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Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics Spiral-bound – May 2, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
She shows how to alter patterns to make different types of garments, which is great. I wish she had gone a step further to show how we can alter these to fit better. Like making fitted t-shirts or tapered sleeves. The sizing in her patterns is generous. I made the boatneck T and unlike the picture, it came out frumpy and boxy. I just kept taking it in at the seams until I liked it.
Hemming will make or break the looks of your knit garment. She goes over a few methods, but I had poor results with all (I don't have a coverlock machine). She completely left out twin needle stitching and the benefits of stabilizing your hem as you serge it.
Overall, if you are just branching into knits like I am, get this book. You will love it. Just use it along with other books on serging and sewing with knits.
Several chapters are regarding patterns: sizing, making your own, handling and storage. The rest of the book is filled with patterns and instructions for making the garments. Near the end is a chapter of creative ideas that can be used to spice up your wardrobe a bit. At the end there is a folder that holds the patterns for a basic tee, a hooded raglan tee, and a dress or skirt.
As a sewer, I couldn't wait to get this book! I've sewn just about everything I could think of, but I've always had a difficult time with stretchy fabrics. For some reason my machine just wouldn't make the pieces hold together and the fabric pieces never seemed to match up right. Now that I've read this book, I know exactly what I've been doing wrong.
The basic knowledge about equipment and fabrics is great for beginners and the creativity will help all sewers. The pattern pieces and instructions that are included make it easy for a beginner to figure out how to create clothing, while the ideas that have been added in each section will allow a more seasoned sewer to come up with new ideas. I was a little disappointed at how small the section is for spicing up your wardrobe, however. I was hoping for some really great ideas, and I got those, but not very many. If this section had been expanded it would have been an amazing book.
This is a great book for anyone who's learning to sew, an intermediate sewer, or an advanced sewer.
Armchair Interviews agrees.
The reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I find the sizing to be a bit strange on some of the patterns that come with the book. I made the t-shirt in what should have been my size, but it was huge and kind of sack-like. So, it's definitely worth trying a pattern first with a cheap fabric and then making adjustments accordingly when you sew with a more expensive fabric.
All in all, however, it's a great book and a really helpful reference.
So, overall: great directions and info + bad sizing = a meh experience. I don't think I have the will to go through another few hours altering another pattern to find that it's not at all what it was supposed to be. Oh well! I'll be looking for another book to experiment with.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is another great book I love. I used to hate sewing knits but now that I challenge myself to sew more I just love it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bri
Have already used the shirt pattern and made it into the boat neck. Love it!Published 7 months ago by jojomatt
I LOVE this book but, be warned, if you are a size 14 and up you can not use the patterns in this book without altering them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Candice
This book is a sewing guide based on the patterns that come with the book. Unfortunately the seller didn't state the the book did not have the patterns inside when they described... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Giselle
I bought this book after seeing it recommended on a sewist's blog. I have some experience sewing with knits and took the Craftsy class with Meg McElwee last year. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by novaluna
So many cute knits on market again and rather expensive needed a book to learn to sew rather than spend money to look chic and found directiond and ideas to get startedPublished on February 6, 2013 by Jacci Morgan
I am an intermediate woven fabric sewer, but I have never sewn with knits. The book covers the basics about sewing with knits i.e. how to mark notches etc. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Saucy
This books has totally erased my fear of working with knit fabrics. It is great for beginners and the designs are pretty timeless too.Published on August 14, 2011 by Bridget
I have tried sewing knits for a short time with limited success. As a beginner I found this book invaluable. I highly recommend it.Published on October 3, 2010 by Clodagh Cahill