Learn how to get the most out of your sewing machine with this comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide. There are 15 gorgeous projects to make including cushions, shoulder bags, soft toys and quilts. Full-size, fold-out patterns accompany the designs and 50 illustrated step-by-step lessons will guide you through all you need to get started. This book is a fantastic resource for those new to machine sewing and a great source of inspiration and ideas for more experienced sewers.
Clementine Collinet has been a professional children's illustrator producing pictures, games and books for toddlers for over 15 years. About 10 years ago she discovered the wonderful world of fabrics and began designing and making soft toys, mobiles and other toys for children. Clementine is inspired by fabrics and enjoys creating personalised gifts and designs for others.
Before starting 8 Your sewing machine 10 Preparing the bobbins 12 The ideal sewing box 14 Commonly used terms 17 Sewing simple items 20 Prepare your work 24 Sewing using a straight stitch 25 Make a corner seam 26 Finish off a seam: reverse stitch or knot 28 Oversewing 30 Cutting 30 Closing up a seam 31 Simple cushion 32 Working from a template 36 Sewing shapes 37 Adding a piece of fabric 37 Sewing several layers of fabric 38 Covering a button 40 Sewing a button using your presser foot 41 Closing up a seam by hand using small, invisible stitches 41 Soft toy 42 Using a zigzag stitch 48 Sewing bias binding in one single seam 49 Bunting 50 Embroidering a buttonhole 54 Topstitching a pocket 56 Sewing on a flat button 57 Preparing drawstring casing 58 Preparing a tape 60 Sliding a tape or piece of elastic into a drawstring casing 61 Small drawstring bag 62 Sewing frills 66 Following guide marks 67 Frilly flower brooches 68 Sew your own clothes 70 Sewing darts 74 Sewing facings 75 Making a fine tape 76 Hem by machine 77 Simple, strappy top 78 Work with raw edges and seam allowances 82 Make bias binding 83 Sew bias binding 84 Sew on press studs 85 Skirt 86 Sewing a shoulder 90 Inserting a sleeve 91 Making a reversible garment 92 Baby's reversible kimono 96 Sew accessories 98 Add rickrack braid 102 Attach heading tape 103 Make a flat hem 104 White curtains 106 Stiffening fabric 110 Sewing an applique 111 Inserting a zip fastener 112 Cushion with star applique 114 Quilting 118 Quilted throw 122 Preparing and sewing simple patchwork 126 A patchwork throw 130 Prepare and sew piping 134 Attaching piping to a cushion 136 Cushion with piping 138 Sew a bag 140 Making a reversible bag 144 Preparing and attaching straps 145 Adding a braid 147 Shoulder bag 148 Embellishing with decorative stitches 152 Removing excess fabric 153 Denim bag 154