Stitch by Stitch Interview & Book Giveaway

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Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time by Deborah Moebes is a comprehensive new book focused on sewing fundamentals. New techniques and skills are taught and built upon in the book’s eleven projects, and a bonus CD includes PDF patterns, sample appliquΓ© designs and more. Deborah created the book as a step-by-step guide to foster sewing confidence and success. The book is packed with detailed process photos, guiding you along your sewing way. Deborah is a sewing teacher, fabric store owner and mother of four with a love for sewing that shines through in her book.

We’re happy to share a little more about Stitch by Stitch with you today as a stop on Deborah’s blog book tour. Tomorrow we’ll share a project from the book for you to download and sew right away, and both today and tomorrow you have a chance to win one of two copies of Stitch by Stitch! Comment on today’s post and check back for tomorrow’s project for your chance to win your own free copy. You can also purchase Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time through the link with a 10% discount for Sew,Mama,Sew! readers (Coupon Code: SEWMAMA10, expires 10/1). Enjoy our interview with Deborah, and check back tomorrow for a fun project from Stitch by Stitch!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Stitch by Stitch includes everything you need to learn the ins and outs of sewing. We loved the detailed information on tools and materials, valuable sewing machine tips and step-by-step help for everything from slip stitches to mitered corners. Tell us a little about how you came to hold this wealth of information about sewing, and what made you want to share this with others?
Deborah: I come from a long line of stitchers and crafters, which mostly means that I was gifted with the assumption from a very early age that if I wanted it, I could probably make it. I was very resistant to learning to sew from my mother, though, like so many women, so I’ve approached most of my sewing as an ongoing research project: I get inspired by a new technique or an amazing creation or a wild idea and I read and research and experiment until I figure out how to make it happen. It is such a rush to learn and practice and perfect a new skill and then have the chance to pass it on to someone else– teaching sewing is one of my favorite things, because I get to see someone else get as jazzed as I do about making something cool. Through teaching classes at my shop, I’ve also had the amazing experience of meeting My People, which has been an unexpected benefit that keeps me always coming back for more. Writing the book was like my own little love letter about sewing!

Picnic Place Mat

SMS: All of the projects in the book seem very approachable, even for someone very new to sewing. Do you have a favorite “very first sewing project” in the book?
Deborah: The projects are all made to be accessible to someone of any level of skill and experience, and are designed to teach progressively challenging skills when they’re done in sequence. If I had to pick a project that I think is a fantastic place to jump in, I’d have to say I really love the Picnic Placemat with the bias edging. I think it’s challenging without being frustrating, Varsity without being intimidating, and it gives you the chance to try out a whole mess of skills that you can apply directly to a zillion other sewing projects right away– from quilting to clothing. I love the way it makes new stitchers feel totally hard-core right out of the box.

SMS: We appreciate how every step along the way in the book is presented visually, with detailed photos. Have you found those visual cues to be critical in teaching others to sew and/or in how you learn new skills?
Deborah: Absolutely! One of the complaints I hear from students is that they really love having someone right next to them to teach them to sew, but that once their hand-holder is gone, they feel paralyzed. I really wanted this book to take the place of a person, to make you feel as though you have your older sister or best friend right in the room with you guiding you along as you learn a new technique. Having each project laid out with step-by-step photos that give plenty of detail and clear cues for what comes next makes it infinitely easier to pick up the new skills and really understand exactly how to make the project work so that you’re able to get great results right from the beginning.

A-Line Skirt

SMS: The Carport Wrap Skirt and Cap-Sleeved Blouse are both such versatile patterns. Are any of the clothing projects from the book now staples in your wardrobe?
Deborah: I love ALL the clothing projects from the book, and really wanted them to be patterns that could be easily adapted and used as templates for almost any garment you want to dream up. I could probably fill out my entire wardrobe with just those three patterns and a pair of jeans– seriously. The A-line skirt pattern, for example, is the only one I use anymore– I think I have six of them in my closet now, and have ideas for at least a couple more! I’m working on a series of pattern pieces that can be downloaded as add-ons to make the patterns in the book go even further, like a scalloped hem option for the A-line skirt, and sleeve variations for the blouse– keep an eye out for them this fall on the blog!

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about the CD that comes with the book?
Deborah Most experienced stitchers are accustomed to tissue paper patterns but so many folks new to sewing feel intimidated by them– especially by the fear that they’ll make a cutting mistake and ruin the pattern before they’ve even begun. So many of us are discovering cool sites like Burda Style where we can download patterns as tiled PDFs, so it seemed a natural leap to offer the patterns in the book in the same format, giving you the flexibility to print out a single size of the patterns for the skirt (much easier to work with as you learn to cut and put a pattern together) and work up to the multi-size blouse pattern once you’re feeling more confident. Plus, this way you can print the pattern out as few or as many times as you want, and if there’s a particular pattern that you don’t use, no paper was wasted printing it for you just to be left in the back of the book. I also love that with the CD included, I had the space to add some extras that might not have made it into the book, like the applique shapes, the thread drawing templates, and the stitch practice guides. I loved having the chance to offer lots of bits that I think really enrich the experience of learning to sew!

Thanks, Deborah! Readers: Comment today for your chance to win one of two copies of Stitch by Stitch.

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474 Responses to Stitch by Stitch Interview & Book Giveaway

  1. Anna says:

    looks great. fingers crossed.

  2. Lucie says:

    I just went to Borders and saw your book. It looks awesome!!! I am a beginner seamstress, so this book sounds wonderful!

  3. Lori says:

    Your book looks lovely and very informative.

  4. Theresa N. says:

    I would like to add this book to my reference library. The quicker I learn the basics (done right!), the sooner I can apply my own unique creativity to make any project mine.

  5. Jennifer P says:

    Oh my goodness, I would love this book! I only have the very most basic sewing skills, so I’m kind of forging ahead blind to make my daughter’s clothes. This sounds like it would be such a big help. (Plus that A-line skirt is PRECIOUS!)

  6. Claudia B. says:

    I’d love to add this book to my sewing book collection. The skirt tutorial/pattern looks great!

  7. Julie says:

    I’m new to sewing and would love to build a library of helpful books!

  8. Eva SB says:

    This looks like a fantastic book. I would love to improve my very basic sewing skills

  9. tierraazul says:

    Sound perfect for a beginner!

  10. Kristin says:

    As a self-taught sewist I would love to get my hands on this book.

  11. Julie says:

    I’ve been meaning to get this book. Would love to win it.

  12. Kelli says:

    I really like Deborah, I’ve bought things from her etsy shop and follow her blog. I would love to get my hands on her book.

  13. Caroline says:

    It’s fabulous to see the sewing world growing, in particular in regards to helping out beginners… I teach a small group of teen girls once a week… perhaps I’ll have to seek out this book for some projects!

  14. Jennifer says:

    What a nice friendly interview! And the book looks wonderful.

  15. katieska says:

    I’m so excited about this book! Just like being back at home ec, learning basic sewing, but this time with a NICE teacher!

  16. Jo says:

    I need some sewing inspiration! Great to learn of this book, thanks x

  17. Consuelo says:

    I would love to see more of this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. K8T C says:

    The book sounds lovely and it would be wonderful to win though I’m not sure whether the competition is open to residents outside the US?

  19. Roberta says:

    Just saw this book in B&N over the weekend and it did look great for the beginner as well as the experience sewer with all the different patterns.

  20. Laura says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book – that skirt is adorable!!

  21. Kate says:

    Am I too late? I would love a copy of this book!!

  22. Tammy says:

    This looks like a wonderful resource for me, as I have finally pulled the sewing maching out of the cobwebs!

  23. Jessica says:

    this looks wonderful!

  24. Janise Crumpler says:

    What a great resource – I’d love to read every word.

  25. Joy says:

    What a great book. My daughter and nieces will love it!

  26. Ciel says:

    What a great sounding book!

  27. Holly says:

    I love the idea of the CD! It would be so much fun to have this book.

  28. This book would be great and thanks for the interview!

  29. Barbara says:

    The picnic place mat sounds like a perfect gift idea. I would love to learn how to make it!

  30. Kimberly says:

    What a great interview and fun book!

  31. Jenny says:


  32. Katrina says:

    This looks perfect!

  33. janimal says:

    What a great giveaway. Deborah sells gorgeous fabrics at her shop and on Etsy. She has a great eye.

  34. What a wonderful book. This would be perfect for my daughter…who didn’t want to learn to sew while still living at home but does now πŸ™‚

  35. Carrie says:

    Love <3

  36. Susan Snooks says:

    Sounds like a great book- versatile and comprehensive but easy enough for a beginner! I’d love a copy!

  37. carrot cake says:

    I’m new to sewing, and I love it at the same time that I’m scared of it – and this looks like the book I’ve been dreaming of!

  38. Jane Bush says:

    I grew up the same way, if I wanted something, I figured out how to make it, and will try just about any craft. I have a grown daughter who is wanting to learn to sew for her little girl,and I think your book would be a confidence builder for her to try her hand at sewing. Thank you for making such an easy to understand book.

  39. Melissa says:

    Sounds perfect! I could definitely use a friendly ‘basics’ book to help motivate me through finishing projects. And that A-line skirt is cuuuute!

  40. Deanna says:

    I would love to have this book as a starting point for sharing sewing with my daughter (10) and some new-to-sewing friends.

  41. Amy C says:

    WOW! You make all your projects seem “doable!” Thank you for the encouragement!

  42. Kathleen Youdell says:

    Sweet sewing projects and lovely fabrics used in all the samples πŸ™‚

  43. darci says:

    cant wait to flip through the pages of this book

  44. Kirsten says:

    The patterns in this book look really sweet! It sounds like the book has a wealth of those little tips you learn after much experience along the way (that probably save the heartbreak of failed projects) that I’m still learning. I’d love to have a copy of this book!

  45. Tina C. says:

    looks like a FUN book, with lots of good projects.

  46. Mama_G says:

    I definitely think that if I like it I can make it. Sadly, this hasn’t always worked out. I love the learn techniques via specific projects model. It works well for me (and lots of people).

  47. tanya says:

    as a self taught sewist it would be great to refine my skills step-by-step with some proper techniques! and i love the photography!

  48. Greeblygreebly says:

    What a great idea for a book!

  49. Barbara says:

    I have been a quilter for years. This book interests me!! Sewing is so much more. I would consider myself lucky to own such a book!!

  50. Joy says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview and the chance to win a copy of the book!

  51. Patricia says:

    This book looks AWESOME!!! I love the idea of pdfs of the patterns that you can print out in your own size and as many times as you like! I think the biggest problem with patterns is that if you love it, you usually have to buy several copies just to reuse it.

  52. terra says:

    wow – this sounds like the perfect sewing book!

  53. Cindy says:

    This book sounds great. If I don’t win a copy, I will have to buy one!

  54. sy says:

    i love the skirts, look like a nice book i’ll check it out.

  55. Shannon H says:

    The book sounds like an awesome one to have!

  56. alfa says:

    Very nice book and interview, great for beginers like me.

  57. Annette says:

    Great book – thank you for taking the time to interview and for a chance at winning the book.

  58. Karen says:

    OMG this book is for me!!! I just started sewing because I wanted to make curtains for my living room. Store bought curtains and a sewing machine later I have made one pair of boxers (from S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop)for my husband and am in the process of attempting to make a shirt (from Chic and Simple Sewing). I would love to have this book to add to my new and growing collection!
    Thanks for the great interview!

  59. Kerry Leslie says:

    Looks like a great book that might make sewing more approachable!

  60. ariane says:

    Looks like a great book!

  61. Flore says:

    This book looks amazing for a newbie sewer! I heart sewing new projects and looking forward to the projects in this book.

  62. Leigh says:

    I would love to win this book Γ’β‚¬β€œ that A-line skirt is sure to make it on my “to-sew” list along with many others in the book

  63. Cricket says:

    “I was gifted with the assumption from a very early age that if I wanted it, I could probably make it.”

    This really resonates with me. I was somehow born with exactly zero fear of sewing. Sure I mess things up, but I have never felt intimidated. Sometimes I should have had a little more trepidation, though. Like making my wedding dress and looking up instructions for installing a hidden zipper in a sewing book…

    I’d love a copy of Stitch by Stitch. If I don’t win, it’s going on my Amazon wish list.

  64. I’ve heard a lot about this book. It looks like a great resource!

  65. Nicole Balazs says:

    I love pattern books! It’s great that it comes on a CD, which makes it easier to get the pattern I need instead of looking through each one

  66. bleuvanille says:

    love a sewing book that is skill building! Thanks for the chance to win.

  67. quenna says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book.

  68. Tabitha O. says:

    I can’t wait to see this book in real life…it looks wonderful.

  69. Megan L says:


  70. Becky says:

    Love it!

  71. Amy says:

    I love reading interviews of authors. Thanks so much for putting this together!

  72. Nell says:

    This looks fantastic!

  73. Rochelle says:

    Beautiful fabric choices for simple designs!

  74. Amanda says:

    I would love to have this book. I saw a copy in the bookstore the other day and the projects look so great!

  75. Melissa M. says:

    I would love to add this book to my craft book library! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  76. Kathy says:

    What a great blog and the book sounds great. I am just beginning to learn how to sew so this would be a great tool for me.

  77. Hilary says:

    So cute, I love what she’s doing — and her fabric choices are super.

  78. Kate says:

    This book look so fantastic – I would be a very happy winner.

  79. Leslie says:

    This book looks fun.

  80. Liz says:

    This sounds like a fabulous book! I’ve sewn once in my life…head oening ended up on the side of the shirt, total disaster! Now that I have a little munchkin I’m eager to learn how sew so that I can make her some super cute clothes. Think your book will definitely help!

  81. Sam E. says:

    I would love to win this book – that A-line skirt is simple genius, and I need a hand holder!

  82. Upstatelisa says:

    I Would love to try out some of the projects with the homeschooling sewing group that I run! Looks like a great book!

  83. Beth says:

    The step by step approach of this book looks great!

  84. Stacy says:

    This book sounds wonderful!

  85. Bethany S says:

    I love the picnic placemat! My kids are getting old enough to start camping, and it would be so cute for each member of the family to have their own personalized placemat!

  86. Samina says:

    I’m a re-newbie (one coming back to sewing after a long hiatus!). There seem to be a nice range of patterns in this book. I’m looking forward to learning more about it.

  87. Michele says:

    This book is on my wishlist…I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

  88. Joy says:

    That book looks so awesome! I would love to have it for me and pass it along with my friends πŸ™‚

  89. Cecily says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I will have to check it out.

  90. Michelle P says:

    I’ve been hearing lots of good things about this book! Would love to own it!

  91. Judy says:

    I love to sew but having trouble teaching my daughter. You know sometimes they listen and sometimes they do not. This books sounds like a perfect Christmas present for my daughter since she just found out she is pregnant for her first one!! Grandma again!!!

  92. Jessica says:

    This book sounds awesome. It sounds like it has what other sewing books I’ve purchased lack, photos of the steps! Great idea.

  93. Amy from NY says:

    Looks like a fun book to update some of my self taught skills, and the patterns look fun too!

  94. Audrey says:

    This book sounds great! I need a go-to A Line skirt pattern.

  95. Kolleen says:

    Love that a-line skirt. This sounds like a great reference book as well as a way to learn new skills!

  96. Heather says:

    I’m definitely going to check this book out. Love the picnic placemats!

  97. Jodi says:

    I would love this book!

  98. Sharon T. says:

    I’m excited about this book. It sounds like there are a lot of projects that will help me build a solid foundation of sewing skills. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, and the opportunity to purchase one at a discounted price if I don’t win. πŸ™‚

  99. Darla says:

    This book seems to be exactly what I need. I am definitely going to purchase it, if I don’t win a copy.

  100. Carmen says:

    I just can’t wait to check the book out! Thanks for sharing!

  101. Veronica says:

    This book looks like a really great sewing resource. What a great giveaway!

  102. jessieaucoin says:

    sounds like a great book! I can’t wait to check it out

  103. Sounds like a great book!

  104. Deb says:

    Thank you for this giveaway….would love to have the book.

  105. Fantastic resource! Can’t wait to get my hands on one!!!

  106. Susan says:

    This sounds like the perfect book for me to pick up and sew by and for my daughter to pick up and learn to sew from.

  107. teri says:

    wow, this looks like a fabulous book, lots of good information

  108. Melissa says:

    This book is just what I need right now! I’m looking for new inspiration, and a little hand holding :-), and this will be perfect!

  109. tamara says:

    What a great resource, a lot of us (me) really don’t know the ins and outs of sewing but just fake it. Looks like a great book, I would love to have a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  110. Brigette says:

    Wow, this book looks like it was made for me as I hesitantly am taking steps into the sewing world.

  111. Emma says:

    This book sounds great, especially since I am just learning to sew and loving it!

  112. Sara says:

    Wow, this book looks awesome! Looking forward to the projects over the next few days…

  113. Tamie says:

    I think this would be the perfect book for my 13 year old who has been bitten by the sewing bug. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  114. TJ says:

    I am 62 yr old and I have been sewing since I was 12, but today’s tips and techniques seem to save lots of time. I would love to own this book so I can quit doing things the “old fashioned way”. Thanks,

  115. Diana says:

    That is the perfect skirt! I am always looking for it and can never find it. Can’t wait to sew it!

  116. Diane says:

    This looks like a great reference tool for sewing! I would love to see more of the projects.

  117. Linda says:

    Interesting interview! Thanks for a chance to win!

  118. Kate F. says:

    This looks like a fantastic book… I am still a beginning sewist, and I want to try my hand at some simple clothes, but I am totally intimidated. The A-line skirt looks fantastic.

  119. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds like a book I really need!!

  120. Kristin says:

    the picnic placemat is a really neat idea!

  121. Tara says:

    Oooh! Why didn’t I see this sooner?!?! The book looks great! Must check it out.

  122. Crystal says:

    I would love to have this book. It looks great!

  123. Eva says:

    This looks and sounds like a great book! I love the idea with the CD included instead of paper patterns!

  124. Kay says:

    Oh dear, these projects look gorgeous! I love a-line skirts.

  125. Genevieve says:

    What a lovely book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  126. Colleen Butler says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to give this book to my daughter who is a new sewer!

  127. bprinz says:

    would love to win this lovely book!

  128. Francheska says:

    This book is what I need to keep learning sewing… beautiful things.

  129. Vanessa says:

    What a great looking book!

  130. Runa says:

    Congratulations Deborah on such a fabulous book. What I love the most is how thoughtfully the patterns and pictures have been compiled keeping in mind the sewer. It sure is a treasure and a fabulous guide for people like me who have learnt to sew on their own.Would be lovely to whip up the cute stuff from the book!

  131. Katie says:

    There is nothing better than some good simple patterns. I would love a copy of the book. I’m mostly a self taught sewer so instructions on technique would be really helpful

  132. Maia Willcox says:

    I like that you have intentionally made the wardrobe patterns flexible, and are going to be adding more ideas for it to our blog. I look forward to checking them out!

  133. min says:

    …would love to have this in my library. πŸ™‚

  134. Erin says:

    The fabrics used in these projects are stunning!

  135. Deece says:

    This sounds like a great book! Pictures are so helpful, probably equally as helpful as the instructions they support.

  136. Laurel says:

    This book looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it!

  137. I’ve been looking for a book to teach me to sew, and I think I may have just found it! I’m still kind of intimidated to start, but the book sounds so visually appealing that I think I can do it. Can’t wait to take a peek!

  138. robin says:

    I would love to win this book. My daughter is just learning to sew. :o)

  139. amy says:

    I’d love to see all the projects in this book. Definitely on my list. Thank you!

  140. Jenny says:

    This looks perfect for me. I’m really a novice at sewing.

  141. Tina L. says:

    The book looks really interesting. It will help me get sewing again.

  142. *~*Megan*~* says:

    This book looks GORGEOUS! I’m not a new sewer by any means, but I’m in grad school so sewing anything remotely complicated or time-consuming just isn’t happening. Thank heavens for gorgeous, inspiring books like this!

  143. Kate says:

    I’ve been having a tough time sewing (at 25, the last time I sewed was helping my gram when I was 13). I’m trying to learn with older books, and it’s not going great. Everything is over my head! Hopefully your is different!

  144. Octavia says:

    i definitely need this so i can quit living in fear of my machine.

  145. Lara says:

    I want to make that A-line skirt!

  146. Amy Fisher says:

    I totally need this book for my dearest sis. She just got her first machine and is on her way to being a sewing queen. I think this book would be absolutely perfect for her!!

  147. Molly says:

    The book looks and sounds great! Looks like some very cute projects. As someone just beginning to get into sewing, it sounds perfect!

  148. Anita says:

    I am fairly new to sewing and not exactly confident but I LOVE making fun things for my family and this book seems to be a great tool for a newbie like me!

  149. Heidi Myers says:

    I always love a new sewing book, this one looks amazing

  150. KimberlyNC says:

    I chuckled when I read “with the assumption from a very early age that if I wanted it, I could probably make it.” That sounds so like me, only I don’t come from a long line of sewers, and I don’t always ‘figure it out’! But I do like to try and I do love to share what I learn and I teach children the (very) basics of sewing whenever the schedule allows!

    This book looks like a great tool to at least make me look and sound like I come from a long line of sewers…and maybe I could start a line of my own! (although, I think my 9 year old daughter may have passed me in the skills this summer! grin!)

  151. Heather L. says:

    This sounds like a great book! Lovely giveaway. Thank you!

  152. Anna says:

    I’m really interested in the concept of this book! I’ve found that projects that assume a minimum of knowledge but are still challenging are really good for where my sewing skills are at. I’d love to work through this book to learn lots of new things!

  153. Karen says:

    I love the look of this book – and the fact that you only print out the patterns you’ll use!

  154. nopinkhere says:

    Sounds really cool! I love her explanation of why she included the CD instead of printed patterns. I would love to try some of the clothing ones and think it’s great she plans to offer extra options.

  155. sarahliz says:

    Oh wow. I think this book would be perfect for me. I sort of taught myself to sew a couple of years back but am realizing that I didn’t concentrate as much on the fundamentals as I should have (or my machine is terrible, one of the two). This looks like a good remedy.

  156. Beth says:

    Oh, I have seen this book….it looks just lovely!

  157. Christa says:

    This book looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to see it. I’m especially interested in the A line skirt.

  158. Simone Caldwell says:

    The book looks great! I would love to win a copy!

  159. Katie says:

    Although I have been sewing a long time, I still feel like a beginner, and I love learning new tips and tricks!

  160. Dianne McLean says:

    I am just learning to sew. This book sounds like it could be a great help!

  161. Emily says:

    With a cover like that, I can’t imagine how awesome this book would be!

  162. Kristin says:

    Wow how great!!

  163. Amy L says:

    The book sounds wonderful – I think I’ll have to get a copy just for the A-line skirt pattern!

  164. Linda says:


  165. Mary Margaret says:

    I’ve been reading Deborah’s interviews through blogland and can’t wait to get my hands on her book!

  166. Zarina says:

    For a quilter who wants to start garment sewing, this would be a good easy-to-follow book to start with.

  167. AP says:

    I keep hearing good things about this book, and it’s just what I need.

  168. Brandi Shores says:

    I’m so excited about this book!

  169. deborah says:

    that book looks fabulous; i’d love to win it! thanks for the chance to win.

  170. Ohhh please let me be the lucky one i have been wanting this book.

  171. Annabel says:

    This book looks wonderful, I love the picnic placemat! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  172. rae says:

    what a great resource!! thanks for the opportunity! πŸ˜‰

  173. Morgan says:

    This is exactly how I am teaching myself to sew–one project at a time. I try to pick each new project to have a little something new to push myself but not get overwhelmed. And now as I look back over the past year and all the things I’ve made, I can really see my progress and how my confidence has increased slowly and steadily. This is really a wonderful concept for a book! I like that it embraces the way in which I think a lot of us learn.

  174. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to win a giveaway, and this would be perfect for me!

  175. Ginger says:

    I can’t wait to see this book in person.

  176. Sounds like this book would a lovely addition to my bookshelf! The longer I sew the more I’m liking the idea of just a couple of patterns done up several ways.

  177. DebbieKL says:

    Sounds like a great book! I love that it comes with a CD for patterns.

  178. Paula says:

    I really want to get started in garment sewing. This book sounds like a great primer. Thank you for the giveaway!

  179. V Reed says:

    The book sounds incredible! I love that there is a CD of patterns included as well! That just rocks!

  180. Jennifer says:

    The projects look really good. I love the picnic placemat…might make a good Christmas gift!

  181. Julie W says:

    Looks like a great book!! Love the projects shared in this interview!!

  182. Sue says:

    That A-line skirt is so cute, I would love a copy of this book ^_^

  183. Kristy says:

    I am so intrigued by this book.

  184. Lesa says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for sharing and doing a giveaway! Can’t wait to check in tomorrow!

  185. KMLE says:

    This one is definitely on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win. Can’t wait to see the project tomorrow.

  186. Miriam says:

    I would love to have that book. I am trying to teach myself to sew harder things than what I have been doing.

  187. Ramona says:

    This looks like a great book. I just love the A line skirt.

  188. Jill B says:

    Beautiful book – I would love to make that A-line skirt!

  189. Leslie says:

    Please, please, please draw my name. This is already on my christmas list, but I would really love to have it before then. Pretty please!?!

  190. Kristine says:

    This book looks really exciting! Can’t wait to check it out!

  191. KT says:

    Sounds like a book I need! Thanks for sharing!

  192. Eunhwa says:

    Book looks fun + functional!

  193. courtney says:

    i’m loving this book…. i keep seeing it at the bookstore- i hope i’m the lucky girl of the day!

  194. Susan says:

    Would love a copy of this book!

  195. Munaiba says:

    What a great book! Anything that makes home sewing easier is a boon. I’m always fairly nervous when I cut into fabric for anything other than quilt. So anything that boosts my confidence would be great.

  196. Megan says:

    This book looks amazing! I am the first in what I hope will be a long line of sewists. I tend to shy away from sewing clothing because I’m intimidated and afraid of screwing it all up. Hopefully, this book would impart some much needed knowledge and confidence.

  197. Christine M says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing with us.

  198. Emily S says:

    I’m so excited for this book – I’m quite new to sewing clothing and think this will be a big help!

  199. MelodyJ says:

    I really want to learn to sew. This looks like a great book.


  200. Kristen says:

    I want to learn to sew — this book sounds like just what I need! πŸ™‚

  201. Wow! This sounds like a great book! I would love to win this!

  202. I love sewing books!

  203. Shawna says:

    That looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

  204. Sarah says:

    I’ve heard lots of people rave about this book and I can’t wait to read it!

  205. Liesal says:

    Cute projects!

  206. Susanne says:


  207. Andrea P. says:

    This looks like a great book! Love the skirt!

  208. Little Liz says:

    I love Whipstich. She is so clever, and witty! This would be a wonderful win!

  209. Tiffany says:

    Looks like a good book!

  210. Becky says:

    Amazing. I often find myself not trying something new because I’m simply intimidated by learning a new technique, or have trouble understanding real patterns. I do much better with a step-by-step picture tutorial to help me out, so I can really visualize what’s going on. This book sounds PERFECT for me. If I don’t win it, it’s going to the top of my Christmas List. πŸ™‚

  211. Kimberly says:

    I’ve heard great things about this book. Congratulations on a great job!

  212. Christine says:

    This looks like a good book to have. I’m still a newbie at sewing and can use all the help available.

  213. Maya says:

    Looks like a good book! I like the pdf pattern idea.

  214. Mel says:

    I would LOVE to win one copy, much less two!!!??!
    This seems like super fun, and a project/book very well done!

  215. Jenny says:

    This looks like a great book. I would love to win it.

  216. Valerie says:

    Sounds great. I love that it comes with a CD!!

  217. CarrieMJ says:

    This is exactly what I need as a confused beginner!
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  218. amber says:

    I am just learning how to sew, so this book will come in handy!

  219. Susan says:

    Would love to win a copy. I think the CD is a great idea. Susan

  220. Amy says:

    This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  221. linda says:

    would love to own a copy of this…or give as a gift! thanks for the chance!

  222. Mama Lusco says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I’d like to have some staple patterns for MY wardrobe πŸ™‚

  223. ellen patton says:

    I would be SEW happy to win!

  224. Brooke Ary says:

    Oh this book looks amazing! I spent all day yesterday trying to find a sewing class on my side of town with absolutley no luck. I had just decided I will have to do it on my own and then this popped up!

  225. Shara says:

    This seems like the perfect book for a beginner like me. I’ll definitely check it out!

  226. Jen C. says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for having a giveaway!

  227. Robyn Wing says:

    Looks like a lovely book! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  228. angelina says:

    this book looks delicious..

  229. Sara says:

    Would love to stitch up one (or more!) of those A line skirts.

  230. danielle says:

    I love the idea of growing up thinking, “If I want it, I can probably make it.” I grew up this way, and am hoping my children will have that same spirit. would love to add your book to our library!

  231. Erica says:

    Sew cute!! Can’t wait for the pattern tomorrow…

  232. Fawn says:

    This seems like a really great book, super excited about it:) I love her approach to sewing and her enthusiasm really comes out in the interview. Thanks for sharing this!!!

  233. bess says:

    this book looks so fabulous – especially for someone like me who is thinking about exploring making clothes! πŸ™‚

  234. Kathy Marsh says:

    I would love to work through these projects with my daughters.

  235. kate C. says:

    This looks like a really neat book! Thanks for the interview and information!! πŸ™‚

  236. Rachel says:

    Wow, that would be amazing. . . I am just learning so sew- and some guidance would be helpful!

  237. shannon says:

    as someone who is reacquainting themselves with sewing, this would be a great book to help me get down the basics and help me with my confidence! πŸ™‚

  238. Meghann P. says:

    Can’t wait to check this book out, even if I don’t win.

  239. Silvia says:

    It seems to be a very helpful book!! Thanks for this giveaway!!

  240. Kerri says:

    I’ve been following her blog tour and have this book on my wish list! It looks wonderful.

  241. sally says:

    Sounds great… like just what I need.

  242. Jocelyn says:

    What a wonderful looking book! Thanks for such a generous giveaway πŸ™‚

  243. Beki says:

    What a beautiful book! I’d love to own it πŸ™‚

  244. Looking great – can’t wait to see more.

  245. Kristin M says:

    I have been eying this book! I would love to win it!

  246. Jackie says:

    What an absolutely wonderful book. This book is perfect for someone in a sewing slump or for teaching a young person. Great ideas and love the picnic carrier and the skirt is just adorable. I would love to win one of these books.

  247. Marcia W. says:

    This looks like a great book for a refresher or as a first time sewer.

  248. jenn says:

    awesome! a great giveaway, love that skirt.

  249. Karin says:

    This sounds like a great book. I’ve been wanting to learn to sew for a while, but have been intimidated by the machine, and don’t really have anyone to hold my hand along the way.

  250. beth says:

    What a wonderful book. I have some teen friends who want to learn to sew. Sounds like this would be a good complement to a sewing class with them.

  251. Jennifer says:

    I am a beginner at this, and this book looks marvelous! Two weeks ago I hauled my great grandmother’s sewing machine inside and set it up in my office at home! I have done a few small projects (ones with no risk of catastrophic failure! :)) and am loving all the variety and freedom having a sewing machine gives–or at least the IDEA of variety and freedom, since I haven’t gotten very far yet. Books like this are just the thing for mamas like me!

  252. Katie says:

    Looks like a great “go to” book for basics and more.

  253. briana says:

    I’ve never actually owned a “sewing book” I would love for this one to be my first! Very cute

  254. katie says:

    I love this. This is my kind of book. I usually work project to project because I am new. I usually can’t go on until I finish that one. I guess it is because I am still a newbie. I would love this book. I want to see more of the pics and tutorials. πŸ™‚

  255. Dalyn says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Nice addition to any sewing library Very nice interview – Thanks for posting the giveaway!

  256. holly says:

    Love the CD component! I am still searching for the perfect skirt pattern – maybe this is it.

  257. Amanda F. says:

    Sounds like an awesome book. Love the A-line skirt.

  258. Firda says:

    I could so use this book seeing that I have a sewing machine and no one to teach me how to sew…

  259. mikhaila says:

    OOOOhhh Just awesome!
    I love a change to get all the basic skills
    down pat while making beautiful things and then
    cranking it all up a notch. The beauty just get
    bigger and better

  260. Katie says:

    Awesome! Books with the fundamentals are the best.

  261. Jill says:

    sounds like a great book!

  262. Cecilie says:

    That book looks awesome! Too bad it probably won’t show up here in Norway, the good ones never do.

  263. amy says:

    love the picnic placemat!

  264. kim says:

    would love to win this!!

  265. Michelle says:

    I would love a copy of this book– sounds like a great way to bridge to learning at home.

  266. Ani says:

    I got it from my local library but I dont want to give it back!, I love the patchwork skirt the best

  267. Rafael's mum says:

    This looks to be a fantastic book and just what I need! Unlike a lot of people, I never sewed clothes before starting to quilt, so started from scratch there. I keep thinking how wonderful it would be to start sewing some clothes too…. Thanks for the chance to win this!

  268. Chris Aiton says:

    this looks like a fantastic book – thanks for the chance to win

  269. Maria says:

    A friend and I just started to take sewing lessons from a lady across the street. The book would be a wonderful way to enhance our skills and learn more about sewing!!

  270. this book looks great love the fabric choices…. would love to see more x

  271. Sandy says:

    I love the idea of the patterns on CD. This looks like a really fun book and I would love to win it!

  272. Esther L. says:

    Sounds like exactly what I need! Thank you for the chance to win.

  273. Meghan says:

    This book looks amazing! I am so interested in sewing but I don’t quite know how to get started. I can hem things for myself but beyond that I need a push and I think this book could do the trick.

  274. Melissa Ann says:

    I think I may have to drive to GA and visit her Brick and Mortar store. The book looks amazing!

  275. claireel says:

    I’m pretty new to sewing and would love to use this book to get better!

  276. Crissy says:

    I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  277. Kristie says:

    I would love a copy of this book. It’s perfect for a new sewer and the projects are fantastic.

  278. Melanie T says:

    I would love to learn how to sew more than quilts! Thanks for the chance:)

  279. This book sounds amazing! The CD for patterns is genius. I hate all that tissue paper!

  280. Bethany says:

    Oooo what a fun book!!

  281. I would like to see more projects in this book. I really love that placemat idea. The skirts are really cute, too. Thanks so much for all the great info!

  282. Sherri S. says:

    I’m recently totally obsessed with sewing…knitting has taken a (temporary, probably) backseat. But I need a lot of practice! This book sounds wonderful. Thanks!

  283. Nikki says:

    Ive been anxiously awaiting this book! I haven’t found it at a store by me yet.

  284. Hannah says:

    This book looks amazing. It’s on my Christmas wishlist, but I’d love to get my hands on a copy before then!

  285. Amy J says:

    I have been wanting this book so badly!

  286. Lauren M says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have been wanting to get my hands on this book. I’ve been wanting to learn how to sew and this seems like the perfect book!

  287. Serena says:

    This sounds like SUCH a great book! The a-line skirt looks like the perfect skirt pattern.

  288. beverly says:

    Looks like a great book. Although I can find a wealth of info online, it’s really helpful to have a great book about sewing basics.

  289. Kristin says:

    Love the book! As a beginner, I would love to learn more about sewing, and it looks like these projects would be a great place to start.

  290. Pat says:

    I have a daughter-in-law who is learning to sew. This would be a perfect book for her!

  291. Lauren says:

    I’d love to win this book.

  292. fert says:

    i suck at sewing. help me be better, magic book!

  293. QSOgirl says:

    wow, a CD of patterns is such a cool idea. thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  294. olga says:

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! I want sooo much to win!

  295. Rachel says:

    Cute, Cute, Cute. This looks like such a fun book to help learn to sew. I totally agree that once your teacher is gone you feel paralyzed. I’ve taken a sewing class and had my mom work with me but have yet to start a project on my own. Thanks for this opportunity to win. Maybe this book is just what I need.

  296. Wendy D. P. says:

    Oooh this looks like exactly what I need – some basics (I’m new to sewing and have stuck mainly to quilts) mixed with lovely new patterns to try!

  297. Cat says:

    This looks like a great book. Would love to have it!

  298. naomig says:

    I am a relatively accomplished seamstress… that being said, I’m always surprised at how much I can learn when I pick up a “basics” book–I love it!! That is part of the reason why sewing NEVER gets old. I LOVE her style, and I LOVE all the extras the book comes with. I would LOVE to win, in short. πŸ™‚

  299. Carrie says:

    This is exactly the kind of resource I love to have on my shelf! I feel like Deborah and I are “kindred spirits”. Hope I win!! This would be a great book to present to my daughter in a few years when she’s ready to start sewing.

  300. June says:

    Ooh! This looks fabulous! If I don’t happen to be the winner I think I’ll be adding this to my list of christmas wishes! I recently got a sewing machine but I really know nothing about it. I’ll get there one way or the other! <3

  301. Camille says:

    Wow! This book would be so helpful to me! I’ve just picked sewing back up in the past few months and it’s slow going since I don’t remember much of what I was taught when I was younger.

  302. Mary Read says:

    This book looks awesome. Would love to win!

  303. crista says:

    Looks like a great book!

  304. Erin Waters says:

    I’ve seen this book on a few blogs now & I think I’d really love it!

  305. Mandy says:

    I think Deborah and I may be sew-twins. I also just assume “I can do that!” and I never learned to sew from my stitch-savvy mother or grandmother… Buying my first house 2 years ago (with all it’s big open bare windows) got me into the groove of sewing – and so I learn one mistake at a time!

  306. If I don’t win this book, I will be making it a point to buy it – Looks to be a good one!

  307. Stephanie says:

    I would love having that book as my daily guide!

  308. Stacy says:

    What a great book. It would be nice to have it on hand for reference.

  309. Heather says:

    Thanks for a great interview and glimpse into this book!! Whether I win or not, I will be getting this book. It sounds wonderful!!

  310. rosie says:

    would love to see more of this book. would definitely help a new sewer like me!

  311. christina says:

    Oh dear, patterns on CD … well, as another poster said ‘better than scaling up on a photocopier’…

  312. Dree says:

    I love simple projects and this book looks great. I tend to get overwhelmed with anything that takes more than a few hours to sew…

  313. Julie Hickey says:

    EEEEEE! I was looking at this book the other day and thought it would be a GREAT resource to use with my high school sewing club group (I am teacher advisor). Crossing my fingers on this giveaway…

  314. Jennifer says:

    This sounds great!! I would love to start sewing some clothing pieces!

  315. Natalie says:

    Looks like a must-have book for any beginning sewer…. inspiring finished projects!

  316. liz says:

    great interview! I love her style!

  317. Margaret says:

    I need help with my beginning sewing skills; this book looks like just the thing!

  318. Carina says:

    Sounds like it might be an interesting addition to the bookshelves! Visual learning tools always catch my attention ^^

  319. Kasey says:

    I would love to win this book!

  320. Ashley says:

    I would love a way to relearn a lot of the basics and get better at them.

  321. Mary says:

    What a great book! It looks very usable. I love the projects shown in this blog interview.

  322. Cinnamon says:

    This book sounds great! I would love to win a copy and make myself a few a-line skirts.

  323. Melanie says:

    What a lovely book. Would love for a chance to look through it more thoroughly!!!

  324. Marcia W. says:

    This sounds like a great book – even for a refresher on sewing clothing and other items.

  325. Sarah says:

    Would love to win… this book is on my holiday list!

  326. Tanya Hug says:

    I would love to sew more and I am quite intimidated by sewing terms that I am unfamiliar with. My wonderful mother-in-law is more than willing to help me with my sewing projects but I would love to feel comfortable tackling and completing a project all by myself.

  327. Lori says:

    Looks like a great book. I’ve been sewing for years now, but never officially “learned” how. I’m always worried I’m doing something very wrong. πŸ™‚

  328. Tepary says:

    I’ve been muddling on with sewing ever since a friend gifted me her late grandmother’s machine when I was pregnant 4 years ago. This sounds like a great book to help me move beyond muddling.

    A great giveaway.

  329. Bonnie says:

    This sounds awesome! I love the idea of learning to sew as you do cute projects:)

  330. VirginiaRose says:

    I would love this book, it has so many wonderful tips, tricks, and ideas that I can’t wait to try!

  331. Tricia says:

    This book would make a great addition to my sewing arsenal. Bravo!

  332. Tiffany Sisamouth says:

    Fantastic!… I am just learning how to sew and this seems to be the perfect tool. I’d love one, it’s sounds perfect!

  333. katie says:

    I’ve seen this book featured on a few blogs now, looks good! Perhaps it would help me feel more confident sewing up clothes :).

  334. would Γ’β„’Β₯ to win this book! the interview was great to read.

  335. Carrie says:

    This sounds like a fabulous book! Perfect for someone like me who can sew a little, but could really use help mastering the fundamentals.

  336. Katie B says:

    would love to have this and build on my skills!

  337. Michaela says:

    I’m still aspiring to be a sewer and this looks like it’s full of inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win!

  338. Lynnette says:

    Although I have done a few projects they were… let’s say homey. I would love the chance to make projects with more clean finishes.

  339. Jenny says:

    i love that this book has a little bit of everything!

  340. laura says:

    yay for giveaways! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity! I love this book

  341. alexandra p. says:

    This book looks very nice! I would love to give it a try.

  342. Elena says:

    I already put this book on my Christmas list! I hope I get it early! πŸ™‚

  343. EK says:

    Whoooo Hoooo! I am a new sewer and try to squeeze every minute I can spare into learning how to sew. I spend hours looking online at ideas so it would be nice to just have some great projects right in front of me in a book!

  344. ~Michelle~ says:

    Deborah is wonderful – I would love to read her take on sewing clothing!

  345. Tania says:

    So dreamy πŸ™‚

  346. mamabird says:

    I’d love some tips on how to refine my sewing. And there are times when a basic term comes up and I have no clue!

  347. Erin says:

    I’ve been looking for a good scaffold to move toward sewing clothes! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  348. Katie B. says:

    Looks like an awesome book! I’d love to win.

  349. Lise says:

    This book looks fantastic. Thanks for the chance!

  350. Em says:

    What a great addition to the sewing library this would be!!

    Now, if I won, would I keep it or give it to one of three friends who have recently told me they want to learn to sew? Guess I’ll have to buy a couple!

  351. Clara says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book, especially for a beginner sewer like me.

  352. BeccaH says:

    What a great book – I’ve been trying to get to know my sewing machine more this year – I’ve still got a ways to go (I *just* discovered that I have a zipper foot!).

  353. Larissa says:

    As a novice sewer with a brand new machine, this would be perfect for me!

  354. Carly says:

    This would be amazing to have since my process of learning to sew so far has been more about ripping out stitches than anything else.

  355. Stacy says:

    I love how the book comes with PDF patterns. So much easier!

  356. Mandy says:

    I have had my eye on this book. Hope I win!

  357. brittany says:

    that picnic placemat gets me all excited for the weather to be cool enough to enjoy going outside again!

  358. Karen S says:

    This is a great idea, and I would love to use to get back into sewing.

  359. Julie Schubert says:

    I taught myself to sew over the years but I feel like I never really learned the proper way. So, I want one book for me and one for my daughter in law who would love to learn how to sew and is relying on my “expertise”…poor girl. Now we can learn together.

  360. Mandy says:

    Awesome! I have had trouble finding good books that are informative and easy to follow, this looks perfect for me! Hope to win and thanks for the opportunity!

  361. Ellen says:

    These projects look great for the beginner or the experienced sewist.

  362. Melissa Williams says:

    Love this! This would be a great resource as I learn how to sew!

  363. stephanie says:

    I’ve been seeing this book blog tour all over the sewing blogs and it looks amazing! and a cd with it… what a great idea!!!!!

  364. Amy says:

    Love the skirt pattern- can’t wait to see more!

  365. Rachel says:

    This will be a great learning tool for me. I’m in my 20’s and have crafted all my life, but am trying to tackle some more difficult projects and techniques. It’s sounds like a great book! Thanks!

  366. Cayce says:

    what a great book!

  367. beth lehman says:

    This book looks so lovely and the concept refreshing – for new sewers especially – with a cd, too??? Awesome.

  368. Ms. Fine says:

    I really need to pick up this book. I love her approach and the idea I could use this when I get stuck and have her essentially hold my hand through the process.

  369. Amy says:

    This looks like a great book!

  370. Starlene says:

    I like to pretend I can sew but patterns baffle me and anything more complex than a straight seam is stress inducing. I would LOVE to have this book to learn the right way!

  371. Elizabeth says:

    Great interview. The floral fabric used on the cover is just beautiful!

  372. Lisa Berends says:

    Sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to get ahold of one!

  373. Michelle says:

    I’m trying to overcome my fear of tissue paper patterns right now… this book sounds amazing!

  374. Hope says:

    This book sounds PERFECT for me… I’m just learning to sew (teaching myself) and a project-by-project teaching approach is great. Hope to win a copy!

  375. Lisa says:

    Lovely book! Good Luck everyone!

  376. Emily B. says:

    This book looks like it would be a wonderful read!

  377. Jessica says:

    This is perfect– I haven’t sewn in awhile but I used to be quite handy with a machine… I wonder if I still remember anything!

  378. Laurie Anne says:

    This book looks quite inspiring! I love the skirt and picnic placemat πŸ™‚ Thanks for entering me!

  379. rachael s says:

    I would love to win this beautiful little book!

  380. Sonia says:

    Sounds like a fabulous boook, I still have lots to learn when it comes to sewing…..fabulous!

  381. Lindsey says:

    I was just looking at this book in the book store yesterday! I immediately went home and put it on my Amazon wishlist! Hope I can win it! πŸ™‚

  382. MonicaT says:

    just started sewing again, would love to win!

  383. Jasmine says:

    I love her website, Whipstitch! Hoping to visit the shop soon…

  384. Denise says:

    I would love to own this! It sounds like an amazing resource for those of us who are both teacher & student(as in: self taught:)! Thanks for the oppurtunity

  385. Cindy says:

    I get so discouraged when I can’t understand instructions, I need easy!

  386. I am teaching a young friend how to sew, this book would be perfect for her. Even if I don’t win, I think I will be buying it for her : )

  387. alison says:

    This book sounds great!

  388. nikky says:

    This book sounds great I would love to win it…thanks for the chance!!!

  389. great interview! i’ve enjoyed following Deborah on her internet blog tour & I don’t have the book yet. – so I would love a copy.

  390. Genifer says:

    This looks like a great book! Love the pattern on CD approach. Definitely going on my “to buy” list (which is getting longer by the day!)

  391. Robin says:

    Adorable, useful projects! I am looking for some motivation to increase my skills and this appears to be a great match!

  392. Rachel says:

    I’ve read many good things about this book, it would be great to help me refine my techniques!

  393. Kirsten says:

    I love the idea of the cd for patterns! Would love to have this book.

  394. Lisa says:

    Looks like fun!

  395. Gloria says:

    I totally want this book! I have been kind of scared to even look at my sewing machine,ever since I accidentally sewed through my finger.Plus,I’m new to sewing and this book would love to expand my sewing skills!

  396. HeidiMonkey says:

    This looks like a great book, I’d love to get my hands on a copy!

  397. Looks like a wonderful book–I’m adding it to my wish list!

  398. Maria says:

    I love all things cap sleeve and am so trying to learn to sew! Thanks for putting together a book that teaches through projects πŸ™‚

  399. Laura W. says:

    This book looks great! I just started sewing.

  400. Aditi says:

    What a great book!

  401. Kate says:

    This books looks like it would be very useful. I love the picnic placemat, what a great way to keep everything together.

  402. Amanda says:

    I am just starting out w some sewing projects and this book would be great!

  403. Beth says:

    This sounds like a great resource even for experienced sewers.

  404. Jenn says:

    How exciting! This would be perfect for helping me learn to sew!

  405. Abby says:

    What a great idea for a book! It would be a great help to avoid learning through mistakes. πŸ™‚

  406. Zegi says:

    What a lovely book! I would love to win it.

  407. marilyn podoll says:

    I need this book. Just started sewing again after many years. I am learning as I go.

  408. craftytammie says:

    I think this looks like a great book! thanks for sharing!

  409. Melinda R says:

    This book sounds great. I’m looking to take my sewing skills from basic to basic/intermediate.

  410. Shelly says:

    This book looks great… I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s project will be!

  411. Tabitha says:

    I would love to have this book! I really like that the patterns are included as PDF files on a CD. That is a great idea and an asset to this book!

  412. Keri says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book! I’m a new sewer and I’ve been trying to teach myself through reading books, blogs and tutorials. This book would be a great way to teach me!

  413. Kelly Sas says:

    Deborah’s book sounds very appealing and quite informative. Looking forward to tomorrow to hear more and see the pattern she will be sharing!

  414. Heidi says:

    Sounds like a good book. One to remind us about the basics.

  415. Abby says:

    so what i need, will probably buy if I don’t win!

  416. Karen says:

    This sounds like a great resource. I’d love to have one.

  417. Joanna says:

    I’ve REALLY been wanting to expand my garment sewing abilities-I think this book would really help me on my way!

  418. Katrina says:

    It sounds like a great book! I’m putting it on my wish list. I was just gifted my first sewing machine (1970s style), and I have no idea where to begin!!

  419. That a-line skirt sounds fascinating and I’m definitely on of those people intimidated by tissue patterns! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  420. Teresa says:

    This book looks like a great resourse for inexperienced sewers like me! I’d love to make a few of those A line skirts and have fabric-in-waiting for such a project.
    Teresa x

  421. Ellen Ban says:

    Thanks for the great interview. Even though I have sewing experience, I really want to get this book to help build my sewing skills!

  422. Jessica M says:

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for my library to get a copy of this book so I could read it! Oh I would love to win this book! I’m newer to making clothes and I this would be a great learning tool! Thanks!

  423. DeNacho says:

    this could be just the starter i’m looking for

  424. Linda says:

    What a wonderful and inspiring book! I’d love to own a copy! Thanks!

  425. Stella says:

    What a great book, I’m looking forward to getting a copy. so many sewing books are encyclopedic and not much use to those learning. This looks like having a workshop talk place at your own pace and space.

  426. starjumper says:

    i really like the idea of printable patterns because:
    a) i feel like the stiffness of real paper helps everything to lay flat
    b) i ALWAYS tear tissue paper patterns
    c) you can always print the pattern again

  427. How great to do a book that really teaches the basics and builds upon acquired skills. So many people jump right into sewing and never learn the correct techniques and turn out work that will not last, which is such a shame!

  428. Sunitha says:

    Oh I would love to own a copy of this book. It is indeed true that once the person who taught you is gone, you are immediately filled with questions to ask as you work on your next project.

  429. jenny says:

    My goodness that looks like just what I need to re-learn how to sew!

  430. Jodie says:

    This sounds so great! I really would enjoy this book. I am trying to teach myself how to sew. I’ve just been buying patterns and reading them over and over and just giving it a try! This sounds like just the kind of book that would be helpful to me!

  431. Lina says:

    I have that same fabric used in the placemats. I had no idea what I’d make with it but I think it looks just lovely there!

  432. KMF says:

    Love the picnic placemat!!

  433. JennE says:

    WOW, I have never heard of this book. The projects look amazing and I’m all about learning and progressing my skills!

  434. Jan says:

    This looks like a great book. I really like the skirt. I want to get into making my own clothes as I’ve only ever made a couple of things before and wasn’t too happy about how they turned out. It is intimidating when you’re a beginner to pay out for a tissue paper pattern that you may cut wrong and ruin!

  435. I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s project! Sounds like a really great book!

  436. Tiffany Sisamouth says:

    Looks Terrific! I’d love one πŸ™‚

  437. Mary Claire says:

    I’m looking foward to seeing this book in person! Thanks!

  438. Barbara says:

    Ooooohhh! I’ve been looking for a good sewing book lately, and this one looks awesome!!!!

  439. Lena says:

    I truly think that this book could really become my “Bible” to sewing and creating gorgeous projects. Sounds like a dream come true for a beginner. I’d love to read and be inspired by this beautiful “love letter”. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  440. connie says:

    I would LOVE this book! I pretty much taught myself to sew and I know I do things that are wrong…

  441. Lennye says:

    I would love to win this book. I have been wanting to make the A-line skirt since I saw the sample at Whipstitch!

  442. Christine says:

    This looks like a great book and I would love a copy! I am always looking for new patterns. This book would be well used by me! Thank you for sharing photos and an interview with Deborah.

  443. Jody says:

    I totally want this book. Please oh please pick me. . .

  444. Victoria says:

    This book looks great, and boy could I use it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  445. JJ says:


  446. Molly says:

    I am dying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the great interview πŸ™‚

  447. Merchy says:

    I want to learn to sew and this books seems to be my definite answer!
    I want one please!

  448. Jenny G. says:

    The pattern CD is a wonderful idea! And thanks for the give away chance!

  449. Doris says:

    I’ve been reading these reviews all over blogland this week, it sounds like a well organized and thought out book. Would love to win a copy of my own!


  450. Allison says:

    It sounds like a great book! I’m a beginning sewer and this would be a wonderful reference and source of inspiration.

  451. Gretchen says:

    I’ve been exploring blogs and toying the idea with picking up sewing. This book is now on my list to read to build up the courage to jump in!


  452. Tricia says:

    I was skeptical about patterns on CD instead of on paper, but I like her reasoning and now think it sounds like a good idea. (Definitely better than patterns that need to be scaled up on a photocopier!)

  453. Shasta says:

    Ah! I just posted on my blog yesterday that I’d love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the great interview!

  454. PeachRainbow says:

    I too love step by step photos!

  455. LJ Owen says:

    What a wonderful book – would love to have a copy!!

  456. Gill says:

    Thanks for a really interesting interview ( and the chance to win a copy of this book!)

  457. Susan C. says:

    I love the idea of a CD with patterns available for repeated printing in case of cutting errors. Just what I need!

  458. Krista says:

    Can’t wait to see more!

  459. Christy says:

    This book looks like it would give me lots of new techniques to make me even better at sewing!

  460. Nicole says:

    I’m fairly new to sewing and often fail at complex patterns because my skills are lacking due to my inexperience or inability to fully utilize my machine to its full potential. Tackling one pattern at a time that builds upon skills would be so helpful.

    Reading this post, it is really important to save patterns! For a newbie like me, having downloadable/printable PDF patterns would be fantastic…and the extras are pretty exciting!

    Looking forward to the project tomorrow!

  461. Katrina says:

    I so want to learn to sew and this book sounds like just what I’ve been looking for.

  462. Sara says:

    Love the picnic placemat! Going to make that my next project! Thanks!

  463. Briana says:

    This book sounds great! Thanks for the interview.

  464. Corrie says:

    I love her blog! I hope I win!

  465. Jen says:

    That looks like a lovely book!

  466. Alethea says:

    That A-line skirt is so cute!

  467. Jennwith4 says:

    I’ve heard so much about this book! Definitely need one for myself.

  468. Sandi says:

    What a fun book! I’m just learning to sew and am “exploring” all of the new options. Watching my Mom with the tissue paper patterns always seemed intimidating. Now I wish I’d watched more carefully. I can’t wait for the first pattern so I can hopefully graduate to more. πŸ™‚

  469. Marlana says:

    Great ideas and great interview! Thanks for some inspiration!

  470. I want this book! I am new to sewing and excited to create, this would really help me along the way!

  471. Andria says:

    This book seems fantastic! I’d love to start learning how to sew clothes.

  472. Erin says:

    This book sounds like it has some great projects in it! My family would make great use of the picnic placemats…

  473. Crowleyanna says:

    Thanks for sharing~ Your book sounds wonderful!

  474. Shirley Clark says:

    I would love to see more of this book. I love the picnic placemat.

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