by Nancy Bednar
Quick and very practical reference book
This is a great book, very well written and easy to understand (even
for me who's native language isn't english and sometimes has difficulty
to understand!) and I fully recommend it for the novice as well as
the advanced sewer. It is packed with so many different techniques
that it's even hard to choose! At the beginning of each techinque you
find a short explanation of what you'll actually learn about. Then
the Machine Set-up comes: stitch length and width, presser foot, needles,
threads, tension. Fabric Choices and if there is any Additional Supplies
She lists that too. It also made it very easy on me before shopping,
the list was readily waiting for me, so I didn't forget anything to
An Excellent Guide for the Creative Sewist
Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques by Nancy Bednar and JoAnn Pugh-Gannon
Being fairly new to creative sewing, I found this guide particularly helpful as a means of learning the techniques needed to upgrade my skills from plain sewing into the creative area.
A few of the many techniques covered include ten different methods of applique, drawn thread techniques, decorative bobbin work, quilting and trapunto quilting, silk ribbon techniques, thread painting and tucks.
For each technique, there is a description of the technique, the sewing machine set-up is given in a clear and concise manner, together with a list of appropriate fabrics and additional requisites. There are colour plates and smaller photos which illustrate the methods of sewing.
The book is mainly devoted to the creative, decorative sewing techniques, but there is also a section which covers 'Indispensable Techniques' from Bias Binding to Placket Zippers.
Altogether this is a book which I shall turn to again and again as I learn to make the most of my sewing machine - and to have fun while doing so!
I ordered this guide because I thought it would be a good "next to the sewing machine" book for reviewing basic stitches (how to do a blind hem stitch, how to reverse applique, etc.) I was pleasantly suprised! This book is a great reference for all of those basic techniques, but it contains tons of great creative ideas as well, like silk ribbon embroidery on the machine, using the marking foot to make fringe, and many more. I use this guide all the time for both reviewing the basics and getting inspiration to try something new. The book is well organized, with photographs of each technique. Highly recommended!
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