Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques by Nicole Vasbinder was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
When I first received Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder for review, I’ll admit I didn’t think it would have much to offer me. I’ve been sewing for a very long time, which by no means leaves me with nothing left to learn, but I figured I at least had stitches down – the ones I needed anyway. I’m happy to say I underestimated this book.
There are three main sections to this book: Machine Stitches, Hand Stitches and Tools and Equipment.
The first section starts out with a basic straight stitch and what to do with it before progressing to more specialized stitches. It covers buttonholes, buttons, stretch stitches, utility stitches and decorative stitches. There’s a handy 3 spool difficulty scale on each one. There are also explanations of what each is for, as all machines won’t have all the stitches shown available and you’ll need to be able to figure out an appropriate substitute.
The hand-stitching section also begins with pretty basic stitches. I was glad to see a blanket stitch here, because even after using it many times I can never seem to remember how to start.
There were quite a few stitches I’m already familiar with or can’t see myself using, but if you’re new to hand-sewing there are many that will come in handy.
I love the way the whole needle section is laid out. It’s very straight forward, with drawings of each type of needle and an explanation of what it’s used for. Using the right needles really does make all the difference, both when you’re sewing on and machine and by hand.
The thread and machine foot pages were a good review. There may be feet described here that your machine doesn’t have, but it will give you a good idea if you should invest in a new one.
I’m not sure the sewing machine descriptions were necessary, as it’s all information that should be specific to your machine and would be found in the manual that came with it. If you’re in the market for a machine, though, you might find a bit of useful information here.
I found several websites on the Further Reading page near the back that I’ll be checking out. Don’t miss the Expert Tips sprinkled throughout. There is some excellent advice there, like this little gem:
Overall, this book is very well organized and clear about what it’s trying to teach. It’s a good review for an experienced sewer, but the real target is the person just starting out or investing in his or her first sewing machine. This would be a great book to keep close by for reference.
Now for the exciting part – while there is some good info here for me, I feel like this book could be more effectively used by one of you, so I’m giving it away!
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