First resource: my sewing machine manual. For handstitching, I like the Mary Frances book. But beyond those two, I'm not finding what i'm looking for.
I want a basic how-to book, not extensive or definitive, not chock-full of ugly projects. Something that takes us through reading a pattern step-by-step (I know a lot of this, but sewing is not my forte.) Something that will help me and 8.5yo dd work with my sewing machine--so, something heavily sewing-machine oriented. Kid-friendly but not necessarily made for kids. A little bit on simple adjustments that can be made to patterns would be nice (but is that a separate book???) Something groovy and fun, ideally, a bit like Stitch-n-Bitch, but for sewing machines.
I have a couple of patterns (one simple, one for me to do for dd1's design) but neither are perfect for intro-to the sewing machine. On the flip side, I can't keep paying for project after project of frou frou junk around the house, kwim?
Somebody, please, swoop in and give me the perfect suggestion!!
(Or, OK, I will settle for a handful of close-but-not-perfect suggestions. Then I'll pout. Privately, though.)