True confession: Back when I was newly married and I hadn’t sewed in years, I used to watch Sewing With Nancy on PBS on Saturdays. And by “watch”, I mean that if BC even looked like he was going to try to talk to me, he got shushed. So, when I was given the opportunity to review here new book, Sewing A to Z, I jumped at the chance.
Thing #1 that I loved straight out of the box? The book is spiral bound and lays flat (and stays open) on your work space.
Thing #2 I loved? The alphabetical table of contents. In other sewing books I’ve used, things have been grouped in ways that didn’t make sense to me. The fact that in this book I look under V if I want to know about sewing vinyl makes me really happy. Guess where you’ll find the section on sewing with a double needle? Under D. Nice, right?
Thing #3 I loved? The diagrams and illustrations. Sometimes when you’re sewing, you just really need to see it, right? I think it’s why we all read blogs and love tutorials so much…the visual aids turn previously scary techniques into something you know you can do!
Are you brand new to sewing? This book would be a FABULOUS reference. It has basics on everything from garment making to quilting. It even talks about sharpening your shears and being organized in your sewing space. (I should probably re-read that section another 4 or 5 times.)
Are you a not so beginning sewist? I took my first sewing class in 9th grade. We’re not going to get all mathematical here, but let’s just say I’ve been sewing for more than 20 years. I’d still recommend this book as a reference when you need a little refresher (because if you’ve been sewing for 20 years, you’re old enough that you might be losing your mind just a little ).
If you’d like a sneak peek into the book, Sew Mama Sew is offering a free download of the ENTIRE Seam Finishes section. You can click on over here to check that out.
AND, to celebrate the release of her new book, Nancy has put together a prize package worth over $450! Nice!
You can enter to win that here on Nancy’s blog.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Sewing A to Z to review. Opinions are my own. And yes…that confession is 100% true.
If you’re so inclined, you can check out the rest of the book tour as follows:
15-Aug Nancy Zieman’s blog
17-Aug Sew Mama Sew
18-Aug Diary of a Quilter
20-Aug Amy’s Creative Side
23-Aug Crap I’ve Made
24-Aug Eileen Roche’s blog
25-Aug I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts
26-Aug The Free Motion Quilting Project
27-Aug Sew Serendipity
29-Aug Lazy Girls Designs
30-Aug Pat Sloan Blog
31-Aug Tallgrass Prairie Studio
1-Sep True Up
2-Sep Sew News
6-Sep Off the Cuff Sewing Style
7-Sep V and Co.
8-Sep The Cottage Home
9-Sep Colette Patterns