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Subject: need help with this sewing book search
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Does anyone have, or know of anyone who has this book?  Sew It Up: Pressure Foot Technique Book I want to either order or put it on my WL since it is almost $30 at Sears, not counting shipping.  I can't seem to find an ISBN # and a search using the title has come up blank.

Also, if you have or had this book, was it good?  I'm a relatively experienced home seamstress, but I never really did much with the different feet, other than the zipper and buttonholer in the past (except maybe lose them lol) and now that I've just gotten a new Kenmore I think I want to explore all the possiblities.  Even if no one wants to part with it, I may eventually order it retail if it is a good learning tool.

thanks in advance


Date Posted: 3/7/2009 8:43 AM ET
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Since it is a Kenmore specific book, I'm thinking it's more like an owner's manual type of thing that's only offered by Sears & might not have an ISBN. Also, you wrote "pressure" foot in your title, but it's actually "presser" foot. I wonder if that might also be why you're having difficulty finding it in searches?

I have lots of different feet, and it was not difficult to learn to use them without books. There is a wealth of information available if you search online.

That's one reason I like Singer, though. When you buy one at their stores, they will teach you everything you need to know for free, and you can keep coming back if you have questions about anything. I don't know if Sears has the same service for their machines, but you might ask.

ETA--I found this book reviewed on a buzz site. They all said it was not worth the money, and it was not well-written, like it had been translated from a foreign language & they got some things wrong.


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Date Posted: 3/7/2009 9:54 AM ET
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Thanks Lisa, Queen of the Typos that's me lol.

  Yep, that was what I was afraid of, and I don't want to waste $30 on it.  I researched quite a bit before deciding on the Kennmore, I used to have both a Singer and a Brother at one time, but from what I'm finding out is that Singers have outsourced a lot of their manufacturing and a good portion of the internal mechanisms are now plastic, they don't hold up like they used to.  Both the Brother and the Kennmore got much better user reviews, for ease of use and durablity.  Plus I got a deal on last year's model lol.

Most of the feet are probably easy to figure out, I just thought that maybe I could get some creative tips, and instruction on things like the ruffler, and pintuck foot.  I think I'll just look around for a better book, or maybe some online tutorials.

I appreciate your finding that book link for me! 

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 5:39 PM ET
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Do you already have the feet with your Kenmore?  If you have them and the basic instructions, you can probably transfer any other instructions/ideas without getting that specific book.

For instance, many old sewing machines have a bunch of attachments and they are often much alike.  Some aren't worth the trouble, but others may be useful for certain things and it really doesn't matter too much if you have a fancy new one or an old one. 

Bernina is one maker that has a lot of feet so you are apt to find much information on their uses. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 6:08 PM ET
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Diana, I have the feet that came with the machine I just bought.  Got a good deal on a Kenmore, last year's model, they changed the color on the buttons and I saved a bundle!  It came with some feet I didn't have before, like the overedge foot and Quilter.  Also I've had the blind hem foot before, but never used it.  The manual gives a brief overview, so I'm thinking maybe it isn't too hard.  I just thought if the book was a good one, it might be worth looking at. 

It's probably been twenty years since I sewed anything other than a hem or fixing a zipper so I'm trying to get back into the swing.


Date Posted: 3/9/2009 9:02 PM ET
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The blind hem foot can actually be useful.  I have not been sewing either (the disabling arm problems) but I always had to get the fabric oriented for that one and maybe do a sample. 

I guess the overedge foot is to keep fabrics from stretching with an edge finish.  Some of these will depend on what you want to sew.  I actually used a tucker a couple of years ago.  They all work on the same principle.  Kind of neat really.  You are better off doing the tucking and then cutting out the pattern.  I did curtains which are so, so but I guess they work and were cheap.

I don't think I've used the ruffler, but I think you can use those for gathering in some instances.

There are some feet that may only work well with certain fabrics.  I own a felling foot (never used it) but I imagine it would need a crisp fabric.  I have been known to sew over paper at times to stabilize seams too.  I am lazy.

I know when I hadn't sewn for awhile, it took awhile to get back to it.  Not that I was ever that great but I made the kids quite a few things when they were younger.  Some of what you can do will depend on the actual features of your machine though (such as how well the quilting foot works).

Actually though, I often just stabilized a hem with fusible stuff and topstitched it in things like t-shirts instead of messing with finishing or blind-stitching.

Good luck with your new machine.