Dear Krause Publications
I’m sure you are very proud of yourselves for publishing Tasia St Germaine’s debut book, Sewtionary. How clever you must feel. How very timely. Sirs, your timing could not have been worse!
I trawled through the 101 photo-illustrated sewing tips. Arranged alphabetically. In a spiral bound format. Oh yes, indeed, it was very nice to have the book laying flat beside my sewing machine so that I could see ALL THE THINGS I HAD DONE WRONG ON PAST MAKES.
If you insist on publishing exemplary sewing books, in return I must insist that you publish them much earlier on in my sewing career. Multitudinous foul ups could have been avoided if I’d had Tasia’s remarkable reference tool to hand.
Shame on you, sirs! Your selfishness leaves me almost speechless. Almost…
Remember my gentle wail, requesting sewing books that weren’t aimed at the total beginner? A few days after writing that, I propped myself up in bed to read The Sewtionary. I flicked through the pages slowly at first, then turning faster and faster. I couldn’t believe it. The little genius that was Tasia had written a book absolutely crammed with tips, and it wasn’t all aimed at the beginner.
Little gems and sparkling jewels of expert information nestled beside basics. Really clever little details that could make a big difference. Had you ever heard of zero stitch? Did you know how to bar tack? Ever seen ten photos and three pages of instructions on belt loops? Me, neither! And I was only on page 22! She’s like a smuggler, I thought, excitedly. Sneaking intermediate information into a beginner sewing book.
This book tells you how hair clips can help your sewing (true!), how to work with hair canvas and horsehair braid (Tasia’s clearly obsessed by hair), quilting interlining, sewing a lapped seam, making a press cloth (my own tips here)… The list goes on and on. Guys, there are two pages devoted to pre-washing your fabric!
If only I’d read The Sewtionary before… Which of my makes could Tasia have helped?
When I made the V8548 coat, I initially put my sleeve heads in the wrong way. That wouldn’t have happened if I’d referred to page 192 of Tasia’s book!
I loved making my two Archer shirts, but struggled with the sleeve plackets and wish I’d had Tasia’s three pages of illustrated instructions to follow.
So, I think you can see that I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I was sent a PDF copy to review but I am sooooo ordering a hard copy to sit beside my most-loved reference tool, The Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.
Tasia has written a wonderful, wonderful book. Is this a future classic? Let it be so!