I don’t own a coverstitch yet. Will the book still be useful?
100%! In fact, I wish I had something like this book available when I bought my first machine 15 years ago. This book will help you make a very informed purchase, and the first section in the book is actually a buyer’s guide where I describe all the different types of machines out there and what you need to consider before taking the plunge. Also, the tutorials in the second half of the book will help you decide on what type of machine you want (for instance a 2-needle vs a 3-needle or a combo vs a regular).
I’m a more experienced coverstitch user. Is there something in the book for me?
I think so! The book moves from beginner to more advanced, RTW-inspired, techniques. So if that’s your jam, I think you’ll find useful information in the book. Plus, it’s always good to brush up on the foundation stuff too from time to time, and there is a lot of information on things like thread, needles, settings and even a section about industrial coverstitching. That said, if you are an advanced coverstitch user (and I know there are some amazing coverstitchers out there) you have probably already figured out the techniques I describe in this book.
I have an XYZ brand coverstitch machine, will the content in the book be useful?
Yes! This book is not done for a particular coverstitch brand, the content is applicable to every coverstitch machine out there. Because apart from threading and an occasional extra settings knob, all coverstitch machines work the same and the tutorials I show in the book can be done on pretty much on any coverstitch machine.
I do have some tutorials that use attachments, but I consciously picked attachments that are readily available for several brands and models, such as binder attachments. So that you can use the book, regardless of the machine.
Can I get the print book in my country?
Check your local on-line book stores! More and more on-line book sellers around the world have begun selling my book, such as Amazon, Book Depository, Adlibris (Sweden), Barnes & Nobles and I’m sure there are plenty more shops too.
What is print-on-demand?
It means that the book is printed after the order is placed or that it’s printed only in small batches to accommodate the current demand. Normally books are printed in batches of many 1000s using a slightly different printing technique , but POD allows self-published authors the ability to offer printed books in both paperback and hardback. My sewing books are paperbacks with a soft matte cover that looks super nice!
What does local VAT mean?
It means that sometimes local VAT is added when purchasing the book. For instance, the EU now has an internal digital goods tax that caused quite an uproar in the sewing community when it happened, since it hits things like pdf-patterns and ebooks. I use a service called Gumroad for my patterns and ebook, and they add VAT when applicable depending on your location.
I have no power over this, I just want to follow the rules and avoid going to jail for tax evasion! The money is automatically transferred to the local ruling authority by Gumroad so that I don’t have to deal with the tax issue (again I’m very afraid of getting the taxes wrong, at least the Swedish authorities are super diligent with this stuff!).
Why no Kindle ebook?
Because Kindle thinks I have too many photos! Yes, sad but true. The current standard flowing Kindle format doesn’t support a picture heavy book, and my book has a very specific illustrated step-by-step layout. And also the book file is too big for them to distribute.
Plus I want you guys to have the full book experience, regardless of format, hence why my ebook is in pdf-format instead.
Can I buy the print book directly from you?
No, everything print book related is done via printers and distribution locations around the world. I even have to order my own copies from the UK. And if I would send out books from my (tiny) apartment in Sweden, the shipping cost would be huge, because international shipping from Sweden is crazy expensive, and trackable shipping would cost even more than the actual book.
Much better to rely on companies such as Amazon, who have a streamlined system with lower shipping costs for you guys.
Will you translate the book to Swedish (or any other languages)?
A Swedish version is on my someday list since it’s a pretty popular machine here and it would be fun to do a book in my own language. But it will not happen in the foreseeable future since I have another sewing book I want to write first (if you are a Patreon supporter and listen to my podcast, you know about my book plans :-))
As for other languages, my hope is that publishers would get in contact with me, so I could do a licensing translation deal, for instance with a German publisher. Fingers crossed!