The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 1981 - Crafts & Hobbies - 256 pages
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Why dream about owning a designer dress when you can make one? If you have often stared longingly at designer patterns but have wound up settling for those marked "fast" or "easy", this book has everything you need to achieve the designer look without hours of tedious drudgery. Some of the gerat short cuts you will find here: super-fast, hassle-free seams with all the advantages of French seams, but not the effort; quick-and-easy ways of reducing fullness, marking a hem, or making a rolled one; tip son handling tricky fabrics; finishing touches, many of them that look difficult, but aren't - even ways in which to press without using an iron.
 

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Contents

A Word About Shortcut Sewing
5
Get Organized
11
Basic Sewing Skills
21
The Preliminaries
44
Seams
59
Hems
84
Facings
103
Controlling Fullness
120
Sleeves
158
Sleeve Plackets and Cuffs
166
Collars
184
Waistline Finishes
199
Underlinings Linings and Interlinings
205
Pockets
219
Fashion Details
232
Special Techniques for Special Fabrics
243

Zippers
129
Buttonholes Buttons and Other Closures
144

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Claire Shaeffer is a respected author, lecturer, college instructor and columnist. She frequently contributes articles to sewing magazines, and has authored many books, including Sew Any Patch Pocket, Couture Sewing Techniques, Sew Any Fabric and The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts. Claire Shaeffer makes her home in Palm Springs, California.

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