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Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide Paperback – December 31, 2008

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Home sewers have their choice of many guides to clothing construction, but this title is unique because it focuses on fab rics and materials used to make garments. The fiber content of leathers, synthetic suedes, vinyls, fur, feathers, natural fab rics, and man-made fabrics are all de tailed. The section on fabric structure in cludes woven, knit, and stretch-woven fabrics, while that on surface characteris tics ranges from transparent and napped fabrics to felt, reversible, and quilted fab rics and fabrics with designs. After a de scription of the distinctive properties of each textile, techniques for sewing with professional results are outlined, with special emphasis on seams, hems, edge finishes, closures, and hand stitching. A fabric and fiber dictionary, sewing clinic, glossary, and bibliography complete the work. Illustrations from the collections of international design houses are scattered throughout the text. This comprehensive fiber and fabric dictionary is for all public libraries.
-Judith Yankielun Lind, Rose land Free P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Claire Shaeffer is a respected author, lecturer, college instructor and columnist. She frequently contributes articles to sewing magazines, and has authored many books, including Sew Any Patch Pocket, Couture Sewing Techniques, Sew Any Fabric and The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts. Claire Shaeffer makes her home in Palm Springs, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; 2 edition (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089689536X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895362
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first thing the struck me about this book is how big it is. It's bout the size of three regular books stacked together and it's heavy! Inside is a veritable encyclopedia of fabric... 525 pages of densely packed information. Despite it's size this isn't a "coffee table" picture book. It's serious stuff.

Claire Shaeffer starts her book with the words: "I know I am obsessed..." and proceeds to prove her point. Bless her, this is an amazing effort! It's well-organized and consistent. Color-marked sections are easily seen from the side of the closed book and there is a comprehensive index. For example, in the Fabric Types section, each general category is introduced with a general description, a bullet box of Fabric Characteristics, and a Sewing Checklist. Then she continues on to Garment planning and Sewing Notes. Under Sewing Notes she breaks out Layout, Cutting and Marking, Stitching Tips, and Pressing. Sidebars with hints and color photos are interspersed throughout. Under the general categories and sub topics with even more detailed information and tips including garment care and so on. In a word, it's very comprehensive and incredibly useful!

I didn't find the clothes in the photos to be distractingly out of fashion. Most are classic styles that you still see. There are a couple that hark back to big hair and shoulder pads but generally speaking she did a remarkable job of picking timeless styles that age well and never really go "out." However, that isn't what this book is about. It's about how to deal with that hateful fabric you just had to buy and then couldn't figure out. It's about optimizing your investment in time and money so that your handcrafted garments are the best they can be.
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This is an excellent resource book to have in your sewing reference library. This book will not specifically will teach you how to sew. This is for someone who has a good background in sewing, and is now venturing forth sewing more difficult and specialty fabrics. The book gives very comprehensive details as to weave, fiber characteristics, care instructions and the best sewing methods for each type of fabric. It has a very complete section on available interfacings. It also has a great section on hand sewing techniques, and their applications. This book does not explain specific sewing techniques (e.g. setting in a sleeve), but it does tell you which sleeve design (set-in vs. raglan) would be best for a particular fabric. I think it is a great book.
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I checked out the first edition of this book from the library probably 10 years ago. I fell in love with it and actually returned it late. Eek.
Being a beginner sewer at that time, it was a HUGE time and frustration saver for me.

After going to design school I found it odd that this text had never been referred to in class, and thought about it from time to time. With each project of different fabrics, I grew a little more frustrated when I didn't have the right combination of needle, thread, stitch length ect.

So I bought it and was pleased to see that it was much less expensive than I anticipated.

Like the "two star" reviewer mentioned....with it being "updated" you'd hope that the actual pages were corrected or updated however they are not. I'm still grateful this book exists and over time I'll just correct the pages according to the appendices.

If you are a design student or a serious sewer, I suggest this book in addition to "Professional Sewing Techniques For Designers", "Patternmaking for Fashion Design" and "Draping for Apparel Design." Collectively these books are my bibles. HOWEVER, be aware that there is word that there are drafting/draping errors in the latter books mentioned above.
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This book uses a lot of page number references that would be invaluable if my Kindle showed page numbers. For that reason, users will lose a lot of value if they get the Kindle version.
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Much better and more complete than Sandra Betzina's books on the same topic. Chock-full of everything you want to know about any kind of fabric and tricks on how to sew them.
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This is a great fabric reference book. It is a little over-my-head as I am a relative beginner. I found Betzina's "Fabric Savvy" a little more basic and useful for my own level right now. However, I got this used and believe it will be a great reference as I grow in my skills and for anyone else who is a little more advanced. Ms. Schaeffer certainly did her fabric homework and shares it with us in detail. Will be very useful in the future!
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Packed with info to answer just about any question you might have for sewing different fabrics: fabric characteristics, which presser foot to use, needles,threads, machine settings, info on stabilizers and interfacings, plus sewing techniques and more. This book would be helpful not only for a beginner, but also for very experienced sewers.
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I bought Claire's first, "Sewing Shortcuts", at least 40 years ago. I'm self taught and I couldn't have done it right without that first book. The draw-back is there is so much information in "Fabric Sewing Guide" that I probably won't be around long enough to absorb it all. But not to worry, I have a sewing grandaughter
that is teaching herself. Thats the rational I used for buying, yet another, sewing book. You're never to old to learn, especially from Claire Schaeffer.

A life long fan, Renee
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