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The Sewing Book Paperback – 3 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409355071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409355076
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,303 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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Alison set up her own shop, Fabulous Fabric, and sewing school, the Alison Victoria School of Sewing, near her home in Leicestershire. Her school is the largest independent sewing school in England and offers courses and workshops on all aspects of sewing. Alison is a regular contributor to Sewing World magazine, and has appeared on the ITV television series Ladette to Lady teaching dressmaking skills. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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As always with DK books - good illustrations and descriptions of many key techniques, but I found some sections of the book less useful. I have sewn on and off for years and consider myself reasonably competent but I was really looking for something which offered a little more than the basics. The basics are quite good though - how to make buttonholes, attach facings, collars, cuffs etc, but some of it didn't go into enough detail and left me puzzled (corded buttonholes) - perhaps if I try doing it, it might make sense! The projects at the end weren't my cup of tea but might suit others (child's fleecy hat, baby blanket, place mat, bolster, jewellery roll,cafe curtain, kimono and a rather badly made man's tie). Shame you cant see more of what's included before purchasing.
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Format: Hardcover
I have recently bought this book and it has been an enormous help. I learned to sew at school but have forgotten alot of things. This book has wonderful pictures and step-by-step instructions.
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