A “Must Have” for your sewing reference books! This edition of the Complete Guide to Sewing has recently been updated. However, the newest version does not include any information on tailoring. I use the older version for teaching sewing and constume construction classes, tailoring and special topics classes. Pictures and sketches are clear and written directions are easy to follow. This version does not have much serger/overlock information but does cover many other seam finishes. Information on fit and pattern alterations is very clear. Beginners or advanced seamstresses will find this book a “must” for their reference collection!
Very good for your home reference! I have an older edition. I have used this book countless times to guide me in various sewing projects. I learned how to sew, just to tailor my clothes, and this book showed me how. It’s not slick and hip with photos like the other sewing books have–but then, they don’t help you get ahead in your skills. It’s full of matter-of-fact information and detailed drawings (not cartoonis).Don’t knock a boring facade–it’s the guts that count on this book. I wouldn’t leave a burning house without it. But seriously, if you want to learn how to adjust a pattern so that it fits like some high-falutin’ designer made it for you, get this book. For example, you’ll be able to identify what’s wrong with your mass-produced pants, and why they bag or bind in places, for example, and how to fix those issues on your homemade versions. This book will walk you through how to read a pattern envelope, why certain fabrics would be better for various projects, how to choose the right size…
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