|Book review and giveaway:Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques
This book is a must-have guide to everything you ever wanted to know about stitches and their practical applications. Nicole “Queen Puff Puff” Vasbinder teaches the techniques that new sewers long to learn and experienced sewers may still need to master, including 50 machine sewing stitches, 20 hand stitches, and the proper way to choose threads, needles and fabrics.
These techniques used to be taught early in elementary school for all students, and still are at Waldorf Schools
around the world. Many of us still have the knowledge how to, but it is an art that can easily be lost. Kudos to Nicole for including such a broad range of sewing stitches in this book.
Every sewing situation has its own unique solution, where each stitch is explained in a step-by-step tutorial with full-color illustrations and sidebars, explaining when to use each stitch, as well as suggestions for substitutions. You are shown how to choose the perfect stitch for every sewing need, how to get the most from your sewing machine, and how to create a polished, professional look for hems, darts, seams and more.
Whether you plan to design your own projects or sew from a pattern, or even make simple repairs, this book is a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference worthy of any sewer’s or crafter’s library.
HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES:
Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to email@example.com
by April 30, 2014, with the subject line of “Super Stitches Giveaway.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in our next issue.
And speaking of machine sewing…
At the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival,
we will have more than 40 sewing machines available for use in classes, for demos, and for sale, from traditional machines to sergers, to needle felting machines. We’ll be stitching, embellishing, sewing, creating… oh my!
The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
will be a two-day show, with a Friday
evening reception, wine, refreshments, music, demos, prizes and a Market Sneak Preview. Saturday
will feature all-day demos, classes and workshops.