original photo by Joshin Yamada
If I have one regret from my middle and high school years, it's that I didn't take a Home Ec class.
Okay, okay, you caught me! I actually have MANY regrets about those cuckoo-crazy years, and forgoing Home Ec is actually pretty far down on the list.
BUT truthfully, for years I have bemoaned the fact that I have no formal training in sewing. I kind of don't know how that's even possible because some of my earliest memories of my grandmother are of standing at her side as her machine whirred and purred and she turned out some sweet piece after another. My own mother, too, knew her way around a sewing machine and handmade all of our Halloween costumes for many years.
Somehow, however, I grew up and out of the nest without learning how to sew.
Years and years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a sweet, simple machine for Christmas. She has tried - bless her patient heart - on many occasions to teach me how to machine sew, but somewhere along the way, I decided it was too intimidating and too hard for me to learn. I have done a few projects here and there, but truth be told, I'm kind of afraid of my sewing machine.
Mostly, it's the bobbins and the threat of breaking a needle that scare me most. You can't really sew for long without dealing with bobbins and needles, so I've mostly kept my machine it its case where it's safe from the harm I could unintentionally cause it.
All of that changed when my wonderful friend Nicole (Gidget Goes Home) sent me a copy of her e-book Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching. She has created a true beginner's guide to the art of sewing, explaining all the basics and providing a path to every resource a novice could possibly hope to need.
The short chapter on hand-sewing inspired me to really spend some time this summer helping the girls get comfortable with beginning stitches. We've worked with felt quite a bit this summer, and both of them have surprised me with their enthusiasm for sitting down with a new project to work on together.
The time spent on hand-sewing is scant because Nicole has FILLED the rest of this book with everything you need to know as a beginning sewista. Bobbins? Oh yes. She explains all about bobbins. And thread tension. And choosing feet and needles and patterns and fabrics. REALLY, she covers everything!
But the best part is that it's all in totally normal, everyday language that makes the craft of sewing so very approachable. Reading her words and following her instructions made me feel like, oh hey! I can do this!
Because it is so easy to understand, I am confident that not only can I teach myself the basics that I've been missing out on for years, but I can also eventually teach my kids the fundamentals as well.
The fact that Sewing School 101 is an e-book is pretty much genius. Not only are there over 100 pages of information and pictures to guide you along the beginner's way, there are also tons of links to patterns, shops, equipment, tools, and all the other resources you need as you are getting started. And it's all just a click away! Additionally, it was super easy to load this e-book into iBooks so I could open it on the iPad and keep it right next to me as I worked.
If you've ever spent moments lingering over Pinterest pins of sewing projects or quilts or darling handmade children's clothing but have been, like me, too intimidated to jump in and make it yourself, I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Or maybe you already are a sewing aficionado - this book would be great to pick up for the person in your life who is always complaining about not having time to take a sewing class. This comprehensive guide would be a great gift!
You can read even more about Sewing School 101: Simple Tips to Get You Stitching by clicking here.
Nicole wants to give a copy to one of YOU, so just follow Mr. Rafflecopter's instructions below if you think you might like to win one!
Thank you so much, Nicole, for inviting me to be part of this blog tour! You all can read more thoughts from others at these other stops on the Sewing School 101 tour:
Sewing School 101: on tour
Tuesday, June 24 :: Jess @ If Only They Would Nap
Wednesday, June 25 :: Christen @ ChristenKrumm.com
Thursday, June 26 :: Megan @ SortaCrunchy
Friday, June 27 :: Me @ The Art of Simple
Thursday, July 3 :: Stacy @ A Delightful Home
Friday, July 4 :: Breanne @ This Vintage Moment
Tuesday, July 8 :: Haley (& Daniel) @ Carrots for Michaelmas
Thursday, July 10 :: Rachel @ Mason Jar Values
Friday, July 11 :: Marillyn @ Just Making Noise
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes but all opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.