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Sewing For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Jan Maresh Saunders
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Book Description

The most complete guide to sewing basics

People are always looking for ways to cut expenses and becreative and stylish at the same time. Learning to sew is a greatway to arm yourself with the skills to repair and create clothingand furnishings for yourself and your family for little to no cost.But learning how to sew and how to choose the tools and supplies tobegin sewing can be confusing.

Now, you can turn to this hands-on, friendly guide for the mostup-to-date information, the best techniques, and fun projects forlearning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.

  • Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations makeit easier to learn
  • Fresh new patterns, projects, stitches, and techniques forfashion and the home
  • Budget-conscious tips for breathing new life into existinggarments

Complete with a section on common sewing mistakes and how toavoid them, Sewing For Dummies, 3rd edition gives you theconfidence and know-how to sew like a pro.

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From the Back Cover

Your hands-on guide to sewing basics

Learning to sew is a great way to arm yourself with the skills to create and repair clothing and furnishings for minimal cost. Turn to this hands-on guide for the best techniques and fun projects for learning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.

  • So, you want to sew — get the 411 on everything you need to know before you start sewing, from assembling your own sewing kit to selecting fabric, findings, and interfacings

  • Stick a pin in it — learn how to thread hand and machine needles, tie knots, secure seams, hem items, and more

  • Spruce up your style — master the art of fashion sewing, from working with zippers and buttons to setting in the perfect sleeve

  • Put on your DIY cap — add new life to your living space with home décor sewing projects, like dressing up your dining table with a reversible table runner or changing the look of your bedroom with a duvet cover and more

  • Give it a quick fix — make alterations and repairs to garments already in your closet to extend the life of your wardrobe

Open the book and find:

  • How to work with patterns

  • Instructions for hand and machine stitches

  • Directions for fixing sewing mistakes

  • Hemming how-tos

  • Fashion and home décor sewing projects

  • Guidance on working with closures, sleeves, and pockets

  • Advice on tackling trims and piping

  • Tips for mixing print fabrics

  • Ways to save money by doing repairs yourself

Learn to:

  • Choose the right tools and supplies for your projects

  • Master sewing techniques with how-to illustrations

  • Sew fun projects for your home and wardrobe

  • Stretch your budget by repairing and remaking clothing

About the Author

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing journalist and educator as well as a bestselling author of 15 books, including Home Staging For Dummies. She has worked as the Director of Consumer Education for White Sewing Machine Company and JoAnn Fabrics and is also an interior re-designer, color specialist, and Certified Staging Professional. Look for her Web-TV show at

Product Details

  • File Size: 10916 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470623209
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (August 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8UUE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly not for dummies October 5, 2013
By Cheza
If you are a true beginner this book is not for you. The layout is terrible, the book mentions industry standards and technical terms long before it covers them. It jumps around a lot, more than any dummies book I've seen before and I have a soft spot for the series. The explanations are unclear and the pictures and diagrams are not very helpful. However if you're an intermediate seamstress or seamster and are already semi familiar with the subject this book still holds a lot of useful information.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sewing for... morons? October 15, 2012
By Sparrow
I was far from impressed with this book, so I'm somewhat baffled by it's high rating.

The concept of the Dummies Collection Empire is unparallelled genius, and generally very helpful for finding the basic information one needs when introduced to something new. That said, perhaps they've over-shot the mark with this one.

I'm a seamstress- self-taught, and I run my own business selling my clothing. I typically use a technique called draping, but rarely use patterns. I picked this book up for a friend that I'm teaching to sew, thinking it would be a good reference book on sewing machine basics for her when I wasn't there, as well as to give her a more fundamental understanding of patterns (and adjusting them) than I could.

When I chose the book, I chose it specifically among many, b/c it was called "Sewing"- as opposed to say, "fashion" or "dressmaking", assuming this would be the appropriate choice for her entry-level needs.

There is little information in this book about sewing machines- a short, poorly written chapter with almost zero information on the general parts and processes of the sewing machine. The remainder of the book is dedicated to actually sewing something- a couple boring projects, and a slim section on the basic stitches used in sewing.

They do go over the tools of the trade, but not in depth, and othertimes, on things that most people could figure out how to use on their own. An entire detailed page on the self-threading needle is overkill. I'm pretty sure most novices could master it's use without a diagram, but "Dummies" seems to have taken us for, well, dummies.

If you've never sewn before, and you've never even seen the inside of a sewing aisle, then perhaps you'll find this book useful.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars far too complicated for dummies. January 20, 2011
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there is too much needless information in here about things that aren't really sewing as much as crafts and edging.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a stand-out May 5, 2011
By McGeens
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I am a bit disappointed with this book. As a true beginner sewer, it does not cover off on my needs. It is too text laden, lacking in clear diagrams. I also found the projects to be a bit daggy- not very inspirational, unfortunately. Try a different title if you're after a beginner text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The name says it all July 5, 2012
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The book has helped me greatly already. I refer to it often, and like to see the visuals that are provided for some actual projects. It has helped me make a lot of people happy by receiving as gifts some of what I have learned to sew. I would recommend the book to any beginner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book for most sewing August 22, 2012
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I hadn't sewn for many years. I bought this book, hoping it would guide me and IT DID!!
Very comprehensive, lots of tips and solid information and pretty easy to follow. I recommend it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sewing for dummies October 7, 2011
The most poorly written book I have ever read concerning any subject. Would not recommend to anyone.Terrible photographs, instructions not clear in any way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book of Knowledge January 17, 2013
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I need to keep my stuff fixed.
I'm not a tailor, but eager to learn.
This book has lots of useful info.
There are whole areas I'm just not into, but the repair advice is useful as can be.
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