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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Janet & Company, Inc. (June 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0962908126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962908125
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One book with photos, practice patterns and exercises that teaches fabric handling techniques, sewing machines and hand positions. -- Sue Hausmann, VSM Sewing Inc, June 1, 2004

With over 480 color photographs, this book explains this professional sewing method that delivers high-end results. -- Clotilda, June 1, 2004

About the Author

Janet Pray has an educational background in business, fine arts and has taught sewing and fiber arts since 1981 throughout the United States. Janet has appeared on television and produced 3 professional shirt patterns which include the revolutionary pattern guides designed with the Islander Sewing Systems techniques.

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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful By summer resident on November 3, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
When I was little my mother's greatest ambition was that I would be a good reader. She saved hard to buy me serious books. However, even when I was a listener, not yet reading on my own, she would never invest in one of those children's books with a fancy picture and a few words on each page. To her getting her money's worth in a book meant getting lots of words on every page! This memory came to me as I eagerly unwrapped my long awaited copy of Islander Sewing Systems I: For Personal and Professional Sewing by Janet Pray. It is mostly a picture book, unfortunately a particularly repetitive one.

Having seen Margaret Islander demonstrate her innovative techniques on numerous videos, I had watched for this book's appearance ever since the first rumors of its creation. Anyone who has ever attempted to sew a quality shirt, only to be disappointed when comparing it to a commercial product, will appreciate Islander's researches. Her study of industrial techniques and their adaptation to home sewing dramatically increases the speed and the quality of the seamstress's work. Thus, I hastened, despite the expensive price, to add it to my collection.

Sadly, I found the book's elaborate presentation greatly outdistanced its actual content. Its 182 large pages are elaborately bound and profusely illustrated with gorgeous color photographs. The techniques are illustrated clearly and profusely. Each chapter contains one or more approaches to its subject. The chapters deal with ten issues: seam allowances, cutting, operating the sewing machine, curves, quick and accurate pocket sewing, darts and tucks, zippers and waistbands, lined bodice, flat felled seams, and mitering. However, there was no information on invisible zippers, now being used by many top designers.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Sladowski on November 14, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
I finally got a chance to review my new copy of the Islander Sewing Systems Book I, uninterrupted. I love all the beautiful photos. Many times when I'm trying to get infomation on how to do a particular technique, from a book, I have to struggle to figure out what the book is telling me to do because of a lack of pictures.

There is so much great information here. I have had the opportunity to see some of the Islander videos, but I don't have TV in my sewing room and I am not likely to get any soon. This book can refresh my memory without the time consuming process of locating the video, finding the clicker.... (you get the picture). When I need information on how to do a particular thing I'm usually on a deadline and I need to see what I'm looking for quickly. This book makes it easy to keep open,with the spiral bound binding, and nearby if I have questions or need to see quickly what my fingers should be doing.

Sure I would love to have more great sewing techniques, but the Practice pages are great for someone learning a new technique. With the book placed closeby, you can keep your fingers on your project while figuring out the next move without any page turning!

I'll be practicing the one thread dart, lined bodice and mitering soon!

All in all this book is as advertised " The companion book to the popular Industrial Shortcuts I Video" and more!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. on May 21, 2010
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I have sewn for 50 years and found this book full of helpful hints and
techniques no matter what your sewing ability.
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