The Everything Sewing Book: From Threading the Needle to Basting the Hem, All You Need to Alter and Create Beautiful Clothes, Gifts, and Decorations

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Overview

Despite the availability of retail fashion, more and more people are turning away from the assembly line toward one-of-a-kind clothing, decorations, and accessories.

The Everything Sewing Book provides readers with easy instructions for creating beautiful garments, gifts, and decorations for the home. From selecting the right needle and thread to choosing fabrics, reading patterns, and working with a machine, this uncomplicated book introduces readers to the basics of sewing as they complete increasingly challenging projects that will be cherished for years to come. Also included are tips and tricks for making alterations and repairs and dressing up old clothes with embroidery and accents.

Projects include:

  • Curtains and tablecloths
  • Colorful appliqued tote bags
  • Pillows and wall hangings
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Shirts and vests

Supplemented with foolproof illustrations, The Everything Sewing Book is the perfect gift for anyone interested in learning this rewarding craft.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370527
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 7/2/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.05 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Detrixhe (Concordia, KS) has been needleworking for more than twenty years and has shown her creations at county fairs and contests.

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Table of Contents

Top Ten Reasons to Learn to Sew x
Introduction xi
1 Sewing Machines 1
Choosing a Machine 2
Knowing Your Machine 4
Understanding Attachments 7
The Necessary Needle 9
Threading Your Machine 10
Cleaning and Maintenance 11
Using the Machine 13
2 Sewing Tools and Notions 17
Choosing Shears and Scissors 18
Knowing Your Needles and Pins 19
Learning about Thread 21
Choosing Measuring Tapes and Gauges 22
Choosing Marking Tools 22
Considering Pressing Tools 23
Learning about Interfacing 24
Understanding Trims and Bindings 24
Understanding Elastic and Fasteners 26
3 Fabric Facts 29
Comments on Cotton 30
A Look at Linen 31
A Word about Wool 32
Studying Silks 32
Selecting Synthetics 33
Knowing Your Knits 34
Choosing Wisely 34
Preparing Your Fabric 37
4 Basic Mending and Altering 41
Why Bother? 42
Mending Hems and Seams 42
Changing Hemlines 48
Taking In or Letting Out a Seam 52
Mending Simple Tears 53
Mending Holes 55
Buttons and Buttonholes 56
5 Making Curtains 59
Planning Your Curtains 60
Estimating Yardage 60
Choosing Curtain Fabrics 62
Cutting Out Your Curtains 62
Sewing Your Curtains 63
Making Ruffles 65
Making Valances and Flounces 69
Tab Curtains 71
Scalloped Topped Curtains 72
6 Tablecloths 75
Measuring and Shopping 76
Piecing Larger Cloths 76
Cutting an Oval Cloth 77
Cutting a Circle 78
Stitching the Hems 78
Reversible Tablecloths 83
Decorating Ideas 84
7 Pillow Possibilities 89
Learning the Basics 90
Adding Ruffles and Piping 92
Making an Applique Top 94
Making a Handkerchief Top 95
Making a Quilt-Block Top 97
Making a Woven-Ribbon Top 100
Making Chair Cushions 101
8 More Stuffed Fun 105
Fashioning a Fabric Wreath 106
Making Gingerbread Dolls 108
Making a Jingle Kitty 113
Trying a Turtle Shape 113
Stitching Block and Box Shapes 115
Making a Child's Ball 118
9 Three-Piece Crib Set 121
Taking the Measurements 122
Buying Special Supplies 123
Making Fitted Corners 125
Encasing the Elastic 127
Making a Comforter 127
Cutting and Stitching the Bumper Pads 129
Adding Ties 130
Finishing 132
10 Appliqued Tote Bag 133
Designing the Bag for Your Needs 134
Fabric Shopping 136
Making Patterns for Applique 137
Cutting to Order 137
Putting the Pieces Together 138
Making the Handles 139
Sewing It All Together 140
Boxing the Corners 143
11 Fun-to-Make Gifts 147
Trimming Infants' T-shirts 148
Easy Turned Applique 148
Adding Snaps to Toddler Overalls 149
Learning Machine Monogramming 152
Toddlers' Quiet Books 154
12 Lined Baskets and Pincushions 159
Measuring Your Basket 160
Cutting Pieces and Pockets 161
Stitching and Gluing 162
Adding Trim 164
Removable Lining 165
Lining the Lid 167
Pincushion Basket 168
13 Hanging Caddies 169
Planning for Specific Uses 170
Pattern and Pieces 171
Pockets and Trim 173
Attachments for Hanging 175
Putting Front and Back Together 176
Binding the Edges 177
Final Details 179
14 "Welcome Spring" Wall Hanging 181
Reading the Pattern 182
Planning the Message Blocks 184
Cutting the Pieces 184
Piecing the Tulip 186
Piecing the Butterfly 190
Learning Reverse Applique 192
Assembling and Quilting 194
Preparing for Hanging 195
Folded Binding 196
15 Making a Simple Dress from a Pattern 199
Choosing a Pattern 200
Reading the Envelope 200
Fitting the Pattern 202
Laying Out the Pattern 203
Cutting and Marking the Pieces 203
Stitching Darts and Seams 206
Inserting a Centered Zipper 206
Sewing Facing and Interfacing 209
Hem, and You're Done 211
16 Infant's Gown 213
Making a Pattern 214
Fabric and Notions 215
Sewing the Sleeves 216
Making Bias Binding 216
Finishing the Neckline 218
Front Fasteners 221
Making a Casing for the Bottom Tie 221
Shirt Alternative 222
17 Making a Vest 223
Making a Pattern 224
Shopping and Cutting 225
Decorating with Crayons 225
Adding a Slashed Pocket 226
Adding Back Ties 229
Constructing the Vest 229
Reversible Alternative 231
Sewing the Shoulder Seams 231
Adding Buttonholes 232
18 Making a Skirt from a Pattern 233
Choosing a Pattern 234
Shopping and Fitting 234
Cutting and Marking 235
Sewing Darts and Seams 236
Inserting a Lapped Zipper 236
Possible Pockets 239
Hidden Side Pockets 240
Finishing the Waistline 241
Final Details 244
19 Little Girl's Jumper 245
Taking Measurements 246
Choosing Material 247
Making the Patterns 247
Cutting Pieces by Measure 249
Constructing the Top 251
Constructing the Skirt 252
Attaching Skirt to Front 253
Buttons, Buttonholes, and Ties 254
20 Tailored Shirt from a Pattern 257
Beginning as Usual 258
Finishing the Front Edges 258
Making Tailored Pockets 259
Sewing One- or Two-Piece Collars 260
Making Cuff Openings 263
Adding the Cuffs 265
Easing in the Sleeves 266
Finishing with Buttons and Hem 267
21 Advanced Mending and Altering 269
Appraising the Problem 270
Darts and Shaping 270
Shortening Sleeves 271
Adding Panels 272
Frayed Cuffs and Collars 274
Replacing Worn-Out Lining 275
Replacing a Broken Zipper 277
Camouflaging Mended Areas or Stains 278
Complete Makeover Ideas 279
Appendix A Glossary 281
Appendix B Resources 289
Index 295
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