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.
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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