Sewing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 5, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 416 pages
The most complete guide to sewing basics

People are always looking for ways to cut expenses and be creative and stylish at the same time. Learning to sew is a great way to arm yourself with the skills to repair and create clothing and furnishings for yourself and your family for little to no cost. But learning how to sew and how to choose the tools and supplies to begin sewing can be confusing.

Now, you can turn to this hands-on, friendly guide for the most up-to-date information, the best techniques, and fun projects for learning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.

  • Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations make it easier to learn
  • Fresh new patterns, projects, stitches, and techniques for fashion and the home
  • Budget-conscious tips for breathing new life into existing garments

Complete with a section on common sewing mistakes and how to avoid them, Sewing For Dummies, 3rd edition gives you the confidence and know-how to sew like a pro.


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Table of Contents
Getting Ready to
Assembling Your Sewing
Selecting Fabric Findings and Interfacing
Working with Patterns
Mastering Basic Sewing Skills
Securing Sensational Seams
FleeceThrow with Colorful Fringe
Sewing Tapered Hems
Fashion Sewing Fundamentals
Zippers Buttons and Other Closure Company
Sleeves The Long and the Short of
Pockets Full of Ideas
Sewing for Your Home
Praiseworthy Pillows
BoxEdged Pillow

Seaming Fabrics Sewing straight seams
Fast and Easy Hems by Hand and Machine
Securing the
Giving Your Bed a Makeover
Making Alterations and Quick Fixes for a Sustainable
The Part of Tens

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About the author (2010)

Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known sewing journalist and educator as well as a bestselling author of 15 books, including Home Staging For Dummies. She has worked as the Director of Consumer Education for White Sewing Machine Company and JoAnn Fabrics and is also an interior re-designer, color specialist, and Certified Staging Professional. Look for her Web-TV show at

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