S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop

S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop


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The Book A lively how to and why to sew tutorial that marries attitude and instruction while teaching everything you need to know:

  • How to find the right machine, and become one with it
  • Essential skills, from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern
  • Preparing a workspace
  • The Ten Fabric Commandments
  • Laying out and cutting patterns
  • With step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs and illustrations throughout
The Projects
  • Cuddle-Up Cardigan
  • Tender is the Nightie
  • Foxy Boxers
  • Canine Couture Coat
  • Cape Mod
  • Power Tie
  • Tokyo Tie Bag
  • Lucky Scrap Scarf
  • Naughty Secretary Skirt
  • Founcy Tank Top
  • Knockout Knickers
  • And more!
The Patterns Includes ten original patterns—an $80.00 retail value—rated from One Spool (easy) to Three Spools (advanced Beginner) and designed to build skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761139737
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/29/2007
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 376,340
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Diana Rupp founded and runs Make Workshop in New York City, the hip craft school that teaches everything from how to use a sewing machine to spinning your own yarn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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From the Publisher

"This is the sewing book I've been waiting for! Like the hippest home-ec teacher on the planet, Diana Rupp guides readers through every step of the process. It's fun, it's inspiration, it's everything you need to know."
—Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

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S.E.W. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After years of envy, I decided to try and my hand at becoming one of those cool enviable crafty gals. I work in a bookstore and for two weeks I spent my breaks looking at the sewing books and magazines for the perfect beginner guide with projects I would be interested in making (cute bags and hip clothes - there are a lot of books with really uninspiring, ugly clothes, so buyer beware!). This was the book I settled on!! It's probably the next best thing to a real life class. Debbie's language is friendly and witty, and there are photos and diagrams of all the little machine parts and stiches. What was quite helpful to me as a 'real beginner' was the section on setting up a sewing area - getting a table, chair, lighting, etc... and what tools are really essential. This book has absolutely everything a beginner could need, including nice patterns! Also don't forget to check out 'MAKE' craft magazine for neat projects unlike many other crafts magazines.
Delirium_Child More than 1 year ago
I am just beginning to sew and am finding this book extremely helpful. I had read the original manual for my sewing machine and also looked up web sites, but it wasn't until I read the first few chapters of this book that I finally understood and could successfully thread my sewing machine. This book is divided into chapters explaining different aspects of sewing, how the machine works, the differences in fabric, and very cute patterns. I think this book is great for beginners!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a sewing novice, I was looking for a book that would help me to better understand the parts of the machine and sewing basics. This book has been a tremendous help not only in breaking down sewing mechanics but also in de-mystifying the sewing process. It includes wonderful illustrations and the author manages to incorporate a little humor and some anecdotes to make it an interesting read. This book will be a permanent book in my library. I recommend it for individuals who are new to sewing or those looking for a refresher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great, easy to read, informative and funny! I pull it out with every project! Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, this book will work for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm new to the sewing world and this book has been a great resource. Diana Rupp's projects are inspiring and perfect for a beginner. Now I'm hooked on sewing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most sewing books read like textbooks; this book is the exception. Great detailed instructions and a lot of humor set this book apart. What a pleasure! Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, easy read and has me itching to start my first project. The book provides the exact information I need to get started - tools, fabric types, how to read a pattern, etc. The only info not included is more advanced stuff that I really don't want or need to know until I have some sewing under my belt. The projects in the book are cool and are rated one to three spools to help you start easy and progress as you build skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I am a beginner sewer and I learned so much from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have many how to sew books, but this one had simple instruction in easy terms. The patterns were cute and easy too. I got the feeling I could call her up and ask if I had a question!!
catspec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written sewing tutorial. Includes ten paper patterns included in a package in the front cover of this spiral bound inner book with a hard outer cover. It will lie flat and is sensibly organized to guide one through a step-by-step sewing course. The projects are NOW, the instructions are complete, and the sewing style is a combination of trends popular now with technique that doesn't slack off from a finished look.. I have sewn for decades and yet this book is quite helpful! GREAT as a textbook in a sewing class.
Matilda_Nixie More than 1 year ago
I bought a sewing machine recently, for round 2 of trying to learn the art of sewing (first one was about 10 years ago, and a dismal failure). I have had this book for about 3 hours now, and have only been reading it for about 15 minutes, and I have learned more usefu information and gained a better understanding for the craft than I ever had before. It even demystified some of the garbled information from the manufacturer's instruction manual for me! The author writes in a conversational manner, and everything in this book is very well organized, illustrated and linked to useful resources where available. I would recommend to anyone who is trying to learn to sew!!
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