Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I'm reading: 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips

I'm somewhat new to the PatternReview.com game, and I'm sort of scratching my head why it took me so long to find the site. It has saved me from buying crummy patterns, and inspired me to take the plunge with great ones. So when I spotted the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips with the PR logo on it, I pounced on it. Metaphorically. What I really did was check it out from the library.


The book is broken up into sections on things like gear, designing, fabric, fitting, etc. There are contributions from the members of PR as well as more famous experts.

Without even being halfway through it, I've already got a great list of new ideas. In fact, the very first tip in the book might be worth the cost of admission (I'm not going to tell you what it is, gotta keep the mystery up somehow!). So far, the one I'm most anxious to try is the duct tape sewing dummy. I'm a little annoyed at myself for not coming up with that idea on my own! Better late than never. I also appreciated the different tips about transferring pattern markings, because I hate that part so much that I never do it struggle to do it correctly.

If you're like me and you don't have the benefit of an experienced sewing buddy to show you the ropes, then this book is for you. I feel like I suddenly have that mother or grandmother at my side giving me a bunch of great tips (sorry real mom and grandmother, I still love you!).

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