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The Sewing Book [Hardcover]

Alison Smith
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
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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: 2.9 x 24.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 805 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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27 of 27 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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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
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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25 of 25 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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83 of 85 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good overall resource 4 May 2009
By T
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful for reference 31 Jan 2010
By S. Hill
I've been dressmaking for a couple of years now, and I quite often use this book as reference. Mostly I use the section that recommends the best needle size, thread type, and best seams to use for particular fabrics. I also use it to quickly double check certain techniques, such as seams that I don't use very often, or the best way to achieve a particular pleat or ruffle.

It doesn't contain much information on advanced sewing techniques, but it does provide a good solid base of information on most basic sewing techniques. I'd say that it is best suited to people who already have a small amount of sewing experience and just want a good reference material.
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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 The Bible of sewing
Fabulous book for anyone from beginners level to advanced - masses of techniques photographed in stages to help or remind you of how to complete the task. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Deborah Lovegrove
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected
From the reviews of the hardback version I expected this book to be totally brilliant and unfortunately it isn't. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Angie B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well explained processes
Very pleased with this book. Was going to buy the Sewing Bee book, but a review said this was better. Glad took her advise. Thanks
Published 11 days ago by Stuart Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
As I used to make my own Clothes when I was a younger and had more time and I intend to take it up again I had come across and had perused this Book in a Bookshop some time ago... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Faithfull Friend
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book
I recently got into sewing as a complete beginner so was looking for some books that would give me all the basic knowledge I needed. Read more
Published 14 days ago by apie demps
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for all your sewing needs!
I bought this book initially for my mum for Mother's Day...When it arrived I thought I would have a flick through. I was soon dashing back to my laptop to order one for myself! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Rebecca Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Good all round sewing book
Ideal for me as forgotten a lot of the terms used in sewing and I needed to be re freshed in reading patterns.
Published 1 month ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sewing Book is very good
I am beginner with sewing and this book is very good for me, Really pleased with the product and recommend this book
Published 1 month ago by Agnieszka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this book for my daughter as an introduction to everything you need to know about sewing after I had shown her how to make an advent calendar. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hilary Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sewing Book
Really happy with these books. They arrived soon after purchase, were in excellent condition, and made well received Christmas presents for my daughters fellow pupils at her after... Read more
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