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PatternReview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers Paperback – Sep 1 2010
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Prakash, Deepika. PatternReview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers. Creative Pub: Quayside. 2010. 168p. illus. index. ISBN 9781589235021. pap. $19.99. FIBER CRAFTS
The title says it all. Prakash has assembled a plethora of handy sewing tips from her popular website, PatternReview.com. The tips are brief and arranged by general topic, from organizing one’s sewing space to sewing. “Master Classes” on specialized topics, such as sewing knits or embroidering with beads, are interspersed. There’s a lot of good information here, crafters with sewing experience are sure to find something useful. - Library Journal, December 1, 2010
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I skimmed the book first and now I'm digesting and marking it page by page. After 50 years of sewing you'd think I'd know most everything- but I definitely found many helpful hints in this book. This will make a great gift for anyone who loves to sew whether young or old, or beginner or experienced.
The best part is because of the easy organization and numbering and many diagrams where needed, it will be easy and fast to find the tip(s) for the item on which I happen to be working at the time.
This is some of the best book money I've spent in a long time. Thanks, Deepika and many others.
If you have intermediate sewing skills (like my gf) or better, I could not recommend this book. To it's credit, there were many interesting organizational and design suggestions. But it almost felt that the editors were grasping from a huge bucket of tips, and not sifting for the truly useful. Worse, they don't show you how to execute them. Since these tips come from their website, you're better off researching the web on your own and taking the time to find what's useful for your own project.
As a beginner, I was really disappointed with the book. Definitely, there are better ones out there like "Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns" by Diana Rupp.
Deepika and PatternReview.com: please go back to the editing desk and thin out your tips, plus show more step-by-step examples This book is a bit premature.