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Sewing Manual: The complete step-by-step guide to sewing skills Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857332791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332790
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Laura Cruickshank, a freelance journalist, is the former Editor of Craft Business magazine, the leading trade publication. She launched Sew magazine, a monthly contemporary stitching title, in 2009 and continued as Editor until 2012, leaving to pursue freelance work. She enjoys all aspects of sewing from dressmaking to quilting, embroidery to customising and everything in between.


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This sewing manual is written by the former editor of Sew Magazine, she was known as Laura Cruickshank then. It is a brilliant reference guide for beginners. The book covers the tools you will need, how to use and look after your sewing machine and techniques such as seams, tucks and pleats and corners, trims and edges.

It is then broken down into 3 areas of sewing: Dressmaking, Home furnishing (including quilting) and embellishing & customising covering several different techniques within each of those sections. It then finishes with 8 projects incorporating skills from all 3 sewing areas covered in the book. The projects are rated by simplicity and give the time needed to complete the project too. You will also find a useful trouble shooting section addressing common problems at the back of the book.

The book is really easy to follow; it is very photo heavy which I love as I am very much a visual learner. I think it's much easier to understand when you can see things rather than having to try and figure it out from just text. There are also some very useful tips scattered throughout the book too.

I think this book will prove an invaluable guide for beginner-intermediate sewists.
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Excellent quality production with good illustrations. What a bonus that the machine used in the illustrations is exactly the one my wife has! Good or what?!
Definately recommend this book whatever machine you have, or whatever skill level you're at.
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Bought for my mum as a stocking filler. Not sure how much she will learn from it as she is already good at sewing etc. I would recommend it for people who wish to learn how to do things as the step by step approach is very good and easy to understand.
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I am not a dedicated stitcher but this book was easy to read and understand, full of tips and tricks for both newbies and experienced alike.
If you know the Haynes car manuals then you'll know what you are buying with this too.
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Excellent and well written reference manual. Covers all aspects of sewing and would be particularly useful for beginners. Each topic is clearly described with good diagrams and lots of useful tips. Very impressed.
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Loved the book just what I needed .
The pictures and step by step approach ideal
To enable any project to be completed
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Package came promptly and packaged well.
The book is great, my daughter is 15 and very interested in dressmaking. This manual is the a-z of all things sewing, exactly what she wanted.
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Bought this for my daughter who has just bought her first sewing machine. it has proved invaluable to her and a great purchase. it would be especially useful to buy it before buyng a new machine.
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