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Fine Machine Sewing Book by Carol Ahles?

sseu | Posted in General Discussion on

This book was HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to me in an heirloom class that I was taking.  I was going to order it, but saw on the Barnes & Noble website that they have a revised version of this book listed to come out in January 2003.  However, I cannot find anything about a revised version coming out anywhere else.  I saw that this version is available in paperback instead of hardback.  I was wondering if anyone knows if this book is going to be available in hardback.  Also, I would like to know if anyone knows what changes have been made to this revised version.  I have a Janome 10000 and am hoping that this book might have the stitch settings for my machine in it too.




  1. Rita_Scanlan | | #1

    Hi Shannon,

    Looks like the revised edition of Fine Machine Sewing is currently available in hardcover and that the paperback revised edition is due out in January 2003.

    Fine Machine Sewing revised edition (hardcover)

    In the introduction, Carol Laflin Ahles lists the following additions in the revised edition:

    --Several methods to prepare and stitch perfect turned-edge appliqués and scalloped hems.

    --New fagoting techniques, including fagoting narrow bias tubes on curves. (Only straight fagoting was covered in the original version.)

    --A new chapter on replicating vintage lace and entredeux techniques, for creating heirloom garments and linens.

    --Revised charts for “Machine Settings for Decorative Techniques,” including a few minor changes for previous machine models and stitch numbers and settings for many new machine models.

    --Many new garments, projects, and stitched samples, which, along with those from the original book, have been shot in beautiful color with an emphasis on close-ups of the techniques. (The hands-on shots, old and new, remain in black and white because they show up exceptionally well that way.)

    --Updated “Resources,” including “Sources of Supply” and “Publications.”

    --An improved index to make it even easier to find a topic.

    Hope this helps. Cheers!

    1. sseu | | #2


      So that means that the 2001 Hardback edition is the same as what is going to be released in 2003 and that the only difference would be the 2003 edition is paperback, but is still the same book as the 2001 hardback?  I just want to make sure before I go ahead and buy the hardback one.  I would like it in hardback, but I don't want to buy it if there is a new revision coming out next month.  I guess I just assumed that hardback and paperback would have both been released closer to the same time if they were the same books. 

      Thanks for replying!


      1. Rita_Scanlan | | #3

        Yes, that's it exactly. The first edition came out in 1996, the revised hardcover in 2001, and the revised paperback is due out in January 2003.Cheers!

        1. sseu | | #4

          Oh, I am so excited that I don't have to wait for a new one then and I will get hardback afterall! 

          Thanks for responding!


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