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Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide [Spiral-bound]

Carla Hegeman Crim
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Book Description

7 Feb 2014
Comprehensive, this must-have book, Essential Sewing Reference Tool, by Carla Hegeman Crim, is an indispensable guide for anyone who sews (or wants to start). Organized for easy readability and usage, it covers everything you need to know whether you're making a home decoration, piece of clothing, or an accessory. Contents include an extensive overview on tools and materials, step-by-step instructions on various seams and finishes, information on zipper installation, size conversion charts, over 300 how-to photographs, and so much more.

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  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stash Books; Spi edition (7 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160705860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607058601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carla Hegeman Crim is an expert seamstress and patternmaker, and the author behind popular sewing blog The Scientific Seamstress. In addition to marketing and selling her own line of downloadable children's clothing patterns via her blog, she also regularly collaborates with fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli on patterns for children and adults under the name of Sis Boom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brillant 4 April 2014
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This is a fantastic book. It's a must have. She explains everything so easy and understandable and explains things other books think you already know. Thank you
this will definitely be a book I'll refer to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth every penny. 10 Oct 2014
By tracey
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This has been one of the best thing I could have bought it has explained every thing I need to know for a beginner. well worth every penny. THANK YOU SO MUCH
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5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all - this is an essential tool for anyone who sews. 26 Feb 2014
By Melissa Simpson - Published on
I purchased this book because I have purchased several of the author's sewing patterns, and I love how she is able to pack a wealth of detailed information in such a clear, easy to read way. This book is appropriate for all skill levels of sewing. The book starts out by offering basic information on necessary sewing equipment and terminology. It also includes chapters for more specialized information, such as trims, closures, home decor sewing, and garment sewing.

There is so much information packed in this little book, and it's really easy to navigate with color-coded sections marked in the upper right hand corner of each page. My favorite part of the book are all of the tables. There are an abundance of quick-reference tables for common sewing tasks that give standard bedding sizes, table linen dimensions, size charts, and so much more! And at the very end of the book there is a page of conversions to quickly convert decimels to fractions, yards to centimeters, and yards to inches to decimals.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who sews. The information is clear, easy to read and understand, and useful to everyday sewing needs. It will be such a time-saver sitting next to my sewing machine, as I will be referring to it often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, teaches the "right" way to sew 18 Mar 2014
By Frances Twining - Published on
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I am an old-school seamstress. The author teaches the "right" way to gather, to insert zippers, and sew a true rolled hem. There are more extensive books out there. However, the author packs a lot of accurate information into 123 pages. What I love about this book is that it is a quick-reference. If you are new to sewing, this book will answer a lot of your questions without being too overwhelming.
The illustrations are small, but very clear and easy to understand. Bigger illustrations are available in bigger sized books, but those books tend to stay on the shelf. This one is meant to be picked up and used.
In sum, as a sewing teacher, I would recommend this for students. It is portable and very well organized. You could easily slip it into your purse as a reference at the fabric store when picking out fabrics and notions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Size Does Matter-Especially With Diagrams 14 Mar 2014
By Terrie Buckner - Published on
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I wish I had realized this book was only 6x9 inches before I purchased it. The information is excellent, however the diagrams are small. For instance the diagrams of the different types of presser feet are so small it is difficult to distinguish one type from the other. Otherwise, an excellent resource with lots of good information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need two copies! 17 Mar 2014
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One for your purse or sewing bag and one for home! Carla is a wonderfully talented author and designer. This reference book will become your go to resource for your sewing technique and measurement reference questions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be a good refence guide 20 Mar 2014
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It help but wasn't quite the book she was looking for but she is going to hang on to and use it as a refence guide.
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