Fine Machine Sewing: Easy Ways to Get the Look of Hand Finishing and Embellishing

Overview

Do you love the look of hemstitching, fagoting, and pintucking? Fine Machine Sewing is the first comprehensive guide to producing details that look handsewn with the ease of the sewing machine. Whether working with a purchased garment or one you are making yourself, you will find clear, step-by-step instructions. This reference book can be used by sewers of all skill levels for mastering classic finishing and embellishing techniques and for learning how to get the most out of ...
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Overview

Do you love the look of hemstitching, fagoting, and pintucking? Fine Machine Sewing is the first comprehensive guide to producing details that look handsewn with the ease of the sewing machine. Whether working with a purchased garment or one you are making yourself, you will find clear, step-by-step instructions. This reference book can be used by sewers of all skill levels for mastering classic finishing and embellishing techniques and for learning how to get the most out of any sewing machine.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Decorative hand stitchery, applique, fine finishing - all these techniques of heirloom sewing can make both handmade and purchased garments into unique expressions of individual creativity. Handwork, however, demands a large time commitment. Ahles, a frequent teacher at machine-sewing seminars and a former sewing retailer, argues that almost any fine handsewing technique can be duplicated in a fraction of the time by home sewers at any skill level using almost any home sewing machine. This book proves her point. A trouble-shooting guide, tips, and a question-and-answer section supplement detailed instructions and illustrations. A good selection for most public libraries.
Library Journal
Ahles is a popular teacher of heirloom and creative sewing and a frequent contributor to Threads magazine. Since the publication of the first edition of Fine Machine Sewing (LJ 12/96), this book has become the bible of heirloom sewing techniques, with an emphasis on pintucking, fagoting, and decorative hemming. This second edition has been revised to include new techniques and information on newly available sewing machines, as well as an additional chapter on replicating vintage lace and entredeux. An essential purchase for sewing and costuming collections in public and academic libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585861
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 737,947
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 2
1 Getting the Best Results 4
2 Easy Ways to Achieve Precision in Your Sewing 26
3 Decorative Edges and Creative Applique 42
4 Twin-Needle Stitching 52
5 Hemstitching 66
6 Fagoting 100
7 Hemming and Re-hemming, Plain or Fancy 114
8 Narrow Hemming 126
What to Look for in a Sewing Machine 142
Caring for Your Sewing Machine 145
Resources 146
Machine Settings for Decorative Techniques 147
Index 149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Basic Heirloom Techniques for Any Machine!

    Perfect for the beginner and a handy reference for the experienced. Beautiful Color Photographs throughout as well as pictures of feet/accessories needed. Non-specific regarding machines brands (ie: use stitch #139 on the Elna or #19 on the Pfaff). Shows actual pictures of stitches that almost any machine can do, and how to get the 'look'. An excellent addition to every sewists library. If you want to try your hand at heirloom sewing but don't know where to start....start here. Then go to Mimi's books...if you can find them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Best sewing book ever bought!

    Don't miss out! Great photos, amazing descriptions, am very very happy I bought this book. It hasn't left my sewing table since it arrived. I refer to it with every project - at least once!

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