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The New Sewing Essentials (Singer Sewing Reference Library) Paperback – January 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0865733084 ISBN-10: 0865733082 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cowles/ Creative Publishing international; Revised edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865733082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865733084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of sewing, crafting, quilting, home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.

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The best sewing book I have come across.
Ana P. Cordova
I look forward to checking out other books from the Singer Sewing Reference library!
C. D. Allen
I highly recommend to everyone from the beginner to experienced seamstress.
C. Ortner

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1999
This is useful to demonstrate basic sewing projects and tehcniques. Very good for advanced beginning crafters. I would recommend this book to 5ht grades through 10th grade, for teachers and parents.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donna Vaughn on December 28, 2006
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I was not very impressed with the information contained in this book. It started out with basic skills and jumped to advanced sewing. There was very little information for the average ability seamstress. Be aware that the book, "New Sewing Essentials" and "The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing" are by the same publisher and are virtually the same. Many identical photos and information.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Allen on June 3, 2005
I received this book as part of a sewing and dressmaking correspondence course I am taking. I already had some previous sewing experience but this book has some wonderful suggestions on how to make one's items look more polished and professional. I am a very visual learner and this book contains beautiful close up color photography of all techniques discussed. I particularly enjoyed the section on seam finishes-there were several different ways to finish the seams nicely without serging!

The photography is just a joy to look at-I have had this book for a few months and I refer to it often. It has a place of honor in my home sewing library. I look forward to checking out other books from the Singer Sewing Reference library!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Claire on June 13, 2003
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THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC, AND EVEN AS AN ACCOMPLISHED SEAMSTRESS I HAVE FOUND MYSELF CONSISTENTLY REFERRING TO IT FOR WISDOM. I LEARNED A NEW WAY OF DOING ZIPPERS WHICH HAS CUT MY HALF IN TIME AND GIVEN ME A LOVE FOR ZIPPERS OVER BUTTONS!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By blue on April 8, 2006
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While not for the complete beginner, this book explains all the tools, tips and methods from basic to complex. Great for the amateur or hobby sewer who may not have learned the finer points of finishing seams, advanced sewing techniques and all the possibilities available with various machine attachments and special tools.

If you want to take your sewing skills to the next level, this book is a great place to start. Highly recommended and packs a lot of information for the price. Also a great reference book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Gomez on October 28, 2005
This book includes basic and more advanced techniques. It is a practical book. I bought along with "The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing" and "The new Step by Step Decorating Projects" both from Singer also. Although there is repeated information from one book to the next, there is also additional information in each one. For example the "Complete Photo..." includes information found on this book AND int "The new...Decorating Pr..", but it also has addional information and projects. So it worked for me as adding more info as I kept advancing from one book to the next. In the end, you will end up with your own personal techiniques (what works for one person doesn't work for the other,) or simply because you can come up with your own ideas, but nontheless all three books are good to have, especially if you own a Singer Sewing maching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Ohara on February 23, 2009
I am a professional tailor and used to teach sewing. When people express an interest in learning the craft I ALWAYS recommend this book. It covers what you want to learn and the illustrations are easy to follow. I really like the section on tension problems because I think this is what discourages most beginners and is so easy to fix if you follow the illustrations. I am going to Africa this summer to teach tailoring to a community of women there and hope to be bringing many copies of this book because the illustrations are easy to follow even if you can't read the text. Thanks singer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Ortner on July 19, 2008
I first purchased this book as a requirement for a college class in 1994 and still reference back to it when I need to brush up on a certain skill. The fact that a major college uses this to teach its fashion design and merchandising students how to sew says a lot. I highly recommend to everyone from the beginner to experienced seamstress.
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