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  • Sewing 101 is a modern-day primer on the basic skills and techniques of sewing
  • Geared toward the absolute novice and assumes you know little or nothing at all about sewing
  • Features step-by-step photos useful sewing tip sidebars and a detailed glossary
  • Softcover Spiral-bound: 224 pages
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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.1 x 11.1 inches ; 2.3 pounds
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Sewing 101 is a modern-day primer on the basic skills and techniques of sewing. This book is geared toward the absolute novice and assumes you know little or nothing about the craft. Filled with lots of step-by-step photos, useful sewing tip sidebars, and a painstakingly detailed glossary, Sewing 101 teaches you how to sew successfully. You will learn terminology used regularly in sewing, as well as all the basic skills that are the building blocks of the art. From threading the machine to sewing a straight stitch, to more complicated procedures such as installing zippers and following patterns, everything is covered. Chapters include such topics as: the sewing machine and its accessories, sewing supplies and how to use them, how to shop for, prepare, measure and cut fabric, and more. Each new technique is taught via the creation of an actual project, such as a pillow, window treatment, t-shirt, or baby blanket, thereby allowing you to learn a new skill and create an item to wear, display or use in your home. Dust off that machine and begin sewing for fun and function!'

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Sewing 101 is a modern-day primer on the basic skills and techniques of sewing. This book is geared toward the absolute novice and assumes you know little or nothing about the craft. Filled with lots of step-by-step photos, useful sewing tip sidebars, and a painstakingly detailed glossary, Sewing 101 teaches you how to sew successfully. You will learn terminology used regularly in sewing, as well as all the basic skills that are the building blocks of the art. From threading the machine to sewing a straight stitch, to more complicated procedures such as installing zippers and following patterns, everything is covered. Chapters include such topics as: the sewing machine and its accessories, sewing supplies and how to use them, how to shop for, prepare, measure and cut fabric, and more. Each new technique is taught via the creation of an actual project, such as a pillow, window treatment, t-shirt, or baby blanket, thereby allowing you to learn a new skill and create an item to wear, display or use in your home. Dust off that machine and begin sewing for fun and function!'

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I highly recommend this to anyone who would like to start sewing.
S. Pintar
This book explains it all in easy to understand language and plenty of clear pictures to show exactly what is being described.
Ann
I bought this book and had good success making the diaper tote bag, which I gave as a gift to a friend who had a new baby.
Paula Francese

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440 of 445 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on January 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This is a solid book recommended by the Sewing Association & after getting this I can see why. There is an intro the machine and hand sewing and then the all important hemming lessons. From there you start with t-shirts! Yes we're off and running already with garments. I was not prepared for this thinking I would be doing pillows and potholders and other nonsense, but no let's get practical. Garments like t-shirts, wrap skirts, pull on pants/shorts head the list. They tell you how to read the pattern and then guide you thru making the actual garment giving you hints and tips to making an easy & wearable piece.
After garments we go home dec and do the pillows, curtains and shades. There are enough projects in here to keep you busy for about 6 months at which point you should know the basics & know where to go from there on your own. Daunting, eh? Well I was impressed and got going immediately. I got really psyched and I think a project a fortnight is doable. They recommend making more than 1 garment of each type to solidify what you know so unless you're very industrious a project a week is a rough haul. This book is easy, approachable and most importantly, inspiring, so much so instead of using my old high school one I actually bought a brand new beginning machine (A Viking Huskystar 207).
If you've been thinking about sewing buy this book and take the plunge. Until I got this book I never realised how much was based on the simple t-shirt (pj's, sweats, turtlenecks). Enjoy.
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250 of 253 people found the following review helpful By "wendythedog" on February 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover-spiral
Sure, your sewing machine retailer may offer lifetime lessons, but what about actual sewing projects? Was the last time you attempted sewing in middle school Home Ec? This book is the answer. It is very well-written with useful photos and highlights important information in a way that it becomes your working knowledge. It offers detailed instruction for window treatments including Roman shades, rodpocket, and grommet curtains, as well as a few clothing pieces. It also offers a section on reading sewing patterns, which can be intimidating to the novice. Other books I've seen have too much information, that it becomes confusing. This is perfect. If you have recently purchased your first machine OR want to do more with your sewing machine than let it collect dust but don't know where to begin, this is the book for you.
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218 of 220 people found the following review helpful By T. Hudock on August 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover-spiral
If you want to learn how to sew women's garments or home decor items, then this may be a good book for you. But if you want to learn sewing basics using a sewing machine, or want to also sew men's garments, then buy a different book. The "Sewing Basics" section is about 50 pages long, half of which consist of descriptions and photos of tools and supplies. Instructions for basic sewing techniques are limited and brief. There are no comprehensive instructions on the various types of stitches.

More than half of the book consists of "Home Decor" sewing, so, if that's what you're interested in, I recommend that you instead just buy the book "Home Decor Sewing 101" by the same author. I also bought this book, and while there doesn't appear to be overlap between the two books in regards to the projects featured, the Home Decor book is more comprehensive.

I would have given this book an even lower rating, but, it deserves a few stars simply for the nice layout and copious color photos that accompany every page. Additionally, the spiral binding allows the pages to lay flat when open, which is great for using right at the sewing machine.

In summary, if you want a book full of beginning sewing projects, then this book fits the bill. But if you're looking for a good beginner's sewing book with basic techniques, another book might be better.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By srenaud on February 28, 2005
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I ordered the Sewing 101 and Home Decor Sewing 101, and highly recommend both. I received a sewing machine for my birthday, had no idea how to use it, but really wanted to learn to sew. So, I ordered these two books, and let me tell you, they are wonderful! I read both books the day I received them, went and purchased fabric and notions the next day, and thanks to these books, was sewing in no time. These are great for the person who has never sewn or even seen a sewing machine up close before receiving one. I am so glad I purchased these. There are great practical home decor items in both books, which is exactly what I was wanting to learn how to make since the selection in stores is so poor. Now I can make my own custom items, and they will be much better quality than the overpriced, unattractive items I always find in the stores. If you know someone who wants to learn how to sew, but doesn't have the time to go to a store for lessons, or they don't have anyone to teach them, these would be the perfect gift!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ann on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover-spiral
For years I wanted to learn how to sew but was intimidated by the mechanics of the sewing machine and sewing terminology, reading those darned patterns, fearing zippers, buttonholes, etc. This book explains it all in easy to understand language and plenty of clear pictures to show exactly what is being described. Not a lot of time is spent with the theory of it all; you'll get down to sewing right away on simple projects and then build upon the skills you've learned. Within a matter of days I went from knowing nothing to building confidence steadily. The beginner projects are really good, practical ones that include both clothing and home decor items. I am primarily interested in home decor sewing for my own home, and the projects contained in this book are all I personally could ever want: for example, even though this is a beginner book, some of the drapes you can make have that expensive custom look!! I really liked the fact that the book is spiral bound and lies flat so you can easily have it open to refer to while working. I just wish I had known about this book a long time ago--I could have been making curtains for my kids' rooms as their interests changed through the years!! If you want to take the plunge into sewing but you're very intimidated by sewing the way I was, do yourself a huge favor--get this book!!
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