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« on: July 14, 2004 11:47:42 AM »

Hey Guys,

I just bought my first sewing machine and have been looking around for a good book that would be at my level; I have basically no experience. Problem is that all of the books that I come across are not geared for younger people at all. I was wondering if anybody has come across any good books that aren't made for 50 and 60 year old women?

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2004 06:53:06 AM »

Here are some very simplified instructions available free online.

Beginning sewing books should be just that basic instruction,  so that regardless of your age group you could apply the info to your tastes and interests. 

Here is a beginning sewing book for girls, I'm guessing too you for you,  but still it appears it has a lot of basics in it. http://www.thedowsschoolroom.com/sewing.html

I think if it were me just starting.  I would get "Sewing for Dummies".

« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2004 04:03:53 PM »

my grandma recently got me this book im more then half way thru it and it has anything and everything in there and tons of insiders tip, id even recomend this book to ppl who have been sewing for awhile...

"the complete idiots guide to sewing"

ive seen lots of ppl wanting to know how to put in zippers theres a whole chapter in here on that and so many other great tips...
so got any questions you can message me  Grin
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2005 04:38:05 AM »

Which is the best book out there for reference on how to sew?  Since I'm not very experienced I'd like something with lots of pictures and details, and preferably very thorough.  Any suggestions?

i guess i get carried away sometimes...
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2005 09:24:40 AM »

Readers Digest Complete guide to Sewing is a good reference book.  I too am new to sewing, and I find this book comes in really handy.
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2005 08:51:04 PM »

I took your advice and picked it up at borders.  It is a really good book.

i guess i get carried away sometimes...
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2005 02:43:14 PM »

Hi. I just joined this board and think its awesome. I wanted to know if anyone had any good recommendations for a sewing book for beginners. I just started sewing and have made a pillow and makeup bag in a sewing class I took at Joann's. But now I want to start sewing clothes and other things on my own, but need a good book. Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2005 07:29:55 PM »

Me personally, I would reccomend "Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing".  It covers more than just the basics and has pictures too!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2005 09:53:06 AM »

The Complete Book of Sewing from DK publishing is good for looking up techniques. It's strictly reference, no projects.

If you can, go to the public library and try out different books. They'll probably have some older books that aren't available in the stores, as well as more contemporary books.  Don't overlook the juvenile section, even if you're an adult; some sewing books written for children or teenagers are really good for beginners.

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2005 12:15:58 PM »

I got "Sew Fast Sew Easy" by Elissa K. Meyrich to teach me how to sew.   It's really good.   

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