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The Complete Book of Sewing covers every technique you need for dressmaking and sewing for the home, from choosing the right fabric, to pleating and lining, to achieving couture finishes. With this practical sourcebook at your fingertips, you will be able to create a whole new wardrobe or give a room a fresh look with new curtains and cushions. Each technique is illustrated step-by-step in color photographs so that you can see exactly what to do. Supplementary artworks and special tip boxes appear throughout the ...
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The Complete Book of Sewing covers every technique you need for dressmaking and sewing for the home, from choosing the right fabric, to pleating and lining, to achieving couture finishes. With this practical sourcebook at your fingertips, you will be able to create a whole new wardrobe or give a room a fresh look with new curtains and cushions. Each technique is illustrated step-by-step in color photographs so that you can see exactly what to do. Supplementary artworks and special tip boxes appear throughout the book to make the techniques even clearer and to show you shortcuts and tricks of the trade. The Complete Book of Sewing tells you which tools you need for each technique. You will also learn how to choose a pattern, alter it to fit, and apply it to your fabric, and how to identify the fabric that is best for your needs.
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YAThis outstanding sewing guide provides a detailed reference for both novices and experts. Each page is filled with colorful photographs of models demonstrating different techniques. Chapters explain how to pick and use patterns; select fabrics and notions; sew basic stitches and seams; attach interfacings and interlinings; form darts, tucks, pleats, and gathers; sew necklines, collars, waistlines, sleeves, and cuffs; hem; and add edges, fastenings, and pockets. The Complete Guide to Sewing (Reader's Digest, 1976) makes the directions for marking and cutting pattern pieces more accessible by combining them in one chapter, plus it provides more basic directions for using a serger. However, the blue-and-white illustrations and layout lack the powerful aesthetic appeal of Cream's guide. This title can supplement any pattern company's garment construction, and its visuals will entice many YAs to give sewing a try. A definite purchase.Linda Diane Townsend, West Potomac High School, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789404190
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Tools and equipment 10
Machines for sewing 16
Working with patterns 22
Cutting out fabrics 34
Cotton fabrics 42
Woolen fabrics 48
Linen and silk fabrics 52
Synthetic and special fabrics 56
Fabric care 62
Threads 63
Notions 64
Handstitches 72
Machine stitches 77
Finishing touches 78
Seams and seam finishes 82
Underlying fabrics 94
Underlinings 96
Interfacings 98
Linings 102
Interlinings 105
Forming darts 108
Making tucks 111
Forming pleats 114
Creating gathers 120
Making and attaching necklines 126
Making placket bands 138
Making and attaching collars 142
Stretch neckbands 154
Forming waistlines 158
Making casings 160
Making and attaching waistbands 166
Belts and carriers 172
Making sleeves 180
Straight sleeve finishes 188
Cuffs with openings 192
Cuffs without openings 198
Making hems 204
Binding edges 220
Ruffles 228
Using buttons 234
Machine buttonholes 238
Handstitched buttonholes 246
Button loops 248
Attaching zippers 250
Other fastenings 260
Making and attaching pockets 266
Custom tailoring 282
Couture dressmaking techniques 298
Mending 304
Glossary 308
Index 313
Acknowledgments 320
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    The Best Sewing Book Ever!!!

    This is the ultimate book for sewing whether a beginner or a professional alike! Each description provides you with color photos, step-by-step diagrams leading you in every step of the way. While other books are confusing and do not provide color photos, this book is written in plain English (aka you do not need a dressmaker's vocabulary) and blasted with color photos every step of the way. For those of you who are confused with the types of needles, types of fabric, properly using a pattern, and mending clothes, this book explains all to you in simple words that everyone can understand! Finally! A book that explains it all!

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