Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques

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This complete, step-by-step guide to hand and machine sewing combines basic know-how for the beginner with advanced techniques for the more experienced. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs and clear diagrams, this indispensable reference of tools, fabrics, and techniques covers seams, darts, pleats, tucks, necklines, buttonholes, zippers, hems, and much more. One section demystifies paper patterns, while others explore the essential of both hand and machine stitching. A gallery of stunning, original sewn pieces is included to encourage readers to create their own unique designs for pillows, curtains, garments, and decorative projects.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762416516
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Series: The Encyclopedia Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Wendy Gardiner has been writing and working in the sewing industry for over 20 years. She has been editor of Vogue Patterns, Weddings and Special Occasions, and Simplicity Magalog. She has written a number of sewing and craft books, including Easy to Make Sewing and Simply Craft’s Complete Introduction to Cross Stitch as well as writing and presenting a video, Dressmaking for Beginners. Wendy is currently editor of the monthly magazine Sewing World.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Sewing Basics 8
Tools and materials 10
Sewing machines and sergers 18
Choosing and using fabrics 24
Using paper patterns 30
Common stitches and sewing terms 32
Chapter 2 Essential Sewing Techniques 40
Essential hand stitching 42
Essential machine stitching 48
Easy tailoring 79
All about seams 83
Interfacing and stabilizers 88
Techniques for soft furnishings 92
Chapter 3 Special Sewing Techniques 102
Finishing touches 104
Couture techniques 110
Sewing with special fabrics 120
Creative sewing 125
Gallery 144
Reference charts 156
Web resource guide 157
Index and credits 158
Contacts 160
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