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Sew Fast, Faster, Fastest (A Rodale sewing book) Paperback – 31 Aug 2001

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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; New edition edition (31 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579544622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579544621
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are a lot of sewing books published, and each one has its own expertise. But when Sue Hausmann speaks, I listen. I was delighted with all of the quick and easy ideas Sue shares with us in "Sew Fast, Faster, Fastest," It will hold a permanent place in my library."--Ann Person, president of Stretch & Sew, Inc., and author of Stretch & Sew books ""Sew Fast, Faster, Fastest" will definitely appeal to the woman who likes to sew but is short on time. Sue Hausmann knows her stuff when it comes to showing you how to get the most out of your sewing machine. This book has a reader-friendly layout and great illustrations. If you like Sue Hausmann's TV show 'America Sews, ' you will love this book."--Sandra Betzina, author of "Power Sewing" and "No Time to Sew" and star of the TV series "Sew Perfect"

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been sewing for nearly 40 years, and this is the first book I've read that clearly guides you through the tricky parts of fashioning a garment. Hausmann clearly and concisely takes you step by step through the process, offering logical shortcuts without being didactic. When I found this book at my local library I had never heard of Sue Hausmann, but I loved the nonjudgemental approach that gives the reader permission to experiment with new methods. Most "How To" authors sound infallible and rigid in their approach to sewing. Hausmann offers possible alternatives, so sensible that you find yourself saying, "Of couse, that's so logical!" The illustrations of techniques, and photos of "real" clothing modeled by the author clarify the directions and give inspiration to the reader. Sue Hausmann is obviously in love with the craft of sewing and the creative outlet it provides. I now own this book and never want to sew without it at my side. Three cheers for Sue Hausmann!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
this book is very American. It contains SOME ideas for speeding up the sewing process of everyday garments, but a lot of space is given to 'chatty' info which I don't want! Space is taken with info on how to make very naff fabric roses and such like which I don't want. I don't want to know how to make a coat out of sofa throw either! (which she suggests you wear shopping! They must have very different ideas in the good old US of A I know turning up in a sofa throw at my local supermarket would be cause for much amusment from other shoppers)
Yes, yes, we all know we can sew fast if we have an overlocker (serger as she calls it) and adopt factory techniques. By the look of the sleeves on the garments she models in the book Ms Hausmann could do with taking MORE time to get them set in properly! If you want to make clothes that look factory made then okay, this is for you. I was taught that the object of sewing was to get a garment that looked BETTER than you buy ready to wear. If you would like to know how to speed sewing up and get a garment that looks WELL MADE and enjoy your sewing then leave this one on the shelves.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
The best sewing book ever! 22 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been sewing for nearly 40 years, and this is the first book I've read that clearly guides you through the tricky parts of fashioning a garment. Hausmann clearly and concisely takes you step by step through the process, offering logical shortcuts without being didactic. When I found this book at my local library I had never heard of Sue Hausmann, but I loved the nonjudgemental approach that gives the reader permission to experiment with new methods. Most "How To" authors sound infallible and rigid in their approach to sewing. Hausmann offers possible alternatives, so sensible that you find yourself saying, "Of couse, that's so logical!" The illustrations of techniques, and photos of "real" clothing modeled by the author clarify the directions and give inspiration to the reader. Sue Hausmann is obviously in love with the craft of sewing and the creative outlet it provides. I now own this book and never want to sew without it at my side. Three cheers for Sue Hausmann!!!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great reference for speed sewing tips. 3 Feb. 2003
By Diane Yaghoobian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought with caution, seeing the other reviews. I know there are different kinds of sew-ers: some create works of art, enjoy putting 85 hours into an heirloom christening gown maybe one real baby (if any) will wear, or (as in Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing) setting in a waistband with a favorite method in 15 steps. I'm not one of them. I was very disappointed in Power Sewing and regretted my subscription to Sew Beautiful. I don't have the time, and wouldn't want to spend so much of it on sewing if I did. I love my serger because it is fast, and with it I can make a nice finish fast and add tailoring details I used to skip to save time. This book (which incorporates a lot of serging as well as regular machine sewing) helps a lot in that respect. It is not the items she makes, but how they are made. Some information was familiar, but there was a lot in here that was news and new ways of looking at things. If you sew a lot, especially clothing, and want efficiency AND speed, this is a great book.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Worth a second look 2 Nov. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Initially I put this book back on the shelf because the photos showed garments I had no interest in making. The second time I looked through it more thoroughly and was blown away by the amount of helpful sewing hints contained with its pages. This is a fine reference for the fashion sewer as it shows exactly how to do things like sleeves, hems, zippers, etc. three different ways.
I only wish they had photographed the techniques instead of the clothing.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
GOOD IF YOU LIKE HER SAMPLES 23 Nov. 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS GOOD IF YOU LIKE THE CLOTHING SAMPLES THAT SUE HAS ON THE BOOK AND PLAN TO MAKE SOME FOR YOURSELF, FOR MOST OF THE ILLUSTRATION AND TIPS THAT SHE GIVES CIRCLES AROUND THE CLOTHING SAMPLES. HOWEVER SHE DOES SHARE SOME GOOD TIPS ABOUT CUTTING, SEWING AND HOW TO HANDLE SILK OR THIN FABRICS. I AM LOOKING FOR MORE POWER SEWING TIPS, SO THIS BOOK DOES NOT REALLY MEET MY NEEDS.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but not really for beginners 8 Oct. 2000
By rebecca hohgrefe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book thinking it would be great for my busy sister who is just discovering the joy of sewing. It has many helpful hints, and great ideas you can take and use with your own ideas. I do think it depends to much on the serger, and many people do not start out with one. All together I personally found it to be great, and have made a few of the projects in the book, but I think I will find something else for my sister, it really is geared for experianced sewers.
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