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Sewing Activewear (Singer Sewing Reference Library) Paperback – December 27, 1987

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Product Details

  • Series: Singer Sewing Reference Library
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (December 27, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865732124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865732124
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a great purchase! It covers topics that are often ignored in other construction/reference books, or are only discussed in a general sort of way. It discusses types of fabrics, special equipment, and special techniques that you will need to deal with activewear. It discusses swim/dance/skate/biking type leotards and skirts, sweatpants/sweatshirts/t-shirts for general exercise activities, and making heavy duty weather-proof type coats that need to have insulation and water repellent properties. The only thing I wish it discussed more is how to deal with fit issues that arise with these special types of fabrics. Although general fitting is discussed (lengthening/shortening, areas of measurements, etc.) more specific issues like swayback adjustments, etc. are not. Since these garments need to be either skin tight or are large and bulky, they tend to have fitting issues that are slightly different than those encountered when trying to make something structured like a coat. Also, some people may feel that the images are slightly dated, and there have been many improvements and new types of activewear material that didn't exist back when this book was fist published. However, as this book is mostly for techniques and less for inspiration, I find that the topics it covers are still relevant for many things people may need to make today, even if we are using some new and different fabrics or styles. Overall I think it is a great reference book for anyone who wants to sew specialized activewear or wants a more in-depth reference that discusses how to deal with unusual types of fabric and garments.
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An excellent book for beginners and those wishing to learn how to sew activewear. Does not offer patterns, but provides detailed steps with photographs on how to measure, fit, add finishes, zippers, supplies, etc. Easy to follow and helps build confidence.
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I used to have a book by Singer that had EVERYTHING about sawing. After receiving this book, I realized this book is only 1/4 " thick as oppose to my old book (about 1.75"–2" thick). So it looks like Singer took the old "complete" guide and took it apart by chapters (charging more per chapter). Very disappointing and priced much higher now (considering it is an old publication). It is ver FAR from being a COMPLETE guide. I had to add couple of other "chapter" books and ended up spending more $$$ then I was planning on.
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Bought this book to learn techniques for sewing ballroom dancing outfits, which are after all, just a type of activewear with spangles.
This book was well priced, and the section on sewing stretch fabrics was basic but very helpful, especially if you don't own a serger. Good illustrations.
Glad to add it ro my sewing library!
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