Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make


Graduate from hand-sewing to the endless possibilities of sewing with a machine.Learn the basics — threading the machine, feeding the fabric — and then work your way through twenty fun projects that will carry your stuff, keep you warm, and decorate your room.

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Graduate from hand-sewing to the endless possibilities of sewing with a machine.Learn the basics — threading the machine, feeding the fabric — and then work your way through twenty fun projects that will carry your stuff, keep you warm, and decorate your room.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marti Pechnyo
Young sewers of both genders will enjoy this engaging trip into the rewarding and fun world of machine sewing. All that is required is some prior knowledge and experience with hand sewing. This reviewer has not read the authors' previous book on hand sewing, Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make. The first third of the book is dedicated to getting ready to sew: how to buy and set up the sewing machine, required sewing tools and fabric, how to read and use patterns, and mastering basic machine sewing techniques. The remainder presents detailed instructions for about twenty attractive projects of varying difficulty, clearly rated to measure the skill level required for each project. Attractive insets for project materials and technique tips enhance the project instruction. Valuable step-by-step photos accompany each written instruction. The physical attributes of the book make it very easy to use as a project guide. The sturdy workbook style with concealed wire binding will easily remain open on the sewing machine. It includes an in-book ruler and reusable pattern pieces in a handy in-book envelope. The authors recognize that machine sewing requires adult supervision. They include an introduction for adults about how to buy a sewing machine, what materials the young sewer will need, and how to handle the frustration that is inevitable. Each project has an inset titled "A Note for Grown-Ups," and the book concludes with a section for adults who may want to teach sewing to a group of children. The Resource Guide is very helpful, providing websites and blogs for tools and supplies, fabrics, and other projects and support. Reviewer: Marti Pechnyo
Library Journal
This sequel to Sewing School focuses on teaching children and preteens how to use a sewing machine to create fun and quirky projects. The kid-friendly ideas included here are easy to cut and sew, making them virtually frustration proof, and the samples pictured use colorful and whimsical fabrics that will attract children. Each project lists step-by-step instructions complemented by photographs that clearly depict how each step should look. Additionally, there are plenty of images of children sewing (mostly girls, though there are a few boys mixed in), along with advice from young sewists. VERDICT While children are the target audience, adult beginners may appreciate the pleasant tone and accessible projects. Grown-ups will find as well many useful tips for helping young people who are interested in sewing. Readers may also enjoy Sara Trail's Sew with Sara: PJs, Pillows, Bags & More; Fun Stuff To Keep, Give, Sell!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120492
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 206,141
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andria Lisle is the Public Relations and Public Programs Manager at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She and Amie Petronis Plumley are the authors ofSewing Schooland run a summer Sewing School camp.

Amie Petronis Plumley teaches kindergarten at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she inspires students to sew in the classroom, in an after-school sewing club, and at a wildly popular summer sewing camp. She is co-author ofSewing Schooland the mother of two small children.

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Table of Contents

A Note to You from the Authors

About this Book: An Introduction for Adults

Getting Started

Welcome to Sewing School 2!

Lesson One: How to Use This Book

Lesson Two: How to Choose a Sewing Machine

Lesson Three: In Your Sewing Kit

Lesson Four: Sewing Machine School Rules

Lesson Five: Finding Out about Fabric

Lesson Six: Patterns

Lesson Seven: Ready, Set, Thread

Lesson Eight: Get Your Machine Stitches On

Lesson Nine: It's Time to Sew

Lesson Ten: Turn the Good Side Out

Lesson Eleven: Stuffing and Topstitching

Lesson Twelve: Bring Your Project to Life

Lesson Thirteen: Pop Quiz

Stitching Sampler

Square Pins Pincushion

Sewing Machine Cozy

In My Room

Secret Message Pillow

Welcome to My Room

Sleepy Bear

Wall Pocket

Stripy Quilt

Let's Go

Cookie Coin Saver

Tag Along


Zippy Pouch


Time to Play

Hip Hip Hooray! Bunting

Quiet Play

Etc. Backpack

Superstar Microphone

Rock On Guitar

The Great Outdoors

Snack Time

Extra Pocket & Belt

Portable Tree Stump

Water Bottle Holder

Patchwork Scarf

Skill Builder 1: Hand Sewing Skills

Skill Builder 2: Oops!

More for Grown-Ups: Sewing with a Group

Find It Yourself: Resource Guide


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