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Reader’s Lounge: Stitch By Stitch

Summer brings with it those extra hours of daylight that could be your time to add a new talent to your life. Stitch by Stitch is the perfect source for someone who wants to sew. I was excited to discover this book on the library shelf. Although I’ve sewn for many years, I learned a few clever things myself and picked up some great ideas on how to pass this craft on to others.

Deborah Moebes has so much enthusiasm and encouragement to anyone trying sewing for the first time or returning to sewing, even if they had a bad first experience. This can be a great girlfriend idea. Find a friend who wants to join you in this adventure. Follow the book, wander the fabric aisles together, cut out your patterns over laughter and margaritas and share the satisfying experience of making something from scratch. In this step-by-step guide, Moebes first of all introduces the tools of the trade, from sewing machine to seam ripper (an essential for all sewers). In getting to know your machine, the “stitch sampler” as your first project is excellent.
The fabric primer in the book will help you understand suitable material for particular projects and will give you the words to ask questions and to understand the fabric store clerk’s answers. The projects cleverly teach particular skills one at a time. You’ll make cloth napkins and placemats, a reversible tote, a girl’s ruffled skirt, curtains and pillows, among other things, and you’ll even move on to an adult skirt and shirt to complete the informal sewing class. Each handmade item brings you one step closer to greater confidence.
I’ve pegged this book as a summer conversation starter. After all, what could be nicer than to chat and sew with a friend? I’ve been part of a small group of friends who have enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, cross-stitching and confidences for over 35 years. They have been a stronghold in my life. Who knows where you might find your next new BFF? Try sewing.
Stitch By Stitch,
Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time
By Deborah Moebes
Krause Publications, 2010, $19.19


Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s book, including the series Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Heinemann Library). Over the years, she has truly enjoyed being a children’s librarian, registered nurse, freelance writer, mother and grandmother.

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