When I first starting reading sewing blogs back in 2011 Sewaholic was one of the first ones I followed. I was drawn to the clear tutorials, wonderful instructions, and cute patterns. Today, I still read the blog for the same reasons, so when Tasia announced that she was releasing a book, The Sewtionary: An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques and Definitions, compiled with all of the tips I had grown to know and love, the book was in my Amazon shopping cart within minutes.
I thought I would share my thoughts first and then end this post with a giveaway. Sound good?
Physically this is my ideal sewing book (is that weird to say? hahaha). It's hardcover, sturdy, and has a spiral ring to hold all the pages. Spiral ring books are so great when learning a new technique! The pages stay put and don't need to be propped open while sewing. The matte paper is also a plus because you don't have to experience that annoying glare that happens with late night sewing and a lamp as a light source. The book is also photo heavy which is a must for a visual reader like me.
Beginners: are you too shy to ask how to sew on a button? Need to learn how to take your measurements? What about ease, what is that exactly? Tasia has you covered and this book will help grow your sewing skills.
Making bias tape, French seams, and different zipper installations are also mentioned in the book and are good reminders for me because they're not things I do with every sewing project and sometimes need a quick refresher.
There are also techniques which were unexpected and are new to me. Shoulder pads, French tacks, and godets have not been part of any of my sewing projects, but who is to say they won't in the future? I'm confident that when/if I need to tackle these (new to me) challenges the Sewtionary will be here to save the day. Instant help for the win!
Tasia is so sweet and sent a pattern of my choice for one of you as a giveaway gift, so I chose Saltspring, one of my favorites. She also threw in a Sewaholic tape measure and the cutest tags ever! I'm adding bias tape, an invisible zipper, two yards of a green Girl Charlee knit fabric, and a rotary cutter. ***Please note that the book is not included in this bundle*** If you would like a chance to win all the treasures in the photo above then please leave a comment. It's really important to leave an e-mail address or blog address. Without that info there is no way of contacting the winner. Giveaway will end two weeks from today on Thursday, September 25th.
Do you want to purchase the book? You can get it here on Amazon or from the Sewaholic site directly. If you order it from Sewaholic Tasia will even sign it for you.
Check out the other blogs on the tour for more info on the book and chances to win other prizes!