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5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing instruction for those confused by diagrams, April 7, 2010
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This review is from: The Sewing Bible: A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques (Hardcover)
I just opened and went through this book last night after weeks of trying to decide if it was apropriate replacement to The New Complete Guide to Sewing put out by Reader's Digest (I bought that book years ago only to have it sit on my shelf and collect dust because I found the diagrams confusing and I had trouble finding things in it) and I have to say it is. Since there is no way to look in this book, I thought I'd include the table of contents along with the comment that everything is demonstrated within the book is done in full color photographes on colorful fabric so that there are no confusing diagrams whatsoever. Also, it is a very bright and attractive book that I think would add inspiration and joy to learning to sew thanks to all the pictures, the appropriate spacing and pacing of the instructions along with them, the encouraging voice of the author as well as the wonderful quality of the paper and binding.

It is divided into three sections: Practical Techniques, Decorative Techniues and Using the Techniues though each section has its own list of projects.

Practical techniues:
Setting up a sewing space
Basic tools
Fabric
Notions
Starting Sewing
Pressing and steaming
Hand Stiches
Machine stiches
Seams
Notching a curved seam
Princess seams
Inset corners
Hems
Couture hems
Blind hems
Edgings, bindings and piping
Continuous bias strips
Mitered corners
Fastenings
Invisable zippers
Bound Buttonholes

Decorative techniques:
Frills and ruffles
Pleats, folds and tucks
Decorative box pleating
Trimmings
In-seam trims
Scalloped edges
Fabric manipulation (gathers)
Yo-yos (like the ones on the cuff on the cover)
Stich and slash (creating faux chenille)
American smocking
Quilting, aplique and patchwork
Hand quilting
Trapunto (a really cool looking way to use shapes and stuffing to give fabric texture)
Reverse applique
Patchwork
Embroidery

Using the techniques:
Curtains
Pillows
Dressmaking
Designing
Customizing and recycling
Repairs and alterations

More tools are covered at the back of the book and there is a fabric guide, templates for the projects, a glossary, a section for further reading and a list of suppliers back there before the index. My only comment on the projects included is that they are very cute and vintage looking, which is something I like about them, but someone looking for more avant garde designs won't find what they're looking for in here. All in all, I love this book already and I know that it's going to be a constant companion as I takle the world of sewing without taking lessons in a classroom setting or a family member to teach me.
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2010 5:39:39 AM PDT
Kymberli says:
Thank you so much for including a table of contents!

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 12:15:08 PM PST
DanaeZM says:
This is just about the most comprehensive review I've ever read.
Thank you!

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 11:57:27 AM PST
John says:
Thank you for your thorough review, esp. for including the Table of Contents.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 8:30:15 AM PST
Jen B says:
Thank you for this excellent review!

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 12:26:53 PM PST
i was on the fence about ordering yet another sewing book, but after reading the review, i now have to have it! thank you for including the table of contents! that is one thing i always want to know before i buy, but can't always find out. again, excellent review.
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