Love love love this book! The last time I used a sewing machine was 1987 in 7th grade Home Ec class; therefore, I consider myself a beginner. So far, I've completed 4 projects from the book; three projects where I made my own pattern (per the instructions) and one where I used one of Diana's patterns. Instructions were easy to follow and understand.Not only is this a fun and positive book (lots of encouragement), but it's also full of basic (and then some!) reference information. If you're working on a project and a question arises, you will more than likely find the answer in the book. I've yet to go online to do any searches for further instructions than what Diana details in her book.I recall another review said the tone of the book makes you feel like you can call Diana up and ask questions. Very true! Her fun personality and passion for sewing comes through in the writing.Very happy with my purchase (and the price!).