How to Sew - Basics
How to Sew - Machine Sewing
How to Sew - Applique
How to Sew - Patchwork
I was quite excited about these because I love sewing and love reading about it, and I really wanted to love these ebooks. Unfortunately, I was not as impressed as I wanted to be !
Let me just state here that I am coming at this as a sewer who has been sewing for about 18 months, so while I am fairly confident with basics, I still have plenty to learn.
Lets start with the 'Basics' book. This really should have been combined with the 'Machine Sewing' book and made into one larger more comprehensive book. However, I digress, lets get back to 'Basic'
My first issue is that it doesn't show how to thread a sewing machine or wind a bobbin - which is as basic as it comes. Neither does it deal with selecting tension, stitch type, stitch length although it does deal with machine needles! (Now you might say...'oh but the Machine Sewing book will cover those'....nope!)
Also, the zip section is not great - it's a little unclear in the section about inserting a visible zip - I know techniques differ but the one used would not be so easy for a beginner. Also, there were not enough photos or illustrations of the zip insertion.
The next two books dealt with Applique and Patchwork, neither of which I have done yet....but have been meaning to get to both. To be honest, these did not inspire me to have a go. The techniques looked fine, but the projects were a bit uninspiring again - e.g. the patchwork quilt given as a project was a bit tacky - big shiny squares, a brocade backing with no quilt binding which looked mass produced - miles away from the fabulous handmade folksy creations that are adorning the blogsphere and sites like etsy and folksy. These last two books provided templates which was a plus though.