The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques

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This is the only sewing book you'll ever need. Every tool and every technique you require for making your own home furnishings or clothing is closely and sharply photographed, carefully annotated, and clearly explained.

The Tools section begins with the basic toolkit, opening up into everything you could possibly need - every type of cutting tool and machine foot is shown. This section also includes information on patterns - how to measure, how to use, and how to adjust them. Gallery spreads appear throughout the substantial Techniques section and showcase darts, zips, pleats etc, as well as showingkey stitches. Plus, you can bring your acquired and refined skills to fruition as you make some of the 25 home decor and clothing projects at the back of the book. With The Sewing Book on your shelf, you''ve got every sewing questioncovered.

Written by a passionate stitcher and teacher, with her own sewing school, eagerto produce a one-stop sewing bible for her students, this book leaves no hem unturned. You can dip in at any level - whether you''re new to sewing or refining your art, whether you want to repair an old skirt or create a new one, whether you want to spruce up a curtain or design one from scratch. And with a Foreword by U.S. sewing teacher, Diana Rupp, this book has it all sewn up.

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About the author

Alison set up her own shop, Fabulous Fabric, and sewing school, the Alison Victoria School of Sewing, near her home in Leicestershire. Her school is the largest independent sewing school in England and offers courses and workshops on all aspects of sewing. Alison is a regular contributor to Sewing World magazine, and has appeared on the ITV television series Ladette to Lady teaching dressmaking skills.

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Penguin
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Published on
Mar 6, 2009
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780756657185
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Language
English
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Genres
Crafts & Hobbies / Fashion
Crafts & Hobbies / Sewing
Design / Fashion & Accessories
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