Those lovely people at Simplicity have a new book out and they have given me a copy to give away to one of my readers!
It's called Simply The Best Sewing Book and it's an update of Simplicity's original book published 20 years ago. They have updated it to include timesaving tips and up-to-date info on newer sewing machines.
It is spiral bound with a hard cover so that it stays looking nice on the outside but lies flat so you can refer to it easily when sewing.
|The fitting section|
It covers tools and equipment, fitting (with a focus on tissue fitting but it also covers muslin making), using patterns, cutting and marking, the basics of sewing and how to work with more difficult fabrics. At the back there are a few basic patterns to get you started.
|Love the retro style illustrations|
Before I was sent this, I was told it would be great for anyone who has recently started sewing, but having seen it, I think it's the kind of thing that would be useful to more experienced sewists as well. There are some great tips on overlockers which I have found really useful and are not normally covered in "Learn To Sew" books.
|Sewing a flatlock seam|
The section covering working with difficult fabrics has great tips on how to cut, mark, press and sew fabrics like velvet or lace:
|Sewing with velvet|
|Matching patterns on lace|
|Hand sewing tips|
Leave a comment below if you would like to win this book. It's relatively heavy so only open to people in the UK - sorry! I am planning a giveaway of my own soon which will be open internationally for everyone! Please leave me an email so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a winner at random from all comments received by 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 7th March.
If you like (but not essential to enter) tell me what your top sewing tip is!
Mine is that you can shorten fabric on the bias by pulling it on either side of the presser foot as you sew. It's a great way to ease in sleeves without puckers.
Edited to add - if you don't win, you can buy the book from Simplicity directly here!
Giveaway is now closed. Winner to be announced shortly.