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In today’s post I will be reviewing the following:

The Sewing Machine Book

The Sewing Machine Book

Title: The Sewing Machine Book

Author: Alison Smith

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

ISBN: 978 1 4053 3555 3 (Hardbacked version)

Price: £25.00 (Hardback) (Correct at time of writing 2010)

Being new to sewing I am looking for a simple to follow book that has lots of clear instructions for me, but expecting no prior knowledge that I do not have. I’d had a brief leaf through this book in Hobby Craft and was very pleased to find a copy in my local library.


The book is broken up into three main sections, with sub sections that go into greater detail;


  • Sewing Equipment
  • Fabrics
  • Patterns


  • Stitch essentials
  • Darts, tucks, pleats and gathers
  • Facings and necklines
  • Collars
  • Waistlines, belts and tie-backs
  • Sleeves and sleeve finishes
  • Pockets
  • Hems and edges
  • Fasteners
  • Linings and interfacings
  • Professional techniques
  • Mending


  • Directory of fashion and soft furnishings
  • Glossary
  • Index, acknowledgements, and Useful websites


I love the layout style of this book, it makes it very easy to find the things you are looking for. There are visual step by steps to back up the written descriptions and the detail the book goes into is perfect. If you are trying to follow a pattern and don’t understand a term or need more details on how to achieve a particular finish the book shows you how. I found the visual reference to different kinds of fabric VERY helpful, especially as it also lists thread and needle type next to each one 🙂 Superb!!!


Haven’t got any, I have a hardback from the library and my only advise to anyone purchasing this book is to go for the hardback rather than the soft cover as it is such a good reference book, it’s likely to get a lot of use and the hard back will be better wearing in the longer term.

Value for Money

Excellent!!!! This book is like a dictionary for sewing, if you have a question, look it up in here and it’s probably got the answer. The hard back may be a considered purchase but for the content included its well worth it. It’s quite a sizable book and needs the hardback to make it robust.

Would I buy It?

YES definitely!!!! This is on my wish list at Amazon and I really intend to buy this, when funds allow. I’ve spent weeks on the internet searching for tutorials and information on basic sewing terms, this book would have saved me so much time! Sometimes books are easier than the internet after all 😉 Long live the book 🙂 🙂 🙂

Summing Up

This book is perfect for the beginner to sewing either hand sewing or machine, the layout means you can go directly to a given section very quickly and easily. The sections are even colour coded to make searching simple. A really good reference book for all things sewing. If you have just bought a new sewing machine and feel a bit bewildered by everything then get this book. The world of sewing is much less intimidating with this book on your shelf, if you get stuck or come across a new term, this book will tell you all about it. I think this book would be the perfect gift for someone wanting to advance from basic sewing to more adventurous projects too. If you want to try dress making, or soft furnishings there are sections for that too.


The Sewing Book. Here is the book on Amazon, currently under £15 for the hardback version 😉

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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