Sewing is an art as old as mankind. Transmitted by women from century to century, it has never lost its utility or its charm. Mother taught daughter; neighbor taught neighbor. As an attainment, it constitutes, for women and men alike, a lore all its own. The woman of yesterday, were she able to look in on methods and implements today, would be amazed at the singular progress which has been made to improve quality and artistic effect.
Though the sewing craft is well established, there are still many individuals who want to learn, or who wish to improve their present ability. For these, many facilities are available. Courses are offered by schools, department stores, and sewing machine manufacturers. Magazines frequently devote many of their pages to some aspect of clothing. Many books have been written on the subject. But, all too often, these facilities are not available in the locale of the person desiring them, they are inconvenient, too expensive, or are designed only for the expert.
The publication of this compact, inexpensive book on sewing is intended to solve the problem for such persons and should indeed be a boon to all who are interested in the subject. Here is a book which can be as useful in the hands of the novice as to the experienced sewer.
For the beginner there is a chapter on first projects. An individual can progress with confidence from less complicated problems to the more involved until she is a competent sewer. And there need be no limit to the age of the beginner. "Beginner" may or may not connote youth. Many a woman has learned to sew at an early age, as soon indeed as she could handle the sewing machine with comfort and safety. Other women have learned when they were the age of grandmothers Fortunately, this is a skill which can bring satisfaction at any age. Therefore, it is hoped that this book will encourage many women to try their hands at this fascinating occupation.
For the experienced sewer, there is a wealth of material in this book. She has only to refer to the section in which she has a special interest at the moment, such as collars, pleats, sleeves and the like and a possible solution will be revealed to her.
A singular advantage in this book is the comprehensive coverage of all aspects of sewing. If a person is interested in the selection of a pattern for a new spring dress, how to mend a tear in a coat, the use of the buttonhole attachment on her sewing machine, or the best choice of fabric for pajamas, the information is readily available.
In connection with the extensive treatment of the subject, it is well to consider that the book does not have to be read from cover to cover to find the answer to any such problem. The index is alphabetical and so inclusive that it becomes a valuable aid in finding the answer to your question. Not only is this a book of instruction, it is a sort of sewing encyclopedia as well. Yet the book is not filled with endless repetition. Rather than repeat a process monotonously, a cross reference is made to a full description of a given process to aid the reader in turning to it.