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1000 Clever Sewing Tips and Shortcuts - The PR Book By Deepika on 6/25/10 11:39 AM

The Dream Has Become a Reality 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers, the book we've all been waiting for, is at the printer's, with a shipment date of September 1, 2010.

About the Project

If you haven't heard about the book before, let me give you a little background.

In the summer of 2008 I was contacted by a publisher with an idea to write a book. After months of pondering and then hours of brainstorming, we came up with what we think is a book which is going to rock! How many of us read pattern directions in bed? Well, we thought, what would be better than being able to read PatternReview in bed? And so we compiled a collection of 1,000 sewing tips from the site contributed by the members of! The hundreds of voices in this book along with their stories, is what makes this book so unique, so fabulous and so wonderful.

To this collection we added Master Classes by our fabulously skilled PR instructors: Kenneth King, Susan Khalje, Sarah Veblen, the late Shannon Gifford, and Anna Mazur.

The result? With a foreword by Sandra Betzina, this is the perfect book to cozy up with and a great book to enjoy and learn from!

Early Endorsements
From the many wonderful things industry leaders are saying about this book, here's one which moved me the most so I decided to share it with you.

To be given the opportunity to review 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers was a great honour.

From the very first pages I knew that this book was going to be one of the most useful tools in my sewing reference library. Just the fact that all this information has been offered by generous men and women all over the world, makes it that little bit more personal. You can see this has been a labour of love and dedication by Deepika to bring her famous website to many, many more people.

To be able to have a book where you can find out all about sewing feet, needles, pressing equipment, tools of the trade etc -- to setting up your sewing room, how to fit correctly, cutting and marking and embellishing through to the section on Master Classes by some of the best known authorities on sewing in the world – now that is truly inspiring.

Just think, all those problems answered by someone who has ‘been there, done that’ and posted the solution on for all of us to share. Now we can keep this treasure trove of information beside our machine and find the answers at a moments notice.
I wish Deepika and her team every success with this publication and I know all of you around the world will support her as well.

Lynn Cook
Editor in Chief/Publisher
Australian Stitches – the Fashion magazine for People Who Sew.

A Book with a Conscience

But this book is also one with a conscience, a not-for-profit project. I will distribute the entire $5000 honorarium for the book to the PR members who provided the 1000 tips. Also, since the inception of in 2001, I've noticed so many of the members affected by breast cancer. And in their honor, I have decided to donate all the royalties from this book to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Royalties kick in after we sell 7500 copies of the book. So the more you buy, the more we can give to the NBCF to support the cause.

A big shout out to the PR members who decided to donate their honorarium to NBCF as well.

A Preview of What's Inside

Here are some preview shots of the book. Don't they look great? We really love the color scheme and the sewing-related art.

A Sample Page
Back Cover
Table of Contents
Master Class

Pre-ordering the Book

Why wait 'til the September 1, 2010 shipping date? You can pre-order the book now on for only $13.49 (a 33% discount off the cover price of $19.99).

Order now!

To all those who participated in this project I thank you for believing in it and supporting the effort. And a thank you in advance to all those who are considering buying this book!

A big thank you to Kenneth King, Sarah Veblen, Susan Khalje, Anna Mazur and our beloved teacher, late Shannon Gifford for contributing to this book.

This book has made REAL! And anyone who uses this site should feel PROUD today!

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LauraBton said... (9/3/10 7:43 AM) Reply
Will this be published in the UK or will British sewing peeps have to order it from America?
patsijean said... (8/20/10 2:56 PM) Reply
I have already preordered two copies and I am looking forward to reading it and learning more. This book will be a nice addition to my sewing library and I expect the book will include tips not found in other sewing books.
jmziegler said... (8/19/10 10:12 AM) Reply
I will be picking up my copy at the American Sewing Expo next month!
pieraci2 said... (7/20/10 11:58 PM) Reply
What a great donate to breast cancer. I myself have fought lung cancer and I am now in my 11th year of check-ups...CANCER FREE, thank you Lord...why not lung cancer, too? Statistically, more people die of lung cancer than any other cancer. I know 5 people myself who have died of lung cancer and they were much younger than me. Just a thought for you, Deepika. Paula Ieraci
dbsewer said... (6/29/10 3:43 PM) Reply
I just tried to order but the page on amazon said the book isn't available.
Mary Stiefer said... (6/28/10 3:11 PM) Reply
I'm so proud - I ordered 6 copies to give to my friends (one for me, of course). Thanks Deepika for the opportunity.
Lookingpast said... (6/28/10 3:00 PM) Reply
Whoop!! I just pre-ordered it and know it's going to be GREAT!!!
Raye Ann said... (6/26/10 12:16 PM) Reply
Wow, Deepika! The book looks awesome, and I am so proud of being a part of PR. Thank you for your generosity of word and deed in your decision to give so much of this project back to others.
Vivienne said... (6/26/10 0:49 AM) Reply
Canadians - don't forget you can also order through and Chapters-Indigo!
JEF said... (6/25/10 5:32 PM) Reply
Yeah! Can't wait to get my copy (and the 2 others I ordered for a friend and sister!!).
Deepika said... (6/25/10 1:07 PM) Reply
A66Angle, when you go to Amazon there is an option which says "Tell the publisher if you want to read this on kindle". Click that and perhaps that will generate enough interest that the publisher will consider it. I did talk to them about it so they know that it has been requested.
A66Angel said... (6/25/10 12:57 PM) Reply
Will it be available in a Kindle version?
Sherril Miller said... (6/25/10 11:58 AM) Reply
I can't wait to read this book. I bought two but I think I'll have to order another one or two as I have more friends who should have the book as well. They'll make great gifts.

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