For Great-Great Grandma, sewing clothing for the family was a necessity. In today’s ready-to-wear society, it’s a creative and rewarding personal choice. Packed full of information on basic sewing techniques, this book provides an ideal introduction for beginning sewers as well as a useful reference for those who already have sewing skills. Learning how to sew has never been simpler, with step-by-step photographs and friendly advice from internationally accredited sewing expert Wendy Gardiner. Along with clear instructions on everything from making seams, hems, sleeves, and collars to attaching linings and zippers, Wendy includes comprehensive information on fabrics, threads, needles and other equipment. Her clear directions ensure that even beginners will get great results. With the techniques you learn in The Complete Book of Sewing you’ll soon be stitching amazing clothes with skill and confidence.
Inside The Complete Book of Sewing
Beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to all aspects of sewing, from dressmaking to soft furnishings.
Covers sewing techniques from hand stitching and hemming to making collars and sleeves, adding darts for shaping, and inserting zips and buttonholes.
Includes comprehensive information on fabrics, threads, needles and other equipment.
Step-by-step photographs and color illustrations.
Perfect for beginning sewers with no previous experience.
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About the Author
Internationally accredited sewing machine expert Wendy Gardiner has been editor of leading sewing magazines, Vogue Patterns, Sewing World and Sew Hip and has produced major books and DVDs on sewing, which she passionately promotes as a fun, affordable hobby. Wendy also teaches, runs creative sewing weekends and is a regular guest presenter on shopping channels Ideal World and Create & Craft TV.
If you have any interest in sewing and don’t know where to start, this book should be your first purchase. Mad Book Love
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has all you need for starting to sew. It’s a great tool, or go to when trying to teach a sewing group. I found the color photos and instructions to be well-written and thorough. You can really pick up at whatever level you are at and start something today. It helps you with picking fabrics and what kind is good for what you’re looking at making. It also talks about thread, needles, patterns, etc. I’ve been encouraged to see the pattern part. Maybe I’ll be brave soon and bust out a pattern to make. Here’s to hoping it turns out. :) I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Sewing is a rather new interest of mine. My mom is mostly a quilter, though she used to sew Barbie clothes for me, and my maternal grandmother made clothes for me when I was little. And both my aunts sew and quilt as well. In fact, though I’ve just gotten really interested in sewing (my new obsession, truthfully), I recall first being put in front of a sewing machine at the age of nine. My aunt had me practice by sewing quilting squares together in the evenings. Despite my only mild interest, my mom gifted me an older machine of hers many years ago, and it still works beautifully, so when I got the itch in the past few months, I had tools, but no guide (my mother and aunts live on the other side of the country). Enter Complete Book of Sewing Techniques by Wendy Gardiner. When it comes to instructional books, I love pictures and clear instructions and this book has both. It assumes you know nothing and have nothing to start with. Need to know what kind of machine to get? This book will help you. Struggling to understand the different parts and attachments? This book will help you! It covers sergers and fabric types, has charts for converting yardage based on fabric widths, talks in detail about thread, needle types, rotary cutters and scissors, and all the little notions that go along with sewing. Interfacing, applique, patterns and pressing…it covers all of that, too! After your tools are covered, it’s time to learn about technique: what stitches are used for what, what should be hand sewn vs. machine sewn, how to deal with seams and hems. And then it gets into the good stuff like darts and pockets, collars and cuffs, zippers, tucks and pleats. While there are no patterns or projects in this book, there are tons of well-explained examples supported by pictures. It isn’t overwhelming large or complex, just complete. If you’re pattern calls for interfacing, but you’ve never done that before, look it up in Complete Book of Sewing Techniques and you’ll be well on your way! If you have any interest in sewing and don’t know where to start, this book should be your first purchase. Though I got it as a review copy, I’ll be buying it for myself. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
I am very much a newbie to sewing. When I retired four years ago, I didn’t even know how to thread a sewing machine. I took a basic sewing class offered to seniors at our church, learned the basics of running the machine, and made an apron. Then the ladies from our church’s sewing circle took me under their wing and instructed me in basic quilting techniques. Until recently I had done very little garment sewing, but was asked to help with some costumes for our granddaughters, and needed to develop some new skills. This book was exactly what I needed, and had been unsuccessful in finding in previous excursions to the book section at our local fabric store. It covered the basic skills with clear, easy to follow instructions for both hand sewing and machine sewing. As the subtitle says, 30 essential techniques are covered. Information is provided for each technique describing its function in garment and/or home décor production. The reader is told what types of fabric the technique is designed for, and modifications for different weights of fabric are provided. I especially appreciated the many helpful hints that were given, things that sewers pick up over time, but that will make the process easier and more successful. The book is geared mostly to garment sewing, with attention given to home décor. It is not designed for those wanting to learn more about quilting. This is not a deficit, because the book does very well what it is intended to do. I thank NetGalley and Companion House Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation.