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101 Essential Tips: Basic Sewing Paperback – November 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: 101 Essential Tips
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789419777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789419774
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, although it covers a broad range of topics, does not adequately cover any of them. I teach sewing and bough this book thinking it might be good to use as a text, and was very disappointed. The pictures are hard to see, the directions vague. If I did not know what they meant already, I never would have been able to figure it out from this text. I do not recommend this book to any seamstress at any level.
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This book keeps its promise of delivering "101 essential tips". From choosing cutting tools to repairing a button hole, there are lots of tips to satisfy the beginner sewer. While I like the layout, which includes step-by-step instructions accompanied by photos, this little book could be vastly improved by adding a few more pictures to some of the tips to make them more clear. A couple of pictures could also be improved by better choice of colour (e.g. attaching a flat collar, which is a glaring yellow, and darning a hole, which is so well done you cannot see the example stitches clearly enough!). Nevertheless, overall it is a very useful book.
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terminology not for the inexperienced. directions vague. i'll be returning it.
i much prefer the readers digest complete guide to sewing.
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I love this book, it is great for those times when I am sewing and just can't remember how to do something that is called for. As a sewing site guide on bellaonline.com it has come in handy to answer questions for those long forgotten things, like handstitching a buttonhole. Tho I do wish that there were a few more illustrations when describing how to accomplish something, I do recommend this book to any sewer from beginner to experienced.
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This book is exactly what the title says, basic sewing. The book's illustrations are easy to follow and includes information and step-by-step guidance on how to make a dart, seams, sleeves, work with a pattern, hem and other sewing essentials. The book also shows how to make simple clothing repairs, something that plagues every household. In fact, I plan to give a copy of this book to all of my friends who show up with clothes and ask "can you fix this."
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this is a great reference for someone who can sew a straight line but little more. It's a quick, practical, UNDERSTANDABLE, guide for the procedures glossed over in most patterns. The only part of the book that I would expand is the layout, marking, and cutting sections. This is where I would have appreciated a discussion of different techniques/shortcuts that will not ruin a project. Overall a great little book, the kind of thing I'd like to send my kids off with when they leave home.
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This very affordable, essential reference for beginners covers all the basics of sewing in a broad range of topics, without ever turning too technical for the reader. The well-organized, thoroughly indexed and concise information is presented in handy tips, easy-to-remember answers to frequently asked questions, and step-by-step expert advice with detailed explanations that include topics like:
*Tools, threads and fabrics
*Basic stitches
*Working with patterns and seams
*Darts, pin tucks, gathers and pleats
*Waistbands, hems, necklines, collars, sleeves and cuffs
*Fastenings
*Mending
The key information and direct-to-the-point explanations contained in this handbook are accompanied with more than 250 full-color photos and illustrations, which perfectly depict the points being made and make this volume visually enjoyable. And with a binding perfectly suited for constant browsing and repeated check-ups, you are sure to come back to it again and again.
The one thing missing from this volume is a glossary for common terms, but overall, the nuggets of helpful information presented here are a great value for their price. This is a must-buy for beginners who want a simple and easy to follow guide with instructions that can be instantly absorbed.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
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This book is complete with pretty but inadequate illustrations. They are so bad it is totally impossible to tell what the author is talking about. He should take a lesson from cookbook authors who are able to put themselves in the position of the eager=to-learn reader.
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