Schiffer Books – Your Little Guide to Mastering your Sewing Machine! ~Giveaway

Guide to Your Sewing Machine 1I received a sewing machine as a gift a number of years ago. I’ve really appreciated it over the years. I sewed a rag quilt for my son and a mini one for my daughters for their dolls. I’ve made cloth wipes for using along with my cloth diapers. I’ve done plenty of repairs on different items of clothing. I’ve even taken a few sundresses and converted them to skirts for my daughters when I’ve gotten tired of all the skirts being sold as mini skirts! However, by no means would I call myself an accomplished sewer! Nor do I use my sewing machine to it’s full capacity. However, I would sincerely love to become much better at sewing. You know, good enough to whip out a snazzy quilt in just a couple days!

Schiffer Books offered up a selection of their new titles and one that immediately popped out at me was “The Little Guide to Mastering Your Sewing Machine”.  I figured it would be a great way to find out those basics about my sewing machine that I likely haven’t learned. There’s a lot you don’t learn when you’re self taught! Some day I’m going to take some sewing lessons just so I learn more of the tips and tricks that the masters know.

This book was created as an easel which makes it a very handy book to actually “use”! It’s also unique in that you can read the book starting at the back or starting at the front! If you start at the front, the book guides you through the basics of your sewing machine. First it tells you all about the sewing machine and all the parts and how to do things like threading it. Then it moves on to Sewing Basics. Those important basics like how to choose fabric and thread, the direction of fabric, basting, and sewing plus more! Lastly, there is a chapter on “Techniques for Perfect Work.” For example, how to make a hem, how to create handles and straps or the all important how to on zippers! Then there’s also techniques like pleats, gathers and darts and buttons and buttonholes.

Once you’ve mastered all that, then you simply spin the easel around and you’re ready to create “My First Creations”. The author, Sylvie Blondeau, has included 15 simple projects to put your newfound knowledge into practice. Would you like to make an “Indispensible Bag”? Or perhaps start with “A Cover for your Machine.” That would be a nice way to thank your sewing machine! Everybody needs cushions – so how about “Cozy Cushions”? There are even a couple wearables – “Cami tops” and the “Reversible Hat.” My two first projects are going to be the “Indispensible Bag” and the “Animal Pillows”. Both are reasonably simple and yet can be customized by fabrics and, in the case of the pillow, to make it into whatever type of animal you’d like! If you’d like to see a sample of how this book looks, here’s the first page of the “Baby Quilt”!

Guide to Your Sewing Machine 3I really appreciate authors who can “concise-ify” data into simple terms and simple instructions and I feel that’s what Sylvie has done. Not only is the information kept simple and to the point, but there are plenty of illustrations to help you visualize. This is one book I’ll be keeping by my side for awhile! I’d really like to practice more of the techniques by making a few of these items. I know if I can build up confidence in my sewing ability, that in itself will help me become a better sewer!

Schiffer Books has many more books than just this Sewing Guide! Head over to their website to see all their offerings. As always, Facebook and Twitter are great places to keep up with all the exciting new titles and other news! They also have a Pinterest account where you might find some inspiration or perhaps you’d prefer to follow them on Instagram to check out the many photos of new books?


How are your sewing skills? Would you like to improve them? Or perhaps you have a child that would dearly love to start sewing and you don’t know where to start in teaching them? This book is for you! If that’s the case, use the entry form below to get your entries into this giveaway! Open to Canada and the US. Contest ends April 15, 2016.


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  1. Diana Powell says:

    I’ve been looking for a good price on a sewing machine . I’m finally going to learn how to sew.

  2. Judy Cowan says:

    A lot of the arts & crafts books appeal to me but right now I think this sewing one might be the best one because I have a sewing machine & fabric sitting here doing nothing, I need to learn more sewing skills.

  3. Sunshine h says:

    The sewing book would be perfect right now, but they have some beautiful colouring books that appeal to me as well.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    For me it’s the quilting books that are the most interesting as I’ve been contemplating making quilts.

  5. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I like the Cooking for Dogs cookbook.

  6. This looks like a great book. I also would really like to read Shiffer’s A Beginner’s Guide to Mosaics

  7. vickie couturier says:

    Abingdon Pottery Artware 1934-1950: Stepchild of the Great Depression

  8. YOUR LITTLE GUIDE TO MASTERING YOUR SEWING MACHINE appeals to me the most but I am also interested in the Quilting one 🙂

  9. I spotted “50 Landmark Cameras That Changed Photography” I love old cameras (another hobby) and would also love this book.

  10. Silvia D says:

    |Love Photography and the book The Art of Flower Photography looks really nice.

  11. Florence C says:

    All the Garden’s a Stage: Choosing the Best Performing Plants for a Sustainable Garden
    Jane C. Gates sounds interesting.

  12. SueSueper says:

    Looks like a great book. Always great to have new tips and techniques.

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