Popular Sewing Books

30+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On Sewing

Discover the list of some best books written on Sewing by popular award winning authors. These book on topic Sewing highly popular among the readers worldwide.

4.9/5

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

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5/5

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—an artist of the highest degree. As she runs from gho English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—an artist of the highest degree. As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.  

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3/5

8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Free Crochet Patterns by Prime Publishing (Editor)

You’re an old pro at all your favorite stitches. You tend to stick to the ones you know, and that’s totally OK because your scarves are beautiful, and everyone loves your sweaters. But it does get a little, well, boring sometimes doing the same stitch over and over again. For as much or as little as you have been crocheting, have you ever been bold enough to learn how to c You’re an old pro at all your favorite stitches. You tend to stick to the ones you know, and that’s totally OK because your scarves are beautiful, and everyone loves your sweaters. But it does get a little, well, boring sometimes doing the same stitch over and over again. For as much or as little as you have been crocheting, have you ever been bold enough to learn how to crochet something new?

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3.6/5

Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art by Claire Wellesley-Smith

Sometimes less is more—and quality is more important than quantity. That's true in textile art too, and this much-needed guide brings a meaningful, thoughtful, and sustainable approach to stitchery. See how to slow down and experience more joy in your craft by trying simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. Sometimes less is more—and quality is more important than quantity. That's true in textile art too, and this much-needed guide brings a meaningful, thoughtful, and sustainable approach to stitchery. See how to slow down and experience more joy in your craft by trying simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. Richly illustrated throughout, this inspirational book will connect with those who seek a new way of working—whether it's starting a stitch journal or joining a community of like-minded artists.

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4.2/5

Needle and Dread by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

The Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle is needled by the death of a highly strung woman in the new mystery by the author of Wedding Duress.   Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a s The Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle is needled by the death of a highly strung woman in the new mystery by the author of Wedding Duress.   Downtown Sweet Briar is now home to a new sewing shop run by one of the circle’s own. With the help and support of her fellow members, Rose is determined to make SewTastic a success, and, to that end, she decides to sponsor a series of do-it-yourself weekends for sewing enthusiasts.   But when a group arrives at SewTastic to work on a project, a loud and argumentative guest pushes everyone’s buttons. And when she winds up dead in Rose’s project room—strangled by a sewing machine power cord—it’s up to Tori and the gang to stitch together the clues before Rose’s reason for living is ripped apart at the seams. PATTERN AND SEWING TIPS INCLUDED

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4.2/5

Free Sewing Patterns for Spring Fashion: 8 DIY Sewing Projects by Prime Publishing (Editor)

Spring is in the air. After months of covering yourself up with layers and layers of winter clothes, the weather is finally warming up. Birds are chirping; bees are buzzing; flowers are blooming. It’s time to put away that bulky winter jacket and those thermal underpants. With this delightful eBook, you’ll find some amazing sewing patterns that are perfect for spring. From Spring is in the air. After months of covering yourself up with layers and layers of winter clothes, the weather is finally warming up. Birds are chirping; bees are buzzing; flowers are blooming. It’s time to put away that bulky winter jacket and those thermal underpants. With this delightful eBook, you’ll find some amazing sewing patterns that are perfect for spring. From lightweight tops to flirty dresses, Free Sewing Patterns for Spring Fashion: 8 DIY Sewing Projects, will help you make the leap from winter to spring and look flawless doing it.

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3.6/5

Sewing (5th Edition): Sewing For Beginners - Quick & Easy Way To Learn How To Sew With 50 Patterns for Beginners! by Kitty Moore

Sewing: Discover the BEST Way to Learn How to Sew - BONUS: Includes 50 Quick & Easy Patterns for Beginners! FREE BONUS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: If you download this book TODAY, you will receive a FREE DOWNLOAD of Kitty Moore's best selling book, DIY Crafts: The 100 Most Popular Crafts & Projects That Make Your Life Easier. You will ALSO get FREE ACCESS to Kitty's Sewing: Discover the BEST Way to Learn How to Sew - BONUS: Includes 50 Quick & Easy Patterns for Beginners! FREE BONUS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: If you download this book TODAY, you will receive a FREE DOWNLOAD of Kitty Moore's best selling book, DIY Crafts: The 100 Most Popular Crafts & Projects That Make Your Life Easier. You will ALSO get FREE ACCESS to Kitty's Premium Image Gallery, which contains images of all the crafts featured in ALL of her books! The free access links are inside the book. From the Best Selling Arts & Crafts Writer, Kitty Moore, comes Sewing: Sewing For Beginners (5th Edition) - Quick & Easy Way To Learn How To Sew With 50 Patterns for Beginners! This book will teach you the beginners techniques to sewing, with quick and easy beginners instructions. Along with 50 beginners' patterns! If you want to learn how to sew, but can't seem to grasp the basics... If you want a new hobby and sewing interests you... Or if the idea of receiving a full list of sewing instructions and patterns appeals to you... THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! This book provides you with a step-by-step beginners sewing guide to help you get started with your new hobby. This is also my 5th Edition of the book - after months of feedback and editing, my team and I have produced the MOST EFFECTIVE & BEST-SELLING Beginners Sewing book on Amazon! Some of the information provided in this sewing guide include: Learning About Your Sewing Machine Learn Parts Of Your Machine The Power Switch The Spool Pin The Thread Guide The Bobbin Winder The Stitch Adjustment The Thread Take-Up Lever The Tension Dial The Needle Clamp Screw The Presser Foot The Presser Foot Lever The Needle Plate The Feed Dog The Bobbin Cover And Bobbin Release Setting Up your Machine Sewing With Your Machine Sewing A Straight Stitch Sewing A Seam Sewing A Sharp Corner Selecting A Pattern Measuring & Cutting Out Material Lets Start Sewing! Baby Blanket Gardening Apron Kitchen Towel Head Scarf Simple Contrasting Tablecloth Easy As Pie Coin Purse Silk Handkerchief Easiest Kitchen Curtain Well, what are you waiting for? Download YOUR copy TODAY! Tags: sewing, beginners sewing, sewing patterns, sewing for beginners, sewing for kids, needlepoint patterns, needlepoint stitches

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3.9/5

Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques by Nicole Vasbinder

The Perfect Stitch for Every Project Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? This essential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tip The Perfect Stitch for Every Project Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? This essential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations. This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.

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3.5/5

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider

Amelia and her dog are best friends . . . until Princess Sparkle-Heart comes along. Soon, Amelia and Princess Sparkle-Heart are doing everything together: having tea parties, attending royal weddings, keeping each other's secrets.      Princess Sparkle-Heart may be an awesome princess doll—but is she any match for a jealous canine?      Look out, Princess Sparkle-Heart!    Amelia and her dog are best friends . . . until Princess Sparkle-Heart comes along. Soon, Amelia and Princess Sparkle-Heart are doing everything together: having tea parties, attending royal weddings, keeping each other's secrets.      Princess Sparkle-Heart may be an awesome princess doll—but is she any match for a jealous canine?      Look out, Princess Sparkle-Heart!      This witty parable of sibling rivalry has all the giggle-inducing visual detail and kid-appeal of the author's previous work, plus an unexpected twist that makes for a satisfyingly delicious ending.

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4.9/5

My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth (Retelling) , Barbara McClintock (Illustrator)

When my grandfather came to America he made himself a handsome coat! Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it-- until it was all worn out! So what did he do? He snipped and he clipped-- and he stitched and he sewed... and out of the still-good cloth of his coat-- he made himself a smart jacket! How many things can Grandfather make out of that old frayed coat?

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3.1/5

BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza

There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer—both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast, including STC Craft authors Natalie Chanin, Heather Ross, Liesl Gibson, and Gretchen Hirsch, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Whatever the quest—historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators—anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.

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3.7/5

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs by CRK Design , Yasuko Endo

A collection of 123 embroidery motifs using beads! More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery-stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic stitches to full-fashioned designs. With a collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book enables you to create de A collection of 123 embroidery motifs using beads! More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery-stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic stitches to full-fashioned designs. With a collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book enables you to create designs that range from beautiful to whimsical. Motifs vary from elegantly simple single motifs to complex allover patterns to three-dimensional designs. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, with step-by-step instructions and numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on garments, accessories, and home-decor items. Using nothing more than embroidery threads and simple beads, Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs offers new ways for beginner and advanced embroidery enthusiasts alike to set their work apart.

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3.3/5

Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing: 18 Easy Sewing Projects for DIY Gifts and Toys from Fabric Remnants by Kim Kruzich

The fabulous Kim Kruzich aka Retro Mama showcases her unique style and skill with color in this contemporary collection of 18 simple sewing projects all designed to be made from leftover fabrics, Genius! The 18 adorable handmade projects in Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing combine sewing, patchwork, applique and embroidery and include bags, cushions and pillows, quilts, baby b The fabulous Kim Kruzich aka Retro Mama showcases her unique style and skill with color in this contemporary collection of 18 simple sewing projects all designed to be made from leftover fabrics, Genius! The 18 adorable handmade projects in Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing combine sewing, patchwork, applique and embroidery and include bags, cushions and pillows, quilts, baby bibs, soft toys, organizers, bookends, hotpads, mats and more, all using Kim's charming motifs including owls, dolls, cats, birds, clouds, fruits, bears and houses. With over 10,000 happy customers in her Etsy pattern store, Kim's trademark easy-to-follow visual instructions and full-size templates make these projects super accessible and achievable, meaning even beginners will be sewing gifts and toys in next to no time, with the minimum of outlay on materials. Gorgeous full-color photography will inspire you to get sewing to use up your stash and brighten up your home Retro Mama style!

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4.7/5

Wedding Duress by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Librarian Tori Sinclair is tying the knot—as long as a murder doesn’t unravel her plans… Tori is ecstatic to become Mrs. Milo Wentworth in a few days, but she has a lot to do before she sashays down the aisle. Favors need to be sewn, vows need to be written—and a mystifying murder needs to be solved. When Beatrice, a fellow member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Cir Librarian Tori Sinclair is tying the knot—as long as a murder doesn’t unravel her plans… Tori is ecstatic to become Mrs. Milo Wentworth in a few days, but she has a lot to do before she sashays down the aisle. Favors need to be sewn, vows need to be written—and a mystifying murder needs to be solved. When Beatrice, a fellow member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, learns that her former nanny took a fatal fall in her new employers’ home, she suspects the death was not an accident. Now Tori’s spending her last days as a single woman untangling rumors and stitching together motives to find a killer. But can she nab a murderer and make it to the church on time?

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3.3/5

First Time Sewing: Step-by-Step Basics and Easy Projects by Creative Publishing International

Learning how to sew has never been simpler! Enjoy this beginner's guide that takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to sew using hand stiches as well as sewing machines. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing techniques will have you creating projects like aprons, p Learning how to sew has never been simpler! Enjoy this beginner's guide that takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to sew using hand stiches as well as sewing machines. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing techniques will have you creating projects like aprons, pillows, and even pants and shorts in no time. Five simple projects will introduce sewing skills like hems, seams, balancing tension, and how to use a pattern; skills you will use often as you continue to learn.With First Time Sewing, soon you will be stitching amazing gifts and projects with confidence.

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3.6/5

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? Wrong. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer opened the door to this exclusive realm in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, Couture Sewing Techniques , has been revised and updated throughout -- with new photos an The world of haute couture is a place where only a privileged few can ever hope to reside, right? Wrong. Fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer opened the door to this exclusive realm in her authoritative guide to the techniques that define couture sewing. And now, the industry bible, Couture Sewing Techniques , has been revised and updated throughout -- with new photos and a chapter on specialty fabrics. No one can unravel couture garment construction the way Shaeffer can, from the art of hand sewing to mastering edge finishes, from classic closures to shaping a garment for a perfect fit. Readers learn all the basics -- and more importantly: how to apply the techniques -- on skirts and sleeves, pockets and jackets, evening gowns, and more. Gorgeous photos, clear illustrations, and concise language combine to make this the most complete couture-sewing course available.

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3.2/5

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress by Sarai Mitnick

A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric, and a great finish: These are the five fundamentals for perfecting any sewing project. Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them. Powerful instruction: A former expert in A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric, and a great finish: These are the five fundamentals for perfecting any sewing project. Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them. Powerful instruction: A former expert in user experience in the tech industry, Sarai Mitnick's Colette Patterns line has gained a great deal of respect for comprehensive, clear instruction. Comprehensive resource: The chapters cover sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, finishing techniques? In essence, each chapter focuses on what the entirety of another book might cover. Gorgeous package: Pitch-perfect combination of illustration, step-by-step photography and beautiful project shots, all with a clean, lovely design. *Disclaimer: eBook does not include Tissue Enclosures as enclosed with original book.

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3.2/5

Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew by Amy Karol

potter craft amy karol uses her characteristic sense of humor and style to walk novices through every stitch of the sewing process from assembling basic materials and learning techniques to create 30 simple stylish projects that provide instant sewing gratification and confidence. trendy modern patterns for pillows curtains handbags pet accessories and even projects for th potter craft amy karol uses her characteristic sense of humor and style to walk novices through every stitch of the sewing process from assembling basic materials and learning techniques to create 30 simple stylish projects that provide instant sewing gratification and confidence. trendy modern patterns for pillows curtains handbags pet accessories and even projects for the little one in your life are all included. best of all amy explains what is easy what is hard and when not to sweat the small stuff. with its solid instructions great projects and best friend tone bend the rules sewing is the intro to sewing that no one will want to be without. softcover 143 pages. made in usa.

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3.5/5

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques by Gretchen Hirsch , Sun Young Park (Illustrations)

Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia– Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher, and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia–esque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. An extension of the blog, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing is a hardworking reference title packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization, as well as an inimitable pattern collection featuring 25 wardrobe essentials and variations inspired by vintage fashion and Gertie’s spirited, modern style.

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4.3/5

Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching by Heather Ross , John Gruen (Photographer)

More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind—a feeling of relaxation and freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, like the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind—a feeling of relaxation and freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, like the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; others, like the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two—but all of them capture that weekend feeling.   And because weekends are often the most fun when they’re social, Ross features ideas that encourage us to share our stitching and our time, such as a recipe for soup to simmer while sewing, then serve to guests later in the day, and tips for transporting a sewing machine to a friend’s house for an afternoon of social stitching. The sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.    

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4.4/5

Vogue Sewing by Vogue Knitting (Editor)

The bestselling guide to sewing gets a freshening up! And it’s from Vogue®: the most respected name in needlework.   A trusted classic since 1975, Vogue® Sewing has remained a consistent bestseller and sewer’s favorite. Now it’s been fully revised and updated, with the latest information and all-new photographs and illustrations, introduction, and page layout.  From choosing The bestselling guide to sewing gets a freshening up! And it’s from Vogue®: the most respected name in needlework.   A trusted classic since 1975, Vogue® Sewing has remained a consistent bestseller and sewer’s favorite. Now it’s been fully revised and updated, with the latest information and all-new photographs and illustrations, introduction, and page layout.  From choosing a machine to mastering couture techniques, it covers everything stitchers need to know to make professional and fashionable garments. It’s certain to remain the premier sourcebook for sewers everywhere.             This technique-rich Vogue’® manual contains comprehensive instructions for understanding pattern markings, selecting fabrics and notions, hand-stitching and mending, pressing, and measuring to fit.  Everything’s beautifully laid out, with charts and detailed explanations. And as it teaches, it also steers you to the right project for your sewing level, with a plethora of photos that showcase different options for both beginners and those more expert with a needle.

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3.8/5

Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler , Jacob Redinger (Illustrator) , Colin McGuire (Photographer)

Celebrated designer Amy Butler brings her fresh, modern style to the timeless craft of sewing. In this lavishly illustrated collection of patterns, she presents more than 25 charming projects ranging from cushy floor cushions to smart aprons to stylish handbags. Our innovative packaging makes for easy usepattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover of Celebrated designer Amy Butler brings her fresh, modern style to the timeless craft of sewing. In this lavishly illustrated collection of patterns, she presents more than 25 charming projects ranging from cushy floor cushions to smart aprons to stylish handbags. Our innovative packaging makes for easy usepattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover of this full-color, lay-flat spiralbound book. Lush photographs inspire, while how-to illustrations and straightforward text (minus the confusing sewing lingo) make it a cinch to achieve beautifully finished projects. In addition, Amy offers thoughtful tips on finding and treating new or vintage fabrics, an easy-to-navigate techniques section, and a glossary and resource guide at back. Whether it's chic placemats and napkins for the kitchen, a luxurious kimono-style robe for the bath, or handy organizer baskets for the home office Amy Butler's In Stitches makes it easy to create beautiful accessories for every room and every mood.

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3.3/5

The Sewing Book by Alison Smith

This is the only sewing book you'll ever need. Every tool and every technique you require for making your own home furnishings or clothing is closely and sharply photographed, carefully annotated, and clearly explained. The Tools section begins with the basic toolkit, opening up into everything you could possibly need every type of cutting tool and machine foot is shown. T This is the only sewing book you'll ever need. Every tool and every technique you require for making your own home furnishings or clothing is closely and sharply photographed, carefully annotated, and clearly explained. The Tools section begins with the basic toolkit, opening up into everything you could possibly need every type of cutting tool and machine foot is shown. This section also includes information on patterns how to measure, how to use, and how to adjust them. Gallery spreads appear throughout the substantial Techniques section and showcase darts, zips, pleats etc, as well as showing key stitches. Plus, you can bring your acquired and refined skills to fruition as you make some of the 25 home decor and clothing projects at the back of the book. With "The Sewing Book" on your shelf, you've got every sewing question covered. Written by a passionate stitcher and teacher, with her own sewing school, eager to produce a one-stop sewing bible for her students, this book leaves no hem unturned. You can dip in at any level whether you're new to sewing or refining your art, whether you want to repair an old skirt or create a new one, whether you want to spruce up a curtain or design one from scratch. And with a Foreword by U.S. sewing teacher, Diana Rupp, this book has it all sewn up."

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3.5/5

Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch

If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing. Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry tex If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing. Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes, former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can’t find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you’ve reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for. In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier. But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.

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4.8/5

Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects by Lotta Jansdotter , Meiko Arquillos (Photographer)

Internationally celebrated designer Lotta Jansdotter collects 24 of her most popular sewing patterns into one irresistible collection. Our innovative packaging makes for easy usereusable pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder inside this full-color, lay-flat spiral bound book. Lotta has included patterns for handy tote bags, smart aprons, chic bed linens, and much Internationally celebrated designer Lotta Jansdotter collects 24 of her most popular sewing patterns into one irresistible collection. Our innovative packaging makes for easy usereusable pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder inside this full-color, lay-flat spiral bound book. Lotta has included patterns for handy tote bags, smart aprons, chic bed linens, and much more. Each project is paired with step-by-step instructions, charming photographs, inspiring design ideas, and helpful, hand-drawn how-to illustrationseverything you need to make whimsical pieces for the home and beyond. Best of all, there's nothing complicated about the projects. Never has simplicity looked so sophisticated.

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3/5

Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp

The Book A lively how to and why to sew tutorial that marries attitude and instruction while teaching everything you need to know: How to find the right machine, and become one with it Essential skills, from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern Preparing a workspace The Ten Fabric Commandments Laying out and cutting patterns With step-by-step instructions a The Book A lively how to and why to sew tutorial that marries attitude and instruction while teaching everything you need to know: How to find the right machine, and become one with it Essential skills, from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern Preparing a workspace The Ten Fabric Commandments Laying out and cutting patterns With step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs and illustrations throughout The Projects Cuddle-Up Cardigan Tender is the Nightie Foxy Boxers Canine Couture Coat Cape Mod Power Tie Tokyo Tie Bag Lucky Scrap Scarf Naughty Secretary Skirt Founcy Tank Top Knockout Knickers And more! The Patterns Includes ten original patterns—an $80.00 retail value—rated from One Spool (easy) to Three Spools (advanced Beginner) and designed to build skills.

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4.1/5

The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff , Robbie Fanning (Editor)

The possibilities for three-dimensional manipulation of fabric - gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, and quilting woven materials - are seemingly endless. To describe them all would be to describe the entire history of sewing. In "The Art of manipulating Fabric," Colette Wolff has set herself just this task, and she succeeds brilliantly. Working from the simplest possi The possibilities for three-dimensional manipulation of fabric - gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, and quilting woven materials - are seemingly endless. To describe them all would be to describe the entire history of sewing. In "The Art of manipulating Fabric," Colette Wolff has set herself just this task, and she succeeds brilliantly. Working from the simplest possible form - a flat piece of cloth and a threaded needle - she categorizes all major dimensional techniques, show how they are related, and give examples of variations both traditional and modern. The result is an encyclopedia of techniques that resurface, reshape, restructure and reconstruct fabric. More than 350 diagrams support the extensive how-tos, organized into broad general categories, then specific sub-techniques Handsome photos galleries showcase the breathtaking possibilities in each technique and aid visual understanding by emphasizing the sculptured fabric surface with light and shadow Textile artists and quilters, as well as garment and home decor sewers, will expand their design horizons with the almost limitless effects that can be achieved

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5/5

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin , Eviana Hartman , Beci Orpin (Illustrator) , Agnieszka Gasparska (Illustrator)

Stitch N' Bitch for sewers complete with 3 full Simplicity patterns from downtown fashion darling Wendy Mullin.

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Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca DenHartog , Carole Ann Camp

Blending expert advice with inspiring designs, Sew What! Skirts will delight both novice and veteran sewers alike. This spiral-bound book lays flat for easy reference and features full-color photographs of 16 sample skirts, with illustrated step-by-step instructions for completing each one. Encouraging you to experiment with bold patterns and unique fabrics, Francesca DenH Blending expert advice with inspiring designs, Sew What! Skirts will delight both novice and veteran sewers alike. This spiral-bound book lays flat for easy reference and features full-color photographs of 16 sample skirts, with illustrated step-by-step instructions for completing each one. Encouraging you to experiment with bold patterns and unique fabrics, Francesca DenHartog and Carole Ann Camp provide simple guidelines for translating body measurements into panel dimensions. Create a custom-tailored wardrobe that fits perfectly and showcases your unique and personal style. 

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New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest Association

This volume provides the guidance you need to sew successfully, whatever your level of skill. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions cover everything from cutting out patterns to making sleeves and fitting zips, and are accompanied by thousands of colourful illustrations, diagrams and photographs. This encyclopaedia of sewing includes detailed directions, practical advice This volume provides the guidance you need to sew successfully, whatever your level of skill. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions cover everything from cutting out patterns to making sleeves and fitting zips, and are accompanied by thousands of colourful illustrations, diagrams and photographs. This encyclopaedia of sewing includes detailed directions, practical advice, time-saving tips, essential techniques and hundreds of creative touches to bring out the best in your needlework. There are 20 projects to help you put into practice what you have learned, with ideas for creating clothes and home accessories in classic styles which can be easily adapted to changing trends.

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