- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Reader's Digest; 8th edition (1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895770261
- ISBN-13: 978-0895770264
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing Hardcover – December 1, 1997
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Don't knock a boring facade--it's the guts that count on this book. I wouldn't leave a burning house without it. But seriously, if you want to learn how to adjust a pattern so that it fits like some high-falutin' designer made it for you, get this book. For example, you'll be able to identify what's wrong with your mass-produced pants, and why they bag or bind in places, for example, and how to fix those issues on your homemade versions. This book will walk you through how to read a pattern envelope, why certain fabrics would be better for various projects, how to choose the right size (and then alter it for your best fit), and then there are tons of pages of how specifically to create any collar, a gathered seam, any kind pocket of pocket you can imagine and hem finishes, and lots of helpful information you never even thought to look for.
This will make those slick new books that are more eye-catching feel like wasted money. If you want to know what you're doing, this is THE book. You'll look at those flashy books that are the hot recommendations and say to yourself "I already know how to do all that!" You'll be able to write your own silly/fluff kind of sewing book after you absorb what is in this comprehensive tome.
In terms of instructional quality, I am very impressed with this book. All of the techniques are demonstrated in line-drawings next to the text, and very clearly convey the manipulations being done. If you prefer photographs, the newer edition may be more helpful to you; but for myself, the line-drawings are more than adequate. One aspect of teaching that this book does not cover is the theory.Read more ›
I rate it as 4 stars simply because there is a newer version out and there has been a small amount of information I could not find or thought could have been laid out better.
I am looking forward to getting the newest version but will always keep the 1976 version. It is like an old friend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So useful for the basics.... a little dated in terms of format, but very helpfulPublished 2 months ago by mjsoscar5123
Book advertised as published 1997, but the one I received was published in 1970. Seventeen years is a looong time. Not that 1997 could be considered newer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose
Old but still informative. While some products and tools have changed, the information in this book is solid. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alpha Zed
It's my own fault for not reading the description more carefully. I was looking for a book on sewing in general. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Hurley
This is the absolute perfect book for Sewing. I got a brand new copy but I learned to Sew from this Book.Published 3 months ago by Survivor Lane