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The Ultimate Sewing Book: Over 200 Sewing Ideas for You and Your Home

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Whether you’re stitching clothes, creating home accessories, personalizing garments, or jazzing up interiors, these techniques help you add that special, creative touch. Photos and diagrams show how to stitch in a straight line by machine or hand. Try tricks of the trade for everything from buttonholes to adding collars. Plus: dressmaking basics and caring for and repairing textiles.

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Overview

Whether you’re stitching clothes, creating home accessories, personalizing garments, or jazzing up interiors, these techniques help you add that special, creative touch. Photos and diagrams show how to stitch in a straight line by machine or hand. Try tricks of the trade for everything from buttonholes to adding collars. Plus: dressmaking basics and caring for and repairing textiles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855859616
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 320

Table of Contents

Getting Started 8
Tools and equipment 10
Sewing machine 16
Creating a workspace 18
Sewing Basics 24
Stitches: Hand and machine 26
Seams: Hand and machine 34
Edges 40
Pressing 52
Dressmaking 54
Patterns 56
Choosing fabrics 64
Man-made fabrics 66
Difficult fabrics 68
Darts 72
Facings and interfacings 76
Tucks and pleats 80
Sleeves 82
Cuffs and plackets 85
Collars 88
Waistbands 92
Pockets 96
Fasteners 104
Hems 110
Linings 120
Project: Evening wrap 124
Project: Beach bag 126
Home Furnishings 130
Assessing furniture 132
Choosing a style 138
Choosing color 140
Choosing fabrics 142
Choosing pattern 150
Choosing texture 152
Fabric glossary 154
Measuring 162
Preparing and cutting 170
Zippers in furnishings 174
Trims and embellishments 178
Pads and fillings 184
Assessing windows 186
Curtains 188
Curtain valances 197
Blinds 200
Tiebacks and holdbacks 208
Curtain headings 212
Choosing curtain supports 218
Project: Tab-headed curtain 220
Project: Plain Roman blind 224
Sheets 228
Pillowcases 231
Duvet cover and duvet 234
Throws and bedspreads 236
Project: Striped duvet cover 242
Project: Playmat 246
Table Linen 253
Project: Double dressing 260
Project: Bordered tablecloth 264
Project: Quilted table mat 266
Cushions and pillows 268
Project: Colonial cushions 284
Project: Velvet pillow 290
Slipcovers 292
Project: Chair cover 300
Project: Sofa drape 304
Care and Repair 306
Index 313
Acknowledgements 320
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