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Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  405 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
wiley publishing seams to me. this book features twenty four new reasons to love sewing this book offers practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices and buying a sewing machine. simple step by step instructions show you how to turn designs into fanciful creations sideways squares skirt prairie blouse full contact cooking apron playing along quilt ...more
Spiral-bound, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Wiley
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JayeL
Dec 04, 2009 JayeL rated it really liked it
Shelves: quilt, 2009
I received this book as a 2009 birthday gift from wonderful friend. Today, I listened to Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood's podcast interview with Anna Maria Horner again, which made me think about my review. I came to see what had when I first looked at the book. Shock! Horror! I didn't write a review, nor did I even put it on my list. Shame! I have no idea what I was thinking.

The first thing I like about this book is the pre-Table of contents. It is arranged in a very visual and 9 patchy way. It tel
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Molly
Aug 27, 2010 Molly rated it liked it
First off, as a beginner sewer, this book has one of the most impressive "Getting Started" sections I have seen: it is 5 chapters/60 pages long (for some reason, there are no page numbers in the Table of Contents. Very odd!)
This is one of those books where I like many of the projects, but am not so keen on the fabrics the author used and that kind of ruins the whole experience of the book for me. Too many florals, to may loud prints.

Some projects I did like were:
- I;ll Have One of Everything Bag
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Challis
Dec 31, 2011 Challis rated it liked it
I usually love AMH's style but I was disappointed with this book. Only found a few things interested to make. One was the stuffed ball, which I had a devil of a time with. The instructions didn't explain why the pattern pieces were of unequal size, which caused lots of troubles with the seams. I had to jimmy rig it and don't know how long it will last. It is very cute though! (Shrug) I also made the bo peep skirt and ended up with a huge skirt that needs a bigger elastic, the 1/2" just doesn't c ...more
Maura Badji
Mar 18, 2014 Maura Badji rated it liked it
I love Anna Maria Horner's lush colors and vibrant fabric patterns, that are very much in evidence throughout this book. I like that she includes projects and instructions geared for beginners as well ad intermediate sewers. I very much like the projects for bags, totes, and pillows. What I'm not at all enamored with are the clothing projects: the blouses look like unflattering secularists and the skirts are unflattering neo-hipster items. However, since I borrowed this from my cozy neighborhood ...more
Aileen
Jul 18, 2011 Aileen rated it liked it
I would like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. I love AMH's fabrics so much! But the projects in this book range from lovely and inspiring to lame and silly. The instructions are not great, the diagrams are very poor. I feel like much of the important nitty-gritty has been omitted in favour of artsy-fartsy pictures that are attractive but unhelpful. That said, I have made a couple of things and they turned out really well. Some the instructions had to be interpreted, and if I was not an experienced ...more
Angela
Jul 07, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
the first half of the spiral-bound book is mostly meant for inspiration and tips rather than step-by-step instructions for a project. It is prolifically illustrated, but a person needs to be a crafter to get a gyst of the basic instructions for projects at the back.That said, it does give layout ideas for quilting and the projects go together quickly and look like fun to both make and give. Lots of punny and tongue-in-cheek topic headings and titles, like "Full Contact Cooking" for the apron pat ...more
Angela
Feb 02, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
I do like the book. I like the fact that it has patterns with it, with a pocket in the back of the book to hold them. I like that the book opens and lies flat. The beginning of the book has a lot of good detail in it. However, the instructions are not always clear when making a project, and occasionally leave out a detail that a new sewer might not be able to figure out. I did like this book good enough to buy it for myself and a friend.
Inder
Dec 31, 2008 Inder rated it really liked it
Four stars for prettiness. I love Anna Maria Horner's style! This is a gorgeous, busy, colorful, and very me book on sewing and craft. I've already taken some inspiration from it, and I expect I will take more over time. The instructions are good but perhaps a little simplistic, so I would recommend that beginners use a more standard sewing and quilting manual in combination with this book. This is probably an inspirational rather than technical starting point.
Gnomad
Dec 17, 2008 Gnomad rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! Although I think 'Sew Everything Workshop' was a better beginner's book in terms of techniques and sewing basics, this books was better for projects. SEW focused mainly on clothes whereas Horner covers a larger variety (totes, pillows, towels, quilting, etc.). You can definitely tell that Horner is a quilter at heart though from the way she keeps slipping in info about how you apply a technique to quilting or using quilting examples to demonstrate something.
Valerie
Jun 13, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful to look at and has a ton of basic sewing information as well and many fun projects to try. I am a big fan of Anna Marie's blog and fabrics so I had to get this book too. I think it would be really great for a beginner sewer or someone like me who is self taught and coukd use some help on more advanced skills.
Audie
Jan 25, 2010 Audie rated it really liked it
I love the patterns in this book, and some of her techniques have been really helpful. I made the pincushion caddy, but I had to use altered directions from a website. I will borrow this book again from the library to complete some of the other projects. The pictures were great but there were only 3 or 4 of the projects that I was interested in making.
Kristen
Jul 09, 2010 Kristen rated it it was ok
The how-to section at the front of the book is excellent — and any spiral-bound crafting book is always a winner — but most of the patterns are scarcely a step above a Craftster tutorial. (Framed fabric with some buttons sewn on it? Really? And how many fabric-covered message boards does the world need anyway?) If you already know how to run a sewing machine, this book probably isn't for you.
Alexis
May 06, 2009 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft
Currently making the Cup Half Full Apron. A trial run with cloth found at the Goodwill. So far, so good.

Her instructions for binding a quilt are the clearest & simplest I've read. The patterns & instruction are generally easy to follow for a novice sewer.

It never hurts to make your book pretty, too.
Erin Sipes
Jan 27, 2009 Erin Sipes rated it it was amazing
Well, since babysitting and going back to work this book has found a place on my crafting shelves in a back room in the basement. Loads of fun ideas and patterns I just wish I had the time to make them all happen. Lovely colors and the material will have you hunting down Mrs. Horner and politely asking for more!
Heather
Apr 02, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
I have been checking alot of sewing books out at the library lately and this is one I had to buy. It's awesome for beginers and also has more advanced stuff. I actually read this book cover to cover. It is filled with great tips tutorials and basic sewing know how.
Laura
Sep 22, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, even enough to buy it! Normally I just pillage the library. Anyway, Anna Maria Horner has a friendly, down-to-earth tone and explains everything quite nicely. There are so many projects in this I want to make that I just keep renewing it until I can buy it.
Marcia
Jan 11, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sewers
A nice guide for someone interested in learning to sew. The projects were cute and up-to-date and patterns were included. I especially thought the fabric choices for the projects were contemporary and appealing. I got several new ideas for winter projects.
Anne
Oct 06, 2008 Anne rated it liked it
Not as wonderful as I wanted it to be. Her blog is so full of great photos and ideas. This book seems to fall short of that. Still beautiful, still good ideas, but not enough.
Jianna
Feb 25, 2010 Jianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginners to sewing or people interested in improving
It seemed interesting enough, but unfortunately the my ebook sample cut off before I could get past the pre-sewing stuff. I have it on my potential to-buy list of sewing instruction materials if I get into the swing of things again.
Audra
May 11, 2010 Audra rated it it was amazing
In addition to making some of the projects from this book - I have read it cover to cover. Good tips, and basics that I somehow missed learning to sew as a girl. Can't wait to get her 2nd book.
Trish Boese
Feb 23, 2013 Trish Boese rated it really liked it
Shelves: sewing
4* This is a beautiful book with a variety of projects to sew and embroider.
Marsha
Mar 04, 2010 Marsha rated it really liked it
It's interesting to read what others consider 'essential' sewing supplies. Projects are interesting.
Brandy
Aug 22, 2010 Brandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sewing
Fantstic, I love Anna Marie Horner
Maria
Jul 28, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing
Great projects for any skill level.
Joelle
Oct 10, 2008 Joelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft, wish-list
There are lots of beautiful ideas in here.
Jocelynne Broderick
It's ok. It went over stuff i already know. And the projects are cute but nothing i would go out of the way to make.
Meryl
Oct 02, 2008 Meryl rated it it was ok
This was a wonderful book--good directions, lots of diagrams, etc--but there were no projects that jumped out at me and made me want to make them right away.
Aileen
Nov 05, 2013 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Very good advice and interesting things to make and it comes complete with patterns
Beth
Nov 12, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafty
Many beautiful projects that helped stir my imagination!
Joan Marie
Jan 25, 2016 Joan Marie rated it it was ok
a couple cute projects; not-so-cute skirts and garments
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