The Dressmaker's Handbook: A Complete Guide To Techniques And Materials

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9781853687105: The Dressmaker's Handbook: A Complete Guide To Techniques And Materials

An invaluable reference for anyone interested in sewing clothes! This fully illustrated, comprehensive guide offers practical, expert instructions for all necessary techniques, including laying and cutting out patterns, pressing, and making darts, tucks, pleats, hems, plackets, buttonholes, collars, yokes, and pockets. Advice on choosing patterns and fabrics, as well as simple guidelines and foolproof shortcuts for making individual pieces such as blouses, dresses, jackets, skirts, and trousers, will enable any sewer to produce professional-looking garments every time. 160 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.

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If you're shopping for a new sewing machine, don't leave home without this book. But even if you're happy with the machine you've already got, you'll find useful information on all those fancy stitches and extra attachments that you've always been meaning to try and never quite knew what to do with. Fundamentals like threading the machine, winding a bobbin, adjusting the tension, making the perfect buttonhole, or topstitching may be second nature to the advanced sewer, but to the beginner a comfortable knowledge of such aspects can mean the difference between utter frustration and a lifelong love of sewing. Good photos and clear explanations cover not only these basics but many of the more advanced options like applique, ribbon embroidery, and lace insertion, as well as exactly how to use those funny-looking presser feet that let you attach cording, do free-motion stitching, create shirring or pintucks, and make ruffles. A section on technology in the sewing room outlines the amazing possibilities of the increasingly popular computerized sewing machines. --Amy Handy

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Why do professional seamsters assume, for example, that inserting zippers is an easily mastered skill? Or that with a few lessons, most of us can emulate the wizardry of a Donna Karan? Bergh breezes through all facets of sewing women's apparel, showing couture association and assuming no sewing-challenged reader exists. For sure, the instructions for each finish, part, and technique are immaculate, enhanced by simple narrative and plenty of hand-drawn illustrations. Most of the variations for, say, hems are well documented (albeit in British English). No actual patterns are included; nor is real-time construction of one item featured start to finish. But this makes for a good reference. Barbara Jacobs

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