• Singer Perfect Plus

    Sew a Mix-and-Match Wardrobe for Plus and Petite-Plus Sizes


    Kathleen Cheetham presents 4 enclosed patterns, step-by-step construction, and fitting instruction. Readers can create a wardrobe of versatile and stylish garments--which can be adapted for office wear, casual wear, or evening wear, just by varying the colors, fabrics, and finishing details. Never have to say you have nothing to wear again!

  • The Pocket Stylist

    Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Unique Look

    Professional fashion advice for all body shapes and sizes!

  • Pants for Real People: Fitting Techniques

    Any sewer will benefit from the fitting techniques featured in this informative DVD, a companion to Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques . 

    Sewers will learn how to buy the right-size pattern, fine-tune it before cutting, and then tissue-fit it. 

  • Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques

    This informative guide illustrates how to sew great pants that flatter any fit. 

    The tips and techniques within this useful reference include how to prepare and cut fabric, mark darts, sew zippers, pin-fit the fabric, press seams, and attach different styles of waistbands. 

    This DVD is a must-have to follow up the fitting DVD.

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Finally, a Really GOOD Beginner Sewing Book!

Sewing Machine Basics; A step-by-step course for first-time stitchers by Jane Bolsover published in 2010 by CICO Books (ISBN: 978 1 907030 73 4).

Sewing Machine Basics Book

Sewing Machine Basics Book

Borrowed this book from the library but I’m going to buy it in spite of the facts:

  • I’ve been sewing for over 20 years.
  • I know a lot about sewing.
  • I have way too many books in general and limited storage space.
  • I have way too many sewing books.
  • I no longer buy books until I have borrowed them from the library and decided I must to own them.
  • I’m not a wealthy person.
  • I don’t buy stuff just to buy it (I’m not much of a shopper – at least not offline)
  • I don’t need the 7 full-size pull-out patterns included in the book.

So why, then, am I going to buy this book?

Good question!

I’m just that impressed.

Want to know how to thread a sewing machine? Check page 13.

Want to know how to insert a bobbin? Check page 14.

Want to know how a sewing machine works? Check page 12.

Want to know what kind of sewing machine yours is? Check page 10.

Easy to read and understand.

Full of clear photos and diagrams.


I have NO affiliation with the author or publishers or any other people who make money from the sales of this book. In fact, I don’t even carry it in my own store. But I hope to soon!

Next time I teach a beginner’s sewing class, I will include a copy of this book for each student.

In fact, a copy of this book should accompany every sewing machine sold!

I just think it’s that good.

Note to author: Well done, Jane! I’m a fan.


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