What a thrill to be part of the blog tour for Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing! I loved their first book, Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make, and was honored to not only be included in the blog tour, but I was also asked to contribute an endorsement blurb for the back of the book! That's a first for me and I couldn't have been happier to oblige since I'm a big fan of both books.
The first Sewing School was all about sewing by hand, Sewing School 2 is all about sewing by machine. The projects are organized in a step-up manner, meaning each project builds upon the skills learned in a previous one. There are 12 lessons in the "Getting Started" section and then a "Pop Quiz" where kids can put their skills to the test with three sewing accessory projects. After completing those, you know you'll be able to do all the other projects in the book. Cool, huh? Let's take a look at some of the projects...
Janome Sew Mini! Anyway, I asked Amie if she could give me the condensed version of what to look for when shopping for sewing machines for kids:
The authors, Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle, have tons of experience teaching sewing to kids and they've taken their time to present each project with step-by-step instructions and photos. There's also neat little tips, notes to adults, and a review of skills needed for each project.
I love that kids are encouraged to "Make It Yours" with suggestions for details that can be changed or added to make it unique to the child. That's the thrill of learning to sew after all, customizing and designing patterns that are exclusive to you!
I'm often asked for recommendations for sewing books for kids and I'm always happy to be able to recommend Sewing School, and now Sewing School 2, as the projects and information are solid and I know the user will have success. Lots of fun too!
Be sure to check out the Sewing School blog and all the other blogs in the tour for more information...
July 7 – Our Busy Homeschool
July 8 – scrumdilly-do!
July 9 – Crafty Moms Share
July 10 – Jane of All Trades
July 11 – Windy Lou
July 12 – Adventures of a DIY Mom
July 13 – Improv Diary
July 16 – He Sewed She Sewed
July 17 – Teach Beside Me
July 18 – All Things with Purpose
July 19 – The Crafty Crow
July 20 – Family Style School
July 21 – Such Designs
July 22 – Red Bird Crafts
July 23 – The Long Thread
July 25 - mayamade
So, are you just chomping at the bit, ready to get started on your own machine sewing adventure? Well, I've got two copies of Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing to give away!
Just leave a comment on this post by midnight P.S.T. on Friday, July 26th to be entered. The two winners will be chosen using the Random Number Generator and posted here on Monday, July 29th. A few rules I have to adhere to: this is only for U.S. citizens and you must be 18 years old.
I received a complimentary copy of the book to look over for this review but all opinions are my own and how I really feel, I couldn't live with myself otherwise. This post also contains affiliate ads which means if you make a purchase through those links I'll get a small percentage of the sale without costing you a penny extra - thank you!