My stylish friend, She Crafty, surprised me the other day with this beautiful book: Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing by Anna Maria Horner. I had been telling her about the wonderful sewing machine I got for Christmas and how I need to learn how to use it. So far I've successfully threaded it and now I have to get going! Seams to Me has great, basic information, helpful to me as a beginner and I can't wait to pick out one of the projects and figure it all out. The last time I touched a sewing machine was when I made an iPod case at Make Workshop in the Lower East Side where they have classes from knitting to soap making, embroidery to letterpress, and even shoe making!
My boyfriend pointed out that so many crafty book titles are a play on words. Also from my bookshelf are: In Stitches: More than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler, Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival (my 1st knitting book from years ago; seems to be back at my place so no cover pic here, but I've made many projects from it) and Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (taught me how to crochet the magic circle, very helpful!)
So, I must face the sewing machine head on, and I'm so grateful to be armed with a new book. Thanks, She Crafty!