- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications; 2 edition (December 31, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 089689536X
- ISBN-13: 978-0896895362
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide Paperback – December 31, 2008
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From Library Journal
Home sewers have their choice of many guides to clothing construction, but this title is unique because it focuses on fab rics and materials used to make garments. The fiber content of leathers, synthetic suedes, vinyls, fur, feathers, natural fab rics, and man-made fabrics are all de tailed. The section on fabric structure in cludes woven, knit, and stretch-woven fabrics, while that on surface characteris tics ranges from transparent and napped fabrics to felt, reversible, and quilted fab rics and fabrics with designs. After a de scription of the distinctive properties of each textile, techniques for sewing with professional results are outlined, with special emphasis on seams, hems, edge finishes, closures, and hand stitching. A fabric and fiber dictionary, sewing clinic, glossary, and bibliography complete the work. Illustrations from the collections of international design houses are scattered throughout the text. This comprehensive fiber and fabric dictionary is for all public libraries.
-Judith Yankielun Lind, Rose land Free P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Claire Shaeffer is a respected author, lecturer, college instructor and columnist. She frequently contributes articles to sewing magazines, and has authored many books, including Sew Any Patch Pocket, Couture Sewing Techniques, Sew Any Fabric and The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts. Claire Shaeffer makes her home in Palm Springs, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Claire Shaeffer starts her book with the words: "I know I am obsessed..." and proceeds to prove her point. Bless her, this is an amazing effort! It's well-organized and consistent. Color-marked sections are easily seen from the side of the closed book and there is a comprehensive index. For example, in the Fabric Types section, each general category is introduced with a general description, a bullet box of Fabric Characteristics, and a Sewing Checklist. Then she continues on to Garment planning and Sewing Notes. Under Sewing Notes she breaks out Layout, Cutting and Marking, Stitching Tips, and Pressing. Sidebars with hints and color photos are interspersed throughout. Under the general categories and sub topics with even more detailed information and tips including garment care and so on. In a word, it's very comprehensive and incredibly useful!
I didn't find the clothes in the photos to be distractingly out of fashion. Most are classic styles that you still see. There are a couple that hark back to big hair and shoulder pads but generally speaking she did a remarkable job of picking timeless styles that age well and never really go "out." However, that isn't what this book is about. It's about how to deal with that hateful fabric you just had to buy and then couldn't figure out. It's about optimizing your investment in time and money so that your handcrafted garments are the best they can be.
Being a beginner sewer at that time, it was a HUGE time and frustration saver for me.
After going to design school I found it odd that this text had never been referred to in class, and thought about it from time to time. With each project of different fabrics, I grew a little more frustrated when I didn't have the right combination of needle, thread, stitch length ect.
So I bought it and was pleased to see that it was much less expensive than I anticipated.
Like the "two star" reviewer mentioned....with it being "updated" you'd hope that the actual pages were corrected or updated however they are not. I'm still grateful this book exists and over time I'll just correct the pages according to the appendices.
If you are a design student or a serious sewer, I suggest this book in addition to "Professional Sewing Techniques For Designers", "Patternmaking for Fashion Design" and "Draping for Apparel Design." Collectively these books are my bibles. HOWEVER, be aware that there is word that there are drafting/draping errors in the latter books mentioned above.