Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques

Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques


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An indispensable resource that every sewer should own, this huge encyclopedia is a gold mine of more than 70 extraordinary techniques that will enable anyone to use their sewing machine as a practical and artistic tool -- and to get greater enjoyment from it. When you want to stitch something for your home or wardrobe, you'll be able to give it a unique, decorative treatment -- whether you're a seasoned sewer or a beginner. Start with the valuable sources of information that can help you get the most from your sewing machine, then learn the special tips on caring for and maintaining it as well as hints on your work area and lighting. Key advice on needle and thread options will be appreciated.

Move on to the techniques. Charted needlework is closely aligned rows of raised satin stitching that forms a design. It's simple and quick to sew, and color changes are easy, too! Drawn threadwork, which utilizes the weave of the fabric as well as decorative stitching, is perfect for elegant table linens and napkins. Crosswise threads are pulled and then oversewn to create this interesting detail. Or a simple zigzag stitch, the proper presser foot, and beautiful strands of beads or sequins are all you need to add glittering accents to bridal gowns and evening wear.

Expand your embroidery repertoire beyond the built-in stitches or computerized designs already on your machine and experiment with free-motion embroidery. Only a straight or zigzag stitch is necessary to fill in your designs. For an understated geometric touch on a garment hem, cuffs, or bodice front, sew in rows of folded and stitched points called shark's teeth. Heirloom sewing, lacemaking, passementerie, quilting, smocking, stippling, buttonholes, hem and seam finishes, topstitching -- the number of techniques is breathtaking, and so are the results you'll be able to achieve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402742934
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     5
Introduction     8
Getting the Most from Your Sewing     10
Your Sewing Machine     12
Needle and Thread Options     17
Creative Techniques     20
Applique, Basic Satin Stitch     22
Applique, Bias Bar     26
Applique, Blanket Stitch     30
Applique, Decorative Stitch     34
Applique, Frayed-Edge     36
Applique, Madeira     40
Applique, Mola     44
Applique, Net     48
Applique, Reverse     52
Applique, Shadow     56
Battenburg, Contemporary Lacemaking     60
Bobbinwork     64
Charted Needlework     68
Circular Embroidery     72
Cording, Monk's Cord     76
Cording, On Scalloped Edges     78
Couching, Beads and Sequins     80
Couching, Cords, Braids and Bulky Fibers     84
Crisscross Chain Stitching     86
Cutwork     90
Drawn Threadwork     94
Embroidery, Free-motion     96
Entredeux, Basic     100
Entredeux, Corded     102
Eyelet Embroidery     104
Fagoting, Bobbinwork     108
Fagoting, Bundled     110
Fagoting, Traditional     112
Folded Flourishes, Prairie Points     114
Folded Flourishes, Shark's Teeth     118
Fringe, Long     122
Fringe, Short     124
Handlooms     126
Heirloom Sewing, Entredeux to Flat Fabric     128
Heirloom Sewing, Entredeux to Gathered Laces     132
Heirloom Sewing, Flat Lace to Entredeux     136
Heirloom Sewing, Lace to Lace     140
Heirloom Sewing, Puffing     144
Hemstitching, Double Wing Needle     148
Hemstitching, Single Wing Needle     150
Lacemaking, Decorative Stitch     152
Lacemaking, Free-motion     156
Monogramming, Free-motion     160
Monogramming, Satin Stitch     162
Multi-needle Techniques     166
Needlelace     170
Passementerie     172
Pintucks, Corded     176
Quilting, Hand-look     180
Quilt-Piecing Methods, Easy Triangles     182
Quilt-Piecing Methods, Seminole Patchwork     186
Quilt-Piecing Methods, Strip      190
Quilt-Piecing Methods, Victorian     192
Quilting Styles, Echo     196
Quilting Styles, Linear     200
Quilting Styles, Outline     204
Quilting Styles, Sashiko     206
Quilting Styles, Trapunto     210
Ruching     214
Ruffling     216
Scallops, Off-the-Edge     220
Scallops, Double Satin Stitch     224
Silk Ribbon Machine Embroidery, Bobbinwork     228
Silk Ribbon Machine Embroidery, Couched     230
Shirring, Basic     234
Shirring, Elastic     238
Smocking, Decorative One-step     242
Smocking, On Pre-Pleated Yardage     244
Smyrna Embroidery     248
Stippling, Basic     252
Stippling, Elastic     254
Thread Painting     256
Tucks, Mexican     260
Tucks, Picot-edged     262
Tucks, Single Needle     264
Indispensable Techniques     266
Bias Binding     268
Buttonholes, Bound     272
Buttonholes, Corded     274
Buttonholes, Decorative     276
Buttons, Machine-sewn     278
Edge Finishes, Picot     280
Edge Finishes, Rolled     282
Edge Finishes, Wire-edged     284
Gathering, Basic Technique     286
Gathering, Clear Elastic     288
Gathering, Over Cord     290
Hem Finishes, Corded     292
Hem Finishes, Decorative Stitch     294
Hem Finishes, Double and Triple Needle     296
Hem Finishes, Hemmer Feet     298
Hem Finishes, Hemstitched     302
Hem Finishes, Raised Double Needle     304
Hem Finishes, Shadow     306
Mitering Corners     308
Seam Finishes, Edge-stitched     310
Seam Finishes, Flat Felled     312
Seam Finishes, French     314
Seam Finishes, Hong Kong     316
Seam Finishes, Tricot Bound     318
Topstitching     320
Zippers, Centered     322
Zippers, Hand-picked     324
Zippers, Invisible     326
Zippers, Placket     328
Important Information     330
Acknowledgments     331
Index     332

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Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for inspiration, but limited to inspiration only. It would be great if more illustrations were provided, as most of the technique are vague [not terribly unique to the sewing industry though.] The index leaves a lot to be desired, which I tend utilize frequently in any reference style book. I frequently find myself flipping thru every page of the book trying to locate which projects used a gimp cord [just an example of many] because it's not included in the index even though a gimp cord is referenced multiple times throughout the book. So, if you can't memorize well, this book isn't for you, unless you're willing to go thru every page until you find that project that instructs how to accomplish the task you're seeking information on. In addition, the instructions should be more detailed for less experienced sewers [because they are the ones who typically buy sewing books, right?] Otherwise, it's a very inspiring book. It showed me how to machine smock, which I never knew I could do. I followed the directions and it worked beautifully!
drj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is recommended for expert seamstresses who already have some knowledge of sewing techniques. There are many techniques shown that apply both to garment construction and to quilts or home decorating items. The capabilities of modern sewing machines with memory for fancy stitching is used along with legacy techniques for creating vintage items.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way above my sewing capabilities...will be returning to the store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has all different techniques including dual needles. I have only looked through the book but already have marked pages I want to learn. This book will help for garment sewing and quilting and more all of which I love to do.
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