I love my cats and all, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with new things to say about them each and every week. After all, they would much prefer for life to be consistently filled with naps, food, pets, and as boring a life as possible, rather than deal with exciting disruptions all the time. So I think I’ll change up my routine and start interspersing book reviews every now and then instead of the usual Meow Mondays.
Another reason for the change is that I’ve joined the Blogging for Books program through Random House, so I’ll start receiving free books in exchange for review. I’ve resisted monetizing this blog in any way, mostly because I do this for fun and I don’t want to be beholden to anyone or feel forced to say nice things for money, so I thought about it for a while before deciding to try out the program. Fortunately I’m not required in any way to say nice things – and on my end, I promise to be honest and of course let you know every time I receive a free book for review.
(Also, I promise not to go through this entire spiel every time I review a free book, and will settle for the one-liner disclosure at the bottom of each post like everyone else.)
With all that out of the way, let’s move on to the review!
Super Stitches Sewing, by Nicole Vasinger
This is a great comprehensive stitch dictionary showcasing 50 sewing machine and hand stitches. Each stitch includes photographs and illustrations showing how to do a seam, hem, and any specials uses. There are also essential facts listed such as common uses, alternative names, presser foot needed, fabric/thread type and skill level. The tutorials are comprehensive but not as detailed as I’d like if I’d never attempted it before. I would prob rather google a tutorial for more step by step pictures, but it would be fine as a starting point or refresher. And of course it’s invaluable to have them all in one place!
I read this with the sewing machine by my side so I could inspect the stitches on my machine as I went. Most stitches include the universal symbol so you can match it to your machine without having to consult the manual, which is definitely a plus. Coming from quilting which is mostly just straight seams, I’ve always been mystified by apparel sewing so it was great to have the basics and lingo of tailoring covered. Most of the tailoring techniques were over my head, but it’s a great reference for future use if I start learning how to do alterations. The last section on tools and equipment was also pretty helpful. I’ve never come across a visual with all the different needles (for example) to compare and contrast common uses, sizes, thread/fabric types, etc. so that’s nice.
Mostly, it’s just great to have a handy reference for all of this in one place, and it answered a lot of questions I’ve idly wondered but never looked up. Like, why are there 7 different types of automatic buttonholes? Because each one is made for specific buttons or fabric… and this book explains each one! And on the hand stitching side, now I finally know the difference between an overcast and a whip stitch, I always had them confused (whipstitch is over a hemmed edge, overcast is over a raw edge).
Super Stitches sewing isn’t a traditional crafting book that inspires you to create new projects, but definitely a great resource for any sewing library.
***I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.***