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Our Review

Your first sewing machine can be rather intimidating, but 101 Ways to use your first sewing machine by Elizabeth Dubicki aims to hold your hand through those daunting first steps and turn your new machine into your new best friend.

The book is a comprehensive introduction to tools, materials, stitches and the various things and tricks you can perform with your machine, with detailed guides for working with tricky fabrics like leather and denim. As well as teaching skills, the book is filled with how-to's for embellishing clothing and making projects for your home.

Brighten up your bathroom with a Ribbon Shower Curtain, add a bit of decadence to your bed with a homemade Tent Canopy, or display your cosmetics on a unique and professional Make Me Blush Shelf Cover. Start conquering your fears and show your machine who's seamstress - just think about how much time you'll save not having to hand sew everything.

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You can also pick up a copy from Amazon now.

Publisher's Description

101 ways to get the most out of your first sewing machine

So you bought your first sewing machine?now what? Expert sewing author Elizabeth Dubicki will take you from fashion to home decor with 101 useful and money-saving ways to use your first sewing machine.

Learn to shorten pants, alter a neckline or update last-year's suit. Decorate your home with simple pillows, a variety of drapes, or update the look of that garage-sale find.

Whether you are a beginner sewer or an expert, you will appreciate this must-have reference guide to the basics, including:

  • Step-by-step instructions

  • Easy clothing alternations and home decor projects

  • Over 75 detailed illustrations

  • Expert tips, tricks and advice to ensure success

Don't get left in the fuzz. Get your sewing machine out of the closet and start making it work for you.