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The Sewing Book [Hardcover]

Alison Smith
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Book Description

2 Feb 2009

The ultimate sewing bible for beginners, students and seasoned stitchers wanting to perfect their skills

Whether you want to make soft furnishings, clothing or just do alterations this is the book that everyone interested in sewing needs.

Follow step-by-steps and master every technique you'll ever need; from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Every hand and machine stitch and technique is clearly shown and easy to follow, guiding you through every move. Follow 25 stylish projects, for the home and to wear, which will enable you to take your sewing skills to perfection.

Plus, get properly kitted out; close up photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and guarantee you know exactly how to use it.

Tucks, pleats, hems, darts, edges, pockets, buttonholes, zips - whatever you want to sew find out how.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2 Feb 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405335556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405335553
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 3.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This detailed guide contains everything an aspiring seamstress could need (Junior 2009-03-01)

This hefty hardback is the new book for stichers and no one who has an interest in sewing should be without it (Cross Stich Gold 2009-01-01)

Loaded with everything you could need to know and clever quick fixes for all sewing dilemmas (Woman& Home 2009-04-01)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all avid sewers! 7 Sep 2009
I love this book. It is very clearly illustrated and totally idiot proof. I have been sewing for years now and I have still learned a lot from this book. It takes you through step by step with a clear photograph of each stage. It isn't filled up with projects you don't want to make it just clearly shows the techniques so you can buy a pattern and make the things you do want to make professionally. It really is a must have and I would recommend it to beginners and experienced needleworkers alike you will refer to it again and again. No disappointment here!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for life. 24 April 2009
I just love everything about the book, it makes everything so easy to follow. Diagrams and pictures are clear and straight forward.
For me this book will make returning to dressmaking, after many years absense, a joy and delight and for someone just taking their first steps at making their own items a brilliant guide and influence for the future.
Well done Alison for such a clear and concise guide and it was great to meet you in person at Aintree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What A Junior Dressmaker Needs! 7 April 2010
This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants all their basic sewing information in one place - everything is explained clearly and with lots of helpful diagrams and photos, and the difficulty level is perfectly pitched (not too complex but not not too patronisingly vague).

I was particularly impressed by the 'projects' section at the end, suggesting step-by-step instructions for what you can make with your new-found skills (not that I need extra help suggesting pretty things to make myself, however!). The projects have been carefully selected for those things which look extremely polished and professional but which only really rely on a few easy techniques; for example, a piped-edge bolster cushion. The one I made is sitting on my sofa right now and always gets compliments, even though it was made in half an afternoon from some old curtains!

Overall, an impressive and informative book - would make an excellent present for any beginner.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sewing books available 21 April 2009
I bought this book a few weeks ago. Having been on some of Alison's courses I knew it would be good and I wasn't disappointed. Everything you would ever need to know as an amateur dressmaker is included as well as some very good projects. Alison explains all the techniques simply and the photographs are a very good visual aid. I have gone back to the book time and again and probably will for years to come. If you can't get to a course, this is the next best thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sewing Book 15 Feb 2009
This is a fabulous book. It's packed full of photographs and step by step instructions for so many types of sewing. And it's real strength is that the advice clearly comes from an author who has both an enormous amount of sewing experience, and is also adept at explaining and illustrating techniques - something that is very evident in the quality of the book. It's my sewing and tailoring bible. Fantastic.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good overall resource 4 May 2009
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Great for sewers to learn all about fabric, tools, techniques. The projects in it are old fashioned though as indeed are some of the techniques - i.e. you won't find anything remotely funky in it ! However, that said, it's a gret book for the bookshelf because EVERYTHING related to sewing is in it - worth investing in.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any beginner 29 Dec 2010
I was looking for a dressmaking book that showed me how to do everything, but from a beginner's persepctive and I think that this book is great to have if you are just starting out sewing or if you have been doing it for years.

It not only shows you how to read patterns, but make admendments as well as all the different types of sewing techniques available.

It gives a brief overview of fabrics and sewing machines; how to thread them; how to plan your pattern on the material.

It is easy to read and follow with step by step instructions.

It also gives you little projects to do at the end of each chapter.

I was very impressed with this book, and would defibitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 5 Jan 2010
Fantastic book for getting started. Goes through everything you need to know, but are not sure how to ask. Matches fabrics with purpose, threads with fabrics and gives step by step guides to do everything from making a cuff to a collar. Highly recommended.
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