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Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns Spiral-bound – November 8, 2007
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"This is the sewing book I've been waiting for! Like the hippest home-ec teacher on the planet, Diana Rupp guides readers through every step of the process. It's fun, it's inspiration, it's everything you need to know."
—Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's hip (think Project Runway), it's hot (with a potential audience of 45 million), and it's coming from exactly the right publisher (remember Stitch 'N Bitch and Generation T). Introducing S.E.W, the beginning sewer's bible.
A reinvention of the postwar sewing how-to, here is a hold-your-hand guide that marries attitude and instruction, that speaks the language of today's crafters while teaching them everything they need to know from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern. Diana Rupp, the author, comes from a long line of crafters, and parlayed her passion into a career as the founder of Make Workshop, a unique DIY school that's been written about in Elle, Budget Living, BUST, Real Simple, Time Out, Vogue Patterns, and more. In S.E.W, Rupp brings the workshop home: buying the right machine; setting up a space and furnishing it with the right tools; introducing fabrics—manmade vs. natural fibers, wovens vs. knits, color theory, buying vintage fabric on eBay; the art of laying out a pattern and cutting; and becoming one with your machine, from best posture to seam allowances, buttonholes, zippers, and the finer points of hand-sewing.
Then comes the fun: 25 amazing projects, 8 with patterns included, all handled with clear, step-by-step instructions—gingham wrap skirt, gauchos, drawstring pants, silky top, downtown hobo/laptop bag, patchwork throw, dog sweater, unisex boxers, vintage apron, more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
The book is chocked full of photos that give very clear step-by-step instructions to many tasks and projects. The steps are clear and concise and the patterns that are included in the book are all the inspiration and skill you need to become a great seamstress.
I've even take her Craftsy online class and she is really a wonderful instructor. If I can help one person desire to try sewing, I would recommend this book, her class and YouTube & blogs to be your guide into the super cool world of garment & craft making.
I have read many books on sewing over the years. Since I reviewed the Sew Everything Workshop, I find it is still the best introduction to sewing book around, with great patterns that are as contemporary as the fabric one uses. This book is my primary reference I use with new students. It is very logically organized to help newbies build on foundation skills and fun to read for teens and young adults.