. I took the class in January ’08 and haven’t stopped sewing since.

    As far as books go, after the class I bought Sew with Confidence (Nancy Zieman) and The Sewing Stitch and Textile Bible (Lorna Knight) on the recommendation of the teacher, but I’ve barely cracked them.

    I also like the Amy Butler books that have different patterns and projects. (I’m also a sucker for her fabrics.)

  2. Ambrosia Says:

    Thinking of you- Happy Birthday! If you find an inspiring sewing book let me know. I have been making cheater quilts for a few years (really just involves sewing in a strait line, which can be challenge enough). I approach sewing like I do cooking- a little bit of this a little bit of that and use the recipe/directions as guidelines. Hmmm…just realized that might be how I approach life. Anyhoo, hope you had a lovely day.

  3. leah Says:

    Wishing you a happy, happy birthday, Kathryn!

    I don’t have any recommendations for sewing books, but I’m sure you’ll find a great one.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Happy Birthday Kathryn!!!! 🙂 I wish C was feeling better. I love sewing. I picked it up from my Mom whose Mother was a seamstress. If you have any questions let me know. My latest machine is the Disney embroidery/sewing machine. I love it! I have been able to make so many fun projects using the embroidery option. If you have any questions on patterns or anything, I’m just an email away. Have fun.