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Me and my sewing Machine - Book by Kate Haxell

Me and my sewing Machine - Book by Kate Haxell

  • Title: Me and My Sewing Machine A Beginner’s Guide
  • Author: Kate Haxell
  • Publisher: Apple Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-84543-353-6

My Reason for Buying

Remember when you got your first car and started to learn how to drive? You can imagine the possibilities, know where you want to go etc but have no idea about quite how to go about it. That’s me and my sewing machine 🙂 I’ve got ideas about what I’d like to make and a few books on how to make things, but I thought to get the most from my machine it would be a good idea to find out how to use it properly, rather than doing it damage by using it incorrectly. That’s why I was interested in getting this book. I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose 😉


  • Introduction
  • My Sewing Machine
  • Getting Ready to Sew
  • Seams Simple
  • Hemmed In
  • Fastened Up
  • Around the Corner
  • On The Edge
  • Fancy That
  • Make me, Make me



It’s a good-looking book, fun and full of really useful pictures. The author has a really approachable style of writing, that is informative without being intimidating. As the author says this is an introduction to sewing, it’s not trying to tell you how to do dressmaking! A lot of other books are very intimidating to new sewers and can get too far into the subject and be overwhelming.


Haven’t got any.

Value for Money

Excellent, this is a must have book  for a new sewer! It maybe isn’t as comprehensive as other books around, but it isn’t as intimidating either.

Would I buy it Again?

At the time of writing, I haven’t yet bought it, I’m reviewing a library book 😉 (budget restraints and all that). This is definitely going on the wish list though. I NEED this book

Summing up

Superb book, I love it! I’ve been practicing some of the techniques in this book and its going really well. The tutorials are really well explained with useful photos along the way.  At the back of the book are some projects, its personal preference as to if you like them or not, I’m not keen on the clothing one’s myself but the soft furnishings look nice and the shopper bag I’ve made and looks wonderful. I even modified it a bit to my own dimensions and it all worked great, and is my best bag yet.

Tote Bag #3

Tote Bag #3

If you or someone you know has inherited a sewing machine and is bewildered by it, get them this book! It’s really approachable and has excellent advice to get you enjoying your sewing machine and sewing.


Me and My Sewing Machine by Kate Haxell on Amazon

I couldn’t find a blog for Kate Haxell, if you read this review and know she has one, do leave me a link to it in the comments. I’d love to leave a link to her in the review too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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