Book Review – Sew It Up


 

Mr X Stitch Book ReviewIntroduction

Sew It Up: a modern manual of sewing techniques: A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques by Ruth Singer.  Published by Kyle Books.

As the introduction says ‘Sewing is no longer the preserve of housewives. More and more people are making or customising their own clothes, curtains or accessories but few have been taught the basic sewing skills.’

In basic terms, it is designed to be a companion to our sewing days, with all the basics covered.  It is a sewing book giant, with 304 pages!

Who is it aimed at?

This book has been classed as easy to use, thus it is a great turn to for anyone interested in sewing.  Have a question?  Not sure how to pipe or even use a sewing machine?  This book explores it all.

About the artist

Her website tells us that she has been a practising artist for thirteen years.  She has a keen interest in historical textiles as well as the contemporary and has a Masters Degree in Museum Studies.  This wealth of knowledge spills into her writing.

Content

Beautifully thick, its a case of where to start:

This is only a tiny section of what this book offers.

It is divided into certain sections, which makes it easier to find what we are looking for.

Templates, linked to the page number of the section they are linked to are pasted in.

What makes it special?

The main highlight surrounds the book as a whole.  It covers so many sections and so many topics.  It is certainly not one to devour all in one go, rather it is designed to be a durable companion for all our sewing days over the years to come.

There are a few things we really enjoyed individually:

All of us, no matter how experienced might query a certain fabric and its use. This guide really helps to identify what each one is for.

The way Singer presents the subject is really easy to follow and isn’t confusing.  Certain techniques are backed up with step by step plans:

The diagrams Singer provides are so clear and understandable.

Photography

This book certainly has not been made to sit as a coffee table pleaser.  It is a practical and educational guide.  However that does not mean that it lacks appeal and the aspect of visible temptation:

Even the front cover attracts us.
Although educational, there’s still a sense of fun. We love this little guy, pictured with his cheese!

What is wrong with the book?

This book has been designed to be more of a Stitch Bible.  So if you are not that into sewing or if you want more inspiration than advice, then this may not be the one for you.

Conclusion

Sew It Up: a modern manual of sewing techniques: A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques by Ruth Singer.  Published by Kyle Books.  Use our link to get your copy right now!


Ailish Henderson

Editor in Chief at Mr X Stitch
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!)I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects.  These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute.  Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand.Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'

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