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Sewing Machine Basics
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Sewing Machine Basics by Jane Bolsover.
In the climate of 'make do and mend', sales of sewing machines have soared, but many are only accompanied by a difficult-to-understand technical manual. Here, Jane Bolsover provides a comprehensive guide for beginners. Starting with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learn how to thread it and wind bobbins, why tension is important and which needles to choose. There's information on the basic sewing kit you will need, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and how to cut out. The chapters then build into a complete sewing course, and at the end of each chapter is a simple project to consolidate the skills you have just mastered. The projects include items for the home, including a cushion cover and a lampshade, stylish accessories, such as bags and scarves, plus great clothing basics, such as an A-line skirt and a simple shift dress. Also included at the back of the book is a full-size pull-out paper pattern section.
160 pages.
GBP  14.99     Qty: 

Sewing Machine Accessory Bible
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Sewing Machine Accessory Bible by Wendy Gardiner.
This book will show you how you can get the most out of your sewing machine, simply by changing feet. from working easily with the full range of fabrics (even the most slippery and stretchy ones), to great time-saving tricks like easy zippers and button-holes, and adding a range of new decorative effects. For those new to the wonderful world of stitching, you will find all the help and advice you need to get your machine out of its box for the first time. And if you are considering upgrading your machine, you'll also find a guide on which machine will best suit your stitching needs. So whether you are a beginner or have been sewing for years, this book is packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your sewing machine, inspiring new design ideas and finishes along the way.
128 pages.
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Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine
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Very Easy Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine by Wendy Gardiner.
Thousands of people buy a basic sewing machine and never get it out of its box, lacking the confidence to get started and daunted by off-putting manuals. This book will change all that. Sewing machine guru and popular author, Wendy Gardiner, has written a user-friendly guide to using a basic sewing machine, with the elements you would get in a manual, naming parts, showing how to thread up, checking stitching and tension etc, followed by a section building skills as you start using a sewing machine. This is followed by 9 great projects: a Drawstring Bag, an Appliqued Pillow, a Clutch Bag, a Pillow with Piping, Tab-Top Curtains, a Quilted Pot Holder, a Scarf, Apron and a Decorated Towel, all specially designed to build skills such as sewing seams, buttonhole sewing, adding zips, blind hems, quilting, free machine embroidery, using twin needles and making pleats, trims and pockets. There is a glossary of all the important terms, and an excellent trouble-shooting guide.
128 pages.
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The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques
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The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques by Wendy Gardiner.
This indispensable reference book includes all the sewing tools, materials and techniques you will ever need. It offers advice on seams, darts, pleats, tucks, necklines, buttonholes, zippers, hems, embellishments and much, much more. Wendy Gardiner takes you through the steps to get you started, helps to improve your skills with the latest sewing tips, and gives inspirational tips on new creative approaches. Once the basic hand and machine sewing techniques are mastered,you can furnish a home, dress a family, or create wonderful embroidered pictures, gifts, and cards. All the techniques are clearly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
160 pages.
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Simply the Best Sewing Book
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Simply the Best Sewing Book by the makers of Simplicity Patterns.
The essential addition to every sewer's bookshelf. Packed with time saving tips and techniques. Designed for quick and easy reference at every stage of sewing.
Whether you are an experienced seamstress us a beginner this is a very useful aid.
Chapters on choosing patterns, fabric selection, accessories and useful tools, sewing machines, measuring, figure types, pattern adjustments, fitting as you sew. This book has all the information, together with the methods of construction required to help you achieve beautiful wearable garments.
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We Love To Sew Book.
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We Love To Sew Book.
175 page book with 28 great projects for children to make. An ideal book to get them interested in sewing. Projects include headbands, jewellery, T-Shirts, pillows, bags and more.
Beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs.
GBP  24.03     Qty: 

The Essential A-Line Skirt Book.
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The Essential A-Line Skirt Book.
Great book for beginners and experienced sewers alike.
Make 17 skirts from 1 basic pattern which is included. Sizes 0 - 20.
Chapters on fitting, techniques, making up etc.
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Sewing for Christmas
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Sewing for Christmas by Canny Keepsakes.
Welcome to Florrie and Betty's first Christmas Project book 'Sewing for Christmas'. Following their earlier books, 'Colliery Days' and 'Shopping Days', in 'Sewing for Christmas' they have jumped forward a century with projects inspired by a bygone Christmas. They have also included some of Florrie's anecdotes, Betty's rhymes and recipes and informative newspaper articles. Prepare for the countdown to Christmas with a fabulous Advent Calendar, make your own Festive Stationery and get ready to decorate your home with a Homespun Garland, Lap Quilt and Table Centrepiece. Get into the spirit of a vintage Christmas that means as much today as it did over 100 years ago.
16 pages.
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Cut It, Sew It, Stow It
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Cut It, Sew It, Stow It by Ebony Love.
As you work through the book, you'll find an organizer that's suitable for nearly every room in your home. Along with the project, there is a tip for organizing that space, so as you add new organizers to the room, you can take the clutter out. Each project also provides an opportunity to learn a new skill or incorporate a technique you may not have tried. You'll find two fearless techniques in the Stow Away Pillow Cover and Wardrobe Accessory Hanger projects. Does your machine have decorative stitches you've never tried? Give them a workout on the Closet Hanging Pockets or Craft Room Hanging Buckets. These projects also make great containers for gifts, consider the Kitchen Bag Hamper as a unique housewarming gift. Include some towels, hot pads, and serving utensils and you've created a wonderful presentation in a reusable box.
56 pages.
GBP  8.99     Qty: 

Home-Made Vintage
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Home-Made Vintage by Christina Strutt.
40 easy-to-sew projects from the creative talent of Cabbages and Roses, the vintage-style fabric company, that will transform your home into a pure and pretty tableau of handcrafted detail. If you long to give your rooms a vintage air and country-cottage appeal, you will love the retro floral prints and timeless designs of Home-made Vintage, your perfect guide to creating handmade, easy elegance in your home. The book offers simple-sew projects to transform every room into the romantic retreat you've always wanted. In this step-by-step guide, Christina Strutt shows readers how to make a wealth of projects for the kitchen and bathroom, conservatory and bedroom - and for giving as gifts as well. A skilled stylist and designer, Christina reveals how to create a look that is personal and unique, but not at all labourintensive. Reusing old fabrics and accessories in new ways allows the vintage and modern to mingle beautifully - and also saves money and time. The charming projects highlighted in this delightful illustrated book include crisp linen chair covers, a chic fabric headboard, pretty flower aprons, dreamy voile bed curtains and soothing scented herbal pillows.
144 pages.
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Complete Guide to Hand Sewing and Embellishing
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Complete Guide to Hand Sewing and Embellishing by Margaret Rowan.
The creative guide for dressmakers and needlecrafters that takes your work to a new level What makes a good sewing project into something outstanding? Often, it is the small hand finished details, a mix of structural finishing and pure decoration, which can quickly become a testament to the style, creativity, and skill of the dressmaker. This is the book which contains everything you need to know about hand stitching and embellishing. It is a comprehensive technique book that will take your work to a new level. A major part of the book is a directory of hand stitching techniques, suitable for all levels of skill, along with plenty of great examples of these stitches in action. And it is also a sumptuous celebration of the creative power of the sewing needle, packed with inspirational photographs of stylish little touches that will make you want to launch into your sewing with renewed vigour.
256 pages.
GBP  15.99     Qty: 

Simple Cloth Daisy Dolls
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Simple Cloth Daisy Dolls by Wenche O. Steensen.
An irresistible, super-cute collection of soft, cuddly dolls, the charming characters in this book are all based on just one simple design. Gorgeous in their simplicity, the dolls personalities are created cleverly with different hairstyles, clothes and accessories. The basic model measures 16-18 inches in heights and the materials used are pure cotton jersey and wool with very simple stitching to define the shapes. Suitable for beginners, the book includes detailed step-by-step photographs showing how to make the basic doll, and beautiful close up photographs of the finished dolls and their wardrobes. All the patterns are full size and the author offers lots of good tips and advice throughout. Whether new to doll making, or experienced in the technique, crafters and sewers will love making these beautiful, appealing softies, and the how-to book makes the creative process an easy and enjoyable one.
80 pages.
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Love to Sew. Pincushions
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Love to Sew. Pincushions by Salli-Ann Cook.
Sewing is popular with all ages at the moment and this new series, Love to Sew, focuses on the latest hot trends. The 64 page handy square format gives us room for twenty projects, with some step by step pictures. Anyone who sews needs a pincushion, it is an essential part of the kit, so they make great gifts for people who sew. They are easy to make with only basic sewing skills and can be shaped into practically anything. They are small enough to be made from recycled fabrics or offcuts, and can be embellished with buttons, beads, ribbons or lace. Salli-Ann Cook shows her flair for making funny, cute, vintage, whimsical or weird objects from fabric, in these twenty desirable pincushion projects. All the techniques needed are shown in a mini-project and they include transferring the design, using fusible web, cutting out, applying decorative effects, sewing together, stuffing and closing. Projects include a mini monster, Union Jack pillow, cup cake, Christmas pudding, Halloween pumpkin, fried egg, voodoo doll, flat cat, wristwatch, magician's hat and heart. These brilliant pincushions will brighten up any sewing box or bag. All patterns and templates are included.
64 pages.
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Compendium of Sewing Techniques
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Compendium of Sewing Techniques by Lorna Knight.
Just like having your own personal sewing guru on hand 24 hours a day, this book will allow you to improve your skills, speed up your sewing time, and make garments, accessories, and home projects with a professional finish in no time! Easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques are organized in the order you'll need them, or you can dip in and out for help with a specific problem. 'Try This' and 'Fix It' panels highlight useful inspirations and troubleshooting ideas throughout the book.
160 pages.
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Love to Sew. Hanging Hearts
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Love to Sew. Hanging Hearts by Rachael Rowe.
This book represents the first in a new series of titles aimed at anyone who loves to sew. Making the most of the growing trend in home sewing, it offers all those who sew and stitch fresh, innovative ideas for on-trend projects and gifts. The subject of this book is 'hanging hearts' - highly popular, contemporary items that make perfect gifts for weddings, christenings and Valentine's day, as well as lovely little decorative items that can be hung from doors, dressers, wardrobes and doors around the home. Including both simple hand and machine stitching, this book offers the reader advice on the basic techniques and materials needed, plus twenty gorgeous projects in a range of styles that includes shabby chic, vintage, French country style, traditional and simply fun! There's a beautiful rustic wreath decorated in little fabric hearts, a delightful string of hearts, and numerous individual hearts made from various fabrics and felt and decorated with ric rac, ribbons, buttons and bows. All the instructions are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs, and full-size templates of all the hearts are provided. Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced stitchers, all the hearts are quick and easy to make and are ideal for using up scraps of fabric, odd buttons, left-over ribbon and all sorts of oddments found around the home.
64 pages.
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Sew Bunting
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Sew Bunting by Debbie Shore.
Building on the success of her previous book, Making Cushion Covers, Debbie Shore has turned her attention to bunting. Her imaginative, modern designs give a new twist to these traditional decorations, making them ideal for adorning special celebrations, your garden or your home. With 29 eye-catching projects to choose from, all accompanied by simple, easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, you are sure to find something in this book to excite and inspire you. Choose from romantic Valentine bunting, festive advent calender bunting, fragrant lavender bag bunting, as well as Halloween bunting, felt bunting, frilly bunting, and lots more. All you need is a sewing machine and a basic sewing kit, and with all the basic techniques explained clearly at the beginning of the book, there is nothing to stop you getting going on a project straight away, even if you are a complete beginner.
96 pages.
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Making Cushion Covers
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Making Cushion Covers by Debbie Shore.
Cushions are a great way of brightening up a room and giving it your own personal touch. They can be luxuriously decadent or homely and comforting, inject colour and fun into your life, or be soft and seductive. Whatever your style, Debbie Shore has a cushion cover that is perfect for you. In this sumptuous book, there are twenty-six gorgeous designs to choose from, with ideas and inspiration for many more, all with clear, step-by-step photographs and no-fuss, easy-to-follow instructions. Debbie's designs have a fresh, contemporary appeal, and you will be amazed at how easy they are to make. And you don't have to spend a fortune either. You can achieve a designer look at a fraction of the price you'd pay in the shops, and with her firm belief in recycling, Debbie has incorporated children's old clothes, grown-out-of jeans, pretty dress fabric, unused table-cloths or even last year's bedding into many of her designs. Be inspired - add your own flair and individuality to the cushion covers you make and, before you know it, you will be designing cushions of your own!
96 pages.
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Abbygale Sews
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Abbygale Sews by Emma Curtis.
This beautiful book is packed full of designs for bags, accessories and delightful items for the home, all created by Emma Curtis and Elizabeth Parnell in a style that is fresh, feminine, and unmistakedly English. The gorgeous photographs, drawings and pretty designs will make you want to pick up a needle and thread and get sewing straight away, even if you are a complete beginner. Ideal for the modern home-maker, there are nineteen projects to choose from, all with a complete list of the materials needed to make them, a set of clear, step-by-step instructions with drawings where needed, and pattern pieces provided on a useful fold-out sheet at the back of the book.
96 pages.
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Love to Sew. Childrens Sun Hats
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Love to Sew. Childrens Sun Hats by Gillian Stratton.
Sewing is popular with all ages at the moment and this series, Love to Sew, focuses on the latest hot trends. The 64 page handy square format gives us room for twenty projects, with some simple step by step pictures. Children's Sun Hats is a colourful, unique book which shows the reader how to make twenty gorgeous sun hats for children. Children love to play outdoors, therefore a personalised sun hat would be a welcome gift for your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew or even a friend's little one. In this book, Gill demonstrates how to make sun visors, caps, pretty sun hats for little girls and cool, contemporary sun hats for little boys. It also includes templates and beautiful styled photographs of all the hats.
64 pages.
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Love to Sew. Cakes and Candies
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Love to Sew. Cakes and Candies by Margaret Fitchett.
Sewing is popular with all ages and this series, Love to Sew, focuses on the latest hot trends. The 64 page handy square format gives us room for twenty projects, each with simple step-by-step instructions, beautiful photographs, as well as a basic techniques and materials section at the front of the book. Fabric and thread are all you need to create this wonderful range of stitched confectionary, and once decorated with buttons, ribbons and beads they look good enough to eat. These tempting treats are great fun to make and can be used to decorate your home or provide a special and unique gift for a friend or relative. Projects include a box of chocolates, a fruit tart, a creamy meringue, cup cakes, and much more.
64 pages.
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