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« Reply #130 on: July 17, 2008 12:21:32 PM »

i LOVE the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp (amazon info: http://www.amazon.com/Sew-Everything-Workshop-Diana-Rupp/dp/0761139737/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216322302&sr=8-1); totally explains the basics in an understandable way, and includes patterns for stuff you actually want to make!  Definitely worth checking out.  Grin
« Reply #131 on: July 27, 2008 10:18:39 AM »

I would really recommend Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing, my library has it but I went ahead and bought a copy.  It has tons of super easy, fun, modern projects for beginning sewers.  My friend Chassity and I recently decided to teach ourselves how to sew and have been getting most of our projects from this book.  My favorite so far has been the all day tote and the tool roll (for paint brushes and stuff).  All of the projects in the book are very useful items,  from aprons and placemats to duvet covers and curtains.  I highly recommend it!

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« Reply #132 on: July 27, 2008 02:03:43 PM »

I absolutely love "yeah, I made it myself" by Ethine Farry.

Its not really big on technical details (not my speciality), but is really good for inspiring new sewers with lots of simple, fun idea's.
It gave me lots of confidence to "have a go" and have made 2 dress' from the book...and who cares if they don't last a lifetime....they were fun to make and look great right now!
« Reply #133 on: July 29, 2008 08:08:51 AM »

I really like the book 'SEW-U' because it explains a lot about the basics of sewing, and it comes with three basic patterns (Jeans/pants, skirt, and button-down shirt) that you can alter.  Also, I like the second book in the series 'SEW-U: Home Stretch' which is all about knit fabric.  It also comes with three patterns (t-shirt, raglan sleeve sweatshirt, and dress).
« Reply #134 on: July 31, 2008 01:05:31 AM »

Thanx everybody for your recommendations.

I could not get hold of some of the books mentioned due to the geographical postioning of my country lol.

So I ended up buying this one from Play.com


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« Reply #135 on: October 09, 2008 10:21:15 AM »

Hey all! I've merged together all of the threads asking about sewing book recommendations for beginning sewers.  One day I'll gather all the recommendations and put them in the first post... but not today, sorry!  Wink

Hope this is helpful! It's obviously a question that a lot of people had. (I merged almost 20 threads!)
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« Reply #136 on: October 09, 2008 01:55:02 PM »

Thank you!
« Reply #137 on: February 02, 2009 01:53:45 PM »

Hello all.  So, here's my deal: I have some experience hand sewing, mostly repairing and hemming things.  However, I got a sewing machine for Christmas and would really like to create some more complicated items (I have plans for a quilt and I'd like to do some clothes, especially after seeing some of the genius stuff on Craftster).  My problem?  I have no idea where to start in terms of learning technique, basic terms, etc.  Topstitching? I kinda know what that is.  Interfacing?  No idea.  Serging...type of stitch, right?  Basically, I'm looking for a good thorough guide that will help me pick up the basic skills that I'll need to make the things I want to make.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks a bunch in advance  Cheesy
« Reply #138 on: February 03, 2009 06:46:44 AM »

Start with the sticky threads in this forum, Sewing in General: Sewing Machines, and the Quilting forum Cheesy
« Reply #139 on: February 06, 2009 08:01:10 AM »

Has anyone bought or seen The Sewing Book (published by Dorlng Kindersley) yet?  It's just been published but I saw it for about 1/3 of RRP and ordered a copy for my friend's birthday, but it was kind of a "hope for the best" purchase and I'm hoping it'll be good.

If anyone from the UK is interested, the place I got it so cheaply was The Book People.

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