There are three main sections in this book: 1) Machine Stitches 2) Hand Stitches and 3) Tools and Equipment. Machine stitching details 50 different stitches, from buttonholes to "Walls of Troy" stitches to other Decorative Stitches. The directions and illustrations show the process step by step so there is no question about how to proceed. There are also "Essential Facts" that provide more necessary information (like thread and needle type). The Hand Stitching section is set up the same way and details 18 stitches like the "French Tack" and "Overcast Stitch." The section on Tools and Equipment discusses types of needles, threads, and machines.
I really like this book. While I do a lot of hand stitching, I haven't used a machine in a long while. This book gave me a refresher and helped me select the proper stitches for my project. This book is a great reference book for anyone and would make a great gift for a young man who will be living on his own. Virtually anyone can benefit from something in this book. I received my review copy from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.