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  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches ; 1.9 pounds
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  • ASIN: 0471749915
  • Item model number: WIL-49915
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,539 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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WILEY PUBLISHERS-Teach Yourself Visually-Sewing. If you are tired of items that just fit so-so
- sew sew! This guide will have you expressing your personal style in no time. You will learn the basics of hand-sewing and sewing with a machine and get detailed information about tools and fabrics. If you learn by seeing and doing this book is the perfect fit! Softcover: 283 pages. Made in USA.

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"Even the accomplished sewer will find new and improved techniques and tips presented in a user-friendly way." (Decorating Digest’s Craft & Home Projects, Fall 2006)

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Easy to learn sewing with this book.
Rafael Valentin
This was a gift for my daughter-in-law, who had never sewed before.
Betty Laur
I would recommend this book to anybody interested in sewing.
Janelle A. Samonte

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128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By P. McAllister on December 21, 2006
Format: Kitchen
I credit this book with teaching me not only to sew, but in helping me recognize that I am a visual learner. Previous to finding this jewel I had read other sewing books, many highly recommended, and felt only frustration and confusion by the terminology (even in so-called "beginner" books.) For instance, I read the description/meaning of "selvedge" over and over, but it didn't actually click for me until I had this book. Here a simple glance at a photo told me everything I needed to know to identify WHAT the heck it was so I could get on with the actual sewing. No more wasting hours trying to decipher text on how to position fabric for a particular action, once again clear and large photos clarify the matter. I refer to this book constantly and I find it's well-organized, with a complete index.

If you find yourself stumped or frustrated by other "beginner" books, you may find that you comprehend and learn far faster from a tutorial with lots of photographs (step by step demonstrations) than endless paragraphs of text. I know it works for me and I have several wonderful completed projects now to show for it. I even added some "advanced" touches to my beginner projects thanks to this helpful guide. Kudos to Ms. Colgrove and the publisher for recognizing that visual learners need different tools.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By mysterylady on January 29, 2008
Format: Kitchen
This was the second sewing book I purchased, the first one being The Complete Book of Sewing by DW Press which was too overwhelming (covered every technique with one well written brief explanation and photo but lacked step-by-step details and photos...more like an encyclopedia).
I am a complete beginner and while Teach Yourself Visually Sewing did provide step-by-step instruction and pictures that were helpful to cross reference to the other book, the explanations exclude important details and their briefness makes them unclear so you to have to re-read them several times before understanding.
Overall this book was helpful (had good sections on types of needles and threads and hand stitching and some better illustrations of techniques than most), but the writing could have been better. The section about hemming was horrible/worthless (skip it!).
Here comes the diatribe: I cannot believe the number of "complete" and "beginner" books that don't bother to properly explain how to mend and take-in and shorten garments which is one of the main reasons folks buy a sewing machine initially. I guess I need to buy yet another book that does explain this...the Singer one(?) or the tear apart and reconstruct type sewing book(?). Also, why is it that no one has written a decent teach yourself beginner book series that includes everything you need to know in spiral binding with appropriate descriptions AND illustrations (forget about the projects, that can be book 2)?
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on July 8, 2007
Format: Kitchen Verified Purchase
I have sewn most of my life and was hoping to pass some sewing knowledge to my daughter. Since I don't claim to be any great expert on all aspects of sewing, I thought she would benefit from a good sewing book. This book does cover many things, more so than some books, but I found some of the explanations too short for a beginner and many of the pictures are hard to see due to fabric and thread color choice. I had to reread some of the instructions more than once to understand what was being explained and I already know something about these things. Since my daughter is old enough to use this book on her own, I feel although it may be a decent reference, it is not the perfect book to learn by. I'll keep looking.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stacy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 16, 2010
Format: Kitchen Verified Purchase
I am very much a novice seamstress. I used to participate in a Civil War

I am very much a novice seamstress. I used to participate in a Civil War Reenactment troupe, resulting in me needing to learn how to create period-correct clothing (or pay the exorbitant fees for clothes from specialty vendors). After buying a sewing machine (see the review for my current machine here), I have primarily learned how to sew through trial and error.

In an attempt to earn extra cash, I decided to make doll clothes to sell at the county fair. After breaking out my sewing machine, acquiring cloth, notions, and various embellishments, I made a doll skirt. At that point I realized just how rusty I was- I don't think I could've made a more crooked seam if I tried. I immediately logged onto Amazon and made use of my Amazon Prime membership: within two days I held my copy of Teach Yourself Visually Sewing.

Allow me to explain the reason behind my purchase. I am very much a visual learner; reading a paragraph of instructions without pictures (or even minimal pictures that may not necessarily cover every step) renders me down to the learning function of a monkey attempting calculus.

After reading other customer's praise for this book, I clicked the button to purchase it.

I cannot begin to explain adequately just how great this book is. I learned more about sewing within a half hour of reading than I learned over the past six years.

Debbie Colgrove's writing style is very informative while remaining simplistic (a sewing pun!). This is not to say that she writes as though the reader is an idiot, rather, she takes the time to explain concepts without cluttering up the book with sewing terminology.
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