Book Giveaway: “Power Sewing Toolbox 1 and 2” by Sandra Betzina
The June/July 2012 issue of Threads includes a book review of Sandra Betzina’s fabulous book duo: Power Sewing Toolbox 1 and 2: Tips/Techniques Not Found in Patterns (Power Sewing, 2011). The books are a collection of useful tips that are sure to boost your sewing skills. It’s easy to find tips and techniques appropriate for whatever sewing task you’re about to do because the tips and techniques are separated into logical sections such as Pockets, Closures, Creative Sleeve Details, and much, much more. Both hard-cover books are spiral bound, allowing you to open them flat while working, The books include more than 500 tips and 26 detailed techniques. There are even 2 DVDs which demonstrate some of the more in-depth techniques.
We’re thrilled because Sandra has personally signed each of the books especially for this giveaway! If you’d like to enter the drawing, just leave a comment about why you’d love to win these books prior to 11:59 pm EST, June 26, 2012. A winner will be randomly selected on June 27, and will be annouced during the week of July 1. The winner will also be notified via email.
You could win this book which has been personally signed by Sandra Betzina.
If you're the winner, you'll also win volume 2 of the Toolbox set.
The clear photos and illustrations make it easy to understand each tip or technique.
Oh my, I have a few of Sandra's books atready and the are absolute gold! They have helped me navigate so many sewing projects aver the years, I even just read them to wind down at the end of a cazy day, Would be sooooo priviledged to have this latest edition.
I know why I'd love to have these books. I am a uniquely dressed woman, and I'd like to change the connotation of the words unique and interesting to something positive. Then I will have to find new ways to embarrass my children, and that can't be too hard.
I love to sew, I wish I could match my enthusiasm with the same degree of competence.
I can’t imagine someone like me (a beginner) who has really wanted to be a pro when it comes to sewing having books being written and sold by Sandra Betzina and Threads magazine respectfully. Threads magazine wouldn’t sell purposely because it wants to make money that am very sure of. At least, I have watched all their threads insider videos and read some of the digital magazines. Before God I didn’t regret my decision for a second. Definitely, I know I would love this like wise. As side, Fabric Savvy was a book written by Sandra which I was given an opportunity to download as an insider. Initially, when I saw what came out of my mouth was mtcheeew. I said to myself what is that is so important to know about fabric that someone would have spent her time writing a book on it. But I downloaded it anyway since it was a gift and again I thought I know all fabrics. To my greatest surprise I saw much more than I thought. A part from the fact that I was enlightened about fabric because I rarely know more than five types of fabrics. Fabric Savvy is the tool I look upon when I need any information relating to clothing. The last time I needed to make a pattern free bias skirt shown in threads magazine June/July issue. I checked to know the necessary information needed for the fabrics I bought, the needle to use, whether pre-shrink was necessary, layout, topstitch, interfacing etc for the sewing to take place. Again, I saw the procedure for making a gored skirt but didn’t know what fabric will be suitable for making skirt then I consulted my ONE and ONLY confidant in the field of fabric, and of course that’s fabric savvy by Sandra Betzina.
Although, have only read ONLY one of your books yet I would love to have more than a thousand in my shelf only if that is possible. Because, when I got to the fabric stores and mention fabrics such as taffeta, cotton damask etc and were brought out. I said to myself “ignorance is a disease whose only cure is KOWLEDGE” since I never believed they even exist or common talk less of getting them so easily like that. Therefore, I deserve to have these copies of your books because I know they will always be a EYE OPENER for someone like me.
I can’t imagine someone like me (a beginner) who has really wanted to be a pro when it comes to sewing having books being written and sold by Sandra Betzina and Threads magazine respectively. Threads magazine wouldn’t sell purposely because it wants to make money that am very sure of. At least, I have watched all their threads insider videos and read some of the digital magazines. Before God I didn’t regret my decision for a second. Definitely, I know I would love this like wise. As side, Fabric Savvy was a book written by Sandra which I was given an opportunity to download as an insider. Initially, when I saw it what came out of my mouth was mtcheeew. I said to myself what is that is so important to know about fabric that someone would have spent her time writing a book on it. But I downloaded it anyway since it was a gift and again I thought I know all fabrics. To my greatest surprise I saw much more than I thought. A part from the fact that I was enlightened about fabric because I rarely know more than five types of fabrics. Fabric Savvy is the tool I look upon when I need any information relating to clothing. The last time I needed to make a pattern free bias skirt shown in threads magazine June/July issue. I checked to know the necessary information needed for the fabrics I bought, the needle to use, whether pre-shrink was necessary, layout, topstitch, interfacing etc for the sewing to take place. Again, I saw the procedure for making a gored skirt but didn’t know what fabric will be suitable for making skirt then I consulted my ONE and ONLY confidant in the field of fabric, and of course that’s fabric savvy by Sandra Betzina.
Although, have read ONLY one of your books yet I would love to have more than a thousand in my shelf only if it is possible. Because, when I got to the fabric stores and mention fabrics such as taffeta, cotton damask etc and were brought out. I said to myself “ignorance is a disease whose only cure is KOWLEDGE” since I never believed they even exist or common talk less of getting them so easily like that. Therefore, I deserve to have these copies of your books because I know they will always be an EYE OPENER for someone like me.
I would be honoured to own at least one of Sandra's books I have not had the pleasure. As a beginner I will be clicking my pink sparkly slippers and hoping for the best.
When I got back into sewing after having my children, it was one of Sandra's patterns which eased me back into the sewing fold. She helped me cope with a post child body which didn't seem to fit standard patterns any more.
The books and DVDs would be like having my own Sandra in the room. I would love to be a winner.
I have been lucky to have attended two of Sandra Betzina's seminars, and I always take away some new tip, some inspiration. I'fe a few of her books, and I find them my go-to source for several techniques. I'd love to add to my collection and keep up to date.
I'd love to own these because oh what a help they would be. I love sewing and quilting. I need these two books to keep beside my sewing machine!
I would love to win these books and add them to my dressmaking library because, when it comes to sewing, one can always learn something new!
Sandra is the BEST. she has the best ideas, the best clear explanations, the best patterns and the best personality. This book should have been in my library years ago and somehow - it isn't. Wouldn't it be fun to win them!
I love Sandra's patterns and have one of her books; I use her pants hemming method (with hong kong finish on the raw edge) all the time and it makes me feel so smart! I can't wait to see what new gems are in these books.
hi..ihopefully win this book.in my country don't have this book.please...
Living out in the country I don't get a lot of contact with other sewers, the internet, DVD's and books are my teachers and my company and I would love to add this book to my collection. I find reading and learning from such experts like Sandra is nourishing for my soul and means I always have a friend available to help me with whatever project I am tackling.
I treat Sandra's earlier books, especially Power Sewing, as my sewing bible Her patterns are my first choice when I want to start a new project because I know they'll fit well. Her no nonsense but clear advice in the instructions appeal to me as well as the quirky humor that shines through.
I'm so keen to read her latest works.
Anne from Down Under
Sandra's books (all of them) are such an invaluable resource. She is a wealth of information to average sewers like me. These two new books would be a terrific addition to my small but growing library, which are already dogearred and covered in sticky notes! I would LOVE to have a signed copy!!! I recently listened to an interview with Sandra on Sew Forth Now. Please, please pick me!!!!
I love Sandra Betzina's tips and techniques and know that having these books in my library would be very helpful to improving my sewing. Thank you for the chance to participate in the giveaway!
Wow what a fantastic giveaway! As a begginner sewer I would love this book because being self taught my tutor is often very patchy on technique!
I would love to add this book to my collection. Living in New Zealand its difficult to find some of Sandras book. This book looks absolutely amazing and I would love to own it. To have it signed would just be an added bonus.
I have access to very few sewing books. It would be such a treasure to have this book.
No matter how long you've been sewing, there's always more to learn from the experts, and Sandra Betzina, along with Claire Schaeffer, do a wonderful job of communicating techniques that make garments go together so much better than just by following the printed directions. At a point where I need a whole new wardrobe, I could certainly use what Sandra has to impart.
Sandra is simply one of the best teachers in the sewing industry. She makes me feel like I can tackle anything and have professional results. Her video lessons on powersewing.com are priceless and, along with the Threads DVD Archive, form the foundation of my sewing resource library. These two books would be an important and loved addition!
I teach adult sewing classes and would love to have these to share with my students. I attended one of Betzina's week-long sessions several years ago so I know what an excellent teacher and sewing authority she is.
These books would be a wonderful addition to my sewing book library. Sandra Betzina is a favorite sewing instructor. I would enjoy reading these books and sure I would learn many useful techniques.
I would love to have these books. I have several that I picked up from thrift stores but nothing by Sandra Betzina. I used to watch her show on tv and since they took it off have missed it. She always had great sewing tips and techniques.
Gotta add these to my sewing library! I'm always learning something new!
I already own one of Sandra's books and love the tips she shares with us. No where else have I read about walking ease and I have been adding it ever since. No more skirts that flap open. I would love to have her new books with all that information.
Love Sandra's work and I have a number of her books. She always provides practical advice and patterns that are stylish, flattering and just that bit different.
Won a cake once, that didn't help my figure (working on that), so I am sure Sandra's book will help cover it all up. I have two of Sandra's books, they are both really good. Thank you for giving us the chance to win this lovely prize.
I would love to win Sandra's books and have them on hand for when I get 'stuck'. With limited sewing tutors in my home town for guidance the books would be a wonderful reference for me.
I like the organization of Sandra's books. So easy to use. Especially like the DVD's that co e along..what a great opportunity to re-learn. This for opportu ity to win
Oh boy I would like to win this book for sure, it have everything for beginner like me who want to learn sewing like a professional. It will be my first Sandra's book. Thank You for giving the opportunity to win this amazing book.
I would LOVE to win this!!! i am just returning to sewing after a LONG hiatus and any tips like these would be fantastic. i already have a couple of her books and would love to add these to my collection...
I a'm a disabled, and have to my delight found I have a God given gift for sewing. I became disabled in 2003 (was a bricklayer)and have tried a lot things to keep me busy so about 2 years ago I asked the Lord to reinvent me,He gave me sewing and as some of you already know once you pick up a needle you are hooked,I would love to have these books I love to read and any tips I can pick up from the pros are a good thing,
I like things to be simple and it sounds like I could use these books to help me with that.
I'm returning to sewing after a significant (30 year) break. I'm amazed at the range and scope of not only fabrics but notions and tools available. So I'm really learning how to sew all over again. The format of the book is approachable and logical as a refresher course to get me on my way again.
I've seen some of Sandra's videos that I checked out from my library. They were from the 90's. I guess the library decided they were outdated and they are no longer available. Well, her tips and techniques were super practical. Also, I purchased her New Fabric Savvy which is an indispensable resource.
If those are any indication of the usefulness of the Power Sewing books, I would benefit from them frequently.
Plus, I'm looking for her description of sewing a square armhole which was in one of the videos. No one else's technique is exactly like hers that I've found. I'm hoping it's in one of the books!
Thank you for the giveaway!
I still refer to my ragged copies of Power Sewing books from the 1990s; they are still some of the most useful sewing books I've ever come across. I'm certain that the Toolbox books will be a wonderful way to further update my sewing skills.
I just think Sandra Betzina's work is amazing! I have bought a ton of used sewing books for my private library, and yet I always seem to go back to her book "Power Sewing Step By Step" and have read it repeatedly. I always find answers and new ideas in there... not to mention INSPIRATION! She is so thorough and professional and she keeps me motivated to continue trying to improve my own sewing... I want to be able to sew like her one day when I'm big!!!
If these 2 new books are anything like the one I already have, well then I just have to get my hands on them.
Pretty, pretty please?
I would love to have these books to help me with my sewing. I have heard so many people rave about her books, videos and classes, that I would like to have these books to help me be a better sewer.
I would love to win. As a new sewer I need all the help I can get. Being a military wife, I'm never sure where we'll be living and if there'll be any sewing stores around. I can use all the written material out there. I am a sponge and want to learn it all.
I'm always looking for ways to improve my sewing skills. These books sound like a great addition to my library.
I would love to include Sandra Betzina's latest book to my collection because she always thinks in terms of real women, of all ages in her designs and techniques. I find her writing style easy to follow and perfect for envisioning more sophisticated
versions of patterns through the use of unusual fabrics, trims and buttons.
I am disabled and use a wheelchair for getting around. I have used several of Sandra's hints to keep my sleeves clean from the wheels I push, and pegging skirts to keep them from seeming to voluminous to one always sitting.
Please consider me for this marvelous new book and DVD!
Sandra Betzina is so thorough in her explanations. I expect nothing less from her new book. Hoping to win! Would save purchasing and to have an utographed copy would be the "cat's Meow"! I have appreciated Sandra's works in the past!
The books look useful and interesting and would help in polishing my sewing.
I'd love to win this to get more tips on closures (especially zippers... grrr... zippers) and sleeves (those come out lopsided sometimes).
I really need help with zippers and button holes
I am a bear of very little brain and zippers and buttonholes frighten me!
Sandra's advice is just the best! I have all of her books except the new power tools books. Don't want to be without a Sandra Betzina book in my sewing library.
I have been a quilter for many years and have just recently started back up with garment sewing. I would love to learn new techniques and tips from Sandra. I have a few of her Vogue patterns and have found them to fit well and I usually learn something new when constructing the garment.
I love Sandras easy to understand explanations. I am very excited about this giveaway!
I took my boss's advice to do something besides working. I picked up sewing because it was something I loved to do as a kid. Ultimately, I want to sew fashions for myself and my granddaughter. These books will really help give me the guidance I need to get up to speed and be on my way.
From reading the reviews of these two book, I can honestly say that I would find them extremely helpful. Please enter me in the contest to win a signed copy of each.
I love Sandra's books. I still use her instructions for putting in a fly-front zipper.
I teach sewing and try to incorporate these extra techniques in to the instructions even when they are not included in the pattern instructions. this would be a great addition to my sewing library.
Please add me to the list of those who would love to win these books.
When I returned to sewing after a long absence it was Sandra's beautiful and clear explanations that gave me the courage and the ability to persist. Then I found Threads! What more could a girl want?
Sewing has given me a new life, new friends and a new purpose: all of it most enjoyable. I would love to win the books and share the knowledge in them with others in my sewing groups. Thank you for these competitions.
I have a couple of Sandra Betzina's books in my library, that I reference often, but neither of these. Having recently returned to sewing I'm eager for information and tips, so would find these publications a great source of inspiration and enjoyment. Thanks.
I believe Sandra has kept creative fashion sewing techniques approachable and available now & during a long dry spell of sewing interest. She has been a teacher to us, and kept exploring and presenting.
I would love to see what new sewing techniques she has found for us in these new books!
I've attended one on Sandra's classes and she is a wealth of information. I imagine this pair of books would prove to be frequent "go to" resources.
I could really use these books even though one of my sewing daughters would probably borrow them before I could crack them open.
I'm a Sandra fan for about 5 years now, and I'm always fascinated how easy she teaches new techniques I avoided before because of difficult steps.. Would be wonderful to have these books!
I have every book of Sandra's that I have been able to find since I bought her original Power Sewing Books many years ago, when I was over 40 and decided to take up sewing for the first time. She is A great writer. She's not only very knowledgeable, but has a way of explaining things which is very easy to understand and which really inspires you to have a go at things which you might otherwise be too nervous to try. I would love to read her latest books to see what new techniques and inspirations she has come up with,
I rarely go exactly by a pattern. I change a bit here and there. This creates technique problems that take me ages to work out. Although I kinda do enjoy the chalenge, especially if it works! These books would save time and frustration. I'd be able to really enjoy my design process knowing the answers to the technique chalenges are at my finger tips
I'd love to win these books because they'd make excellent additions to my library (thin as it is right now) and I could learn so much. Stubblytroll
I have been a fan of Sandra's since her TV show.I love reading sewing books especially garmet sewing.My books by Sandra are dogeared from being read so much
I have been a fan of Sandra's since her TV show.I love reading sewing books especially garmet sewing.My books by Sandra are dogeared from being read so much
I have been a fan of Sandra's since her TV show.I love reading sewing books especially garmet sewing.My books by Sandra are dogeared from being read so much
Tools necessary for a beginner sewer. These books would help me navigate through the wonderful world of sewing to create clothing that looks good and fits well. My current teachers are internet blogs and you tube. I have managed to complete two quilts but the scrub tops I have attempted have ended back up in the recycle pile.
I would love to have these books by Sandra B!! I already have the books; Power sewing, Fabric Savvy and Fast Fit. I also subscribe to her online sewing classes. It's safe to say I'm a fan. I often refer to her as a resource when sewing. I have been eyeing these book for a while, however my budgets a little tight right now.
Sandra B.'s books are wonderful reference tools. This is one I would love to have in my library.
I would love to own these books because i already have her other books and they give practical tricks that make sewing faster and better i refer to them all the time.
I have sewn now for, umm(60) years, and I still find myself referring to an ancient reference manual. I need a new book! Maybe it will re-energize this seamstress. And, I know that not all things stay the same (I know that I haven't).
I'm sure these would be incredibly helpful and full of useful bits of instruction that I may not have picked up since I have started sewing. I would love to have these as the newest tool in my library
These would make great reference books. I can use all the help I can get when it comes to sewing.
Those books sound like a must-have to any beginner seamstress. I would love to win it, especially since my sewing library is still non-existent (I just borrow books from the public library). I'm sure the DVDs will be really helpful to understand the techniques and will drastically improve and facilitate my sewing.
I would LOVE to have these books of tips, I am always looking to improve my skills and have lately gotten into garment sewing. I usually quilt and make doll clothes.
I've learned so much from Power Sewing and other books and would love to have the latest.
I am looking to put together a self-sufficiency program to teach at a local battered women's shelter.
Improving on my own skills first would certainly enable me to provide the best possible workshops.
Sandra's tips are so very useful. The more I have, the better I am able to sew.
I have been a follower/reader of Threads Magazine and related DVD's purchased on line for many years. I recently retired from my workplace to sew for a living. I started a home based business and am constantly looking for new ideas and helpful tips for the sewing chalenges my clients present to me. I have never had any formal training and have relied on various resources to learn as much as I can to be better at what I do. And as the old saying goes 'we learn something new every day'. I make a point of doing just that. Thank you for being my inspiration and learning centre to do what I love most - creating with fabric and thread.
Trish Tufts, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
What a wonderful treasure to keep at your side while sewing!
I've been trying to improve my quality on garment sewing, and I think Sandra's books are wonderful. I have a few already, and know these would be a wonderful addition to my tools to improve the quality of what I do. She always puts things in a way that just make sense!
I loooove Sandra's books - I have a few of them and they are such amazing resources! I would be thrilled to have these to refer to and benefit some more from her great sewing wisdom.
Had the opportunity to chat with Sandra B. at the Novi Sewing Expo last fall...what a delightful gal! There is always something new to learn with regards to sewing and I find Sandra's books to be a great source of information. These would be a fine addition to my sewing library. Thank you for a great magazine and offering this terrific giveaway.
I love Sandra's books!
Sandra is a real pro at teaching, writing, and designing. I am sure that this toolkit is as informative as her earlier books.
I love Sandra's books, and both my PowerSewing books have been heavily used. I ' m keeping my figures crossed!
I've been sewing since I was 12, and am now sewing for my grandchildren! The last few years I've learned how much I didn't know about fitting and have really enjoyed being able to apply new (to me) techniques. There's so much more to know, and I'd love to have these books to improve my sewing, and help me learn to fit my post-menopausal shape!
I have been sewing since I was 14 when an aunt took me under her wing and introduced me to home-made clothing. I enjoyed sewing when I could, but work/raising family made finding time to really learn about techiques impossable. Now i'm sewing for grandchildren and love having the time to do it. My granddaughters are thrilled with the dresses and enjoy picking out patterns and fabric themselves. They're still too young to start sewing themselves but love watching and learning how Nana puts things together. The last few years I have learned alot...thanks a great deal to Threads and other books I've picked up. I have learned so Much just from this website alone and keep it handy just about everytime i start a new garment. I know I would love to have these books to add to my arsenal in the battle for a good fit. I have a least one other book by Sandra and enjoy it thoroughly. Thanks for the oportunity to possibly win these two books.
Sandra is the BEST. I have been learning from her for many years.
BTW: Sandra's "Fabric Saavy" book is a great resource.
i would love to win her new "Toolbox" set.
What a great prize for the giveaway! Wow!
I buy Sandra Betzina patterns separately even if I don't intend to make the garment immediately because I can learn from reading the great tips she always integrates into the instructions. I would love to have all these tips and more in one place! So enter me into the contest.
Sandra Betzina is a wow in any application. Her instructions are fabulous!
Either book would be a great resource. She's a good writer and her instructions are clear and helpful.
I am starting to sew after a break of many years. I think those books are exactly what I need to rub the rust off my old skills and create new skills.
I think these two books would greatly enhance my sewing knowledge. Sandra Betzina is a sewing powerhouse. I've attended one or two of her workshops and she always has a way to get the 'sewing" fire started.
I have only really started to sew over the last 12 months, since we started a family and due to my frustration at not being able to find reasonably priced, high quality and attractive clothing where I live. (As a working, single person, I also used to love designer clothing)! My mother made most of my clothes when I was growing up, which were beautiful, and my own skills in this regard were non-existent. I have been teaching myself to sew and have heard of Sandra but have not had the opportunity to be familar with all of her work. It would be fabulous to win these books to improve my learning and skills. Until my son is out of his babyhood, I am quite dependent on the Internet, dvds and any literature I can get my hands on! I would sincerely love these resources! :)
What great books! I love Sandra's books and could sure use her guidance.
I refer to Sandra Betzina's book Fabric Savvy all the time and would love to learn more from her in these books.
Presently, I am doing more reading about sewing than actually sewing, but I am looking forward to changing that! Even as a young, new seamstress, I did not choose patterns and techniques that were necessarily for beginners, but chose to learn classic, great techniques and make interesting things. I am entering a new phase of life (heading toward my 60th year), still working full-time, caring for my husband and my mother who lives with us. Sewing is a wonderful, relaxing and creative process that I look forward to and a great guide would be a fantastic way to help me re-start that process.
I would love to win this because I am learning to sew better myself and teaching my 10 year old how to sew for 4-H. I love to have reference books handy to help with questions that come up while we are working together.
As a self-taught sewer, I can use all the help and advice I can get. I had the opportunity to briefly chat with Ms. Betzina, and learned several things in that short time! I'd love to have her books to help me.
I am new to sewing but love the idea of designing and creating my own clothes. My two daughters (ages 8 and 10) want to learn these skills as well and would like to launch their own clothing line! I would love to win these books as I feel they would be a fabulous resource for hints and techniques that could really help us along our sewing journey.
I would love to win Sandra's book. I can always use great help with my sewing projects.
I would love to win a copy of Sandra's books to put that professional touch on years of simple sewing - to feel like a true seamstress.
I have been sewing garments longer than I can remember. I have earned to rely absolutely on Sandra's patterns for their total accuracy, clear directions,fit and fashion innovation. Always I have one of her earlier Power Sewing or Fit books open next to my machine and like your previous commentator, I often have them next to my bed to help me wind down after a busy day. I'm off now to complete Sandra's jeans jacket [V1036] for my daughter. I would love to win copies of her new books.
Since returning to sewing after many years' absence, I find there are often new techniques, or old techniques that I never learned in the first place, that I would find of benefit. I could really learn a lot from Sandra's tips!
I'd love to have these books. I can always use sewing tips particularly for sewing pockets. Thanks for this opportunity.
I would love these books because I am enjoying sewing so much but have so much to learn. I would love to have them as a resource.
Darn!! I missed the deadline. These books are on my "To-Buy" list.
I would love, love,love to have Ms. Sandra Betzina's books in my collections to add to the other one I have of hers. I've had the absolute pleasure in taking a few classes from Ms. Betzina in Rockville, Md. and let me tell you all she is nothing but the TRUTH!!!!! I have sewn some or most of her patterns and what she says is FACT! Yes, I would love to get those books too, the knowledge is awesome. I refer to her books all the time when I'm constructing garments, when I'm preparing to construct garments, when I'm altering garments, when I just don't know, I look at one of Sandra's books and say "What would Sandra do" When I find the answer, I know it will work out and look good. So yes, I would love to have either one or both in my library of reference. Happy Sewing. Ms. Bea Wright
I'm a sewing enthusiast but I fing it very overwheleming since I am a beginner,I can use a book like this to give me the base That I need to achieve a successful sewing after many screw ups and frustrations.
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