Sewing and So Forth

Have you ever said, "I wish I could make that"? Here are books to help you learn all the skills you didn't master in home economics: everything from threading the needle to finishing the hem on that little black dress.

This list is for beginning to intermediate sewers. Click here to browse more complete lists of our sewing books.

Sew On: All You Need to Know to Start Sewing and Serging Today!

By Elissa K. Meyrich

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With step-by-step directions for five easy projects and tips from the garment industry to help you learn, Sew On includes:

--Full-size patterns and complete step-by-step directions for a wrap dress, a basic t-shirt, easy pants, an iPod holder, and box cushion
--The ins and outs of how to use a sewing machine and a serger
--What to look for when buying a commercial pattern
--Understanding fabric personality--buying the right fabric
--The foolproof way to cut out your projects
--Checklists and a complete glossary

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200 Sewing Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets

By Lorna Knight

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"Perfect for all levels, this accessible reference offers concise instructions for basic and advanced sewing techniques, guidance on choosing tools and fabrics, fabric decoration ideas, how to achieve a perfect finish, plus the usual plethora of helpful hints, expert advice, and insider secrets that readers have come to expect from this best-selling series. The convenient 'Try This' and 'Fix It' boxes that run throughout expand your skills and fix common problems, and the mini-projects show you how to put to use the skills and techniques in the book."

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Vogue Sewing

By Sixth and Spring

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Up-to-date information about the latest sewing tools and techniques combined with basic step by step illustrations and tips show why this book remains a classic reference for seamstresses.

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Threads

By Taunton Press

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This is the magazine "for people who love to sew". There are articles on different fabrics, directions for garment fit and construction, and home decor projects.

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The Complete Book Of Sewing

By DK Publications

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Clear techniques, shortcuts and tricks of the trade help you create a whole new wardrobe or sew all new curtains for your home.

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So Simple Window Style

By Gail Abbott and Cate Burren

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Make beautiful curtains, valances and shades with the explicit directions and great photos in this book.

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Sewing With Nancy's Favorite Hints

By Nancy Zieman

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Lots of great ideas and techniques for the home sewer.

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Sewing Projects in an Afternoon

By Susan E. Mickey

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Here are directions for 20 beautiful, easy projects that can be made in no time.

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Sewing For Plus Sizes: Design, Fit and Construction For Ample Apparel

By Barbara Deckert

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Sewing and fitting advice for anyone who wears size 14 or better.

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