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Debbie Shore's Sewing Room Secrets: Machine Sewing by Debbie Shore

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 January 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213369
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: £9.99
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In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way.

Starting by looking at sewing room essentials, Debbie then guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There’s a handy troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems.

Debbie covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie’s focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas.

The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.

Table of Contents

About this book 5

About me 6

My quick tips 7

Sewing room essentials 9

My sewing room 10

Sewing machines 12

Tools 22

Fabrics 28

Fabric terminology 30

Wadding 32

Interfacing 34

Threads 35

Toy filler for softies 36

DIY templates 37

Storage 38

Sewing know-how 40

Machine stitches 42

Seams 46

Cutting 48

Hems 49

PROJECT Heart pincushion 50

Zips 52

Piping 58

PROJECT Pillow cover 60

Shirring  62

Free-motion embroidery 63

PROJECT Shirring dress 64

Bias binding 66

PROJECT Toaster cover 68

Appliqué 70

PROJECT Drawstring bag 72

Bag techniques 74

PROJECT Tablet case 78

PROJECT Frame purse 82

Quilting 84

PROJECT Machine mat 86

Dressmaking  88

PROJECT Bolster pillow 90

PROJECT Tote bag 92

Index 96

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and presenter on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written over 18 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website


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Some people prefer to embroider using a machine and in this comprehensive guide to machine sewing Debbie explains how to use a sewing machine to create free-motion embroidery. There is the added bonus that if you have a machine sitting unused, or you wish to use a machine to create other things this book really is a very useful guide to getting the best out of your machine. 

Craft Focus Magazine, Issue 71 (Feb/March 2019)

Crafting superstar Debbie Shore shares more stitching know-how in her latest collaboration with Search Press. Sewing Room Secrets: Machine Sewing includes plenty of expert tips and helpful guidance, starting with a look at tools and materials. Debbie covers important techniques such as inserting zips and piping, using shirring
elastic, motion-free embroidery and appliqué. Theres a focus on craft and home
décor projects, as well as dressmaking and quilting advice for readers looking to broaden their skills. The book also features 10 eye-catching makes including a pincushion, pillow cover, tablet case, drawstring bag and sewing machine mat. 

Postcard Reviews

What Debbie Shore does with her fabulous new book Sewing Room Secrets is take the sewist back to basics.

If you are a novice stitcher this book is perfect for you, and if you have been sewing for what seems like an age then it is a brilliant guide to reminding you of some of the things you might have forgotten.

With ten projects included, Bags, Pillow covers, and a gorgeous Toaster cover, each project gives you the chance to use the techniques given and end up with a fabulous and professional looking usable item.

Debbie Shore also makes suggestions on how to organise your sewing space to make it more user friendly and practical. Advice on what you need to start your sewing journey is included , a full guide on which sewing machine to buy and what the different parts are and what they do. and even what feet is best for your sewing project.

Tips and techniques are explained in a simple language that everyone understands. I love how Debbie doesn't bombard us with 'sewing speak' that some professionals use.

What I love about this book is that everything is covered. Zips, Applique and so much more. Even shirring is explained and demonstrated, this is something I have never done but do plan on having a go.

This book is brilliant. It is beautifully presented and the photography gives a visual guide that makes everything come to life in perfect fashion.

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