Sewing For Dummies

Sewing For Dummies

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Sewing is fun, relaxing, and tremendously rewarding. It feels great when you sit down and sew something together (and are tickled with the results)! Besides the fun and satisfaction you get out of sewing, this wonderful hobby can also save you money. You can make your clothes last longer when you stitch up your own hems, repair split seams, and sew on those loose buttons. You can save even more money by making your own home decor projects, such as curtains and pillows. Sewing For Dummies is a book for both absolute beginners and experienced sewers. If you're a stone-cold beginner, you'll find explanations of all the tools and skills necessary for beginning-level projects. If you've had some experience with sewing, you'll benefit from the tips and tricks that might otherwise take years to pick up. Whether you're quilting, embroidering, mending, or constructing a project, you'll need to know some sewing basics to get you through your projects.
Sewing For Dummies covers all the important sewing fundamentals such as: Mastering hand stitches and machine stitches Reading a sewing pattern Sewing sensational seams Hemming a variety of fabrics Shaping garments with darts, tucks, and pleats Installing zippers, buttons, and other fasteners Negotiating sleeves and pockets Working with home decor fabrics Adjusting projects for better fit and function Once you've explored the basic techniques, you'll be ready to start some easy sewing projects. This friendly book will guide you through the following projects, and more, with confidence: Children's costumes Tablecloth and place mats Duvet cover Fleece scarf, hat, and jacket ensemble Teddy bear Window treatments Creative pillows Fabric touches almost everything in a person's daily life. Children cuddle up with pillows and soft toys and dress up in costumes for fun. People wear clothing to be comfortable, stay warm, and to be fashionable. People also appreciate and admire handmade heirlooms. When you finish your projects, wear them with pride, play in them, admire your work, and hand them down to your loved ones.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 188.5 x 234.2 x 23.6mm | 603.29g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • 076455137X
  • 9780764551376

Table of contents

Introduction. How to Use This Book. Foolish Assumptions about You. How This Book Is Organized. Part I: Hardware and "Softwear" for Sewing Part II: Sewers! Start Your Engines! Part III: Fashion Fundamentals. Part IV: Sewing for the Home. Part V: Alterations and Quick Fixes. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Icons Used in This Book. Part I: Hardware and "Softwear" for Sewing. Chapter 1: Assembling Your Sewing Kit. Chapter 2: Selecting Fabric, Findings, and Interfacing. Chapter 3: Threads and Other Closers. Chapter 4: Working with Patterns Part II: Sewers! Start Your Engines! Chapter 5: Sewing 101. Chapter 6: Sewing Sensational Seams. Chapter 7: Hems and A-Ha's. Part III: Fashion Fundamentals. Chapter 8: Shaping Things Up. Chapter 9: Zippers and Company. Chapter 10: Sleeves: The Long and the Short of It. Chapter 11: A Pocket Full of Ideas. Part IV: Sewing for the Home. Chapter 12: Assembling and Working with Home Decor Materials. Chapter 13: Quick-Change Table Toppers. Chapter 14: Clever Cover-Ups for the Bedroom. Chapter 15: Praiseworthy Pillows. Chapter 16: What to Do with Your Windows. Part V: Alterations and Quick Fixes. Chapter 17: If It's Too Long, Too Short, Too Tight, or Too Loose. Chapter 18: Making Repairs on the Run. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Ten Easy Projects. Chapter 20: Ten Mistakes Beginners Often Make. Chapter 21: Ten Sewing Fundamentals to Remember. Appendix: Sewing Resources. Index. Book Registration Information.
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"...covers everything you need to know in an easy-to-follow format..."(Ideal Home, February 2003)
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About Janice S. Saunders

Jan Saunders is a nationally known sewing and surging journalist and home economist. After graduating from Adrian College in Michigan, she became the Education Director of one of the largest sewing machine companies in the country, and then the Director of Consumer Education for the largest fabric chain in the country. Both professional experiences gave her a solid foundation in the home sewing industry, which she continues to service with her many writing, marketing, and industry consulting projects.
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