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Simplicity How to Use a Sewing Machine
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Simplicity How to Use a Sewing Machine.
Packed with information and advice, this is the perfect guide to get you started. Fully illustrated throughout with colourful step-by-step instructions, it includes:-
  • Choosing and using a sewing machine
  • Basic techniques - stitching, controlling the pace, guiding the fabric
  • Decorative techniques - embroidery, applique, patchwork and quilting
  • Glossary of terms
140 Pages
GBP  12.99     Qty: 

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.
GBP  24.03     Qty: 

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.
GBP  12.99     Qty: 

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.
GBP  14.99     Qty: 

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.
GBP  9.99     Qty: 

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.
GBP  12.99     Qty: 

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: 

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: 

Shopping Days
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Shopping Days by Canny Keepsakes.
Shopping Days has over 20 projects for all abilities and delightfully mixes contemporary trends with a vintage twist. Following the success of their first book, Colliery Days, Florrie and Betty have revisited Beamish Open Air Museum for their inspiration. This time they have focused on the fantastic Edwardian Town and Railway Station. Join Florrie and Betty as they set out for the day, shop in the large Co-operative store and take care of business matters. Then relax as they reward themselves with afternoon refreshments. Florrie's anecdotes, Betty's rhymes and recipes continue to embellish the pages and their humour is very much in evidence! Shopping Days is not just a fabric project book, it's a unique experience with beautiful photography throughout. Please join us and have fun creating!
64 pages.
GBP  12.99     Qty: 

Love to Dress Up - 18
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Love to Dress Up - 18" Doll Clothes by Lorine Mason.
What little girl doesn't love dressing up her doll. Within the pages of this book, you will find unique designs to make 12 different outfits for an 18" doll. We've included every single pattern piece needed along with step-by-step instructions to make sewing them easy. You can stitch a wardrobe full of clothes including: Cute shorts and tops Bunny Pajamas and a tankini Fun summer dresses Colorful skirts and tops Simple hair bands and a purse All of these outfits are made from fat quarters which are absolutely a perfect size for creating doll clothes. There are wonderful displays of fat quarters in fabric stores these days. Carefully crafted display after display filled to the brim with tightly wrapped bundles of pre-cut fabric coordinated by style, colour or pattern. Choosing your favorites might take some time but what better way is there to spend a few minutes. You'll soon be back home cutting and stitching. Have fun choosing the fabric, sewing the outfits and helping create childhood memories for that someone special in your life.
48 pages.
GBP  11.99     Qty: 

Tildas Seaside Ideas
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Tildas Seaside Ideas by Tone Finnanger.
Recreate memories of the seaside with simple sewing, papercraft, crochet and knitting projects using beautiful Tilda fabrics, yarn and embellishments. Be inspired by life at the beach and in the ocean to make gifts, toys and pretty accessories for your home. From adorable whales and fishing girl dolls to hanging mobiles, applique blankets and summer scarves, the designs will take you on a journey of the perfect seaside holiday.
48 pages.
GBP  7.99     Qty: 

Sewing Accessories - At Home and on the Go
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Sewing Accessories - At Home and on the Go by Jamie Mueller.
If you've always wanted to organize your sewing room, this book will help you do just that! Whether you have a tiny sewing space in the corner of a room or a dedicated space that is all yours to spread out your sewing projects, you'll find organizers in this book that will fit your needs. Stitch up the Cool Watermellon Pincushion to keep track of your pins. Or stitch up the Hanging Ruler Organizer. It's a great project to get your rulers up off your sewing table and tucked nicely into a space-saving wall hanger. If you like to take your stitching while traveling, you'll find multiple projects specifically designed for travel, like the Embroidery Pouch and matching Tote. Packed with projects from small to large, full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you organize everything from pins to your next trip to your weekend sewing retreat. So get out your sewing machine and let's get organized!
40 pages.
GBP  6.99     Qty: 

Scrubs and More
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Scrubs and More by Jeanne Stauffer.
Personal style is the way to go these days! Enjoy wearing scrubs that make you and those around you feel happy. Not just for medical personnel, the casual and comfortable nature of scrubs translates well to lounge wear and can be found in use at spas, retreats and clinics of all types. You can start with readymade garments you've purchased or you can sew your own scrubs. From there, you'll have illustrated instructions for embellishing your scrubs to make them reflect your own personal tastes. You'll find instructions for decorative and overcast stitching, transferring a pattern, using a fabric pen, using fusible web tape and fabric, creating looped tab, using bias strips, adding plackets to side seams, top stitching, adding tabbed leg gussets and many more techniques.
48 pages.
GBP  5.99     Qty: 

Sew!
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Sew! by Cath Kidston.
Sewing is the new shopping! In these cash-strapped times it's more fun to get together with friends and stitch something handmade and special, whether for yourself or a friend, than to go out and spend that hard-earned money - plus to be given a gift that someone has created and spent time making is always heart-warming. Following the huge success of Make!, Cath Kidston has now put together a treasure trove of fabulous simple sewing projects for stitchers to get their needles into. Included in this fantastic book are full instructions for over 40 fun and useful projects - bags, cushions, quilts and many more ideas - which are all designed to be made with her popular printed fabrics. All the sewing techniques featured are clearly explained in an introductory section so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success, together with details of how to embroider, applique and adorn your items in other ways. This brilliant little book has stunning photographs, a colourful contemporary design and step-by-step illustrations to make all the projects absolutely clear and user-friendly. The package also contains a pattern sheet, templates and an exclusive Cath Kidston Needlecase.
160 pages.
GBP  9.00     Qty: 

Perfect Party Dresses
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Perfect Party Dresses by Various.
There is no better way to celebrate life's special moments than with a party and, as every girl knows, every party demands the perfect dress. From birthdays to weddings this beautiful collection of stunning smocking designs, in sizes 2-10 years, is sure to provide something spectacular for every special occasion in a young lady's life. Gorgeous fabrics, exquisite embroidery and outstanding finishing touches will make every little girl's dreams come true. Within the pages of this glorious book are magnificent photographs, full multi-size patterns, detailed step by step instructions and all the information required to re-create each one of these superb garments.
136 pages.
GBP  25.99     Qty: 

Pot Holders, Pinchers and More
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Pot Holders, Pinchers and More by Chris Malone.
Too cute to hide under a hot pot, you'll want to decorate with these unique and fun pot holder sets! With just small pieces of fabric, you can create beautiful sets of pot holders in no time. Great as gifts or to keep all for yourself, this variety of patterns will allow you to customize each project using your personal colour pallet. Use the double-handed Hot! Dog mitt for your next barbeque, or accent your summer table with the bright and cheery Fresh and Fruity set. Projects in the book include pot holder sets in the themes of: Heirloom Aprons, Fresh and Fruity, Sweet Smells of Summer, Hot! Dog, Hen House, Garden Party, Black, White and Red All Over, and Winter Holidaze. Full colour photographs, charts, and easy-to-read instructions will guide you through each project. A two-page general instructions section provides all the information to get you started. With just a little fabric and thread, you too can create masterpieces!
48 pages.
GBP  6.99     Qty: 

Bloom ? A Collection of Fabric flowers
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Bloom ? A Collection of Fabric flowers by Kim Christopherson.
Join the fabric flower craze! Create these lovely fabric flowers to spice up your wardrobe, home, or work space. You'll find flowers for everything from lapels to bouquets in this book. Change the colour and the fabric to create a completely different looking flower each time. Plus, we've given you suggestions on how to use your lovely new creations. A Collection of Fabric Flowers is a great way to use your stash of beautiful small pieces of fabric and special embellishments.
48 pages.
GBP  5.99     Qty: 

Stitching Book
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Stitching Book by Various.
Drawing on work previously published in the Search Press Beginner's Guide series of needlecraft books, this definitive guide to stitching provides a must-have reference for anyone interested in stitching and embroidery. Aimed at both absolute beginners as well as those wishing to explore new areas or to develop their existing skills, this book provides a complete, step-by-step guide to traditional stitching techniques, including drawn thread work, hardanger, goldwork, stumpwork, silk shading, crewel work, mountmellick and blackwork. Each section is written by an expert in that particular field, and leads the reader carefully through the history of the technique, the materials and equipment required, and the most popular stitches used. Each section includes hands-on projects, and are beautifully illustrated with examples of the author's work as well as step-by-step photographs and diagrams of the methods used. This timely book is the perfect choice for anyone whose interest in stitching has been re-awakened by the current trends in home sewing, and who wishes to make beautiful, hand-embroidered items for their home.
272 pages.
GBP  19.99     Qty: 

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