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


Covers equipment, threads, fabrics and trimmings. Includes 3 practice projects plus a step-by-step illustrated guide on threading a needle, basic stitches, cutting and shaping fabric, and machine sewing.
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Covers equipment, threads, fabrics and trimmings. Includes 3 practice projects plus a step-by-step illustrated guide on threading a needle, basic stitches, cutting and shaping fabric, and machine sewing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565236820
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 315,462
  • 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


Part 1: Equipment and Materials

Needles, pins and cutting tools



The sewing machine

Paper patterns


Part 2: Hand Sewing Methods and Techniques

Threading a needle

Straight sewing stitches

Sewing an open seam

Sewing an encased seam

Curves and corners


Using a seam/hem gauge



PROJECT: Drawstring favour bag


Gathering and pleating


Waistbands and cuffs

Openings and fastenings

Making a hand-sewn buttonhole

Attaching set-in sleeves

Trimming: Beads, sequins and bows


Trimming: Edgings, rouleau and applique

Part 3: Machine Sewing Methods and Techniques

A basic border



Part 4: Applique and Quilting

Threading the sewing machine

The bobbin

The importance of tension


Stitch length and width

Machining special fabrics

Machining an encased seam

Machined seam finishes

Making darts

Shaped facings

Inserting a zip fastener


Machining a buttonhole


Making piping [cording]

PROJECT: Dachshund draught excluder

Laundry and aftercare
Sewing terms

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