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Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery and Lace Work Paperback – December, 1989

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First published in 1911 and long out of print, this book clearly demonstrates that decorative machine embroidery did not originate with the advent of the computerized zigzag sewing machine. On the contrary, every delicate piece of embroidery illustrated was done entirely on a straight-stitch treadle sewing machine. The Singer manual comprises 125 lessons, each focusing on a different technique and progressing from elementary decorative stitches to the creation of such fine lace and decorative embroidery forms as Hedebo, Valenciennes, Teneriffe, and Cluny lace, velvet applique, beadwork, and even embroidery on wood veneer. Highly recommended for specialized collections and where there is sufficient demand.
- Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Open Chain Pub (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932086195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932086198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By genoa golf VINE VOICE on March 19, 2005
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The book is wonderful. It shows detailed technichues for making laces with a sewing machine, which could be adapted to digitizing your own designs and laces for embroidery machine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Gardenlady on March 2, 2011
This book blew me away; that a treadle machine that doesn't even sew backwards or zigzag -- can create embroidery, applique, and 10 kinds of lace is nothing short of amazing. You actually CAN zigzag with a treadle sewing machine by moving the material back and forth yourself while the needle goes straight. That's the basic technique. Whether a modern person would have the patience and/or time to do that is another matter!

The photo samples are exquisite. The book can serve as a record of lace types even if you have no intention of creating them yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By danae100 on August 14, 2011
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The instructions in the book are for using an old fashioned straight stitch Singer machine to create all kinds of interesting decorative effects. Not for the modern embroiderer who has the latest sewing machines. I bought the book knowing that, because I was interested in understanding the technology and craft of the pre-war years when extraordinary fabric designs were created at home using the first generation sewing machines.
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The only use my sewing machine has seen is my neighbor making her curtains on it. I'm a member of the Embroiderers' Guild of America and have done embroidery since I was a kid. I got back into it seriously when my son developed seizures when he was 7: I needed a creative outlet to help manage my anxiety. Even more than stitching, I began collecting needlework books and amassed about 1,000. I happily happened upon this book at a used book store and the title attracted me. Of course: everyone's heard of Singer Sewing Co and Robbie Fanning is a prolific author. But the term "art embroidery" has a special meaning to stitch historians. It was prevalent beginning a few decades before this book was originally published in 1911 and refers to the Arts and Crafts movement founded by William Morris among others.

It's stunning to me that almost ANY of these techniques could be done on a treadle sewing machine, let alone a fancy new computerized machine with all the doodads. Almost all the types of lace included here (so many!!) originated with hand stitching. For example, hemstitching, satin stitch, the English or eyelet stitching and the many other types of whitework are often centuries old. Richelieu cutwork, filet lace, needle point lace, Teneriffe, Hedebo, crochet, goldwork, velvet stitch, tapestry (which here looks like cross stitch0...all of these were long originated before the first sewing machine was in use, some say in 1790.

The close-up pictures here are marvelous and with so many, I just don't get how it can be produced in the manner explained! Regardless what sort of stitching or sewing you do, you should really enjoy this book. Very inspirational, varied and interesting.
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This comprehensive book on creating lace and embroidery work on the vintage sewing machines is a must-have resource if you are eager to try these techniques. Excellent pictures with practice sessions for each technique, building in difficulty for subsequent lessons. After reading the introduction, I will start with my electric machines before attempting to master the treadle, as recommended in the book.
Especially nice is that you can create your own patterns once you understand the concepts. There is not limit to your creativity!
Only possible short-coming does not really reflect on the book as written for a different audience -- one that presumably is familiar with some basic techniques, such as how to secure smaller sized work in a hoop. If I had no experience with these techniques, I would have had to research elsewhere to fully understand what was implied.
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By V@Tucson on May 6, 2014
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This book is very old school, and has some really good sewing tips on how things were done in the old days. But you can use it to help learn how to do things on the new sewing machines. You will need your imagination for that.
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