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Simple beginner sewing book to share with dd

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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.)

post #2 of 6

Hi SweetSilver! I love to sew and love sewing with my DD. I don't know that this book will meet your needs, but I found it one of the easiest pattern books and I liked the tips: Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts. Although it's aimed at baby quilts, I've made many of the quilts in larger sizes (by making more blocks) or the same size or smaller as wall hangings for older children or adults. I love how the same pattern can look totally different depending on the fabric colors and patterns.

 

Anyone else have suggestions?

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Well, I could live with extra baby quilts around.  This does sound like a good place to start-- I'll have to order the book and see.  Hopefully my library will have it.  

 

Thanks!  That's a great start.

 

Alas, no.  But I can get a ILL maybe.  If it doesn't cost too much, I could get it when I can afford it.

post #4 of 6
You could have a look at Sunday Morning Quilts written by Amanda Jean from the blog www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com

It is modern-style quilts made using scraps.
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Aaack!  Stop with the quilts ladies!!  These are wonderful and probably what I need, and I will NOT BECOME ONE OF THOSE QUILT LADIES!!!!  Don't tempt me--- aack!  That crazy mom quilts  blog has so many nice colors, and I am *so* going to have to go back to learn to make those pot holders.  What a fun blog-- very inspiring and I'm going to look up that book, too.  Hopefully with more luck?  (And I am going to get the quilt books-- you've talked me into it but IF I BECOME ONE OF THOSE QUILT LADIES WITH A ROOM FULL OF FABRIC I WILL BLAME THE TWO OF YOU!!)

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Aaack!  Stop with the quilts ladies!!  These are wonderful and probably what I need, and I will NOT BECOME ONE OF THOSE QUILT LADIES!!!!  Don't tempt me--- aack!  

 

Ah, I've become one of those quilt ladies!!!!!!! :joy and I so want to tempt everyone else to become one too... :bgbounce

 

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(And I am going to get the quilt books-- you've talked me into it but IF I BECOME ONE OF THOSE QUILT LADIES WITH A ROOM FULL OF FABRIC I WILL BLAME THE TWO OF YOU!!)

 

Please do! :love

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