- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Simplicity Pattern Co (December 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073942100X
- ISBN-13: 978-0739421000
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simplicity: Simply the Best Sewing Book Paperback – December 1, 2001
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"Simplicity" does have some information that Reader's Digest does not--such as patternless projects and directions for sergers. On the other hand, the hand sewing techniques and fabric dictionary in Reader's Digest are things "Simplicity" doesn't have, and which I need. "Simplicity" is well-liked for its chatty style, but some might find that style more condescending than chatty.
My "Simplicity" book came shrink-wrapped, but did not include anything to get a free pattern.
This book also has a very thorough index, something necessary in a reference book. The tone was conversational enough for you to read straight through before ever picking up a needle. In the back is a lovely section on "Easy Patternless Projects" that will help you gain confidence in your sewing and show you that your options aren't limited to the patterns available in the store. I gave it four stars rather than five because the clothing styles used throughout the book a little outdated and there could be more emphasis on non-fashion sewing, i.e. home accessories.
I'm an advanced sewist, and I would recommend this book to anyone learning to sew, or who wants to improve their skills and knowledge. Its an excellent book, and the newer edition is just great. Its also a good reference for more experienced sewists to have on hand.
These books probably make sense to people who have had a bit of experience sewing, but being completely green at sewing I have found more help in reading the instruction manual for my sewing machine and searching on the internet than in these two books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the only comprehensive "sewing bible" I own. I am self taught and any time I get to a process in a sewing pattern that I don't understand or need refreshing on I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Di
Nice sewing book but does not have unusual topics such as, "how to insert Boning, plackets or underlining". But for a refresher course or a beginner, not a bad choice.Published 8 months ago by Roz
My sewing teacher required us to purchase this book. It's my sewing bible. A treasure.Published 9 months ago by MissssssssKnowles
A solid reference book, but not as complete as the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. Good for newbies to sewing.Published 16 months ago by Big B