How To Sew Books

What sewing machine and or how to sew book do you recommend.

I am an aspiring clothing designer and I want to have my own clothing line. I do not know how to sew but I really want to learn how. My grandmother told me that she will give me a sewing machine for christmas [she spoils her grand kids] but she needs to know of what kind/brand of sewing machine to get me. I want to…

I’d start you with Connie Crawford’s Studio Sewing Skills DVD, http://www.butterick.com/list/connie_crawford/page-3.htm or her book Guide to Fashion Sewing. If you want to be a pro, you might as well learn to sew by professional methods, rather than home sewing methods (pro methods are usually faster and much more precise). Crawford taught sewing, pattern drafting and draping at FIDM in Los Angeles for many years — the book was the one she wrote for her students, and goes through the construction of various sorts of garments very step by step; the DVD is meant as an introduction to sewing. I started learning pro sewing methods about 10 years ago, and wish I’d been taught that way from the start… there’s a big difference in taking a week to make a shirt, vs a shirt a day.After you work your way through the first bunch of Crawford materials, go on to the videos produced by Margaret Islander:http://www.islandersewing.comAt least at first, buy the fabric and notions for each project, though it doesn’t hurt to keep some good fusible interfacings around. Much of the interfacing sold in chain stores is junk — it’s too stiff, it bubbles, it orange peels, it delaminates. Here are three good sources of interfacing:http://www.fashionpatterns.com/interface.html (these are the ones I most often use; no preshrinking needed)http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_dept_items.asp?Store_id=516&Page_id=17&categ_id=9&parent_ids=0http://www.sewexciting.blogspot.com/As far as machines, here’s my standard beginner sewing machine rant:http://www.cet.com/~pennys/faq/smfaq.htmWhat I want for beginners in sewing:- a machine that doesn’t scare you- a machine that isn’t balky (cheap new machines are often verybalky or need adjustments often and are rarely repairable –just too frustrating to learn on!)- very good straight stitch- good zigzag (4-5 mm is fine, more than that is gravy)- a method of making buttonholes that makes sense to you- adjustable presser foot pressure (which helps some fabrichandling issues)- accessory presser feet that don’t cost an arm and a leg(machines that use a “short shank foot” typically handlegeneric presser feet pretty well. Some brands of machines useproprietary or very expensive presser feet)If the budget stretches far enough:- blindhem and stretch blindhem stitches- triple zigzag (nice for elastic applications)- a couple of decorative stitches (you won’t use them nearly asmuch as you think)- electronic machine because of the needle position control andbecause the stepper motors give you full “punching force” atslow sewing speeds — mechanical machines often will stall atslow speeds.Please go to the best sewing machine dealers around and ask themto show you some machines in your price range, *especially* usedmachines you can afford. You’ll get a far better machine buyingused than new, and a good dealer is worth their weight in sewingmachine needles when you get a machine problem — often they cantalk you through the problem over the phone. While you’re tryingthings out, try a couple of machines (sewing only, not combosewing-embroidery) over your price limit, just so you can seewhat the difference in stitch quality and ease of use might be.You may find you want to go for the used Cadillac. Or you mightwant the new basic Chevy. Might as well try both out.Suggested reading: John Giordano’s The Sewing Machine Book(especially for used machines), Carol Ahles’ Fine Machine Sewing(especially the first and last few chapters) and Gale GriggHazen’s Owner’s Guide to Sewing Machines, Sergers and KnittingMachines. All of these are likely to be available at your publiclibrary.Used brands I’d particularly look for: Elna, Bernina,Viking/Husqvarna, Pfaff, Singer (pre 1970), Juki, ToyotaNew “bargain brand” I’d probably pick: Janome (who also doesKenmore).

How to sew beginner’s books.

I have been looking for a beginner’s sewing book to give to my mother, and I have a budget of 50-60 dollars to spend on all of my five family members.Since I have no idea what book title would be a excellent gift for a beginner who has no idea how to sew, I would appreciate some help with getting a good book…

The Reader’s Digest Book of Sewing is excellent for beginners. If you’ve ever seen Project Runway on television it’s the book that expert Timm Gunn recommends to fashion students. As a bonus it’s often available at used books stores so you don’t need to shell out the big money for a new copy. It’s a standard reference that has stood the test of time.Here’s the older 1981 edition on Amazon, the older edition is considered superior by many sewing teachers: http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Com… In my opinion it’s one of the best sewing books ever.Here’s the newer edition, but it’s not anywhere near as good as the older books: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Sew…

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what is the best website or book to learn how to sew.

it can be a few book also, i am still learning an d i would like to learn more! thanks:)

THREADS magazine is great AND they have s a website with videos covering different aspects of learning to sew.Remember this: Sewing is 3/4 pressing and 1/4 sewing! Press as you go along! You’ll be pleased with your more professional looking product if you follow this advice.The sewing pattern that you follow will tell you when to grade a seam, etc. Do it. Read through your pattern three times before you begin so you understand it thoroughly.Have fun!

I want to lean how to sew. Can anyone recommend a good book.

so it must be very straight forward and not take anything for granted.

Many craft and fabric store offer classes to learn different sewing projects.They could also offer books designed to learn sewing projects.Try a book store and see if there is anything that is for beginners. Just looking at a sewing pattern can teach you a lot. Find one that has an easy project like some nice pillows for your bed or a sofa.Something that can be done in less than 2 hours. Buy inexpensive fabric for your first project, that way it will be kind of like an experiment. Buying a machine is very simple. Look for good brand names such as Singer or Brother.. Many places have them on sale during the holidays for under 60 dollars.Don’t be upset if you first don’t get everything right.. sewing is a hands on thing and lots of times steps must be repeated.If you come accross something you need help with, I’d be glad to explain it.Below is a link that is very helpful. I have been a seamtress for 35 years.

how to sew soft book.

I sewed my first soft book for my 3 yr old daughter, but I don’t think I finished it correctly. The instructions say to whipstitch opening closed, but it looks bad – any suggestions?

You may want to forget the whipstitching and instead use a smaller stitch, kind of in the folds so that it’s more invisible. If you have any stitch witchery or fusible web, you could also use that to fuse the opening shut…

how to sew.

does anyone know a good website that teaches you how to sew?

for Sewing :Sewing can mean the following things:embroidery, hand sewing, punch needle embroidery, needlepoint, machine embrodery,cross stitching, dress making, etc so to get what you want of sewing you will have type one of the above in the search box of the follow websites : Msn,Yahoo,Google,Info.com and barnes and nobels websiteFor books on the subject :All book are available in any bookstore or libraryHow To Sew Leather, Suede, Furby Phyllis W. Schwebke, Margaret B. KrohnTailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacketby Staff of Creative Publishing InternationalSew Fast Sew Easy: All You Need to Know When You Start to Sewby Elissa K. MeyrichStart to Sew: All the Basics Plus Learn-to-Sew Projectsby Creative Publishing International, Creative Publishing International (Manufactured by)Complete Photo Guide to Sewing: 1100 Full-Color how-to Photosby Creative Publishing International, Creative Publishing International (Manufactured by), Creative Publishing InternationalVogue Sewingby Vogue, Sixth & Spring Books (Manufactured by)99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Specialby Faith Blakeney, Ellen Schultz, Justina Blakeney, Anka LivakovicBasic Sewing (101 Essential Tips Series)by Chris Jefferys, James Harrison (Editor), DK Publishing (Manufactured by)Its A Wrap: Sewing Fabric Purses, Baskets, and Bowlsby Susan BreierSimplicity’s Simply the Best Sewing Bookby Anne Marie Soto (Editor), Simplicity Pattern Company (Editor), Martha Vaughan (Illustrator)Sewing for Dummiesby Janice Maresh, Janice S. Saunders, N. Graf (Editor)Amy Butler’s in Stitches: More than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projectsby Amy Butler, Colin McGuire (Photographer)Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches: Photographs, Diagrams, and Instructions for Over 260 Stitchesby Jennifer Campbell, Reader’s Digest Editors, Ann-marie Bakewell – a execellent bookMary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitchesby Mary Thomas, Jan Eaton, Jan Eaton, Jan Eaton (Compiler) – another execellent book on the subjectEmbroidery Stitchesby M. E. Wilkinson – a very good bookThe Embroidery Stitch Bibleby Betty Barnden, Debbie Bradley (Editor) – Get this book. It the best book I know on the subject for you to have. I own one. well worth your money to spend on it.Embroidery Stitches: Over 400 Contemporary and Traditional Stitch Patternsby Mary Webb (Editor) – a very good book read it.Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewelby Marion Nichols – a good book for a beginner to have.Stitches of Creative Embroideryby Jacqueline EnthovenRoyal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniquesby Sally Saunders, Anne Butcher, Debra Barrett, Anne Butcher (Illustrator)The Embroiderer’s Handbook: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Stitches and Versatile Techniquesby Margie BauerBasic Stitchesby Katie Ebben, Chris Tubbs (Photographer)Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible: The Essential Illustrated Reference to Designs and Techniquesby Joan Gordon – another good book to have.Needleweaving and Embroidery: Embellished Treasuresby Effie MitrofanisFor Machine embroidery ( or sewing machine sewing) :Sewing for Dummiesby Janice Maresh, Janice S. Saunders, N. Graf (Editor)Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobeby Wendy Mullin, Eviana Hartman, Beci Orpin (Illustrator), Beci Orpin (Illustrator), Agnieszka Gasparska (Illustrator)Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniquesby Nancy Bednar, Joanne Pugh-Gannon, JoAnn Pugh-Gannon, Joann Pugh-GannonABCs of Serging: A Complete Guide to Serger Sewing Basics(Creative Machine Arts Series)by Tammy Young, Lori Bottom, Naomi Baker (Foreword by)Machine Embroidery with Confidence: A Beginner’s Guideby Nancy ZiemanEmbroidery Machine Essentials: How to Stabilize, Hoop and Stitch Decorative Designsby Jeanine Twigg, Lindee GoodallEmbroidery Machine Essentials: Basic Techniques: 20 Designs and Project Ideas to Develop You Embroidery Skillsby Jeanine TwiggEmbroidery Machine Essentials: Fleece Techniquesby Nancy CornwellMore Embroidery Machine Essentials: How to Customize, Edit and Create Decorative Designsby Jeanine TwiggEmbroidery Machine Essentials: Applique Techniquesby Mary Mulari, Jeanine TwiggSew with Confidence: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Sewingby Nancy Luedtke Zieman101 Ways to Use Your First Sewing Machineby Elizabeth DubickiEverything Sewing Book: From Threading the Needle to Basting the Hem, All You Need to Alter and Create Beautiful Clothes, Gifts, and Decorationsby Sandra DetrixheMaking an Old-Fashioned Patchwork Sampler Quilt on the Sewing Machineby Andrea L. ShedletskyFine Machine Sewing: Easy Ways to Get the Look of Hand Finishing and Embellishingby Carol Laflin AhlesSewing Machine Guide: Tips on Choosing, Buying, and Refurbishingby John GiordanoSewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishingsby Wendy Gardiner, Mary Senechal (Editor), Kate Simunek (Illustrator), Martin Norris (Photographer), Paul Forrester (Photographer)Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniquesby Wendy GardinerHopely this will get you started in the right direction.Hope this helps

Is it possible to learn how to sew from a book.

I want to learn how to sew but have no idea where to start…I’m living in a country where I don’t yet speak the language fluently so lessons are out of the question. Is it possible to just learn by trial and error by following patterns and reading instruction manuals for example? How did you…

yes you can start basic sewing with a book, but as you obviously have access to the net, you dont have to limit yourself to only books. try you tube when something in the books you have doesnt make sense to you. also i HIGHLY recommend Sewing with Nancy books, and dvds. she is an EXCELLENT teacher.and why discount lessons.. if there is a sewing machine store available to you – even with limited language they CAN and will be happy to show you the basics of a machine especially if you are buying from them..as to the machine. to begin with you do NOT need a fancy multi-thousand dollar machine. truly ALL you need is one that does a good solid straight stitch. anything else is extra 🙂 ( i have many friends who use only a VERY old treadle sewing machine and they do amazing things with them) so dont be conned into buying the most expensive thing out there.that said a good quality machine can be expensive but you dont have to buy new either. if you are an expat where-ever you are living there is usually an expat community.. connect with them and see who might know good stores/sellers and who might be selling their own machine if they dont want to ship it home or are upgrading..there are a lot of potential aides..and yes you will be Delighted at the things this simple skill will allow you to do – Sewing is awesomehttp://www.nancysnotions.com/category/se…http://sewing.about.com/http://www.sewingtutorial.com/I would also like to recommend Elizabeth Stewart Clarks site. she is a civil war reenactor and does period clothing – primarily for children. The reason i am recommending her to you is she teaches SKILLS == things that a lot of modern sewists no longer remember or were ever taught. she teaches CONSTRUCTION of garment lessons — how to best use fabric and what fabrics are best for what use. she is a wonderful resource for a new sewist even if you dont do reenacting.http://www.thesewingacademy.com/

Best book for learning how to sew.

I’m a complete beginner. Preferably something with a lot of visuals.

Lots of choices… I’d send you to the library or bookstore to look through their selections for something that appeals to you.The one I like the best is Connie Crawford’s Guide to Fashion Sewing — it’s first year fashion school sewing, and covers all the basic garment types step by step, drawing and few sentences, next drawing and a few more sentences. You might also like her DVD, Studio Sewing Skills, which is the same sewing material covered in a DVD format. The book is expensive because it’s a college textbook, but you may be able to find an earlier edition for a whole lot less. The DVD is http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Sewing-Skills-Connie-Amaden-Crawford/dp/B001ATCD9G and it starts with learning to thread and use a sewing machine and works through all the various basic and garment sewing operations.If you want to sew home dec instead of garments, you might consider Simplicity’s Simply the Best Sewing Book.Readers Digest Complete Book of Sewing is one that’s going to be handy to have around as a permanent reference book for a lot of projects. It’s not so heavily illustrated, but it’s a good basic to keep handy.

Best book for learning how to sew.

I’m a complete beginner. Preferably something with a lot of visuals.

I would try The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sewing Illustrated. Check out your library and look for books on sewing – they’ll have a ton of resources and then you won’t have to spend money on a book.Another recommendation would be to look on youtube. They have some great instructional videos on there that help you learn how to sew step-by-step.Lastly, you can always enroll in a sewing class. They have short ones and longer ones. I took one when I was really young and it was one day for a couple of hours. They offered it at a nearby sewing store but I know a lot of communities offer classes too and they may have sewing classes you could enroll in. Don’t forget to ask older friends or relatives who may know how to sew. My grandma taught me a lot about sewing!

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  1. How about just folding in the edges (use a little Elmer’s school glue or washable glue stick if you need help holding it) and then edgestitch the pages.

  2. Physically go to a bookstore, you’ll find tons of books. There are so many great books on sewing, many of which cover the basics. I suggest you actually look through the pages of a bunch of books (rather than just seeing cover art and descriptions on Amazon) to find one with a style and projects that appeal to you. Most books have some sort of special focus, as sewing is such a broad field. There are beginning sewing books I got a sewing classes, but they are super boring and I almost never look at or use them, I use the more specialized subject books that have better pics and funner projects. I learned to sew by learning to make quilts. The fabrics you work with are generally all cotton and very easy to sew, and you can pick designs with all straight lines, also easy to sew. If you have second hand stores or garage/yard sales in your area, those are a great resource for fabrics – sometimes actually yardage but I mostly cut up cotton clothing – look for skirts/dresses/long pants and long sleeved shirts in fabrics that appeal to you. Nanny’s sewing machine is likely to need to be serviced if it hasn’t been used or serviced in a long time. It is very frustrating to sew on a machine that doesn’t operate smoothly and perfectly.

  3. My sewing reference book is an old “Complete Guide To Sewing”, which was published by Reader’s Digest. It covers most of the what you will need to know. I see they have a ‘New’ edition out. You can order it online, or maybe find it at you local book store. (link 2)Unless she has request it, I would not recommend giving your Mom a copy “Sewing For Dummies”. “For Dummies” are good books, but as a gift, it might be a little insulting. And then it may turn out to be her favorite.

  4. HOWEVER, even a very small amount of hands on instruction is valuable because it’s good to have someone check your pattern layout to see if it’s on-grain; to show you how to manipulate fabric as it goes under the needle for certain operations, and to help you press correctly. If a basic sewing class is at all an option for you, I’d suggest it. If not, it would be a good idea to find someone experienced who’d be willing to check your first pattern layouts and to be available for the questions you’re sure to have that are best answered in person.Get several books. Try simplicity web site.

  5. Another one is Simplicity’s Simply The Best Sewing Book – you can also get this one in sewing/craft departments at Walmart or Hobby Lobby or most fabric stores.If she finds one book or three books, she will have the gift certificate to apply to the purchase.The books and videos that are out there are *far* more complete than any website I’ve seen (and I’ve been to a lot of them). If you can get a beginner’s class locally, that’s even more useful.

  6. In-person is the best. So many silly things can happen to your sewing machine at first, and there is also a lot of “if…then” that a video does not anticipate.Here is a site with several book and reviews (see source).

  7. What type of sewing are you considering?http://www.allfreesewing.com/As for getting started sewing something, visit your local fabric store. Begin with basic clothing or simple projects, to build your skills and confidence. Look through the pattern books to find some things you like. The pattern package will include material lists and fabric recommendations to get you going. Add some thread and you are almost ready to start. One last suggestion is to have a good set of scissors you can dedicate to your sewing basket. I happen to like my Fiskars. (link 3)http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/20946722

  8. Hand sewingI’d suggest Connie Crawford’s Guide to Fashion Sewing, which is first year design school sewing, very step by step. There’s also a DVD which covers part of the same material, Studio Sewing Skills.

  9. I believe you can learn it from a book. I leaned the basic from my mom then i learned a lot on my own.QuiltingPJ (wishing for a tropical isle)

  10. I hope this covers everything you asked about. Visit the links and print out things so you remeber what to be looking for.Youtube

  11. Machine sewingBernina is a great machine and with the right needle, can even sew leather. My wife loves hers.

  12. Hi, Fuzz.You might find this kit will help her begin to understand the nature of sewing. I use it as an introduction to sewing for my all my students.This is a hands on activity, my mother taught me, I can’t imagine learning from a book. Find a nice older woman with time on her hands to teach you.

  13. You might consider a gift certificate (I know, they are so boring), but then your Mother could choose the type of book she would like.

  14. I have a singer sewing machine and that’s all i have ever used and never really had a problem out of that brand. If you have a yardage store near you they may know of a sewing class that you can attend.

  15. 40 years ago, I just bought a basic, simple-to sew Simplicity pattern. All the steps are well illustrated.

  16. Check the book stores first – I found very little on the subject at one chain. Half-Price Books has a pretty good selection in my area.

  17. I have a White 2200 Multi-Tasker sewing machine. It will sew almost anything from delicate fabrics to denim. With the accessories that were included, the only additional things I bought were extra bobbins, needles, and a carrying case. This machine will handle basic sewing with ease, and yet has enough features so that as you become more advanced, the machine is ready for you. (link 1)

  18. While you are at the fabric store, pick up a package or two of assorted needles for hand sewing, a thimble, measuring tape, straight pins and a pin cushion. You will need them all sooner or later. To save the trouble of buying all the individual pieces, a beginner sewing kit will have all these things ready to go for you. (link 4) If you have younger sister or brother who want to know what to get you for Christmas, or you mom is wondering about a stocking stuffer, these kits are just right. They don’t cost much, are fairly small, and are “Just what I wanted!”

  19. If you can’t find a class, how about a friend or relative? My friend was always bringing me ideas of stuff she wanted me to make for her, Finally I said “NO, You are going to do it!” It was a photo quilt for her mother’s 75th birthday. It came out perfect and it was the first sewing she ever did. So geta live person to show you if possible..

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