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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764568477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764568473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

8-page color insert of new projects

Get the basics of sewing and stitch up a storm in no time!

This easy-to-follow guide gives both beginners and more advanced sewers techniques to sew faster and easier . . . and have more fun with the craft! This updated edition shows you how to sew sensational seams, shape garments with tucks and pleats, or revamp a room with quick home décor projects.

Praise for Sewing For Dummies

"Just in time for those of us with no time, Jan’s book is about ‘reality sewing.’"
– Gail Brown, coauthor of Simply Napkins

"Jan’s . . . clever techniques and home décor projects . . . make sewing a fun event."
– Dewey Sadka, President of Dewey Color System

Discover how to;

  • Master hand and machine stitches
  • Read a sewing pattern
  • Create custom cornices and draperies
  • Make a bedroom ensemble in a weekend
  • Install zippers, buttons, and other fasteners

About the Author

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing instructor, educator and journalist, and has worked as the education director for Viking Sewing Machine Company and as the director of consumer education for JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. She is the bestselling author of 13 sewing books and a frequent guest on national sewing TV shows.

Customer Reviews

This book was very easy to follow and understand.
Tara Perillo
This book is the perfect companion to match my limited knowledge and skill level for sewing and help me try many of the variable things my new sewing machine can do.
J. Ferris
It's been years since I have sewn and this was a great refresher course for me.
Wayne A. Leix

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Rj Belt on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is just okay really. I knew absolutely nothing about sewing when I got this book. I wanted to start sewing clothing to sell, so I thought this would be a good place to start. It's not something you can sit down and just read at all. There's ALOT of information just sort of thrown together. It seems less like a how-to book and more like someone who knows alot about the subject just babbling at you. Honestly, I'd suggest 101 Essential Tips Basic Sewing. It gives you good basic advice in a quick simple manner. It's alot easier to follow. You dont have to skip from this section to this section to see what they're talking about, AND it's ALOT cheaper.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Printz on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I usually LOVE the dummies series and find it very useful for new subjects I want to just dive into. This book is useful, but not as a first reference for someone who has never done more than the occasional needle-and-thread wobbly patching most of us did in College.

The good:
1. Very thorough subject coverage - everything from clothing to arts & crafts, to home decor (in fact, I think if they broke this up into two books - one for clothing only, and one for the rest, they would have done themselves a big favor).
2. The step descriptions are broken down into mini-steps very well (I think).

The bad:
1. hardly any illustrations at all. Where there are illustrations, they are very basic, mostly restricted to the type of stitch described rather than an illustration of the step-by-step process.
2. the level of terminology-knowledge assumed by the book is insanely high for beginners.
3. There is insufficient internal cross referencing - the writers seem to assume you will read the book from cover to cover in the right order, and that you will remember everything you learned from one chapter to the next.
4. The section on "Quick fixes and alterations" which is boasted about in the book description is far from comprehensive, and the steps described are skimpy - largely without internal references to where within the book these steps are described.

This will be a great 2nd book, I think. But until I reach that level I'll have to find something else.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rose Seeman on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
The problem is that the book is ALMOST helpful. It seems to be giving simple instructions. But when I try to learn anything (and I am a mechanically-inclined non-dummy) I find there is just not quite enough to get from one step to the next. I frequently found myself spending an entire hour poring over 2 pages, trying to visualize what it is saying, and failing. It would have been so easy to add an additional step, or make clear whether the right side or the wrong side is showing in the drawing, or a simple photograph of a finished product, and it just doesn't.

The best I can say for it is that it gave me enough information on any particular topic to look it up on the internet and get useful help.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been teaching myself to sew the last few months and in that time I've checked out all the books my library has to offer on the subject. Since I really like all the other "for Dummies" books that I have read I decided to buy this one sight-unseen to keep around the house as my reference. It's not a bad book but there are better books out there for those of us who are new to sewing or need a refresher in basics. If the book were organized differently I think I might like it more. Compared to other books of this type the information is not as well organized or easy to find. The illustrations are nice but again I've seen others that work better for me. I wouldn't say not to buy this book, but check it out first and make sure it's teaching (or refreshing what you already know) in a way that is useful to you. This book was not useful to me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Harwood Sr. on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great way to learn sewing from the bottom up. It is well written with much in the way of helpful advice and tips for the beginning sewer. I have managed to make several items and I just started sewing with a machine given to me, oh yes, I am 62 years old and a man.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rae on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anyone who's utterly clueless about sewing. It's clear, direct, and simple to follow. It worked for me because I was able to pace myself and start small, for instance, a shirt for my dogs. Now, I feel confident enough to tackle some homedecorating projects.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By liza on November 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
this book really breaks it down in the simplest form possible. it's hard to learn how to sew by just reading a book without any hands on experience, but this helps you visualize, and it is written in plain english. if you haven't sewn in your life, or never picked up a needle and thread,this book is definitely for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Hall on January 12, 2008
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I'm new to sewing and I purchased several books to help me get started, including this one. It's easy to read and it gave me a good idea of how to do some things, but I would not have been able to sew just by reading this book. It's a perfect companion to other learning aids and I have returned to it several times. It's worth the cost as long as you have other teaching aids at your disposal.
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