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Complete Guide to Sewing : Step-By-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Furnishings Hardcover – April 14, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; Revised edition (April 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888502478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888502476
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Despite all the specialty guides, a good, basic sewing text is essential in any library collection. Clearly organized and full of diagrams and details, this revision of the 1976 edition contains some updates, new information, and cleaner text. Sections on tailoring and sewing projects have been dropped, information on sergers added, and metric measurements included everywhere. The section on fabrics has been enlarged, and children's wear has been simplified to reflect the joy of Velcro. Still, many of the changes are cosmetic, with some chapters reading word for word like the older edition?though the print is larger and darker in the new edition. Overall, this is a great source for sound sewing basics. Recommended for every library, especially those lacking the older edition.?Karen Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, Tex.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Making even some of your clothes can save money (especially if you have kids), and sewing skills come in handy for alterations and repairs on your store-boughts (maybe you need to put in a new zipper or a hem, or you want to get creative with some old clothes). After 20 years, this is still the best all-around handbook on the shelves for sewing. No matter what your level of expertise, you'll find something you can use here. Everything from basic handstitching to using a sewing machine to sewing simple and complex patterns for clothing, bedding, slipcovers and drapes (even pesky zipper applications seem reasonable here). This newly revised edition has a slew of detailed drawings, friendly instructions and several new additions including a color photo spread of more than 190 fabric types. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff

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If you can only afford one sewing book, make this the one.
"mihnista"
It's good for beginning and intermediate sewers and I'm sure the advanced sewer could use it as a refresher.
Andrea Riley
If you are learning how to sew, I highly recommend this book.
S. Purnell

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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Riley on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just started a sewing class in January and quickly became hooked on sewing. The class was once per week and I missed two classes. I thus had to complete my skirt's darts,insert the zipper and facing, and complete the hem without my teacher's constant guidance. I got this book at the library, and it is excellent at taking you step by step to do anything from threading the bobbin on different sewing machines(which I used to have trouble doing), to inserting zippers, and sewing for children and the home. I'm now buying the book so I can have one for myself. I'm usualy a visual learner that prefers glossy pictures to the technical drawings the book has, but the drawings are very clear and easy to follow. Most books I've run across with the glossy pictures are not as detailed as this book is for instruction. This book helped me complete my skirt mostly by myself and my teacher thought it looked great. It's good for beginning and intermediate sewers and I'm sure the advanced sewer could use it as a refresher.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "mihnista" on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love sewing books. My collection is about 20+ books, and this one reference contains most of the information in all of them - plus extras I've never seen anywhere else, like the 12 pages on pleating. The illustrations are clear and the text is readable and helpful. Many other sewing books are full of the author's personality and weigh heavily in favour of certain techniques. That makes them interesting reading, but it can make life difficult when all your books disagree. Instead, this book will help you choose the technique and solution that will best suit your projects, without undue prejudice. In summary, this book is not only a good reference it's a great read and is full of information from beginner to advanced. If you can only afford one sewing book, make this the one. If you already have a shelf-full of sewing books, you will still be glad you added this one.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If ever there was a need for this book! It has answers and is illistrated for any and every sewing problem you may have. I am only beginning to enter the sewing field, and this book has explained things to me that only my Grandmother would have had the answeres to! A must for every seemstress or Fashion Designer. James D. Lamberth Jr. San Diego, Calif. U.S.A. JLamberthj@aol.com
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kate Cole on November 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I recently decided to follow a lifelong ambition and take up dressmaking. I took needlework classes at school (admittedly about 15 years ago) and so I know how a sewing machine works, how to cut patterns etc, but there are a lot of gaps in my basic knowledge and this book is NOT managing to fill them. It uses a vocabulary that obviously makes sense to people who know about sewing, but many words aren't explained properly in layman's terms.
It's a good book, I'm glad I bought it, and I'm sure it will be a useful reference guide when I have more experience, but at the moment I need something a bit more basic that really spells things out in words of one syllable - which is what I thought this book would do.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been searching for a book that gives clear instructions and graphics on how to insert a variety of zipper types. A friend loaned this book to me and I immediately bought one for myself. I have been a seamstress for many years but away from it since I began quilting. Thus, I forgot a lot of neat tricks. This book covers the gamut. I highly recommend it for beginners and beyond.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. Wesley on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book based on the reviews from other readers. I am somewhat a beginner to sewing. I do know how to setup the machine and sew a straight line, so I was looking to go beyond that. My problems with this book is that it had mostly a lot of text and not too many pictures. I would recommend "The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing" by Singer. The Reader's digest book DOES have a lot of detail and is more thorough. For a person who is serious about sewing, this is a good book. I was really looking for some basic tips and lots of how-to with pictures.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I will admit it, I was BAD at sewing and hated it. Nevertheless I made all my clothes in high school. HOW I WISH I had this book then. This is my favorite sewing book, and although I still don't sew clothing all that well, I reach for this book anytime I need to sew something.
The home furnishing section turns out to be very useful. I like sewing home items (maybe because they need not fit me and it's a lot of straight seams.) The section on pockets and zippers (a real problem for me) is very well done.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla V. Lopez on October 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a requirement for me my sophomore year in college, (I was studying Fashion Design) and I haven't stopped using it! This book begins with how to organize your workspace and continuously walks you through choosing fabric, laying out a pattern, how to properly cut fabric and even how to do your own pattern alterations!
It's hard to believe that four years after I first bought the book, I'm still using it but it's come in handy and virtually paid for itself in the many mistakes I've avoided. Take it from me, a person who sews frequently, this is a book that will constantly keep teaching new things.
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