Booklist, January 12, 2018
If you want to sew with knit fabric, a serger or overlocker is your best bet. Both those machines trim,stitch, and overlock in one action, and sergers are often able to perform additional types of stitches andhave room for more spools of thread, allowing for the use of more colors. Color photographs with the partsof each type of machine labeled are accompanied here by short explanations of who might use it, whatthey might use it for, and technical features. Also enumerated are accessories and tools used with thesemachines and the types of fabrics they’re designed for as well as detailed photo illustrations of stitches andinstructions on how to thread the machine and adjust the tension. All machines shown are Singers, thoughthe concepts should translate to most other brands. In addition to the technical information, 15 projectstake the reader through 50 lessons, each teaching a new technique. Projects include clothing, accessories,home décor, and more. Twelve full-size patterns on large format paper are stored in a back pocket.— Anne Heidemann
Library Journal Feb 15, 2018
Sewist Lubin here demystifies the complezities of overlockers, sergers, and coverlockers, providing a straighforward overview of their uses and quirks. The book is divided into projects, which are subdivided into lessons that demonstrate a useful skill or technique. For example, the first project, a zippered makeup pouch, is organized into siz individual lessons that cover everything form threading the machine to basic stitching to using an overlocker, serger, or coverlocker to attach a zipper. These skills can then be applied to the other projects, which include a variety of garments, accessories, and a couple home decor pieces. The instructions are nicely presented, with brief steps, close-up photos, and expert tips. VERDICT These machines can be intimidating to beginning sewists, but this comprehensive book breaks the process down into individual steps.