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More Fabric Savvy: A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Revised edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586622
  • ASIN: B0047GNCZ8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Sandra Betzina is the star of the TV series "Sew Perfect" and author of "Power Sewing,"
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Sandra Betzina, the "power" behind Power Sewing, is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home, No Time To Sew and Fear of Sewing and most recently, the Power Sewing Toolbox series. She has produced a skill series of Power Sewing DVDs and also designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the tab of Today's Fit. Sandra hosted her own show, Sew Perfect, on HGTV for six years and now has a regular, online sewing show called Power Sewing TV, which is co-hosted by Canadian sewing expert, Ron Collins. Sandra is also a popular speaker and hosts several week-long Sewing Retreats San Francisco throughout the year.

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This book was recommended by my sewing teacher and is just what I hoped.
Emily Charles
It tells you what the fabric should be used for, if it should be washed and how before sewing, the thread, needle and stitch size that would work best.
C. Reid
I received this book quicker than I expected and was extremely happy with the condition of this used book.
L. H. Wills

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 146 people found the following review helpful By T.F. on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a sewing professional, and I also own Clare Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide, which is excellent and does cover more fabrics. However More Fabric Savvy is really the indispensible guide that should be right by your sewing machine. MFS is not as big, so one is more inclined to open it up and take a look at the suggestions. Also, the spiral binding on MFS lets it lie open flat so you can refer to it easily. MFS is a re-issue of the original Fabric Savvy, and it addresses all the shortcomings of the original - far more fabrics are covered. There is also an extensive list of alternative fabric names, so you can really find the details for any fabric one needs. The size of MFS means you can put it in your bag and take it with you to the fabric store, and I'd recommend doing this, as it will make you more aware of interlining needs, or fastening limitations, BEFORE you spend all your heard-earned money on the fabric of your dreams, only to find out you really need to spend an extra $40 (which you don't have) on silk organza to interline the garment. All the review for the original Fabric Savvy spell out the great features of this book - this edition really just fixes the few criticisms people had.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Cedric's Mom VINE VOICE on February 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource that answers basic questions about working with different fabrics. I don't know about the person who can't find things in the book; fabric types are discussed alphabetically and almost every fabric I've looked up, I've found in this book.

Fancy fabrics can be intimidating even for the experienced sewer. You spend all this money on the fabric, only to run into problems because it slips when you cut out the pattern or the tension won't accept the fabric or the needle is the wrong size. How do you reduce your losses before you begin? You get this book, that's how.

In the "Search Inside" feature, we see African Mudcloth (exotic), Alpaca (expensive) and Batik (exotic and expensive). But there are entries for more commonly used fabrics such as denim, crepe de chine, lace, and double knits to name just a few.

And there's a ton of info on each fabric: sewing tips, how or whether to preshrink, how to lay out the fabric, how to mark it, what size needle to use, how to finish your seams...there's more after that.

I love this book. I love the spiral binding that allows it to lay flat without any effort on my part, the excellent use of color and page layout that makes the information jump off the page, and the wealth of information presented. There's a 6-page section on seam how-to's, 2 pages on details, 4 pages on closures, 6 pages on hem how-to's, and lots more info on linings, stain removal, a glossary AND a thorough index. There is a lot of useful info in this 234-page volume!

This book rocks. If you're brand new to sewing or you've been at it for 40 years, your bookshelf should include this volume.

Save yourself time, money, and grief and get this book before starting that wedding dress project or that ripstop windbreaker. You'll be glad you did.

More Fabric Savvy gets an A+ from this seamstress.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Adrianna Flavin on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everyone else has already said it so well... don't spend another moment's hesitation on whether to buy it or not... just buy it! It is absolutely the sewer's bible! And I loved the comment about bringing it with you to the fabric store. I do a lot of fabric and pattern buying online and I have found that I don't complete the purchase without first referring to this book! Okay, 'nuff said!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Photobibliophile on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my 3 main sewing references. (All 3 by Betzina! The other two are Power Sewing and Fast Fit.) I learned to sew when I was 8. Twenty years later, I've taken it up again, and am very appreciative of these books. This book teaches you which needles, interfacing, seam finishes, threads, hems, presser feet (and more) to use with each type of fabric. This knowledge has greatly reduced my frustration with sewing. (Who knew that the wrong needle could cause so many problems! Not my 8 year old self, that's for sure.)

I haven't read Schaeffer's guide on this subject (though her book Couture Sewing Techniques absolutely blew me away!), so I can't compare the two. But I do really like this guide. Thank you, Sandra Betzina!

-a big fan
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary Wilkins on April 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book. There is everything you will ever need to know about sewing any type of fabric successfully. Do not hesitate to get your own copy. You won't be sorry.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Van Meter on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best. I could have never sewn my sister's wedding dress (in a week, no less) without all the helpful tips in this book. The dress sewed up beautifully and easily. Now I check with this book anytime I'm about to tackle a new fabric, or one that's given me grief before. And it's never let me down. I've tried Sew Any Fabric by Claire Shaeffer, but didn't find it to be very helpful. It may have more information, but this one has what I need to get my projects done!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Berndt on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Every sewer should have this book is detailed guidance on picking the right fabric and what needle to use to and even how to start sewing some of those harder fabrics without bunching or snagging. One of the best sewing books I have bought yet!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jeannette A. Peck on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found that this book is well thought out on choosing the right fabric for a sewing job, as I am a Enthusiast in sewing Outfits for my self and what kind of weave is used in the fabric. I will be using this as a guide to use on all my garments that I will be putting together. I am not to experienced in what fabric goes with what out fit, but, all I have to do is look at index and it will tell me what page to go to. Very well put together if you not to sure of what fabric to use.
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