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Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1976)

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Comprehensive, practical and inspiring, 'The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing' gives you all the information and advice you need to create superb clothes and home accessories, whatever your level of experience.

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Very helpful for the new sewer! ( )
  Jandrew74 | May 26, 2019 |
Combines sewing fundamentals with up-to-date coverage of the latest equipment and advice on how to set up an effective sewing center, choose fabrics, and produce professional-looking clothes and household items. Denise liked it so much that she bought her own copy.
  ASDP_Colorado | Oct 19, 2016 |
I love this guide! I'm a novice sewer who *just* got a machine. This book helped me to learn the basics of garment construction and some very useful hand-stitches for the heady days when I didn't have my machine. I know I will keep going back to this time and again as I continue to learn this craft. ( )
  lizzybeans11 | Apr 7, 2011 |
Part of my permanent collection, used a reference and located in the craft room.
  sunfi | Nov 12, 2008 |
'The New Complete Guide to Sewing' includes an absolutely amazing amount of detail meant to get you from rank beginner through finely tailored clothing, and honestly I expect this book to still be useful to me in ten years from now. It's jam-packed with diagrams, color photos, and plenty of highly-detailed and very clear instructions.

Hand-sewing tips are included, as well as instructions for using the 'essential' hand stitches. This includes full-page instructions in most cases, with multiple diagrams. Each diagram comes with both an easy-to-understand explanation and a set of step-by-step detailed instructions. Essential stitches include everything from tailor's tacks to basting, backstitching, hemming & joining (slipstitch, cross-stitch, overhand, whipstitch, etc.), finishing stitches, decorative stitches, and so on. In particular I appreciate that the explanation included with each stitch details exactly what that stitch tends to be used for and why.

One of my favorite details throughout the book is the extensive cross-referencing. For example, the page that details and diagrams overedge seams provides page references to the overlock machine on page 15, zigzag stitching on page 83, and overlock stitching on p. 83. You won't have to go nuts trying to locate all the information you need.

This book can start you out as a beginner and still be useful to you ten years later. It covers everything from basic stitches to fabric types to advanced tailoring techniques, in a ton of detail with precise directions and diagrams.

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