Singer Simple Sewing Guide: Essential Machine-Side Tips and Techniques

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A machine-sewer's companion of sewing essentials and helpful hints

The Singer Simple sewing series is an easy-reference collection of basic techniques, tips, and trade secrets for nearly every sewing situation. This "at your fingertips" guide provides illustrated instruction for dozens of techniques every sewer will refer to again and again-tips for making the perfect seam, deciphering pattern marks, choosing the best fabrics, applying trims, and more. The Singer Simple Sewing ...

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Overview

A machine-sewer's companion of sewing essentials and helpful hints

The Singer Simple sewing series is an easy-reference collection of basic techniques, tips, and trade secrets for nearly every sewing situation. This "at your fingertips" guide provides illustrated instruction for dozens of techniques every sewer will refer to again and again-tips for making the perfect seam, deciphering pattern marks, choosing the best fabrics, applying trims, and more. The Singer Simple Sewing Guide is an essential, machine-side reference for home sewers of all skills levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589233133
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Singer Simple Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Inspired to sew?     5
All about sewing machines     6
The Sewing Machine     6
Machine Features     7
Machine Needles     8
Bobbins     9
Presser Feet     10
Stitch Patterns     11
The Serger     12
Tools of the trade     13
Hand-sewing Tools     13
Measuring Tools     14
Cutting Tools     15
Marking Tools     16
All about Thread     17
Pressing Tools     18
Interfacing, Stabilizers & Fusibles     19
How to Apply Interfacing     20
Lining     21
Zippers     22
Buttons and Fasteners     24
Elastics     26
Decorative Trim     27
Functional Trim     28
Working with patterns     29
Commercial Patterns     29
Pattern Sizing     30
Finding the Right Size     31
Design & Wearing Ease     32
The Pattern Envelope     33
The Instruction Sheet     34
The Pattern Pieces     35
Simple Length Adjustments     37
Getting set to sew     38
Choosing the Right Fabric     38
Prepare Your Work Space     39
Winding & Loading the Bobbin     40
Threading the Sewing Machine     42
Checking Stitch Tension     43
Prepare Your Fabric     44
Straightening Fabric Grain     45
Preparing & Laying Out the Pattern     46
Pinning the Pattern     47
Cutting the Fabric     48
Marking the Fabric     49
Check Before You Sew     51
Essential techniques     52
Construction Stitches     52
The Perfect Seam     54
Trimming a Seam     55
Types of Seams     56
Seam Finishes     58
Hand Stitches     60
Basting Methods     61
Sewing Darts     62
Mitering Corners & Trims     63
Forming Gathers     65
Sewing Ruffles     66
Easing     67
Inserting a Zipper     68
Inserting a Lapped Zipper     70
Inserting a Centered Zipper     72
Buttonhole Tips     73
Making Buttonholes      74
Sewing on Buttons     75
Attaching Fasteners     77
Sewing Elastic to Fabric     78
Inserting Elastic in a Casing     79
Making Bias Binding     81
Making Piping     82
Attaching Trims     83
Marking & Preparing Hems     86
Hemming Methods     87
Pressing Pointers     89
Sewing special fabrics     90
Sewing Stretch Fabrics     90
Sewing Slippery Fabrics     92
Sewing Sheer & Lace Fabrics     94
Sewing Napped Fabrics     96
Sewing Striped, Plaid, & Print Fabrics     98
Fabric glossary     100
Woven Fabrics     100
Knit Fabrics     101
Cotton     102
Linen     103
Silk     104
Wool     105
Rayon, Acetate & Triacetate     106
Synthetic Fibers     107
Index     109
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