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Your hands-on guide to sewing basics
Learning to sew is a great way to arm yourself with the skills to create and repair clothing and furnishings for minimal cost. Turn to this hands-on guide for the best techniques and fun projects for learning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.
So, you want to sew — get the 411 on everything you need to know before you start sewing, from assembling your own sewing kit to selecting fabric, findings, and interfacings
Stick a pin in it — learn how to thread hand and machine needles, tie knots, secure seams, hem items, and more
Spruce up your style — master the art of fashion sewing, from working with zippers and buttons to setting in the perfect sleeve
Put on your DIY cap — add new life to your living space with home décor sewing projects, like dressing up your dining table with a reversible table runner or changing the look of your bedroom with a duvet cover and more
Give it a quick fix — make alterations and repairs to garments already in your closet to extend the life of your wardrobe
Open the book and find:
How to work with patterns
Instructions for hand and machine stitches
Directions for fixing sewing mistakes
Fashion and home décor sewing projects
Guidance on working with closures, sleeves, and pockets
Advice on tackling trims and piping
Tips for mixing print fabrics
Ways to save money by doing repairs yourself
Choose the right tools and supplies for your projects
Master sewing techniques with how-to illustrations
Sew fun projects for your home and wardrobe
Stretch your budget by repairing and remaking clothing
The most complete guide to sewing basics, this hands-on, friendly resource contains the most up-to-date information, the best techniques, and fun projects for learning (or brushing up on) the art of sewing.
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.
About the Author
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 www.nakedroomsolutions.tv.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Ready to Sew.
Chapter 1: The World of Sewing.
Chapter 2: Assembling Your Sewing Kit.
Chapter 3: Selecting Fabric, Findings, and Interfacing.
Chapter 4: Working with Patterns.
Part II: Mastering Basic Sewing Skills.
Chapter 5: Kicking Off Your Sewing Adventure.
Chapter 6: Securing Sensational Seams.
Chapter 7: Fast and Easy Hems by Hand and Machine.
Part III: Fashion Sewing Fun-damentals.
Chapter 8: Shaping Things Up.
Chapter 9: Zippers, Buttons, and Other Closure Company.
Chapter 10: Sleeves: The Long and the Short of It.
Chapter 11: Pockets Full of Ideas.
Part IV: Sewing for Your Home.
Chapter 12: Do-It-Yourself Decorating: Home Décor Sewing.
Chapter 13: Quick-Change Table Toppers.
Chapter 14: Praiseworthy Pillows.
Chapter 15: Adding Wow to Your Windows.
Chapter 16: Giving Your Bed a Makeover.
Part V: Making Alterations and Quick Fixes for a Sustainable Wardrobe.
Chapter 17: When Clothes Are Too Short, Too Long, Too Tight, or Too Loose.
Chapter 18: Making Repairs on the Run.
Chapter 19: Eco Fashion: Giving Existing Garments New Life.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Mixing Prints.
Chapter 21: Ten Rookie Sewing Mistakes to Avoid.
Chapter 22: Ten Important Sewing Fundamentals.
Appendix: Sewing Resources.