Sewing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 21, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 408 pages
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Do you love to sew—or want to learn how? Then this book willhave you in stitches in no time. There’s nothing like thefeeling of completing a project using beautiful fabrics and greattimesaving tools and then sharing it with your family and friends.Plus, learning to sew will save you money too! Before long,you’ll be stitching your own hems, repairing split seams,sewing on buttons, and much, much more.

Sewing For Dummies is a book for both absolute beginnersand experienced sewers. If you’re a stone-cold beginner,you’ll find everything you need to know to sewbeginning-level projects—and the book doesn’t assumethat you’ve ever even picked up a needle and thread before.If you’ve had some experience with sewing, you’ll findtips and tricks that it took author Janice Saunders Maresh, anationally known sewing and serging instructor, years to pick up!You’ll discover how to:

  • Master hand and machine stitches
  • Read a sewing pattern
  • Hem a variety of fabrics
  • Negotiate sleeves and pockets
  • Install zippers, buttons, and other fasteners
  • Shape garments with tucks and pleats
  • Adjust projects for better fit and function

This updated edition features a fresh 8-page color insert of allthe new home decorating projects, including new patterns andinstructions for a traditional living room with slipcovered couchesand throws; a French country dining room with drapes andslipcovered chairs; and a bedroom with shams, duvets, dustruffles,and window treatments, as well as:

  • a bathroom with a shower curtain and towels
  • hip and funky tote bags
  • the perfect little black dress

Complete with lists of quick fix-it tools, sewing fundamentals,and sewing resources, Sewing For Dummies, 2ndEdition, is the fun and easy way® to get thebasics and stitch up a storm in no time!


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I admit it I am a Dummy!

User Review  - Jenn NYC -

With help from this book my sewing skills improved and Ive even made a few small accessories as gifts. Read full review

Good book

User Review  - maryellen777 -

Very good book for one trying to learn the basics of sewing. Read full review

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Alterations and Quick Fixes Chapter 19 Too Short Long Tight or Loose? 12 Ways to Fix
Hardware and Softwear for Sewing
Selecting Fabric Findings and Interfacing
Closing Inon Threads and Other Closers
Working with Patterns
Sewing 101
Sewing Sensational Seams
Making the Little Black Dress
Home Decor Sewing The Cure for Decoraphobia
QuickChange Table Toppers
Praiseworthy Pillows
Wowing Up Your Windows
Making Hohum Linens Luxurious
Give Your Furnishings a Facelift with Slipcovers
When Its Too Short

Hems and AHas
Hemming Things
Fashion Fundamentals
Zippers and Company
Buttonhole Basics
Sleeves The Long and the Short of
When Pants Dont Fit Well in the Rise
When Its Too Loose
Ten Tips for Mixing Prints
Ten Mistakes Beginners Often Make
Ten Sewing Fundamentals to Remember
Sewing Resources

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About the author (2011)

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing instructor, educator and journalist, and has worked as the education director for Viking Sewing Machine Company and as the director of consumer education for JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. She is the bestselling author of 13 sewing books and a frequent guest on national sewing TV shows.

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