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Coverstitch book update

I spent the first week of my vacation working on getting my upcoming coverstitch book in motion and made some real progress, even though I have miles and miles to go—I don’t think this book will be out until spring of next year. Anyhow, I figured I should give you a little progress report and also share some behind the scenes of what it’s like making a book out of the living room.

But first of all, I want to say that I’m super happy that I shared my book project with you from the start, first because I’ve received so much support which is incredibly important when working on a mammoth project like this. And secondly, I’ve gotten lots of great topics suggestions that will become part of the book.

My goal is to make the ultimate coverstitch reference book, while still being easy to read with lots of photos and an appealing design. That is a lofty goal, but I believe in aiming high!


Coverstitch machine photo session. I take most of the photos in a makeshift photo corner in the living room.


Samples of all the things that can go wrong.  A good chunk of the book will be dedicated to best practices and troubleshooting. So I spent an entire evening messing up everything, just to give you examples of various issues and how to fix them.


Photo editing. I have been editing photos as a part of my day job for almost 15 years, but I’m not a trained photo editor and I felt I needed to improve both my workflow and colour correcting skills. So I took a photo course in Lightroom this spring, which is better than Photoshop when it comes to batch editing.


Book pages. If you are a Patreon supporter you have access to the first sample chapter from the book. Plus starting in August I will post coverstitch tutorials from the book to all my Modiste and Couturier supporters. Modiste gets one a month and Couturier two!


Interviews with the pros. Just like with my Sewing Activewear book I will also feature interviews with coverstitch experts that share their best tips. I’ve even made some on-location visits, such as to the garment factory that is part of the Swedish Textile University where I met with two wonderful ladies who have worked in the garment industry their entire adult life.

So here it is. As I said I still have ways to go since each completed page takes like forever (research, text, photos, graphic design), and my last book was 184 pages, hence why this is such a long-term project!


  • Angela
    July 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I am so excited about this project! Would love to do more with my machine. Glad I’m a
    patreon member 🙂

    • Johanna
      July 17, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Angela, your support means a lot <3 I will definitely include a lot of cool projects that go beyond hemming in the book, so stay tuned!

  • Esther
    July 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Good luck with your book. You have such a strong willpower! I don’t own a coverstitch right but in sewing, as in life, you can never say never…so it may be useful if I ever buy one…

    • Johanna
      July 18, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Thank you! Maybe I can inspire you to get one someday 🙂 It’s not a necessity, but it’s a wonderful machine to have!

  • Summerflies
    July 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I am looking forward to your book. I love the active wear one… it’s so clear and easy to use. I want to do more with my coverstitch and am positive this will help.

    • Johanna
      July 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Thank you so much! That is very encouraging to hear! The focus of the tutorials will be projects that go beyond hemming, it’s a very versatile machine in fact, even though it can only do a few different stitches!

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  • Judy
    July 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Is there an option to pay for the tier of my choice once for a full year, rather than monthly?

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Hi! I don’t think so, I had a look and could not find info on it, unfortunately


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