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Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide (Creative Machine Arts) Paperback – December 1, 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Creative Machine Arts
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 6 edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801986281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801986284
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book has become the most important book to me when making clothes. Using it before starting saves from many troubles. It not only explains how different fabrics behave, what threads and needles to use, but gives an extensive view also of the types of seams and finishes to use. The included hints are really valuable, giving a lot of inside information and experience. This book really saves time, material and patience.
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By A Customer on September 18, 2002
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This is one of the few books which I regard as a bible in the world of sewing and fashion design. I was a clothing designer in the garment industry for 15 years and am now a professor of fashion design. I tell my students that they need to own this book if they are at all interested in continuing in the business of making clothes. This answers all those questions about how to handle, construct, and use different materials and fabrics.
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I bought this book looking for a single resource of fabric characteristics and how to work with them. Since this is an updated edition from a previously published edition, I expected that the text within each fabric type would be updated. This is not so. In the beginning of the book, it indicates that the reader should refer to the appendices for the updated information on needle sizes and disregard what is in each section for reach fabric regarding needle sizes. It also indicates that the reader should ignore all washing tips to preset dyes and colors as this is no longer recommended. There are two other items called out in the foreword as well where the inline text is overridden elsewhere in the book. So, the text itself for each fabric type was not updated. As a "reference" book, where one would be going directly to the specific section for a particular fabric type, in order to get the correct information, the reader must remember that they must also reference overriding information located separately in an appendix. Because of this, I give this book 2 stars.
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By A Customer on August 26, 1999
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Wonderful reference book for fabrics, how to sew them and their qualities. I wouldn't be without this! Covers everything from fur thru to stretch knits.
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This is an excellent reference guide I recently made a chiffon wedding gown for a client first time I've sewn an entire dress out of chiffon, 2 layers as well, the book was absolutely on target, used a roller foot, changed my foot to an embroidery foot, loosened my tension and I had not one bit of problem.

The only thing I haven't been able to find in the book is how to sew using crinkle fabric.
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This book gives great detail on sewing on different types of fabrics. It describes the weave, care, etc of many fabrics. However, it doesn't cover them all. I found this book disorganized. I couldn't quite follow how it was set up. That doesn't deter from the endless amount of information found here. Great book!
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I purchased this book after purchasing my second sewing machine and I wish I would have made this purchase sooner. It has been a tremendous help to my improvement sourcing fabric for projects.
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