- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (March 15, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806975644
- ISBN-13: 978-0806975641
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Book Of Sewing Shortcuts Paperback – March 15, 1981
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Top Customer Reviews
I've given it four stars, since the title and the content have little relation to one another. I'd give it five stars for just the content, though. I took the book out of the public library before I bought it, so I knew what I was getting into. Had I purchased it on the title alone, I might have been disappointed.
The thing I like best about this book is that the author doesn't lay down rigid rules. Sewing is an art, not a science, so there is plenty of scope for independent thinking. The book shows that there is always more than one way of accomplishing a task, and gives the pros and cons of each method. Readers can try them out and decide which approach makes the most sense in their own situation. The book will give anyone who sews, or who would like to learn, the information they need to customize their sewing for a quality result.
This book is a book of comparisons of all sewing methods possible for a single technique. It shows you the normal way and also how the professionals do without criticizing 'one is better than the other'. Which technique works for me might not work for somebody else. It is a matter of personal preference and way of sewing and also, the skill level.
If you are looking for a step by step beginner book, then go for New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest. It is excellent and very comprehensive. But if you are looking for the different methods to do a collar or zippers or any other technique, to figure out what works for you, then THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gave this self taught sewer like myself much more insight into professional sewing thechniques. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tenisha Hewitt
As other reviewers have said, this really isn't a book of "sewing shortcuts." The author uses the word "shortcut" several times, but it doesn't quite fit. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Orianna
This is a must have reference for serious sewers for couture methods for the terrific results they bring and Claire Schaeffer is the *best there is" to put it into writing and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by MCB
I love this book. Lots of useful information, even if you have been sewing for years like me. I guess you can always learn something new!Published 20 months ago by Monardia
Reviewed this book from the library before purchasing for my own library. It has tips not seen anywhere else. No wonder, the authur is Ms. Shaeffer. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Listner
Great reference book for any sewist. Easy to find topics, helpful detailed information provided. A gem!Published on August 21, 2014 by Rascal's Mom
It took awhile for the book to get here...but, when I received it I was pleasantly surprised to see what excellent condition it was in... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by gailkratz
This book was offered in both hard cover and soft cover by Amazon. I chose a listing under hard cover but received a soft cover version. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by LCB