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More Fabric Savvy: A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Fancy fabrics can be intimidating even for the experienced sewer. You spend all this money on the fabric, only to run into problems because it slips when you cut out the pattern or the tension won't accept the fabric or the needle is the wrong size. How do you reduce your losses before you begin? You get this book, that's how.
In the "Search Inside" feature, we see African Mudcloth (exotic), Alpaca (expensive) and Batik (exotic and expensive). But there are entries for more commonly used fabrics such as denim, crepe de chine, lace, and double knits to name just a few.
And there's a ton of info on each fabric: sewing tips, how or whether to preshrink, how to lay out the fabric, how to mark it, what size needle to use, how to finish your seams...there's more after that.
I love this book. I love the spiral binding that allows it to lay flat without any effort on my part, the excellent use of color and page layout that makes the information jump off the page, and the wealth of information presented. There's a 6-page section on seam how-to's, 2 pages on details, 4 pages on closures, 6 pages on hem how-to's, and lots more info on linings, stain removal, a glossary AND a thorough index. There is a lot of useful info in this 234-page volume!
This book rocks. If you're brand new to sewing or you've been at it for 40 years, your bookshelf should include this volume.
Save yourself time, money, and grief and get this book before starting that wedding dress project or that ripstop windbreaker. You'll be glad you did.
More Fabric Savvy gets an A+ from this seamstress.
I haven't read Schaeffer's guide on this subject (though her book Couture Sewing Techniques absolutely blew me away!), so I can't compare the two. But I do really like this guide. Thank you, Sandra Betzina!
-a big fan
In terms of the written information, I have only two minor quibbles. First, many of the finishing suggestions specify using a serger with no alternative options. While I appreciate that a serger may be the best option in some cases, I think it would have been helpful to know what alternate methods could be used by those of us with only a standard sewing machine. Second, there were several cases where Betzina specified that natural fibers were an ideal alternative to manmade, and indicated that manmade fibers would have puckered seams. I was hoping, for those of us who might end up wanting or needing to work with a synthetic fiber on occasion, that she might, instead, offer tips for avoiding or controlling puckers in the fabric. Again, I'm hard pressed to believe there's no option at all. Both these quibbles may be a product of limited space and I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying the book on those grounds. The information is really helpful and should be an asset to anyone who isn't already an expert in fabric characteristics.
The reason I'm not giving this book a solid 4 or 5 stars is because the photos are confusing and in several cases, I think they are simply wrong. Garments are shown laid flat on the ground, often as complete outfits that are clearly made with multiple fabrics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She just is an awesome teacher and I think she has forgot more than I know! Lol Again....I'm glad I purchased this one and added to my library.Published 3 months ago by Ruth
A life saver. I cannot express how important it is to have a book that explains if and how to pretreat fabric BEFORE clothing production. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mickey
This was another purchase I made for a friend I was teaching how to sew. She loved the book.Published 5 months ago by Pallie Spadafino
This book is thorough and it'll be going with me to Joann and Hancock Fabric stores!!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This reference book belongs in every sewer's library. It's concise, complete and very easy to use. How did I ever get along without it?Published 12 months ago by L. Lazic
Great resource on fabric. I have her first book as well and use them both all the time.Published 13 months ago by Y. Cantrell