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Complete Book of Sewing Short Cuts Paperback – 14 Jan 1993

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806975644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806975641
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 19.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
Do it right first time is really the time saving message of this book. It's not about cutting corners or missing out important steps for speed, but about tips and methods for doing things that improves your accuracy. Therefore you spend a LOT less time ripping out and redoing. Also tips on time/equipment management for efficiency.
Only let down by black and white line drawings in the diagrams - some of them are a little hard to follow.
This book is packed and you'd have to use it for reference - bedtime reading it ain't!
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This now out of print book is a great read, and has a great many useful and handy time saving tips for the home sewist, and indeed anyone looking to improve their dressmaking/garment construction skills. Claire Shaeffer explains the techniques and tips throughly and in a logical manner - making it very easy to follow. I'd recommend this title to anyone, especially as they're so cheap as a used/second-hand book too!

If the publishers were ever to update and re-print the book I'd recommend that they number each "Tip" - and add a notes section to the front or back of the book, so the reader could easily jot down the number of their favourite tip :)

P.S. I also own PatternReview.com: 1000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers (which has tips from real-life sewers, as well as in depth tutorials and how-to's by long standing experts) - and if you enjoyed the Claire Shaeffer book, then the PatternReview.com book is like modern day equivalent - they pair-up very well together, and are both favourites in my sewing library.
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I have an old edition (1981) of this. I bought it in a fit of enthusiasm when I was young and had just started sewing. I didn't use it much at first because it was too advanced, but as time passed and I got better I found that, out of all the reference books I have, this was the one that I kept coming back to. Whatever the problem, it always seems to have the answer. shame the illustrations haven't been updated by the sound of it (see review above), but really I couldn't fault it.
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This is a great resource book and helps fill the gaps that so many pattern instructions have. As previous reviewers have commented, it's not so much about saving time but about doing it right first time.
The information in this book is divided into chapters where particular areas are concentrated on, making this a book to dip in and out of very easily.
This is a very useful book for any sewer and although Claire Schaeffer is associated with couture the clear instructions and diagrams make this book accessible to novice sewers too.
Any Claire Schaeffer book is worth it's place on your shelf and this one is no exception.
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I've been sewing on and off for years and have taught myself so I've still got loads to learn. I found this book very informative and have learnt a lot from reading it. The thread that runs through the book is about doing things properly to begin with which is the only way to produce really good results. The book does look a bit old fashioned and it would have been nice to have some nice colourful photos to follow but I'm still happy with my purchase.
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I have been sewing at a high standard for many years, but this has taught me new techniques. A good reference book to dip into when dressmaking.
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Pages fell to bits when opened. Very very disappointed at poor condition. Unreadable as each time I open it another page falls out!
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bought this for myself liked so much have now bought for grandaughter. so easy to follow realy good for new peopie learning to sew.
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