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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As you know I've been doing all lot of sewing projects for the past few months and have gotten better at sewing, practice makes perfect right? I'm a novice self taught sewer, my mom taught me the basics threading the bobbin and sewing a straight line a few years back, since then I've been learning as I go. I bought this book a few years back when I was first leaning to sew Sewing 101 for $ 16 bucks via Amazon. The project pictures are dated, but it really gives you the good basics. It really helped me and me be a good resource for any one beginning to sew. It also added words to my vocabulary: like bobbin, zig zag stitch, blind hem etc. 

I came across this book, The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing recently on Amazon its the same price I as the one I already own and looks to be worth every penny! If your interested in learning to sew, check out either book. And, nope I'm not getting paid to promote these books! It's my opinion that there helpful and may be helpful to you. 

I have a simple sewing machine a Singer Prelude, I bought on sale at Target 4 years ago the day after Thanksgiving ( Black Friday ) its a good sewing machine has the basic stitches with no bells and no whistles. I think I paid around $ 60 bucks for it? Here's my sewing machine below.

It's a good little sewing machine and every now and then we have words when my thread jams due to tension issues. But I like I said its basic and I've been wanting to get a new machine to tackle more and more projects. I want my next sewing machine to be heavy duty. I really like the look of the Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine and love that it can handle heavy materiel and as 23 stitches and it sews faster too!! Pretty stylish for a sewing machine huh! 

I'm pretty sure this will be my next sewing machine, even though some of the reviews are mixed, which is to be expected. I think it will be fun to tackle larger projects on and be really helpful when sewing outdoor stuff like cushions for our patio. Now that I've shared whats on my Next List its your turn! :)

What's on your Next List? New sewing machine? New Phone? a New Laptop??? 



  1. I just celebrated my 33rd birthday on the 16th, my plan is to purchase a sewing machine this week. I am hoping tomorrow. I will check these books out! I will see if they are in bookstores, I may have to pay a little more, but I want to get going asap. Thanks for the information.

  2. I am a beginner like you! My mom was a professional. She worked in a bridal shop for many years. She even made my wedding gown! I was pregnant when I got married, so I needed a custom fit! I wish I would have paid more attention then, but I think she'd be proud that I'm at least trying! Good luck tackling your next project!

  3. Hello! Perfect timing for this on your blog! I actually bought the Singer guide you mention when I purchased my first sewing machine and last week and it is not what I thought it was going to be. I'm planning on taking it back this weekend. It's great for beginner projects, but for the basic how-to sewing tips, it is seriously lacking. I am definitely going to check out that other book you mentioned though! And for $16, it's right up my alley pricewise! Thanks for the idea - I need all the help I can get as I'm starting out sewing! :)

  4. I am a self taught beginner; it would be nice to purchase a more advanced sewing machine one day. I’m still drooling over a Kitchen Aid mixer and a Nikon camera.

    PS: Thanks for sharing the sewing books

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  5. Summer, that's a great b-day present to yourself!

    Sara, I hope the Sewing 101 book works better for you! They have pretty good tips.

  6. For the type of sewing that you do it sounds like that heavy duty machine will be a great upgrade - you may not use many of the 23 stitches but being able to handle heavy decor and upholstery fabrics will be fabulous.

    Read the reviews carefully - sometimes a bad review is due to unreasonable expectations rather than poor product. An embroidery machine may not sew denim well - not the machine's fault but may still get a bad review from someone that wanted it to do everything.

    You have obviously learned one of the best ways to save money on stylish decorating - sewing for the home is all about careful measuring, ironing and straight stitching - not fancy technique. I don't know why so many people are scared of it.

    Orlando, FL

  7. i've been meaning to learn how to so for the longest time. somehow i never picked it up.

    the only thing on my "next list" is a new house! and things for the baby.

  8. I have that second book and love it too! Now I just need to find time for sewing. I upgraded my machine to a Bernina last year. I got a refurbished one to save a lot of money and it was a great purchase.


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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