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I was recently gifted an e-copy of Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide
by Carla Hegeman Crim (a.k.a. The Scientific Seamstress) and asked to review the book and share my thoughts about it.
Now, I’ve been a fan of The Scientific Seamstress for years, and I own a few of Carla’s patterns. I have actually learned many sewing tricks just from the patterns I have purchased. For example, from her Ethan boy’s shirt pattern, I learned that you can use a regular school glue stick to stick down narrow hems before stitching them. What?! My Simplicity patterns never gave me tips like that! She also offers free folding and pressing templates and stuff. Little things, but all of her attention to detail in the patterns and the expert tips in the instructions tend to result in professionally finished projects. In fact, both of my Summer of No Pants winners in 2013 were from Scientific Seamstress/Sis Boom patterns!
Based on my previous experiences with Carla’s work, I already knew this would be an excellent guide for sewists of all levels before I even (virtually) cracked the cover. I was not disappointed. I think many of you who read this blog, myself included, are self-taught sewists. If so, you’ve probably spent a lot of time going all over the place–blogs, YouTube videos, online classes–gathering bits and pieces of knowledge here and there. Some of it is great, some of it…not so much. That’s where a book like Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide
comes in really handy. It is an excellent all-in-one reference from a trusted source. It’s easy to follow, and is neatly organized with lots of photos and illustrations for various terms and techniques.
It also includes a handful of simple projects. One of those is making your own bias tape! I have made bias tape before, but I used the traditional method, which is fine (and Carla goes over this method), but it takes a long time and you have to cut individual strips and piece them together. This time, I tried it a different way – the continuous method where you sew the seams first and then cut out a long strip of bias tape. I’ve seen this method online before, and maybe you have, too, but the kicker with Carla’s version is that she tells you exactly what size of fabric to cut to make the yardage you need in the the width you want. So there’s no math or guesswork involved, and you can make exactly what you need for your project.
Here’s my handmade bias tape! Both are 1/2″ inch wide, double folded. And I’m giving away 5 yards of each, along with a copy* of Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide
to one of you! There are two ways to enter. The first way is to be awesome. You have that down. The second is to sign up for my newsletter. That will get you three more entries. That’s it! Lemon squeezy! Good luck!
*see terms and conditions for details