Sewing: A Beginner's Step-By-Step Guide to Stitching by Hand and Machine

Overview

Sewing is a timeless craft that is easy to learn - whether you're learning for practical reasons so you can mend and repair clothing or for creative reasons so you can create your own designs from scratch.

Written for the absolute beginner, as well as those looking for a refresher course, Sewing includes three projects with straightforward instructions, as well as a step-by-step illustrated guide on threading a needle, reading a pattern, basic stitches, cutting and shaping ...

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Overview

Sewing is a timeless craft that is easy to learn - whether you're learning for practical reasons so you can mend and repair clothing or for creative reasons so you can create your own designs from scratch.

Written for the absolute beginner, as well as those looking for a refresher course, Sewing includes three projects with straightforward instructions, as well as a step-by-step illustrated guide on threading a needle, reading a pattern, basic stitches, cutting and shaping fabric, and machine sewing with confidence. Included are sections on choosing the right equipment, a glossary of terms and abbreviations, and how to take care of your homemade products. Sewing will provide you with skills that will last a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565236820
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 876,699
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Gerlings is an expert in several art mediums, including needlecraft and fabric arts. She graduated in Publishing from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) and since then has worked as a book designer, writer and editor. She lives in South West London and is currently studying at Wimbledon School of Art for her MA in Fine Art. She is the author of several books, including Sewing, Patchwork, Cross Stitch, Knitting & Crochet, and 100 Great Artists.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Equipment and Materials
Equipment

Needles, pins and cutting tools

Thread

Fabric

The sewing machine

Paper patterns

Notions

Part 2: Hand Sewing Methods and Techniques

Threading a needle

Straight sewing stitches

Sewing an open seam

Sewing an encased seam

Curves and corners

Mending

Using a seam/hem gauge

Hemming

Casings

PROJECT: Drawstring favour bag

Binding

Gathering and pleating

Smocking

Waistbands and cuffs

Openings and fastenings

Making a hand-sewn buttonhole

Attaching set-in sleeves

Trimming: Beads, sequins and bows

PROJECT: Apron

Trimming: Edgings, rouleau and applique

Part 3: Machine Sewing Methods and Techniques

A basic border

Assembly

Finishing

Part 4: Applique and Quilting

Threading the sewing machine

The bobbin

The importance of tension

Troubleshooting

Stitch length and width

Machining special fabrics

Machining an encased seam

Machined seam finishes

Making darts

Shaped facings

Inserting a zip fastener

Topstitching

Machining a buttonhole

Shirring

Making piping [cording]

PROJECT: Dachshund draught excluder

Laundry and aftercare
Sewing terms

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