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Topic: Sewing book reviews & recommendations for beginners  (Read 18494 times)
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« Reply #80 on: July 14, 2007 09:35:17 AM »

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I love sewing books... I think its an addiction!
I started sewing with the readers digest guide to sewing and knitting and I still think its a great refference, especially since it is set up as a reference book with sections on hems and cuffs and special stitches etc. Some parts are clearer than others but since you can find it at most discount book stores here its generally a bargain for allot of info!

I agree. About the addiction & about Readers Digest guide to sewing. They have helped me out w/ different variations of seam finishes.

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« Reply #81 on: July 31, 2007 11:30:06 AM »

Hi there! I want to start sewing and I want to buy a book. I took a look at Sew U and also at Amy Karol's new book. I don't really know which one I prefer. Any ideas?
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« Reply #82 on: July 31, 2007 01:13:27 PM »

I thought Wendy's book was much better, but it really depends on what you're more interested in sewing.  Amy's book is better suited for purses and crafty projects while Wendy solely concentrates on clothing.
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« Reply #83 on: August 06, 2007 10:58:37 AM »

I'm looking for a good book for beginner sewer's. I already have "The Complete Book of Sewing" but I think a need a more informative book. This one is good for reference use, but not exactly what I need as far as hands on, easy to understand instructions on how to use patterns and things like that. Any suggestions on a book that might be helpful?

I've been looking at "Simplicity: Simply the Best Sewing Book" on amazon. Has anyone used it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please and Thank You. Smiley
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« Reply #84 on: August 06, 2007 07:18:24 PM »

I would suggest the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing...  Its got a lot of info in it... Its a bit old so besides Ebay I'm not sure where you'd find it, but its great... 
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« Reply #85 on: August 07, 2007 06:25:45 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Sewing-Readers-Digest/dp/0762104201/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-5228573-9978324?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186493010&sr=8-2
Reader's Digest is a great book.  Lots of pictures!
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« Reply #86 on: August 07, 2007 08:12:44 PM »

I just bought Sew Subversive the other day and from what I have seen its a great beginner book for sewing. I'm a complete beginner and it explains the parts of the sewing machine, tips for problems that beginners might have, patterns and more.
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« Reply #87 on: August 10, 2007 01:10:58 PM »

Sewing 101: A Beginners Guide to Sewing was helpful to me when I started sewing.
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« Reply #88 on: August 16, 2007 05:05:29 AM »

I'm a total novice to sewing too and I've been looking at tons of books lately. I'm the kind of person who would rather learning by doing and the books that I really want are Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew. I've perused them pretty thoroughly at the bookstore and the projects look reasonable for a beginner. I'd love to hear what you think or what other books you found helpful.
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« Reply #89 on: August 25, 2007 07:52:55 PM »

I have borrowed MANY instructional sewing books from my local library.     That's how I learned to sew!  I've found many sewing topics from beginning sewing, serging, how to maintain your machine, home dec. projects, purses & bags, sewing for baby, making clothing, etc.  I review the books first and only buy the few I really like/need!
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